Enko Chem is a venture-backed start-up in the Boston area committed to addressing the needs of a growing world population by advancing the discovery and development of new crop protection chemistries. We are establishing a team of scientists who collaborate internally and externally to move discoveries from the laboratory to the field.

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

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


Research Assistant, Plant Biology

We are looking to add a Research Assistant with a background in a relevant biological discipline (e.g. plant biology, weed science or plant pathology) to assist with screening of novel small molecules on agronomically important weeds and crops.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct plant bioassays to test the effect of novel small molecules

  • Production and propagation of high-quality plant material both in growth chambers and greenhouses

  • Data capture, analysis and preparation of technical reports in compliance with standard company processes

  • Occasional travel to greenhouse locations within MA

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to apply their expertise to routinely run small molecule In-vivo screens in strict adherence with company standards. They will also have a good understanding of the plant biology and herbicide physiology.

Qualifications and skills:

  • BS in Biology/Plant Science/Agronomy or a related discipline

  • A minimum of 1-2 years research experience working with propagation and production of plants in controlled environment conditions

  • 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

  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with good understanding of plant biology, herbicide physiology or plant tissue culture


Patent Scientist

We are seeking a Patent Scientist to act as a liaison between inventors and external attorneys. The candidate will be joining our core team of scientists who will collaborate internally and externally to move discoveries from the laboratory to the field, targeting the discovery of small molecules for the control of agriculturally important pests.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Liaise between inventors and external attorneys regarding invention disclosures and conversion into patent applications, conducting an in-depth review and critique of all applications prior to filing, and coordinating all associated paperwork

  • Coordinate and contribute to freedom-to-operate analyses

  • Develop & maintain appropriate databases to track invention disclosure & patent application status

  • Develop & maintain appropriate databases to monitor patent applications by competitors and develop competitive landscape

  • Identify and track weaknesses in intellectual property portfolios and help drive R&D to file appropriate patent applications

  • Assist in patent prosecution

  • Assist in identifying potential infringement situations and coordinating appropriate response

  • Assure that electronic lab notebooks are orderly, and inventions are all appropriately signed and witnessed

  • Assist with trademark and other IP related matters, as required, including identification of key intellectual property for potential acquisition

  • Provide updated reports to supervisor and senior leadership

Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as is the desire and ability to excel in a multidisciplinary environment both as a leader and member across multiple project teams. As an early addition to the team, this person will have an opportunity to help us establish a culture that nurtures scientific excellence, a sense of urgency to achieve project success built on collaboration and personal accountability.

Qualifications and skills:

  • D. (or M.S. + experience) degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field

  • Practical experience in small molecule discovery (Ag or Pharma)

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Intellectual Property field

  • Experience in patent searches and preliminary analysis

  • Experience in patent prosecution


Research Associate, Enzymology

We are looking for a motivated scientist to join our multidisciplinary research group. The Enzymology RA will be responsible for conducting enzymatic in vitro activity assays under the supervision of senior staff and for supporting the overall activities of the team which may include molecular biology, protein expression and purification, cell culture, and other related activities.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience conducting enzyme assays in microplate format, basic data analysis and interpretation

  • Stringent attention to detail, excellent notebook and record-keeping practices

  • General biochemistry wet-lab skills

  • Protein purification/characterization and/or eukaryotic cell culture

  • Experience with cell-based assays in microplate format

  • Experience with automated/robotic assay technologies, liquid handler programming, and associated skills

Qualifications:

  • BS with over 5 years or MS with 2-3 years of professional experience running in vitro assays in the biotech/pharmaceutical environment, or equivalent


Scientist, Biology

We are searching for an experienced leader with a background in plant pathology, plant biology or related discipline to lead the group responsible for characterizing activity on model and target organisms.

Major responsibilities will include:

  • Design and implementation of robust assays for characterization of candidate chemistries on model and agronomically important plant species and pathogens

  • Leadership of programs that will generate and analyze the data needed to characterize candidate molecules leading to advancement through the staging system

  • Collaboration 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 candidates through a tiered evaluation system

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability to apply their expertise to advance multiple, small molecule discovery campaigns from screening to identification of development candidates. They will also have a deep understanding of the discovery process and be able to translate this to the development of a tiered evaluation system for fungicide and herbicide candidates. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as is the desire and ability to thrive in a multidisciplinary, dynamic, fast-paced, and innovative 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.

Qualifications and Skills

  • D. in Plant Pathology, Mycology, Plant Physiology, Weed Science, Agronomy or a related discipline

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the discovery of crop protection chemistries 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 required

  • Demonstrated expertise in designing and conducting research trials including protocol design and execution

  • Demonstration of leadership and data-driven decision making

  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • Experience building teams and research infrastructure, as well as establishing and managing external research collaborations provides a distinct advantage

  • Experience with high throughput assay approaches that include automation and image analysis is desirable