Staff Formulation Scientist
Greensboro, NC 
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Company Description

As a world market leader in crop protection, we help farmers to counter these threats and ensure enough safe, nutritious, affordable food for all – while minimizing the use of land and other agricultural inputs. Syngenta Crop Protection keeps plants safe from planting to harvesting.  From the moment a seed is planted through to harvest, crops need to be protected from weeds, insects and diseases as well as droughts and floods, heat and cold. Syngenta Crop Protection is headquartered in Switzerland

Job Description

Role purpose

Through a combination of world-class science and global expertise matched with investment in new and emerging technologies, Syngenta Professions Solutions (SPS) delivers innovative solutions to protect the places where you live, work and play.  SPS encompasses three key business units, Professional Pest Management, Turf & Landscape, and Ornamentals, and we are seeking a Formulation Scientist for SPS product development to design and optimize formulation compositions to deliver active ingredients for effective pest control.  More specifically the ideal candidate will have experience in bait formulation design, with a working knowledge of food science and entomology, along with knowledge of and experience in developing relevant agrochemical formulation types more generally, including granules, gels, suspension concentrates, emulsions, capsule suspensions, oil dispersions, etc.

The work will entail materials selection with an emphasis on physical and chemical characterization and formulation robustness testing to ensure ease of manufacture and final use by the customer. Additionally, the Formulation Scientist will work with interdisciplinary teams to characterize various aspects of performance, such as application, bioefficacy, safety, toxicity, and scale-up of the design. The Formulation Scientist’s high-level responsibilities are development and stewardship of formulations from product conception and design to production and customer use.


  • Plan, organize, and conduct experiments to design and optimize active ingredient formulations, meeting biology, marketing, regulatory, production, and supply chain criteria.
  • Validate formulation robustness through rigorous physico-chemical characterization.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams at pilot and production scale for introduction of newly developed products.
  • Mentor and coach other scientists within the SPS technical team and across the product development department.
  • Participate and communicate timely and effectively to technical and non-technical stakeholders on interdisciplinary project teams.
  • Coordinate and carry out laboratory work to develop new or improved manufacturing processes in support of global supply chains.
  • Steward local and global product portfolios and ensure product quality by designing and implementing new testing methods, in addition to supporting manufacturing and regulatory teams to ensure registrability and customer satisfaction of Syngenta products.
  • Define and implement innovative and creative solutions during product life-cycle development, and actively pursue opportunities for innovation and intellectual property independently and collaboratively.
  • Lead and prioritize multiple projects concurrently, and define challenging and ambiguous projects
  • Communicates effectively with technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Shows an aptitude to learn and apply new scientific disciplines, strategies, or technologies.
  • Employs organizational skills for proper time-management and clear communication of results.


  • Minimum M.S. or PhD degree in Chemistry, Biosciences, Food Science, Chemical Engineering, or related field with ~2-5+ yrs industry experience.
  • Preferred experience in bait formulation design, including co-formulant considerations for attractancy, palatability, and bioefficacy.
  • A working knowledge of entomology and development of bioassays is also a plus.
  • A thorough knowledge of formulating food-grade inerts such as but not limited to polysaccharides, yeasts, gluten, cellulose, proteins, carrageenan, and gums.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is not required but considered desirable: colloid, material, surfactant, polymeric, rheological, crystallization, statistical, or biological sciences; experience working with or within regulatory, toxicological, manufacturing, or supply-chain areas.
  • Exhibits an enthusiasm for working closely with commercial, marketing, and production teams and engaging with multi-functional teams to deliver quality products to the customer.
  • Possesses an aptitude for mentoring and willingness to coach others.
  • Show proficiency in experimental design and/or method development.
  • Takes initiative, is known as a self-starter, and exhibits a passion for problem-solving.
  • Shows adaptability and is an agent for change.
  • Exhibits timely and effective judgement as a subject matter expert.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate within and outside of candidate’s area of expertise.

What We Offer:

  • A culture that celebrates diversity & inclusion, promotes professional development, and strives for a work-life balance that supports the team members. offers flexible work options to support your work and personal needs
  • Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts your first day
  • 401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution
  • Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts, among other benefits

Additional Information

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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