Job: 

Scientist, Enzymology

Department: 

Protein Sciences

Location: 

Mystic, CT

Date: 

September 1, 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 and a $300+ million market valuation
  • 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 have announced 4 strategic partnerships including ones with 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, structure-base design, artificial intelligence 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 scale quickly, and our best asset is our team members. We value you and your career journey, and we will support you though competitive compensation and benefits (including medical, HAS contributions, 401K matching, work/life balance options, etc.), and though deliberate professional development. We reward and grow those that make big impacts!

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in the design, validation, and execution of biochemical assays
  • Experience with automated/robotic assay technologies, liquid handler programming
  • Experience with DNA cloning, bacterial culture, and heterologous protein production
  • General laboratory practical expertise (e.g. biochemistry, enzymology, protein chemistry)
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams

Description

We are currently seeking a Scientist to join our Protein Sciences team and drive development of in vitro assays for key targets in our pipeline. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the multidisciplinary project teams responsible for discovering, characterizing and developing molecules in our pipeline.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Develop biochemical assays to support our target-based discovery platform.
  • Provide leadership within the Protein Sciences group for biochemical assays. This includes providing troubleshooting expertise to other scientists in addition to assuming responsibility for assay implementation on an “as needed” basis.
  • Manage biochemical assay projects both internally and through CROs.
  • Collaborate with a diverse team of scientists to advance project chemistry towards commercialization.

Education

  • PhD in biochemistry or a related field with 3+ years relevant experience (or M.Sc. in a relevant field with 5+ years of relevant experience)

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