Insecticide Discovery Biology, Associate Entomologist

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  May 25, 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 Agricultural Solutions is looking for an Associate Scientist in the Insecticide Discovery Biology group at our Stine Research Center in Newark, Delaware. The mission of the Insecticide Discovery Group is to discover new insecticide active ingredients qualified for commercial development. The successful candidate will work both independently and under the supervision of a Principal Investigator on projects related to the discovery, optimization and characterization of safe and sustainable new insect control technologies.


Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will have job responsibilities which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Designing, implementing and analyzing experiments to answer specific research questions
  • Development and implementation of growth chamber and greenhouse bioassays to detect the effects of chemicals on insects and crops
  • Compound dilution, preparation, formulation and application of test solutions
  • Supporting propagation and maintenance of vigorous insect cultures and host plants, at proper levels and ambient conditions, for continuous bioassay utilization
  • Data collection, collation, analysis and generation of reports using various software tools
  • Summarization of technical results for diverse audiences in both internal and external meeting formats
  • Troubleshooting impediments to successful test implementation and devising improvements in testing protocols


Required Education:

  • M.S. in Entomology or related discipline with a working knowledge of agriculturally important insects of major crops and their control


  • Basic laboratory skills, including but not limited to analytical weighing, sample preparation and dilution, treatment application, insect culture maintenance, and test evaluations
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely in a fast-paced team environment
  • Willingness to work with chemicals of unknown toxicological hazard in accordance with strict safety measures   
  • Familiarity with and interest in conducting greenhouse, controlled environment chamber, and laboratory bioassays
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good computer skills with an ability to learn new proprietary software
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to achieve group objectives; ability to share technical knowledge with others and promote the development of the team


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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