R&D Process Chemist

at FMC Corporation in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural technologies. FMC provides innovative and cost-effective solutions to enhance crop yield and quality by controlling a broad spectrum of insects, weeds and disease, as well as in non-agricultural markets for pest control.

FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.

With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.

FMC Agricultural Solutions is an R&D-based business, dependent upon the introduction of new products to deliver a competitive advantage in the agrochemical industry. Our business has a robust pipeline of new products that anticipate our customers’ needs and contribute to their long-term prosperity while advancing agriculture. The Process Development organization employs process chemists and process engineers to achieve its mission to develop the technology necessary to commercialize new agricultural active ingredients.

FMC Agricultural Solutions has an opening for an experienced process chemist at their global research center in Newark, Delaware. This role requires organic chemistry/process chemistry and engineering knowledge, as well as work experience in kilo labs, scale-up labs, pilot plants or commercial operations. The successful candidate will conduct a hands-on laboratory-based program to develop commercial manufacturing processes as part of an interdisciplinary team of process chemists, analytical chemists and chemical engineers. The role includes support of all phases of process development, with responsibility from early stage to commercial launch.

+ Establish research goals and objectives and manage an independent technical segment of an overall development project.

+ Develop an understanding of corporate, business and functional needs so as to align their work with overall strategies and objectives. Adhere to required and approved safety procedures.

+ The successful candidate will develop process concepts and cost analyses for chemical synthetic routes/manufacturing processes, design and conduct a hands-on laboratory-based program to demonstrate commercial process feasibility and to establish essential chemistry/engineering parameters, develop basic data, define operating conditions and critical limits, and establish safety and quality parameters for the commercial process through scale up.

+ Document and transfer technology, direct research activities at CRO’s, support campaigns at internal and external partners, and participate in the pre-campaign planning and start-up of commercial operations.

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with strong background in synthetic organic chemistry and a minimum of 5+ years relevant experience in agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, fine or specialty chemicals industry.

+ Solid knowledge of classical and modern synthetic methods as well as modern tools in chemical research

+ Familiarity with concepts of developing safe and cost-effective chemical processes

+ Demonstrated experience in the development of chemical processes and in the scale-up of processes to the kilo lab or pilot plant scale, in troubleshooting issues encountered during scale-up of technology transfer of chemical processes

+ Experience in working with CRO’s

+ Strong ability to document and transfer technology to internal and external partners

+ Experience in effectively mentoring other team members

+ Strong ability to work in a cross disciplinary international team environment with strong communication and interpersonal skills

+ Experience in working in a dynamic, timeline driven environment, strong track record of delivering high quality results that meet or exceed expectations

+ Ability to travel to national and international sites may be required (less than 10%).

+ Flexible work schedules to accommodate work performed in different geographies required

At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC.

FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department at

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Job Posting: JC170140062

Posted On: Oct 09, 2020

Updated On: Oct 18, 2021