Associate Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Mar 4, 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



FMC has an immediate opening in the Discovery Chemistry Group for a motivated Associate Investigator at Stine Research Center in Newark, DE.  The Discovery Chemistry organization employs synthetic organic chemists to design and synthesize new high-performance crop protection molecules that may lead to new commercial products.  We are seeking applicants with expertise in synthetic organic chemistry. Candidates will have a strong background in laboratory-based work with a solid knowledge of separation techniques and spectroscopic identification approaches. The successful candidate will work independently and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator on projects related to the discovery, optimization, and characterization of safe and sustainable new technologies for global agriculture.


Basic Qualifications:


  • Strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Exceptional laboratory skills including expertise in modern separation methods (e.g., MPLC, HPLC) and characterization techniques (e.g., NMR, MS/MS, LC/MS, GC/MS & IR) for the synthesis of complex targets
  • Ability to carry out multi-step synthetic sequences to deliver analytically pure material for biological testing
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and work in teams of scientists, including working closely with a Principal Investigator

Required Education:

BS or MS in Chemistry or related field with a strong background in organic synthesis is required. Further industrial work experience is desirable.  



  • Accountable
  • Adaptive
  • Inclusive
  • Innovative
  • Leadership


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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