Job: 

Project Lead

Department: 

R&D

Location: 

Mystic, CT

Date: 

September 9, 2022

Summary

At Enko we believe that to create the future the world wants, we need to change the way the world grows. Our goal is not just to create something better, but to play a part in something bigger. Enko discovers and develops novel products for farmers to protect their crops from pests and disease. 

Key Facts

  • Our products address a $60 billion core market focused on crop health with expansion into adjacent markets worth $300+ billion
  • We have $140 million in capitalization, with $70 million raised as part of a Series C in July 2022 
  • Our global investors include NuFarm, Anterra Capital, Taher Gozal, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Eight Roads Ventures, Finistere Ventures, Novalis LifeSciences, Germin8 Ventures, TO Ventures Food, Endeavor8, Alumni Ventures Group, Connecticut Innovations and Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund
  • We have over 30 novel, active pipeline programs and 4 strategic partnerships announced, including Syngenta and Bayer
  • Our headquarters and research facility in Mystic, CT has 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs and computer-controlled greenhouses built for pre-field experimentation and scale

Our agricultural invention platform, Enkompass™, uses DNA encoded libraries, A.I. and machine learning to create more effective ways of finding and selecting the right treatments for the right targets– faster than anyone had ever imagined possible.  Led by a team of proven scientists, entrepreneurs, and industry veterans, Enko’s innovative science, agile design, and discovery of new modes of action is producing next-generation crop protection solutions that will overcome the critical challenges facing industry. The industry has taken notice and we have active projects with many key industry players…with more to come! 

We are hiring across the organization to achieve our desired growth objectives, and our best asset is our team members.  We value you and your career journey, and we will support your work/life balance.  We focus on impact over hours!

Key Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in crop protection R&D with a leading organization that includes a deep working knowledge in core discipline and familiarity with other disciplines critical in the development of small molecule, crop protection products.
  • Results orientated with a drive to succeed.
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking skills.
  • Adaptability to work in a growth environment effectively. 
  • Strong project management and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability as a highly effective team leader.
  • Energetic with a hands-on approach.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Eagerness to learn and a willingness to contribute to a dynamic team environment

Description

Our R&D team is seeking a leader with a background in the discovery and development of small molecule chemistries for crop agriculture to play a key role in development of our novel, small molecule chemistries. The successful candidate will interact daily with a highly experienced team of R&D scientists and leaders from across the company and will be exposed to numerous facets of the crop protection industry.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership to R&D teams during the late discovery and development pipeline phases.
  • Work closely with commercial leadership to define research plans aligned to product characterization, formulation, production and registration.
  • Provide input to R&D and senior leadership on pipeline advancement and portfolio management decisions.

Education

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., chemistry, biology, agronomy, biochemistry)

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