Fellow Discovery Chemistry

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moa is recruiting for a Fellow Discovery Chemistry


Moa Technology Limited is innovative and rapidly growing R&D crop protection company. At moa Technology our mission is to find the new generation of safe and effective herbicides to help farmers produce high quality food for all. To this aim, we have assembled a team of passionate and talented scientists, technician and operational staff, who respectively design, use and support the use of disruptive technologies that de-risk the herbicide discovery process and favour the development of sustainable crop protection products.

As an organisation, we believe that collectively leveraging our technologies and products for impact goes together with enabling our dedicated staff to fulfil their individual potential. We value collaborative endeavours, evidence-based decision making and resourcefulness.


As a Fellow of Discovery Chemistry, you will be is responsible for playing a pivotal role the in execution of discovery strategy that maximizes the value of moa’s platforms. You will provide mentorship and scientific direction to the group and be responsible for the technical quality of the research. You will develop and execute the scientific strategy for the group and will be responsible for communicating the results of the research to the senior leaders as well as being responsible for representing the group in cross-functional project teams. You will be an ambitious scientist with experience in leading and mentoring scientists Responsible for chemical optimization of herbicidal molecules in both lead generation and lead exploration projects.

Project management of multiple chemical areas to deliver a successful portfolio of herbicidal candidates.


  • Leadership responsibility for the growth & continued evolution of the moa chemistry team members
  • Accountable for executing and enhancing strategy within chemistry.
  • Encourage and promote a culture of innovation.
  • Responsible for motivating and inspiring diverse teams who are accountable for a broad range of activities.
  • Lead within the function and projects, and across the matrix,
  • Ensure data integrity and foster an environment of knowledge sharing throughout the discovery and development lifecycles.
  • Play an active role in developing relationships and engagement with academic collaborators and advisors.
  • Increase the visibility and external reputation of moa within the wider chemistry community.
  • Ensure that patents are filed and updated according to company policy.
  • Support the preparation of scientific
  • reports and manuscripts for publication.



  • PhD in organic chemistry or equivalent academic/industrial experience in organic chemistry at an agrochemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology company
  • Strong understanding of and credentials in herbicide chemistry
  • Excellent academic and/or industrial credentials
  • Significant experience of leading, developing and inspiring high performing teams and/or projects
  • Demonstrable successful track record in project leadership and delivery of high-quality candidates


  • An existing, strong network within the external chemistry community
  • Strong grasp of related disciplines such as cell biology, analytical, intellectual property, glasshouse and field biology



  • Collaborative, strong relationship building skills with a high level of integrity.
  • Resilient and able to work effectively in a demanding and fast-paced environment.


  • Technologically savvy, with a keen interest and evidence in driving value and building capability through automation and innovation.
  • A contributor / author of multiple scientific publications

Size of Team – c. 5 and growing

Direct Reports – c. 0 - 1

Other Requirements (travel, languages etc) – NA

moa is committed to building a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We recognize that diverse and inclusive teams build a stronger and more innovative company. Therefore, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, or veteran status

Please send a CV and cover letter detailing why you would like to be considered for the role and how you meet the job requirements to hr@moa-technology.com