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Senior Staff Scientist - Agricultural Formulation or R&D - United States  

Solvay (company)

Posted on : 21 October 2017

Project Description

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Novecare develops leading edge technologies that affect the behavior of fluids to give them cleansing, softening, moisturizing, hydrating, gelling, texturizing, penetrating or dispersing properties. Its products are found in shampoos, detergents, paints, lubricants, plant protection, mining and oil extraction. 

This position is within our highly valued Novecare Global Business Unit.  The Agricultural Specialties lab is devoted to developing innovative technological solutions in response to Solvay’s customer needs for liquid and dry pesticide formulations, tank mix adjuvants, seed treatment and for fertilizer applications.

The Staff Scientist-Agro Formulations Chemist is responsible for developing innovative solutions for agricultural formulations applications in response to Solvay’s customer needs and to provide market customer support.  Primary responsibilities include leading, managing and delivering on innovation projects as well as fast track projects to introduce new products to customers, reapplication of existing products in new agro applications, and close interaction with the business and customers.


  • Define, evaluate and develop formulation strategies and delivery techniques

  • Lead and manage one or more innovation projects (tasks, priorities, project performance) as well as fast track projects.  

  • Project execution and delivery aligned with business strategy

  • Must work well in a team and cross-functional environment

  • Coach and provide technical training to junior researchers

  • Provide market customer support through efficient customer interaction  and fast response

  • Keep up  with the recent development in the area of expertise and communicate to the organization


Required Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry with  5 + years of industrial  experience  in the field of agro formulations.

  • Responsible for conception, design, plan and execution and interpretation of experiments

  • Must have experience in agro formulations  as well as knowledge of agro market and trends

  • Ability to take technical requests and translate to technical projects

  • Must have strong organizational skills and be able to execute multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to deliver clear, concise recommendations and communicate well across a wide range of contacts

  • Demonstrated customer focus

  • Record of innovation and commercialization of products

  • Excellent verbal/written communication and presentation skills

  • Safe lab practices and record keeping experience are essential 

  • Ability to work well in a team environment and in cross functional groups

  • Experience in the field of seed treatment, fertilizer is a plus

  • About 15 % of travel is expected for this job