Corteva Agriscience is responsible for developing new active ingredients and formulated products that can compete in current and future market conditions. The Formulation Engineer in this position will create and develop innovative formulations and delivery systems for new and existing Corteva active ingredients in the Biological Portfolio. The types of actives that we work with include microbes, nucleotides, virus, proteins, enzymes, extracts, and naturally sourced molecules. The individual will collaborate with other functions in Corteva R&D to explore, test concepts, and bring new delivery concepts to life. They will advance successful technologies and product concepts through the pipeline to business case and commercialization. Additionally, the individual will provide subject matter expertise and support in technology transfer, product registration, and scaling up processes for these concepts. This individual should be skilled in formulating and developing products for the agricultural, pharmaceutical, food science, animal health, personal care, or related industries.

How will you help us grow? It matters to us, and it matters to you!

  • Exploration, proof of concept, and development of novel formulation production technologies and concepts for new and registered active ingredients.
  • Collaboration with other functions across the company to deliver maximum success, such as analytical R&D, process development, application technology, biology, agronomy, regulatory, operations and commercial teams.
  • Collaboration with external companies or universities to evaluate novel and promising technologies for Ag applications.
  • Staying abreast of new discoveries and technologies in formulation engineering and delivery system technologies
  • Intellectual property (IP) capture and research report writing and presentation.
  • Compliance with laboratory safety procedures
  • Lead junior team members and mentor their professional development.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Under minimal guidance of senior colleagues, develops hypotheses, plans, and executes effective experiments, generates reproducible data, interprets results, and modifies hypotheses appropriately.
  • Leads the investigation of product quality concerns / issues and troubleshooting of product quality issues at plant level, conducts rework evaluations and provides recommendations to the plant.
  • Consistently applies sound scientific methods to solve technical problems.
  • Qualifies new active ingredient and raw material sources and supports shelf-life date extensions for existing products.
  • Develops understanding of customer needs through discussion with sales and marketing groups and works towards meeting the needs.
  • Develops an understanding of competitors and key competitive technologies. Uses knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of competitive products to identify opportunities for competitive product positioning


What expertise have you grown? What do you bring to the table?

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Food Science, or related fields or relevant experience. Will consider MS with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • 5-10 years formulation process development experience is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated hands on competence in formulation engineering with a proven track record of product development.
  • Experience with microbial production equipment including mixing, milling, blending, dry processing, packaging, fluidic blending, etc.
  • Experience working with biological actives and developing biological products.
  • Prior experience in research or manufacturing/engineering.
  • Ability to work independently and drive projects to completion.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to successfully partner with team members and stakeholders (sales, marketing, R&D, regulatory, product stewards, etc.) from multiple backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to persuade/influence others of the value of Corteva technology. Ability to clearly articulate the value of technology when talking with customers.
  • Working knowledge of formulation design & development and product registration process.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with fermentation and recovery technology for biological actives.
  • Experience working with HTP technology and digital tools.
  • Computer programming and automation experience

Benefits – How We’ll Support You:

  • Numerous development opportunities offered to build your skills
  • Be part of a company with a higher purpose and contribute to making the world a better place
  • Health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
  • Four weeks of paid time off and two weeks of well-being pay per year, plus paid holidays
  • Excellent parental leave which includes a minimum of 16 weeks for mother and father
  • Future planning with our competitive retirement savings plan and tuition reimbursement program
  • Learn more about our total rewards package here – Corteva Benefits
  • Check out life at Corteva! www.linkedin.com/company/corteva/life

Are you a good match? Apply today! We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team.