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Herbicide Discovery Lead with Enko in Mystic, CT

Type of position Full time position
Employer Enko
Description of Employer Enko discovers and develops novel products for farmers to protect their crops from pests and disease. Our proprietary technology platform represents a revolutionary approach to rapidly discover safe and economical solutions that are needed to ensure sustainable food production. Led by a team of proven scientists, entrepreneurs and ag-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.
Location Mystic, CT
Salary Enko team members are offered a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 401(k) matching contributions, and more.
Closing date of competition Sept 1, 2020
Date position available July, 22, 2020
Description of duties

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. As an early member of the R&D team, this person will have an opportunity to help establish a culture that nurtures scientific excellence, a sense of urgency to achieve project success, and success built on collaboration and personal accountability.

Major responsibilities include:
– Apply knowledge of market leading products and the attributes of highly effective herbicides 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 model and agronomically important weed species
– Collaborate with a diverse team of scientists to identify and validate targets and optimize lead chemistries creating a pipeline of product candidates
– Collaborate with external partners to conduct advanced characterization of candidate molecules
– Collaborate as a member of the Biology Leadership Team to develop approaches for rapidly and reliably advancing candidate molecules through a tiered evaluation system

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to apply their expertise in herbicide 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 herbicides.

Qualifications sought

Qualifications and Skills:
– Ph.D. in Weed Science, Agronomy, Plant Physiology or a related discipline
– A minimum of 5 years of experience in the discovery of herbicides 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
– Demonstration of scientific and team leadership
– Excellent written and oral communication
– Experience building teams and research infrastructure, as well as establishing and managing external research collaborations provides a distinct advantage
– Understanding of the properties necessary in a small molecule herbicide and a working knowledge of organic chemistry necessary to contribute to a multidisciplinary team
– Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment

Application procedure  
Submit what Resume
Submit to careers@enkochem.com
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