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Enko discovers and develops sustainable solutions for farmers to protect their crops from pests and disease. It’s proprietary discovery platform represents a revolutionary approach to rapidly discover novel, safe and economical solutions that are needed to ensure efficient food production. Led by a team of proven scientists, entrepreneurs and ag-industry veterans, Enko uses innovative science and agile design principles to rapidly develop field-ready crop protection solutions that overcome the rising resistance barriers traditional pesticides face.

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

See our open positions below, and send your current CV in pdf format to careers@enkochem.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fungicide Discovery Lead

Mystic, Connecticut

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 fungicides 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 plant pathogens
  • 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 fungicide 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 fungicides.

 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the discovery of fungicides 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 fungicide and a working knowledge of organic chemistry necessary to contribute to a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment

Biochemistry Assay Scientist

Mystic, Connecticut

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 the industry.


The Biochemistry Assay Scientist is responsible for building and executing the target assay platform with a focus on assay development, results in a delivery, and scientific excellence. The successful candidate will lead target assay activities in support of target-based, lead discovery and optimization programs, and will have demonstrated the ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative environment. They 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:

  • Develop and implement an internal biochemical assay platform to support selection, production, characterization, and detection of target proteins across the Enko R&D pipeline
  • Lead target assay efforts and perform routine activity assays to generate and analyze the data needed to characterize hit compounds leading to advancement through the pipeline
  • Strengthen expertise in assay design and development, as well as molecular biology and/or protein production and purification with hands-on work
  • Manage target assay projects both internally and through CROs
  • Collaboration with a diverse team of scientists to identify and validate targets and optimize lead chemistries creating a pipeline of product candidates
  • Collaborate to develop an integrated strategy for discovering and developing novel crop protection chemistries

Qualifications and Skills:

  • MS or Ph.D. in protein biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years of industry experience, preferably in the discovery of crop protection chemistries
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience developing and implementing enzymatic assays and assay platforms, preferably within a growing and evolving company culture
  • Demonstrated expertise in experimental design and data analysis
  • Demonstration of project management and data-driven decision making
  • Excellent written and oral communication, project management skills, and ability to manage essential technical capabilities and capacities effectively with minimal direct authorities
  • Desire and ability to excel in a multidisciplinary environment; open-minded and capable of receiving feedback
  • Preference is given to candidates with experience in agriculture, specifically in the discovery and development of crop protection chemistry

Please send your current CV to careers@enkochem.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Insecticide and Nematicide Discovery Scientist

Mystic, Connecticut

Enko discovers and develops sustainable solutions for farmers to protect their crops from pests and disease. Our proprietary discovery platform represents a revolutionary approach to rapidly discover novel, safe and economical solutions that are needed to ensure efficient food production. Led by a team of proven scientists, entrepreneurs and ag-industry veterans, Enko uses innovative science and agile design principles to rapidly develop field-ready crop protection solutions that overcome the rising resistance barriers traditional pesticides face.  


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

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 insecticides and nematicides 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 insect and nematode pests.
  • 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 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 insecticide or nematicide 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 and nematicides.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Ph.D. in Entomology, Nematology or a related discipline.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the discovery of insecticides or nematicides 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.
  • Experience in establishing and managing external research collaborations.
  • Understanding of the properties necessary in a small molecule insecticide and nematicide discovery and a working knowledge of organic chemistry necessary to contribute to a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Maintenance Technician/Mechanic

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.

We are currently seeking a talented and reliable Maintenance Technician/Mechanic to join our maintenance department. In this position, your chief responsibility is to preserve the excellent condition and functionality of our buildings, laboratories, and greenhouses. Your duties will include conducting quality assessments, scheduling repairs, maintaining inventory, and developing preventative maintenance procedures.

The ideal candidate is versatile, with in-depth knowledge of maintenance procedures, HVAC and ventilation systems, and associated tools and equipment. To excel in this position, you must be an outstanding problem-solver with strong computer skills, and exceptional communication and organizational skills.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Inspect buildings, equipment, and systems to identify any issues.
  • Repair faulty equipment units and damaged structures.
  • Develop and implement preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Proactively monitor and manage building management systems (e.g. Siemens)
  • Manage heating and plumbing systems to guarantee functionality.
  • Plan, schedule, and execute repairs.
  • Conduct periodic quality checks on equipment and systems to ensure everything is up to standard.
  • Perform general maintenance tasks including painting and carpentry. Perform landscaping and custodial tasks as necessary in coordination with contracted companies.
  • Help develop and implement the budget for the maintenance department.
  • Maintain the inventory records for equipment and supplies.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • High school diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • Certificate in HVAC, building maintenance technology or relevant field is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • In-depth knowledge of electrical and HVAC systems.
  • Advanced understanding of general maintenance procedures and techniques.
  • Available to work overtime including weekends, public holidays, and evenings as needed.
  • Effective problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use computerized building management, greenhouse management, and maintenance management systems.
  • Must be well-organized and have the ability to prioritize tasks.

Regulatory Toxicologist

We are looking for an experienced Regulatory Toxicologist to join our highly motivated team. The successful candidate will play an integral role in ensuring product safety for consumers, applicators, and the environment.
Major responsibilities will include:
  • Working closely with the Discovery team to design safe and efficacious molecules; Consultants, collaborators, and others identified as instrumental to product discovery and development; and the Enko Scientific Advisory Board, providing timely information for decision making

  • Incorporating computational tools in the design of molecules. Such tools would include, but are not limited to, structure-activity relationships (OECD Toolbox, etc.), in silico identification of potential human and ecological toxicological issues, molecular docking models, and advanced capability to implement predictive human and environmental modeling

  • Employ and interpret early-phase product safety screening assays to evaluate and select compounds for development. Screening assays will cover both human and environmental risk

  • Coordinate the development of post-screening de-risking strategies that help lead to the design, selection, and advancement of safe and efficacious compounds

  • Identify optimal Contract Research Organizations and other collaborators for study placement. Coordinate and manage protocol development, study conduct, delivery of data, and interpretation of results

Qualifications and skills:
  • PhD in toxicology, pharmacology, or related field and a minimum of 4 years’ experience working in the field of human and/or ecological toxicology

  • An understanding of and experience with global regulatory data requirements

  • Demonstrated experience in informatics and/or insilico modeling. For example, predictive toxicity software, genomics/transcriptomics, with an emphasis on extracting, compiling, and analyzing complex data sets for building QSAR/machine learning models

  • Experience with designing and placing studies with CROs or other collaborators, with an ability to influence and arbitrate the quick resolution of issues, ensuring on-time delivery of results and reports

  • Ability to work well within a diverse team and to think strategically

  • Effective management of a wide range of tasks, responding in a timely manner and adjusting and reacting quickly to changing priorities in a variety of situations

  • Effective communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills