Formulation Scientist (Biopesticides)

Bionema Limited

Formulation Scientist (Biopesticides)

You will be working with an expanding company in the AgriFood industry which has already developed and launched several successful branded products.  You will be involved in developing new products for crop pest control with a focus on microbial spore encapsulation involving nanoparticles and/ or specialist polymers and developing new coatings and formulations. You will lead on development and optimisation of formulations, including collaborative research with Universities, to full scale manufacture and product launch.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Design, conduct and manage the project independently according to GEP/EPPO guidelines, including project management of research and associated outputs

  • This includes responsibility for full product development from product concept, including sourcing of materials from competitive and reliable suppliers (ensuring traceability and developing standardisation tests where required), development trials, manufacture, testing, to the release of the final finished product.

Lead the development and implementation of a research programme focused on the development of novel microbial formulation. This includes responsibility for

  • Preparation, characterisation, optimization and validation of microbial encapsulated formulations.
  • Data recording, collection, analysis and report preparation, in line with written Protocol and /or SOPs of the company.
  • General laboratory maintenance duties.
  • Development and maintenance of active collaborative contacts with other national and international scientists, research groups and institutions.
  • Awareness and maintenance of company confidentiality requirements

Essential requirements

  • A PhD in chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology or related discipline
  • Significant and proven experience in pesticide formulation/biopesticide or related industry experience.
  • Capable of using a broad range of analytical techniques (HPLC, GC, NMR, Chromatography and classical techniques).
  • Good communication skills

Desirable experience

  • Relevant work experience in formulation development and knowledge of nanomaterials /polymers.
  • Previous experience within a crop protection industry formulation.
  • Previous experience of working within GEP/EPPO guidelines.

The recruiter has stated that all applicants for this job should be able to prove that they are legally entitled to work in the UK.

What we offer

  • 28 days annual leave + bank and public holidays.
  • Pension scheme to which the company contributes.
  • Excellent continual professional development opportunities, both internal and external, as a part of our training commitment.
  • Bionema is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment.
  • Campus learning enviro/West Wales & Gower location/fast growing young company offering the right candidate the opportunity to use their experience at the forefront of research which will make a real difference to the agriculture industry.

Working hours

Normal hours of work are 37.5 per week. A flexible approach to work is needed as there will be a requirement to work overtime (evenings and weekends) during busy periods.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send your CV, completed Application Form and Covering Letter, and identifying how you meet the job criteria to Meraj Syeda (by email no later than Friday at 12:00 each week for review.

Informal enquiries should be emailed to: Dr Minshad A. Ansari Candidates that not demonstrating their ability to meet the essential criteria will not be assessed for interview. 

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