Associate, New Venture Creation in Agriculture

Deep Science Ventures

London, England, United Kingdom

Full time

Nov 16

Deep Science Ventures (DSV) is a venture creator, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures, to build a future where both humans and the planet thrive.

DSV operates in 4 sectors: Agriculture, Climate, Pharmaceuticals and Computation tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first-principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

OUR WORK IN AGRICULTURE

The agri team's mission is to transition agriculture from extractive to regenerative practices. In agri we're creating ventures to avert this disaster, leveraging modern techniques to restore soil quality and increase biodiversity, while ensuring scalability through strong commercials and knowledgeable local partners. Using our proprietary methodology, we have a bioregional focus, assembling consortia of partners to create companies that can be scaled across similar ecosystems.

You can read more about our work in agriculture here.

ABOUT THE ROLE

As an Associate you'll primarily focus on the earliest phases of venture creation at DSV i.e. scoping new opportunity areas or "themes" for venture creation and recruitment of Founding Analysts. What that means in practice is:

  • researching and synthesising knowledge across multiple scientific, and industrial domains;
  • developing hypotheses about solutions that could and should exist to solve for specific outcomes;
  • identifying what specific expertise and skills are needed to develop the solutions; and
  • recruiting future founders and supporting them through the early stages of venture building.

You can find more details about our scoping and venture creation methodology here.

It's an entry-level position designed to rapidly develop your understanding of the venture creation process at DSV and equip you with knowledge and skills for science commercialisation. While your main focus will be on opportunity analysis, you’ll be involved across all core functions of the business, including business development, fundraising and portfolio management to quickly develop a broad understanding of the scope of all activities within the business.

You'll be working in a tight-nit team, including other Associates Will and Angel, and the Head of Business Development for Agriculture Chris, and reporting directly to senior leadership - our agri sector lead Edward is an exited founder and an expert in biotechnology, and biosecurity.

Requirements

  • Deep technical understanding (PhD level) in agricultural and/or earth sciences e.g. synthetic biology/geomicrobiology/geochemistry/biochemistry or similar fields (applied specifically in agriculture);
  • Demonstrated interest in applied science, biotech/agritech is a must, while previous work experience in the agri industry is a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn fast, particularly new technical domain areas and ability to take own initiative, developing new ideas, building things... - you're driven by curiosity and the desire to build new solutions with demonstrable positive impact.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme;
  • Flexible working environment (remote or hybrid) and generous holiday allowance;
  • Rapid personal development and massive learning curve;
  • Working with some of the most ambitious and impact-driven individuals you'll ever meet;
  • Being part of building the next generation of ventures solving for human and planetray outcomes.Apply for this jo

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