Formulation Process Development Engineer

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Job Title: Formulation Process Development Engineer
Location: Indianapolis, IN, Midwest United States, USA
Company: Corteva
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Chemical, Pesticide and Fertilizer
Career Type: Researcher/Research & Development
Job Type: Full Time

Job Description:


The Formulation Process Development Engineer within Product Science and Technology at Corteva Agriscience, works within a team of formulation chemists, analysts, technicians and Operations personnel to develop process routes to manufacture and scale up existing and emerging novel delivery agrichemical formulations.  This role is responsible for (a) evaluating critical process parameters through experimental design, (b) demonstrating the solutions in a scale-up environment, and (c) transferring the technology to manufacturing to realize value for the business.  This position is located at the Corteva Agriscience Global Business Unit site in Indianapolis, Indiana and reports to the technical manager of the Formulations Process Science & Technology Group.

This role can accommodate a flexible work arrangement where you may work multiple days a week from home. 

Core Responsibilities:
As a team member of the R&D team, the Formulation Process Engineer is required to make key decisions in regard to their respective research projects that will have both immediate and long-term impact to the Corteva Agriscience Crop Protection business.  Curiosity, critical thinking and collaboration are required to be successful in this role.  

Job Responsibilities: 

Designing and conducting research activities to enable successful launch of crop protection formulated products: (70%) 

  • Working with Formulation Scientists to plan and coordinate appropriate trials to determine scale-up feasibility 

  • Using Design of Experiment (DoE) to design and conduct experiments to understand key process variables that affect product performance, quality, stability and manufacturability. 

  • Important properties include, viscosity, particle size, bulk density, dispersion time, suspensibility, emulsion stability, etc. 

  • Formulation types include water-dispersible granules (WDG), oil-dispersions (OD), capsule suspensions (CS), soluble liquids (SL), emulsifiable concentrates (EC), suspension concentrates (SC), baits etc. of new and existing active molecules 

  • Conducting research and testing to implement practical solutions to formulation manufacturing challenges 

  • Coordinating and planning cross-functional samples for reactive chemistry, packaging compatibility, application studies, material compatibility, etc. 

  • Communicating data-based recommendations to stakeholders to enable successful product launch 

  • Documenting key process considerations and parameters in technical reports 

Partnering with multidisciplinary teams to plan and support process demonstration trials, provide manufacturing plant support and launch new formulations (20%) 

  • Developing trial plans for manufacturing scale trials 

  • Providing startup support for newly launched formulations 

  • Drafting documentation to capture and transfer learnings from DOE and plant trial 

  • Troubleshooting process issues and providing solutions to manufacturing 

Producing field trial, regulatory, applications and other experimental samples at pilot scale (10%) 

  • Consolidating sample requests and coordinating procurement of raw materials to produce them 



  • BS, MS or PhD in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, or chemistry, plus 4-6 years of relevant industrial or R&D experience (preferred). 

Required Qualifications:

  • Analyzing and interpreting data, report-writing, and clearly communicating data-based process steps and scale-up parameter recommendations 

  • Fostering a strong commitment to safety and environmental responsibility 

  • Experience in Formulation or chemical process scale-up and/or process development 

  • Capable of setting up pilot scale laboratory equipment 

  • Ability to work independently and drive projects to completion 

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills 

  • Ability to successfully partner with team members and stakeholders from multiple backgrounds 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to deliver presentations that distill complex ideas and proactively communicate results and progress to technical teams, supervision, management, and business leadership 

  • Ability to travel up to 10% 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six Sigma Training 

  • Experience in applying statistics and experimental design 

  • Formulated product manufacturing experience 

  • Experience in Colloid and Interfacial Science 

  • Experience with material property and performance characterization using mechanical, physical, and/or chemical testing/analysis. 

  • Data acquisition/controls experience 


Let’s peek at how you can grow your wellbeing, health, and future at Corteva!

  • Strike a better work-life balance with robust time off benefits including paid maternity, paternal and family illness leave
  • Prepare for your future with our competitive retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement program, and more
  • Enjoy access to health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
  • And much, much more!

Ready to grow your perspectives, impact and career? Start by applying to this opportunity today!

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Job Post Date: 04/06/22
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