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Fungicides Category Lead

GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
Durham, North Carolina
Start date
Sep 14, 2022

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At GreenLight we are working to solve two of the world's greatest problems: global food insecurity and equal access to vaccines and the associated health benefits. Unlike most corporations who can be required to put profits ahead of other principles, GreenLight is one of the first Public Benefit Corporations to be publicly traded and have a charter that requires a focus on how it benefits its employees, community and society and has a broad portfolio addressing key issues in plant health and human health (Nasdaq: GRNA) by leveraging the full potential of dsRNA and mRNA. The GreenLight team is over 300 people across our headquarters in Medford, MA, an R&D facility in Woburn, MA and an R&D facility in Research Triangle Park, NC. GreenLight also has a biomanufacturing plant in Rochester, NY. Initiatives include finding ways to support biodiversity, protect bees and other pollinators, treat rare diseases as well as develop vaccines.

At GreenLight, we believe inclusion is the way forward. We celebrate the power of working together to address humanity’s challenges, meet the needs of underserved populations, and push the boundaries of scientific discovery. Fueled by our aspiration for a true sense of belonging, our talented teams embody the principles of diversity and equality as we strive to bring food security, medicine, and healthcare to everyone—paving the way for a sustainable future. For more information, visit

GreenLight Biosciences is seeking an exceptional, highly motivated scientific leader to apply industry leading RNA technology to Crop Protection. The Fungicides Category Lead reports to the Vice President of Research within the Plant Health organization and will be responsible for defining and executing the technical strategy for discovery, early phase validation and mode of action studies for the biological Fungicides portfolio at GreenLight Biosciences.  Strong technical, organizational, and communication skills, as well as the ability to develop creative solutions to challenging problems in a fast-paced milestone-driven company are essential.


  • Collaborate as a member of the Plant Health Discovery Leadership Team to:
    • Develop and execute a strategy to discover and develop novel biofungicides and associated mode of action (MOA) studies to enhance product development
    • Identify and evaluate new technologies for in-licensing or acquisition
    • Source and secure external research or testing collaborations
    • Expand GreenLight research capabilities through innovation
    • Allocate resources and troubleshoot challenges across the Plant Health Discovery organization to ensure achievement of key goals and milestones
  • Establish and drive achievement of Fungicide Category goals to define and advance successful product concepts from ideation through early pre-development
  • Lead the Fungicide Category team with responsibility for all personnel, project milestones and budgeting
  • Seek, direct and actively participate in internal and third-party research projects required for novel biofungicide discovery product proof-of-concept, including target selection, design of active RNA trigger molecules, in vitro assay development, and mode of action
  • Serve as a subject matter expert in fungi/oomycete biology for agriculturally important plant pathosystems
  • Contribute to the company’s intellectual property portfolio through innovative approaches to RNA based biofungicide development
  • Mentor, coach, challenge and develop team members to reach their full potential
  • Represent GreenLight at investor and scientific meetings and conferences as required
  • As a GreenLight scientific leader, model, support and deliver on corporate values, objectives and goals
  • Foster an inclusive work environment that embraces and derives value from diversity, teamwork and sharing
  • Ensure safe laboratory operations and a safety-focused work culture



  • A Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, plant biology or related field with substantial experience in the areas of fungicide discovery screening, in vitro / in vivo assay development, and data analysis
  • Minimum 10 years of diversified fungi/oomycete research experience with 3-5 years of experience leading people/teams in an industrial early phase research environment
  • Personal track record of impactful scientific publications and/or patent authorship leading to intellectual property capture from novel scientific outcomes
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the relevant academic research literature, leading laboratories in the field and the agricultural crop protection industry, especially in fungicide discovery and RNA-based control of fungal/oomycete pathogens
  • Experience in effectively managing people, projects and teams with appropriate attention to detail and communication of project progress, deviations and results to stakeholders in a clear and timely fashion
  • Strong people, project and program management skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, planning and organizational skills
  • Experience in the following areas provides a distinct advantage:
    • Establishing research programs for diverse fungal/oomycete pathogens
    • Fungicide Mode of Action
    • Fungal genetics, functional genomics and bioinformatics
    • Use of RNA to control fungi/oomycetes and molecular assays to validate
    • Leading diverse teams to successful outcomes

Greenlight Biosciences Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

GreenLight requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees.



GreenLight Biosciences is an integrated life sciences company with a cutting-edge platform to deliver higher-quality RNA at a lower cost and more quickly than was ever before possible.

GreenLight develops RNA products and collaborates with industry leaders to advance vaccine development, pandemic preparation, crop management, plant protection and support the health of bees and other pollinators. The GreenLight team values diversity, inclusion, and equality and promises to use collaboration to remain scientifically imaginative and passionately focused on making a difference in the world.

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