Research Scientist – Entomopathogenic Nematodes

Location Swansea
Salary£30,000 to £40,000 per annum, together with USS benefits (pro rata for part time staff)
Contract TypeFixed-Term/Contract
Placed on17th November 2017
Closes21st December 2017
Job RefBNL/003/2017


Main purpose of the post

Applications are invited for the Research Scientist-Entomopathogenic nematodes to support R&D division of Bionema Limited based in Swansea University, UK. The Research Scientist will support the delivery of multiple projects including develop, optimize and validate entomopathogenic nematode-based new biopesticide formulations and their testing under field condition against major horticultural pests. Expertise in measuring different issues related with the nematode technology/formulation including its life cycles: measuring/quantifying virulence, progress of multiplication, quality of infective nematodes produced, viability etc. and carrying out bioassays with Galleria larvae and pests would be an advantage.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, conduct and manage project independently.
  • Optimize and validate biopesticide formulations.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a research programme focused on the development of biocontrol agents (i.e., entomopathogenic nematode) for crop pests control in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry sectors.
  • Assist with project management of research and associated outputs.
  • Develop and maintain active collaborative contacts with other national and international scientists, research groups and institutions.
  • Writing and reviewing SOPs, validation plans and validation reports.
  • Prepare materials for presentations and publications.
  • Supervise and train junior scientific staffs.
  • Research literature and external sources and identify new techniques and procedures.
  • Data recording, collection, analysis and report preparation.



  • PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. Biological Sciences, Zoology, Agriculture, Applied Entomology or Applied Nematology.
  • Extensive experience in working with biocontrol agents especially entomopathogenic nematodes for the crop pest control.


  • Postdoctoral research experience in biological control/ applied entomology/ biology/ microbiology/ molecular biology.
  • Relevant experience (GEP trials/product registration) of working with specialist groups, such as biological control agents especially entomopathogenic nematodes.
  • Relevant industry experience.

Person Specification

Essential criteria

  • PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. Biological Sciences, Zoology, Agriculture, Entomology or agriculture Nematology.
  • Use of biocontrol control agents (i.e. entomopathogenic nematode) in crop protection.
  • Development of microbial control agents.
  • Knowledge of current trends in deployment of biocontrol agents for major insect pests control.
  • Assist in project management to ensure successful delivery of projects.
  • Knowledge of production, formulation and application of biocontrol agents especially entomopathogenic nematodes.
  • Maintenance of insect culture for laboratory and field experiments.
  • Conduct bioassays using biocontrol agents in laboratory and glasshouse.
  • Conducting efficacy trials for product development according to GEP/EPPO guidelines.

Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of biocontrol agents and their use in agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors.
  • Use of microbial indicators for product quality assessment.
  • Experience in enzyme assays, respiration methods, PLFAs.
  • Formulation technology of biocontrol agents and their use in crop protection.
  • Bioinformatics and advanced statistical techniques.
  • Relevant Industry experience.
  • Use of molecular tools to identify microbial species.


Bionema is a leading biopesticide product testing and technology development company, specialising in chemical-free, organic crop protection. We specialised in the development of natural products to protect crops from insect damage, reducing the use of synthetic pesticides, enhancing food security and increasing crop yields. The following link provides further information on the benefits of working with Bionema

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 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.