DuPont Research Investigator, Herbicide Discovery Scientist (PhD) in Newark, Delaware

Research Investigator, Herbicide Discovery Scientist (PhD) (Job Number: 015402W-01)


As one of the most innovative companies in the world, DuPont is looking for a Scientist in the Herbicide Discovery Biology group at our Stine Haskell research facility in Newark, Delaware. The mission of the Herbicide Discovery group is to discover new herbicide active ingredients qualified for commercial development. Research Investigator identifies, assesses and develops new scientific concepts and/or technologies to provide solutions to identified problems. He/she manages technical projects, coordinating with other professionals across varying disciplines and support personnel to accomplish objectives. He/she defines scientific approach to problems, develops hypotheses, tests them to lead projects to logical conclusions.


The Research Investigator provides strong biological technical results and leadership to Herbicide Discovery process. The Herbicide Discovery Research Investigator generates extensive biological results through a series of tiered screens and special tests, interprets and reports the results and works closely with synthesis chemists, biochemists and environmental scientists in a team environment to optimize lead area chemistry. Development, validation and implementation of new screens also complements these activities.

The successful Research Investigator should have a good understanding of current and evolving weed control practices in multiple market regions and crops and will apply this knowledge to the assessment of new herbicide active ingredients. The Research Investigator will generate greenhouse and field biological results and integrate this information with mode of action, environmental fate, crop and weed metabolism and other topics generated by others on the team to discover superior new product candidates. The position calls for active networking with DuPont regional field development specialists and marketing teams as well as strong interactions with the academic weed/crop science communities.


  • Qualifiedcandidates will have a Ph.D in a relevant scientific area such as Weed Science,Agronomy, or Plant Physiology with 4-5 years agronomic experience.

  • Experiencein developing research programs which are technically demanding and effectivelyintegrate critical technologies to apply new technologies broadly

  • Experiencein operating in an unstructured environment and define novel researchapproaches to complex scientific or technical problem

  • Demonstratedability to establish and maintain effective networks to accomplish work

  • Experiencein working as an individual and as an effective team player

  • Strongcommunication and interpersonal skills

  • Experiencein effectively supervising others

  • Experiencein effectively mentoring other employees

  • Strict observance and adherence torequired and approved safety procedures

  • Familiaritywith organic chemistry nomenclature and physical properties, agrichemical siteof action and/or soil science, as well as skills in data management, modeling,visualization and interpretation are strong positives.

  • Knowledgeof practical weed control or agricultural experience is also highly desirable.

DuPont is a global Fortune 100 company, operating in 70 countries today. We are looking for people who have a passion for delivering innovative, sustainable solutions that meet our customer needs for a better, healthier, safer life. DuPont offers an exciting place to work where thousands of innovations are introduced every year. At DuPont, you will find sustainability in our vision, our business and your future. If you want to work on the leading edge of your field and have a desire to make a difference, join DuPont and discover The miracles of science™.

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer and an E-Verify employer

Primary Location: NA-United States-Delaware-Newark

Organization: Crop Protection

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Doctorate Degree (over 19 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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