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Formulation Chemist



Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023

This position is based out of Vancouver, BC and will report to the Senior Scientist, Green Chemistry R&D. The Formulation Chemist will develop agricultural formulations utilizing Terramera’s Formulation Solution Platform for the delivery of biopesticides intended to control a variety of pests and to promote plant health. The position requires an experienced individual with a strong background in agrochemical formulations and natural product chemistry. Working closely with R&D analytical chemists, biologists and plant growth team, the Formulation Chemist will create and optimize novel agricultural products and provide technical expertise and advice to cross-functional departments.


  • Develop various agrochemical formulations for applications in crop protection and optimize them based on feedback from screening, in-house studies, and field biology trials.
  • Develop and implement Terramera’s Formulation Solution Platform consistent with approved business cases for given active ingredients and product concepts.
  • Formulate a range of biopesticide actives and inert ingredients and conduct physico-chemical characterization and stability studies
  • Take ownership of assigned product development projects with minimum supervision and play a central role in conceiving, planning, designing, and conducting research and development activities
  • Liaise closely with other stakeholders, including in-vitro, in-planta, plant growth operations, supply chain, IP, and regulatory, to understand business needs and determine the best formulation development path forward to meet those needs
  • Keep current with emerging formulation and delivery technologies, as well as global standard test methods and practices for formulations;
  • Collaborate with and support Terramera’s in-silico team in their effort to develop various ML predictive and/or computational chemistry models for use in formulation development
  • Clearly document research results and communicate progress to internal and external stakeholders.


  • MSc with 3-5 years of ag formulations experience; or BSc with 5-8 years of ag formulations experience.
  • Experience in formulating biopesticides or biological materials is highly desired.
  • Experience in encapsulation technology is highly desired.
  • Proficient in formulation screening and optimization using systematic methodologies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey specialized technical knowledge to non-experts.
  • Familiar with analytical chemistry techniques (GC, HPLC) and biological efficacy and phytotoxicity testing
  • Demonstrated capability for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Familiarity with in-field grower applications and common issues in agrochemical product delivery in the field is an asset.
  • Ability to work towards project goals and timelines with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.


  • Based on-site in Vancouver, B.C. Hybrid working is encouraged to maximize both project support and work-life balance.


  • Full time, Permanent

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Terramera is a safe, inclusive workplace for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or underrepresented group.