• Field Research Biologist – Fungicides and Nematicides

    Location US-GA-Sparks | US-GA-Sparks
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    B.S. w/5+ years; M.S w/1 - 3 years
    Research & Development
    Full Time
    Visa Sponsorship
    Domestic Travel Required
    % Domestic Travel
    Relocation Eligible
  • Company Overview

    FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural and lithium technologies. We are proud that our products help grow the world's food, improve health and contribute to a more sustainable energy supply.


    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.


    The Research Biologist – Fungicides and Nematicides designs, conducts, analyzes and reports on research and development studies at the Sparks Research Station in Sparks, Georgia (SRS). The Research Biologist is actively involved in a broad range of work activities, trial planning, protocol development and execution, data summary and synthesis and data presentation on discovery and development technologies while advocating and adhering to FMC’s safety guidelines. The research biologist is part of the Global Biology Development organization.


    • Conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field research safely, in compliance with all FMC and governmental regulations. Support all safety and compliance initiatives.
    • Collaborate with other biologists and stakeholders within the FMC organization in the design of programs and protocols to advance projects for synthetic active ingredients and plant health technologies.
    • Responsible for all aspects of studies and programs - planning, agronomic and inoculum preparation, study conduct, and analysis and reporting of data
    • Conduct demonstration trials, field tours, data presentation to support commercial activities
    • Demonstrate self-motivation and focus on trial success and quality - conduct programs with minimum supervision, minimum staff support. Work hand in hand with SRS Technicians to develop their skill sets and improve fungicide/nematicide testing development and capabilities
    • Assist colleagues in other disciplines as necessary – build a team atmosphere
    • Work closely with SRS Station Manager and others in the organization to build testing capabilities and increase assay development to support global and area initiatives  
    • Maintain technical knowledge of commercial, new chemistries & other technology impacting the business and maintain commercial pesticide applicators license and/or certified crop adviser
    • Develop highly acute planning skills to build testing program calendars to predict resource needs and trials execution calendars to report to SRS Station Manager and Study Directors
    • Work within FMC planning and data management platforms to track, account for and report all GH/Lab assays and field trials

    Required Education

    BS degree with 5 years of experience or MS with 1 – 3 years of experience in Plant Pathology or Nematology, with hands on field experience


    • Unparalleled commitment to safety - safe driving practices, chemical handling and use of equipment
    • 1+ years of experience in research, field development or commercialization of agricultural products
    • Knowledge of diseases and appropriate field testing procedures with a high level of technical competency – nematology experience a plus, as is experience with microbial pesticides
    • Knowledge of agricultural cropping systems, pests, practices and products
    • Experience in field plot techniques and statistical analysis of data
    • Commercial state pesticide application license required or can be obtained post-employment
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to get results by delivering on commitments and implementing plans and programs
    • Capable of designing protocols and research projects
    • Excellent speaking, writing, and computer skills
    • Ability to manage time and priorities in an independent work environment
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and collaborative cooperation
    • Ability to communicate to a wide variety of internal and external audiences in a way that promotes understanding and builds relationships
    • Commitment to continually increase breadth and level of scientific knowledge within relevant agricultural/biological science disciplines

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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