Analytical Principal Investigator

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Mar 17, 2023


FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC's innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet.


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.  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.  Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter


The FMC Global Research and Development Analytical Sciences Team is looking for Ph.D. Chemist candidates to support their crop protection business.  A principle scientific background in separation science and mass spectrometry is desired for this role.  In this role, key responsibilities are to design, develop and validate analytical methods and studies for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of agricultural pipeline products, their intermediates, metabolites and impurities.  The scope of this role includes support for process and formulations development, manufacturing of existing commercial and pipeline products, and defense the current product portfolio.



  • Design, lead, conduct or coordinate, the overall process for required analytical studies to meet regulatory guidelines.
  • Function as product and technology analytical expert for multiple products, providing a point of contact for other R&D and business functions.
  • Interface with business-wide internal customers to resolve product issues and transfer technology.
  • Direct laboratory programs to develop quantitative and qualitative methods (ex. trace-level analyses and sample preparation protocols) for both pipeline molecules and established products.
  • Apply analytical chemistry solutions to solve customer problems in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Train, develop and supervise associate chemists to enhance their knowledge, skills and capabilities.
  • Know, understand and practice all aspects of laboratory safety and industrial hygiene protocols.
  • Manage multiple, concurrent projects/programs and prioritize work to efficiently allocate resources and meet business needs.


Required Education

  • Ph.D. degree in chemistry, with a preferred concentration in an analytical discipline. 



  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with other scientists, engineers and management at all levels.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience managing multiple demands in timeline driven environment.
  • Chromatography (HPLC, UHPLC, GC) and mass spectrometric techniques (LC/MS, GC/MS) preferred, broader separations technologies and other disciplines will be considered.
  • Hands-on method development experience in an industrial setting is highly desirable.


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

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