Data Scientist, Precision Agriculture

Department:  Information Technology
Date:  Sep 7, 2022


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

At FMC, precision agriculture offerings are designed to give farmers and customers novel insights on how to protect their crops against a range of pest pressures.  FMC’s solutions will allow growers to make faster, better and more informed decisions than ever before.   As the only global agricultural sciences company focused exclusively on crop protection, FMC is uniquely positioned to deliver best-in-class agronomic advice.


The precision agriculture team at FMC is building a portfolio of new applications and services. You will be part of a team that is adopting the mindset, agility and processes of a technology company while drawing on our 100+ years of experience in agriculture.


This role is located at our corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. We welcome you, your ideas and enthusiasm.




  • Build data science solution to solve complex problems and fuel growth initiatives
  • Work with stakeholders to find workable solutions to our business problems on data. This will require the ability to translate the problems stated in business terms into quantitative approaches leading to projects starting small and aspiring to grow big if preliminary results are promising.
  • Develop data pipelines (mostly in Airflow) for automation, scalability, extensibility, and transparency
  • Convey sophisticated machine learning and modeling solutions with intuitive visualizations and effective communications
  • Participate in discussions to make the right scientific or technical trade-offs to

       meet long-term strategic and short-term tactical business needs

  • Collaborate closely with Machine Learning Engineer to deploy Data Science models to production




  • MS/Ph.D. in computer science, machine learning, statistics, applied mathematics,

Physics, agronomy/climatology or other scientific or computational disciplines

  • 2+ years of industry experience building advanced analytics models and machine learning products across one or more areas of Predictive/Prescriptive Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Time Series Forecasting, Computer Vision and Image Processing
  •  Applied experience of various machine learning techniques (e.g., Neural Networks, Tree

       based learning, Clustering etc.)

  •  Hands on experience working on large data sets with expertise in data mining, predictive

       modeling, statistical analysis

  • Experience with distributed systems such as Hadoop/MapReduce, Spark etc. and

     modeling on cloud platforms (AWS/Azure/GCP)

  • Demonstrated expertise in SQL and one or more languages commonly used in data

      analytics (Python, R, Java, Scala etc.). Python/R/Scala proficiency is strongly preferred

  • Experience with packages such as NumPy, SciPy, pandas, scikit-learn, dplyr etc.
  •   Passionate about data driven story telling using visualization tools like Tableau,

       Power BI, Looker etc.

  •  Demonstrated experience building and deploying production ready machine learning


  •  Comfortable with multi-tasking in a fast paced and fun environment


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Hands on experience working with large data sets (Spark, Hadoop, Hive, Redshift, etc.)
  • Experience articulating business questions and using mathematical techniques to arrive at an answer using available data
  • Additional experience in one or more core analytic methods such as predictive modeling,

      customer segmentation/clustering, voice of customer applications, personalization,    

      image recognition, supply chain optimization etc.

  • Good understanding of data privacy, GDPR and best practices around data encryption
  • Working knowledge of DevOps model, automated workflows, associated CI/CD

        components and containers (git, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes etc.)

  • Well-versed in articulating business questions and using mathematical techniques to arrive at an answer using available data
  • Project management experience managing vendors and system integrators to lead data

      engagements and drive adoption           


Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment. Full vaccination means that two weeks have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (i.e., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). All applicants will be required to show proof of their vaccination status upon receipt of an offer of employment. Exemptions will be granted only to those applicants who are unable to take the vaccine due to medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief.   FMC will work with those who apply for and are granted exemptions in an effort to identify reasonable accommodations which will permit those individuals to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions.

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

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia