R&D Scientist/Engineer in Applications Technology

Department:  Research and Development
Date:  Jun 13, 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


FMC Agricultural Solutions has an immediate opening for an R&D Scientist/Engineer in Applications Technology with strong engineering background and solid product application technology experience. The successful candidate will join the Application Technology group located at the FMC Stine R&D center in Newark, DE. 


This position requires applying engineering knowledge to innovate and provide solutions that improve the delivery of crop protection. The R&D Scientist/Engineer in Applications Technology will translate highly technical ideas into final product design and develop novel engineering technologies integrated with crop protection products to optimize product application and compatibility. Understanding of global farming and working experience with growers are required.  Successful applicant will also have strong theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in one or more areas, including automation and control systems, agricultural machinery, product dispensing and delivery, and advanced engineering modeling. Successful candidate will be responsible for supporting in-house innovation of application technology. This position requires a multidisciplinary approach and a person who can perform conceptual design, experimental validation, commercial development. The engineer will work within a collaborative team consisting of project managers, biologists, chemists, formulation scientists, regulatory staffs, field development reps, marketing and sales.



  • Support the design, development and validation of customized application equipment and techniques to optimize the application quality of FMC product and support in-house innovation.
  • Interface with the cross-functional teams to ensure product application efficacy and quality across a variety of application, handling, storage and packaging systems;
  • Evaluate product compatibility with commercial equipment designed for foliar and soil applications for crop enhancement as well as weed, disease, nematode, and insect control etc.; develop new testing procedures to better characterize FMC products’ interaction with farming machinery; translate key learnings for product development, formulation improvement, and material transfer;
  • Use and develop sensing and digital technology, automated control platform, and modeling approach to enhance fluidics, application reliability, delivery accuracy & performance relevant to crop protection products.
  • Perform custom-engineering design for product transferring and handling system based upon FMC products’ attributes and customer needs.
  • Provide urgent customer support and technical assistance to business leaders, sales & marketing reps, field development reps, growers and related farm cooperatives;
  • Track global Ag Industry technology trends, familiarity with relevant standards (ASABE, ISO, and ASTM etc.), and ability to networking with internal and external experts and stakeholders; identify and champion potential opportunities to enhance FMC’s business and provide value to our customers.
  • Be able to travel both domestically and internationally when needed.


Requried Education:

  • PhD in Agricultural, Biological System, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical Engineering, or Master of Science degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, or Agricultural Engineering with 5-10 years experiences in an agricultural business, working experiences in application technology is strongly desired



  • Experience with equipment prototyping, spray and atomization,  testing for electromechanical systems, ag. robotic, hydraulic systems, dispensing systems, automation and controller building and troubleshooting;
  • Established connections with key external experts and global professionals are strongly preferred;
  • Good working knowledge of products formulations and delivery systems;
  • Knowledge of automation, controller design, telemetry & sensing technology commonly in use on current farming equipment and associated digital data platforms.
  • Strong desire to commercialize technology and a result-oriented mentality;
  • Strong technical understandings and application of engineering principles with hands-on skills;
  • Experience with process control system and strong programming skills with C++, Python, MATLAB® etc.;
  • Excellent project management, planning, prioritization and leadership skills;
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills across functions and disciplines



  • Innovative
  • Leadership
  • Inclusive
  • Accountable 
  • Adaptive 



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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