Job: 

Research Assistant

Department: 

Biology

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

  • 1-2 years research experience working in a laboratory or greenhouse environment
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage work processes within the stipulated time
  • Proven ability to work independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams
  •  Excellent written and oral communication

Description

Our Biology team is seeking a motivated individual with a background in biology to join our fungicide discovery effort. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as is the desire and ability to excel in a multidisciplinary environment. This person will have an opportunity to contribute to a culture that nurtures scientific excellence, a sense of urgency to achieve project success, and success built on collaboration and personal accountability.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct bioassays to test the effect of novel small molecules on important plant pathogens
  • Production and propagation of material for bioassays (e.g., plants and plant pathogens) in growth chambers, greenhouses, and the lab
  • Data capture, analysis and preparation of technical reports in compliance with standard company processes
  • Adaptability to assist across the whole Biology team as needed

The ideal candidate will have experience conducting bioassays with crop pests.

Education

  • BS in biological sciences (e.g., Biology, Plant Science, Ecology, Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Microbiology)

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