Head of Fungicide Innovation

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Website glbio Greenlight Biosciences


·         Results-oriented with a passion for developing cutting-edge technology

·         An ability to seamlessly combine hands-on work at the bench with building and managing a growing team

·         A can-do attitude to drive success for all aspects of the project, team and company

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If you are a visionary out-of-the box thinker that can help GreenLight unlock RNA-based solutions for crop protection and transform current agricultural practices, you may be the leader we seek.


·         Collaborate as a member of the Crop Protection Discovery Leadership Team to:

o   Develop a research strategy to discover novel biopesticides and ensure a robust product pipeline

o   Allocate resources and troubleshoot challenges across the Crop Protection Discovery organization to ensure achievement of key goals and milestones

o   Identify and evaluate new technologies for licensing or acquisition

o   Source and secure external collaborations

·         Drive achievement of Fungicide Discovery goals to ensure a continual supply of early-stage products for advancement to development

·         Direct and actively participate in internal and third-party research projects required for novel fungicide discovery and demonstration of product proof-of-concept, including target selection, design of active RNAi molecules, in vitro and in vivo fungal assay development, and innovation of novel nucleic acid delivery mechanisms to fungal pathogens and their crop hosts

·         Serve as a subject matter expert in fungal biology, plant pathology and plant-pathogen interactions

·         Contribute to the company’s intellectual property portfolio and routinely track and document results in laboratory notebooks and databases

·         Mentor, coach, challenge and develop team members to reach their full potential

·         Ensure safe laboratory operations and a safety-focused work culture

·         As a scientific leader at GreenLight, role model, support and deliver on the corporate values, objectives and goals

·         Represent GreenLight at scientific meetings and conferences as required

·         Foster an inclusive work environment that embraces and derives value from diversity, teamwork and sharing


·         A Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, plant biology or related field, ideally with substantial experience in the areas of RNAi and/or fungicide research

·         At least 5 years of relevant postdoctoral experience, preferably with at least 2 years in an industrial setting

·         Solid knowledge of the relevant academic research literature and crop protection industry, especially in fungicide discovery and RNA-based control of fungal diseases

·         A record of and interest in scientific leadership, with at least 1 year of experience managing a team

·         Experience effectively managing multiple projects with appropriate attention to detail and communication of project progress, deviations and results to stakeholders in a clear and timely fashion

·         Experience in the following areas provides a distinct advantage:

o   External research collaboration management

o   Building teams and establishing research programs

o   Discovery of new crop protection products through a commercial screening program

o   Use of genomics and bioinformatics tools

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