Job: 

Scientist, Entomology

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

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the discovery of small molecule insecticides including direct involvement the characterization of early-stage chemistries in the lab and greenhouse.  A working knowledge of the characterization of crop protection chemistries in the field is desirable.
  • Experience in utilizing data-driven decision making to advance chemistries in a staged, pipeline management system.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Experience in establishing and managing external research collaborations.
  • Understanding of the properties necessary in a small molecule insecticide including a working knowledge of organic chemistry necessary to contribute to a multidisciplinary team.

Description

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to apply their expertise in insecticide discovery to advance small molecule discovery campaigns from screening to identification of development candidates. They will have a deep understanding of the discovery process and be able to translate this to the development of a tiered evaluation system for insecticides.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Apply knowledge of market leading products and the attributes of highly effective insecticides to define characterization strategies that support advancement of chemistries through the staging system.
  • Lead the design and implementation of robust assays for characterization of candidate chemistries on agronomically important insect pests.
  • Collaborate within multidisciplinary project teams to optimize chemistries using a hypothesis-driven approach.
  • Collaborate with external partners to conduct advanced characterization of candidate molecules
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of scientists to identify and validate molecular targets for new Hit generation experiments.
  • Collaborate as a member of the Biology Team to develop approaches for rapidly and reliably advancing candidate molecules through a tiered evaluation system.

Enko team memberswill be entitled to participate in Health, Dental, Vision, Life and DisabilityInsurance, 401(k) Plan and other similar fringe benefit plans.

Education

  • Ph.D. (or M.S. + additional experience) in Entomology, Toxicology, Physiology or a related discipline.

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