Formulation chemists design and develop new agrochemical formulations and support existing products that meet the needs of farmers. To do so, these chemists will independently plan, organize and conduct experiments relevant to the creation of chemical formulations within a laboratory setting. Additionally, they partner with other departments like sales, marketing, regulatory and operations to determine the best formulation path.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Plan, organize and conduct experiments to optimize the biological, regulatory and production performance of products
- Carry out laboratory work to develop new agrochemical formulations
- Deliver critical information to leadership and fellow researchers
- Assist in finding solutions for manufacturing process problems
- Keep accurate records of batches and laboratory work
- Take an active part in the introduction of newly developed products
- Organize and monitor incoming raw materials inventory and needs on an ongoing basis
- Test formulation batches based on specific parameters
- Develop and design new testing methods to ensure customer satisfaction with products
- Submit patents, if needed, for developed formulations
- Keep up to date with current agrochemical processes and formulations
- Write reports and give presentations to internal teams
- Organize, schedule and execute projects in accordance with company priorities
- Help newly developed products move through the regulatory process
- Network with the local formulation technical community to recognize challenges and opportunities
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- focus on higher-level mathematics and science, such as statistics, algebra, genetics, biology, chemistry and physics
A master’s degree at minimum or, preferably, a doctorate in chemistry is required to be a formulation chemist.