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Formulation Chemist

Full Time
Vancouver, BC     

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This position is based out of Vancouver, BC and reporting to the Lead Scientist, Crop Care R&D, the Formulation Chemist will develop agricultural formulations utilizing Terramera’s technology platform for the delivery of bioactive materials intended to control a variety of insect pests and crop diseases, and to promote plant health. The position requires a highly experienced individual with a strong background in agrochemical formulations and natural products chemistry. Working closely with R&D analytical chemists and biologists and Terramera’s Product Development team, the Formulation Chemist will create and optimize novel agricultural products and provide technical expertise and advice to cross-functional departments.


  • Develop various formulations for applications in crop protection and optimize them with feedback from screening, greenhouse studies and field biology studies
  • Develop and implement detailed formulation R&D programs consistent with approved business cases for active ingredients and formulations
  • Formulate range of active and inert ingredients and conduct physico-chemical characterization and stability studies
  • Develop specialized formulations for slow release and seed treatments
  • Provide literature and patent research for patentability and FTO assessments
  • Liaise closely with stakeholders from Product Development and Manufacturing to understand business needs and determine the best formulation development path forward to meet those needs
  • Supervise junior team members
  • Clearly document research results and communicate progress to internal and external stakeholders 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry plus 5 years of ag formulations experience in an R&D environment; or MSc with 8 years of ag formulations experience; or BSc with 10 years of ag formulations experience.
  • Experience in formulation of natural products and micronutrients desired
  • Experience with nanomaterials, bio-composites and encapsulation techniques an asset
  • Proficient in formulation screening and optimization using systematic methodologies
  • Familiar with analytical characterization techniques (GC, HPLC) and biological efficacy and phytotoxicity testing
  • Demonstrated capability for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Familiarity with in-field grower applications and experience solving common issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey specialized technical knowledge to non-experts
  • Ability to work towards KPIs and timelines with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment

Posted: September 23, 2016
Closes:November 22, 2016
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Company Info
11-50 employees
Agriculture and Food
Goods and Products

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About Terramera Inc.

Terramera protects people and plants from the fear and threat of pests, naturally. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Terramera is a private Bio/Ag Tech company replacing toxic pesticides with potent ...