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Ecovative is a fast-paced dynamic company creating next-generation materials through indoor mushroom cultivation.  Our mission is to grow better materials in a more sustainable way.  The team is using groundbreaking mushroom technology to develop and manufacture mycelium for an assortment of commercial applications.

Join our exceptional team as the Director of Research, to orchestrate and oversee the current and future research portfolio. This role manages a team of research scientists and provides oversight for lab-scale foundry research at Ecovative. This role partners with the Chief Technology Officer to provide strategic project oversight, insight, and recommendations on technology development at Ecovative. The Director of Research is a technical visionary in charting the advancement of Ecovative’s Lab-Scale research capabilities and research targets for a wide range of mycelium materials and applications.


  • Lead the team responsible for high-throughput laboratory research in support of the most advanced mycelium biomaterials in the world

  • Lead the continued integration of top end laboratory automation tools with custom incubation and characterization equipment developed at Ecovative

  • Management responsibilities including interview and selection, hiring, training and development, performance management, employee relations, etc. This includes but is not limited to regularly scheduled individual contributor meetings, talent acquisition lead for the team, on-boarding program development, fostering continuous development of individuals through goal setting and performance reviews, and continuously seeking out and making accessible education and training opportunities for the team.

  • Assist the Chief Technology Officer in matching personnel across active internal and external projects and initiatives and in aligning research pipelines with business objectives

  • Collaborate closely with the Scale-Up leadership on joint research initiatives with the Pilot-Scale team.

  • Implement and oversee all policies necessary for successful operation of the Lab Community, including Experimental Documentation, Peer Review, Project Charter Tracking, Lab Cleaning, Calibration, Management of Literature, Job Descriptions and Advancement Paths.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, preferably microbiology

  • 7+ years in industrial research in a biological industry

  • 3+ years of direct people management, including hiring, performance management, team and individual contributor goal setting and development

  • Demonstrated ability to grow and develop a high-performance team

  • Strong scientific background with industrial research and development experience

  • High emotional intelligence matched with professionalism

  • Motivating, empowering, concise, and persuasive

  • Invested in the career development of others

  • Positive encouraging attitude coupled with the ability to give direct constructive feedback


  • 10+ years in industrial research in a biological industry, preferably related to Fungi

  • Lab automation experience

  • 7+ years of exceptional people management and leadership

  • Experience managing a diverse team including both senior scientists and research associates/technicians

What You’ll Love About Us:

Ecovative is an exciting biotech company based in New York. Our founders are TED talk alumni and have been recognized as innovative entrepreneurs on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Our work has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes and CNN.

  • Fantastic Team Culture. Innovative team with diverse interests (from artists to off-grid living).

  • Excellent Benefits. Health, dental, vision, retirement, EAP, PTO, tuition reimbursement.

  • Time to Connect. Earth Day community work, retreats, holiday events, pie day, costume competitions, pumpkin carving, outings.

Please submit a cover letter along and a resumé, or request an application to Human Resources at
We will review your qualifications and contact you if you are a potential match for the position.
Ecovative is a EEO / AA employer.

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  • Company Address 70 Cohoes Avenue Suite 103 Green Island, NY 12183
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