Global R&D Scientist - Protein Biochemist

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Nov 19, 2021

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 seeking a highly motivated scientist to help discover new products for the control of important agricultural pest species in weeds, fungi and insects at our Stine Research Center, Newark, Delaware. The candidate will be a member of the Chemical Genomics Group in Discovery Biology developing a range of assay systems to screen new crop protection compounds. Applicants should have post-doctoral and industrial experience constructing suitable vectors that can be introduced into a variety of host expression systems to generate proteins of interest for detailed functional and biophysical analysis. Many of these proteins would be associated with membrane components. The candidate should also have experience in the bioinformatic analysis of genome and transcript sequences.


Job Overview and Primary Responsibilities

            Demonstrated skills in the following areas are therefore required:

  • Develop technologies for efficient production of functional recombinant proteins and enzymes, especially insect-based expression systems
  • Establish binding and functional assays capable of reporting on the efficacy of synthetic small molecule effectors
  • Develop molecular analysis tools to understand the mechanisms of new small molecules, including metabolite profiling and proteomics
  • Evaluate and integrate novel advanced analysis technologies using cellular and phenotypic systems, including directed evolution
  • Collaborate both internally and externally to develop new capabilities
  • The successful candidate will be a proven problem solver collaborating across different functions and sharing their expertise in project teams composed of chemists and biologists with a range of different technical expertise and skills.



  • At least 5 years relevant postdoctoral research and laboratory experience
  • Demonstrated success in recombinant protein production and purification
  • Experience in assay development, particularly membrane associated proteins
  • Broad practical knowledge of new technologies for binding site mapping
  • Experience in directed evolution and/or complementary in silico optimization of protein sequence for function and stability
  • Demonstrated strong technical leadership and abilities in research projects
  • Ability to interact positively and execute in a cross-functional research environment
  • Ability to adapt to and effectively implement new research strategies



  • PhD in biological sciences, specializing in biochemistry



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