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Crop and Livestock Residue Chemist

FMC Corporation
Newark, Delaware
Base Salary + Comprehensive Benefits + Relocation (w/in the US)
Closing date
Oct 16, 2019

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Health / Safety, Research-Applied, Research-Basic
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

FMC Global Research & Development, Global Regulatory Sciences organization is seeking a highly-motivated individual to work in our Human Health Sciences Group at our Newark, Delaware, research facility. The Residue Chemist position requires broad knowledge of trace level analytical (residue) chemistry, separation science, method development and validation, and analytical instrumentation. This is an office-based position that utilizes experimental knowledge and regulatory know-how to support and advise internal multidisciplinary functions from early research and development through commercialization and defense of materials in the FMC agrochemical portfolio. This position will support internal scientists from aligned disciplines, such as toxicology, plant and animal metabolism, analytical chemistry, and risk assessment to make informed decisions about overall risk and ability to register active ingredients and pesticide products. This position reports to the Manager of Metabolism and Residue.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Determine the identity and concentration of agricultural active ingredients and degradation products in various matrices (plant, animal, soil, pollen) through the design, execution and interpretation of field and livestock studies at Contract Research Organizations, applying state-of-the-art analytical procedures and instrumentation.
  • Plan and oversee the research of contract laboratories for residue work to meet regulatory requirements and product safety concerns.
  • Review and summarize analytical methodology and crop/food residue data from in-house studies, literature, and other sources to prepare product monographs or position papers. Perform data mining and spreadsheet manipulations including statistics to analyze large data sets.
  • Prepare written reports and oral presentations to global business groups and regulatory agencies on human health impacts of agricultural active ingredients and their degradation products.
  • Effectively manage numerous tasks/projects simultaneously to meet internal/external deadlines while maintaining organizational integration within a global scientific support team.
  • Partner with key internal registration managers, scientists, or external technical experts worldwide. Maintain and expand a network of consultant experts and contract facilities capable of conducting agrochemical analytical and residue studies.
  • Work closely with contract laboratories to assist, advise, and troubleshoot analytical method development.
  • Respond appropriately to regulatory requirements in order to support registration, re-registration, and label expansion for products and innovative chemistry or technology.
  • Ensure all contract laboratory operations and record-keeping are of high quality and compliant with the GLP standards or other applicable regulations.
  • Ensure contract laboratory operations are performed in accordance with safety procedures and display a personal commitment to safety.
  • Prepare “white paper” documents or responses to Agency requests.
  • Attend professional meetings and scientific/technical training or workshops to maintain current scientific knowledge and observe emerging trends within relevant disciplines.
  • Participate in task forces of special interest to FMC businesses (primarily agricultural products related). Publish or present scientific information at meetings and in journals.
  • Advance FMC core values of safety, respect, stewardship, and ethics.

Required Education

PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or related discipline and a minimum 3-5 years relevant work experience in a commercial setting relevant to part-per-billion level analysis and fate of organic chemicals.  Or, MS in Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences or related discipline and a minimum 7-10 years relevant experience.


  • Broad scientific knowledge in analytical or organic chemistry, environmental fate or similar scientific discipline related to agricultural products or trace level pollutants.
  • Knowledge of chromatographic and quantitative analytical methods combined with ability to interpret MS and NMR spectra in order to identify and quantity organic molecules.
  • Knowledge of global regulations and GLP requirements for e-fate, crop, or food residue studies (in-life and analytical phases) for agricultural chemicals.
  • Knowledge of typical farming and agronomic practices, with an understanding of global food distribution and trade helpful.
  • Experience in designing and managing appropriate field and analytical studies under FIFRA and OECD guidelines
  • Project management skills to monitor, manage, and meet deadlines for GLP-compliant studies conducted through external contract facilities.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with GLPs.
  • Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills. Technical writing capability for comprehensive scientific reports and presenting results to/for appropriate target audiences. Ability to present scientific data to non-technical audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with high level of self-direction and motivation.
  • Must be able to thrive in a global, customer service-oriented scientific team environment.
  • Strong track record of critically evaluating complex scientific data in order to provide recommendations to key staff and management.
  • Strong commitment to and awareness of safety practices.  

EEO Statement

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.


Feeding the world, protecting health, and providing the conveniences of life. That is the mission of FMC. With our superior technology and strong partnerships with customers, FMC's people are finding solutions that are helping to change people's lives for the better. Today, FMC maintains leading positions in three chemical markets: Agricultural, Specialty, and Industrial. FMC Corporation is a global, diversified company serving the world for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to expand their range of skills and further develop their career.

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