Global Regulatory Scientist - Plant Health

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  May 16, 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 Global Regulatory Sciences (GRS) is looking for a candidate to join our Plant Health Sciences Team. The position is based at either our Global Research Center in Newark, Delaware, USA or our European Innovation Centre in Hørsholm (greater Copenhagen area), Denmark. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and managing team priorities, advising registration and business teams on issues, and engaging in critical assessments as a technical expert.  This position reports to the Manager of Plant Health Sciences.



  • Serve as a technical expert in microbial taxonomy and safety, including assessment of toxins, virulence factors, anti-microbial resistance, and secondary metabolite production using bioinformatics tools
  • Create genomic databases including relevant reference strains and generate bioinformatics pipeline for these analyses in the cloud computing environment
  • Interpret microbial taxonomy and safety data for the purposes of biosafety and registration of new microbial plant protection products, product renewals or life cycle management
  • Lead the design of regulatory studies together with contract research organizations, troubleshoot technical problems, monitor study progress, and approve final reports
  • Prepare product registration dossiers for global and regional projects, including literature reviews, assessment of secondary metabolites and toxins of concern
  • Act as project leader within regulatory sciences group, collaborate with colleagues in other technical disciplines and assist FMC in identifying and/or making informed decisions about new and existing products as required
  • Maintain a current awareness of developments in regulatory science through data mining, participation in Industry Task Forces and Working Groups, Trade Associations and/or professional conferences


Required Education:

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Microbial safety, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biotechnology, or related field;
  • M.S. in Microbiology, Microbial safety, Biochemistry, Biochemistry, or related field; plus a minimum of 5 years in regulatory sciences for plant health product or agrochemicals



  • Experience in microbial taxonomy – knowledge of taxonomic systematics, phylogeny, microbial physiology, populations and use of bioinformatics
  • Knowledge of microbial safety including infectious diseases and public health guidance
  • Understanding of global regulatory data requirements for biological plant protection products and pheromones
  • Experience with business travel – up to 15%, including international travel


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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