Career Opportunities

Formulation Scientist (Biopesticides/Crop Protection/Agrochemicals)

Formulation Scientist (Biopesticides/Crop Protection/Agrochemicals)

Location: Swansea

Salary: Competitive salary along with stock options and standard company benefits.

Hours: Full Time

Contract: Permanent

Placed on: 28th April 2020

Closes: 28th June 2020

Award winning and expanding biotech company which has already developed and launched several bio-based products for major insect pests of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and turf and amenity sectors.

Candidate will be involved in developing new product formulations for crop pest control with a focus on microbial microencapsulation technology (R&D) involving specialist biopolymers and developing new coatings and formulations.

You will lead on development and optimisation of formulations, including collaborative research with SMEs and Universities, liaise with 3rd party to full scale manufacture and product launch.

Key responsibilities:

Providing technical leadership in formulation technology for microbial products and developing practical and cost-effective formulations that enable commercialization.

Managing day-to-day formulation research and development operations.

Designing and conducting formulation and downstream processing experiments toward to optimizing bioactivity, physical properties and stability.

Evaluating formulation options and technical feasibilities for optimal delivery and seed safety of microbial products.

Creating scalable formulation processes and specifications for product registration and manufacturing.

Providing high quality technical actives and formulation prototypes for lab, greenhouse and field testing.

Preparation and delivery of reports, SOPs, and technical presentations for project meetings.

Contributing expertise and insight on formulation technology to global research and development operations and strategic planning exercises.

Essential criteria:

Master/Bachelor’s Science/PhD or Life Sciences degree in related subject and/or modules i.e. Formulation Science, pesticides.

Industrial experience in biological formulation for agriculture, ideally 2-5 years.

Experience in the formulation of biological products and familiarity with technologies such as freeze-drying, granulation, emulsion, encapsulation, etc.

Experience with agricultural chemistries employed in seed treatments and the application techniques used to treat them.

Strong analytical, communication, and leadership skills.

A team–player in a fast-paced working environment.

Key Words

Microencapsulation, Formulation, Development, Process Development, Project Management, Scale-up, Tech Transfer, cGMP, GLP, Liquid Dose, Dosage Forms, Manufacturing, Pesticide Guidelines, Technical Transfer, Manufacture, Biological, Test Methods, Solid Dosage Forms, Capsules, Liquids, Suspensions, Emulsions, powders.

Salary and benefits:

This position will include a competitive salary along with stock options and standard company benefits.

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 no later than Friday at 12:00 each week for review.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a basic disclosure check.

Candidates not demonstrating their ability to meet the essential criteria will not be assessed for interview.

About Bionema

Bionema Ltd is a leading biopesticide technology developer, specialising in chemical-free, biological crop protection for safe and sustainable agriculture.

Our research is focused on the development and commercialisation of naturally occurring microorganisms to protect crops from pests and disease while reducing the use of synthetic pesticides, minimizing the environmental impact and increasing crop yields.

The company manufactures and commercializes biocontrol products to the horticulture, turf amenity and forestry sectors, provides training aimed at increasing the product efficacy.