• Associate Investigator, Formulations

    Location US-DE-Newark
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    Research & Development
    Full Time
    Visa Sponsorship
    Domestic Travel Required
    Int'l Travel required
    Company Vehicle
    Working from Home Office
    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.


    FMC Research & Development, Formulations is seeking highly motivated, experienced Associate Scientists to join our Formulation team at Stine Research Center, Newark, DE. This is a great time to become part of the formulations group to continue to drive our robust pipeline and support our existing products.


    Working under the direction of a senior chemist with limited supervision, this individual will prepare formulations for agricultural solutions using novel technologies and perform physical tests on the formulations in order to characterize the products and to simulate and understand performance attributes. The successful candidate will also perform physical and chemical characterization of active ingredients and support the evaluation of new technologies for the organization. 


    Laboratory work involves wet and dry chemical techniques (e.g., milling, extrusion and granulation, emulsification and suspensibility tests, solution release tests), operation of physical-chemical instrumentation (e.g., particle size analyzer, zeta potential analyzer), and use of small-scale preparative equipment (e.g., high-shear mixers, laboratory reactors).  Preliminary interpretation of results and testing data is required.  The individual in this position may be given responsibility for projects of a more limited scope. 


    Below are highlights of key responsibilities

    • Preparation of laboratory-scale liquid and solid formulations
    • Plan and conduct experiments in the lab, making suggestions for improvement and troubleshooting, as needed, to meet timelines
    • Writing protocols and reports for assigned activities/projects
    • Physical-chemical evaluations of formulations to demonstrate robust performance and shelf-life
    • Planning and organization of activities within assignment
    • Initial data and results analysis and interpretation
    • Prompt communication of results and analyses to the responsible chemists and/or management
    • Documentation of experiments in a laboratory notebook
    • Compliance with all FMC, group, and site, and departmental safety and GLP guidelines and regulations
    • Help train new technical staff relative to laboratory procedures

    Required Education

    A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, physics, or other related degree concentration with 1 – 3 years of experience or an Associate degree in chemistry or related field with 5 years of laboratory research experience.


    • Strong and effective oral communication skills to be able to clearly present ideas, experiments and results.
    • Strong written skills and basic knowledge of scientific writing, writing working protocols, and writing reports.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work interdependently, within a team and independently.
    • Strong organization and planning skills and experience in planning daily work.
    • Experience in conducting a basic research in the field of chemistry.
    • Track record of delivering quality results to meet tight timelines.
    • Experience working independently; i.e., to take a project from the idea stage to the scale-up step.
    • A good team player who can cooperate and collaborate with a diverse group by helping and sharing ideas and working together, assisting when others need help.
    • Experience in managing competing demands to deliver on multiple projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adapt to changing demands.
    • Strong interest in continuing to learn and development and
    • Experience in quickly learning new, unfamiliar materials and techniques.
    • Excellent safety practices – experience in working in a safe manner in all aspects of work according to FMC policies, procedures and practices.
    • Knowledge of computer systems and basic office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, data bases)
    • Experience with laboratory equipment and apparatus.

    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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