Career Opportunities

At Bionema we are developing natural agents for the control of crop. We utilise naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms to address the increasing demand for chemical-free crop protection products. We are currently seeking talented, innovative, enthusiastic individuals to join the Bionema to help us advance the biopesticide products and formulation.

Current vacancies are listed below.


Current Vacancies

Formulation Scientist (Biopesticides)

Location:             Swansea

Salary:                  £30,000-35,000 together with pension benefits (pro rata for part time staff)

Hours:                  Full Time

Contract:             Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed on:           29th May 2019

Closes:                30 June

Ref Code:            BNL/10/2019


Award winning and expanding biotech company which has already developed and launched several bio- based products in 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 involving specialist polymers 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.

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

Essential requirements

  • Master/Bachelor’s Science or Life Sciences degree in related subject and/or modules i.e. Formulation Science, pesticides
  • Significant experience in pesticide formulation/biopesticide or related industry experience.
  • An understanding of the regulatory framework and activities for registering biopesticides/ pesticides.
  • Capable of using a broad range of analytical techniques (HPLC, GC, NMR, Chromatography and classical techniques).

Good problem-solving skills

  • Communication is a large part of this role. The job holder will require a strong command of the English language and be able to influence and comprehend activities.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Commercially aware.
  • Strategic awareness and appreciation of business objectives.
  • Highly organized with the ability to plan and prioritise workload effectively.
  • Project management skills

Desirable experience

  • A PhD in chemistry, biotechnology, or related discipline
  • 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.

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.

What we offer

  • 28 days annual leave including 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  no later than Friday at 12:00 each week for review.

Download application form here

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

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

Informal enquiries should be emailed to: Dr Minshad A. Ansari

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

Technical Sales Manager (Turf Amenity, Horticultural & Forestry, UK)

LOCATION:                       UK base

INDUSTRY:                        Turf Amenity/ Horticulture / Forestry /

SALARY:                             Negotiable, plus commission; fully expensed company car, full home office and equipment, 28                                            days holiday + an additional benefits package!

START DATE:                   Immediate

JOB PUBLISHED:            7 April 2019


This exciting role will focus on selling our wide range of beneficial nematode or biopesticide products to, turf amenity, horticulture and forestry sectors.

Interaction with existing distributors will form part of the role as well as hosting and establishing in field efficacy demonstration trials and seminars. This involves closely working with the research and technical team at the Head Office. The successful candidate will be highly motivated to work individually, with excellent communication skills including the use of sales force. Previous experience of selling of biologicals/pesticides/plant protection products and understanding of how agronomists, distributors and farmers work would be an advantage as part of IPM. BASIS will also be required, and training in the use of biological products will be provided.


A key player in the development of biological products for turf amenity, Horticulture and forestry use.


  • Ideally the candidate would have experience dealing with b2b, large cooperative, marketing companies, established distributors.
  • Must have sold horticultural, forestry, turf and amenity products.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with all organisational levels.
  • Proven sales success.
  • Build and establish market in UK/EU and other countries.
  • Manage existing distributors and clients and grow Bionema’s market share in the “area”.
  • Manage local distribution reps in line with Bionema’s overall strategy and direction.
  • Implement campaigns in association with the Customer Marketing.
  • Achieve agreed sales targets for the defined sales area by influencing all parts of the value chain.
  • Feedback market intelligence and value chain information to relevant members of the Bionema team via Salesforce.
  • Maintain good communication and networking across a multi-functional business.
  • Actively contribute to the regional sales team and, where appropriate, campaign teams.
  • Have a full technical knowledge and commercial perspective of Bionema and key competitors’ products.
  • Operate within all legal and voluntary frameworks.
  • Fully participate in interim and annual reviews in accordance with Bionema HR policy.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture/Agriculture/Biology or equivalent degree.
  • 5 to 10 years of experience in sales/ technical sales for agrochemicals or plant protection products.
  • BASIS qualified (or willing to qualify).
  • Familiar with UK market environment.
  • Techno-commercial understanding of UK crop protection and agriculture.
  • Technical profile of Bionema and key competitor products.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Communicating with all levels within a business.
  • Knowledge of business drivers within arable agriculture.


  • Experience of establishing and maintaining successful business relationships.
  • Experience of working in horticulture, forestry, Turf and amenity and understanding of crops and pest and diseases.
  • Experience of working in and contributing to successful team working.
  • Proven record of communicating across a wide target audience.
  • Successful account management or business relationship.


  • Building and maintaining relationships.
  • Team Working.
  • Selling
  • Negotiation
  • Budgeting
  • Time Management.
  • Presentation Skills.
  • Rational persuasion & ability to influence.
  • Critical information seeking.
  • Concern for standards & professionalism.
  • Self-starter.
  • Adaptability in periods of change.
  • Ability to absorb new information and utilise knowledge for business advantage.



Starting salary negotiable, company car, full benefits package and definite opportunities for long-term career progression.

Please email your CV and covering letter to explaining why you are interested and suitable for this job role.

Industry: Biopesticides, biocontrol, Agrochemicals

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Finance Administration Assistant – Application Closed

Bionema Limited is looking for an experienced Finance and Administrative Assistant for a 12-month fixed term contract. The candidate will report to the Finance Manager working alongside the finance team. Candidates with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Research Assistant/Research Scientist x3 Entomology/ Microbiology/ Biological control – Application Closed

Bionema Limited is an established leading independent research organisation, dedicated to the product development, testing and commercialisation of bioinsecticides. We utilise naturally occurring beneficial organisms to address the increasing demand for chemical-free crop protection products.

Research Scientist (Biological control) (Ref:BDP327) – Application Closed

Bionema Limited is looking for an experience Research Scientist-Biological Control to work on the development of biocontrol agents for the control of agricultural, horticultural and forest insect pests. The successful candidate will play an active role in the life of the Bionema R&D and biopesticide commercialisation programme.

Research Scientist (Biological control) (Ref:BBH247) – Application Closed

Bionema Limited is looking for an experience Research Scientist (Biological Control) to work on the development of biocontrol agents for the control of agricultural, horticultural and forest insect pests. The successful candidate will play an active role in the life of the Bionema R&D and commercialisation programme.

Research Assistant /Research Scientist x 3 – Entomology/Microbiology/Biological control (Ref:BNL/SM/051) – Application Closed

Bionema are looking for a Research Assistant/Research Scientist to work on the development of biocontrol agents for the control of agricultural, horticultural and forest insect pests. The successful candidate is supposed to play an active role in the life of the Bionema Limited R&D and commercialisation Team.


Bionema offers internship programs in the development of biocontrol agent for the control of pest and diseases in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Internship are part of the Knowledge Transfer programme which aims at widening access to graduates and postgraduate to work with industry.

We provide opportunity to potential candidate who are interested in enterprising and have strong analytical and leadership skills. An internship can present the chance to return to Bionema after graduation for master students or as a business analyst for bachelor students.

To find out more about internships, please telephone us on 01792 606916 or email to

PhD opportunities

Interested candidate should contact Syeda Meraj on for PhD opportunities. We recruit PhD candidates to undertake specific biocontrol research projects, and you may also propose your own project provided it is positioned within the core research areas.

To find out more about PhD opportunities, please telephone us on 01792 606916 or email to