DuPont is seeking a Research Investigator - Plant Disease Control Discovery Biologist to work in our Crop Protection business at the Stine-Haskell laboratories in Newark, DE.
The mission of the Plant Disease Control (PDC) group is to discover new fungicide active ingredients qualified for commercial development. The Principal Investigator provides strong biological technical results and leadership to this process.
The Plant Disease Control - Discovery principal 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 will complement these activities.
The successful principal investigator will have (or acquire) a good understanding of current and evolving plant disease control practices in multiple market regions and crops and will apply this knowledge to the assessment of new fungicide analogs and lead areas. The principal investigator will generate laboratory, greenhouse and field biological results and integrate this information with mode of action, environmental fate, crop 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 plant pathology/crop science communities. Opportunities exist to actively participate in national meetings, publish in refereed journals and travel to field sites worldwide.
Additional Information:Familiarity with organic chemistry nomenclature and physical properties, agrichemical site of action and/or soil science, as well as skills in data management, modeling, visualization and interpretation are strong positives. Knowledge of practical plant disease control or agricultural experience is also highly desirable.