Join the beating heart of Ossila
Jobs in Sheffield
Join us in the ‘Steel City’, the manufacturing heartland of the UK and the birthplace of Ossila.
At Ossila Sheffield, you’ll share ideas, pool resources, and gain new perspectives to better understand complex problems, find solutions, and create with likeminded innovative thinkers. The most significant scientific breakthroughs of the last century were only made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts of diverse and agile teams, and this has also been the key to our success over the last decade and a half. Having been founded by academics at the University of Sheffield, collaboration is an ingrained part of our culture.
Now based in a former steelworks in Attercliffe, our unique space is home to our main office, manufacturing floor, distribution centre, and fully equipped chemical laboratory. This is the perfect place for us to continue our rapid expansion as an international company; we are proud to represent the tradition of innovation and invention that makes Sheffield the culturally, professionally, and environmentally rich city that it is.
Apply today to join the core of everything we do.
Why Work At Ossila?
With regular performance-based pay reviews
Profit share scheme
Long running discretionary bonus scheme
Pension scheme with employer contributions
Regular social events
Tea and cake meetings, BBQs, Christmas party and more
Free parking with marked bays reserved for employees
Modern office spaces
Recently renovated with fibre backbone network
Fully equipped lab
Purpose-built lab in Sheffield for synthetic chemistry and device testing
Secure bike storage and shower facilities
Current Opportunities at Ossila Sheffield
Scientific Writer (Postgraduate Placement)
Help improve access to scientific information while gaining experience working with a fast-growing, high growth commercial enterprise
Location: On-site in Sheffield, UK
Employment Type: 1 - 3 Month placement
Hours: 14 - 35 hours per week by arrangement
Salary: £14 - £16 per hour (plus holiday pay)
Deadline: Applications reviewed as they are received (with rolling interviews)
Start Date: As soon as possible
We are looking for a postgraduate with experience in materials science and a passion for scientific communication to join us for a short-term industry placement.
With your specialist knowledge and knack for writing, you will help improve access to scientific information by creating compelling and informative content for our website while gaining experience working with a fast-growing, high growth commercial enterprise. The exact scope of the content you will write will be decided between you and our team, leaving plenty of room for you to be creative and influence what you write about in the context of your research field.
This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your scientific expertise while strengthening your writing ability. You will gain valuable experience writing easy-to-digest content for the web, learn about search engine optimisation (SEO) and content marketing, and build strong links to industry. This will be incredibly useful for both an academic or industrial career. You will also get writing credit on our website on each page you contribute to.
We welcome applications from PhD candidates, recent or current PhD or research masters students, postdoctoral researchers, and other experienced research scientists.
As part of our aim to accelerate scientific discovery, we publish an extensive collection of resources about the materials and equipment that we sell. Working with our in-house teams, you will have the opportunity to contribute a wide range of content to our growing library of free information, including:
- Detailed background resources
- Short informational pages
- How-to-guides and videos
- Product descriptions and category pages
- Troubleshooting and experimental guides for our materials and equipment
This placement will take the form of a short secondment with the aim of producing a series of resources about your area of expertise. Working on-site in our open plan office and manufacturing space, you will gain valuable industry experience at a fast-growing, high growth commercial enterprise. You will also have access to our full range of equipment and materials, our expert team of scientists and writers, and our fully equipped laboratory.
We are also looking to build a directory of freelance writers for ad-hoc writing work. Please refer to www.ossila.com/pages/write-for-us for more information.
We are looking for someone who is undergoing, or has already completed, a research masters or PhD in a relevant material science field. A skilled scientific communicator, you will have strong writing skills and the ability to clearly express complex ideas.
In particular, we are looking for somebody with experimental experience in one of the following:
- Synthesis and characterisation of organic electronics
- OPVs, OLEDs, organic lasing, or perovskite solar cells
- Spectroscopy for organic or optoelectronic materials
- Applications and development of 2D materials
However, if you extensively use any of our equipment or materials, and are interested in collaborating with us, we encourage you to apply.
More generally, you should feel comfortable writing content that meets the following criteria:
- Concise, readable, and easily understood by an undergraduate student
- Contains considerable detail and insight into your area of interest
- Does not contain grammar, punctuation or spelling errors
- Follows styling that is consistent with other copy on the Ossila website
The successful candidate will be someone who has excellent attention to detail, is able to respond to feedback, highly organised and self-motivated, and able to effectively plan work schedules.
Ossila is a fast-growing, high-tech business looking to continue our rapid expansion over the next few years. Originally formed by academics from the University of Sheffield we have now moved off-campus and currently employ around 40 people between our Sheffield site and our European centre in the Netherlands. Our aim is to build a world-class company of significant size and stature over the next five years that helps to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by providing standardised materials and equipment with improved performance, lower cost and great customer support.
The majority of our sales are exported to over 3000 institutions in more than 90 countries, we have many of the world leading research institutions as customers and have won both Institute of Physics awards for innovation and a Queens Award for export.
To apply, send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com. If you are currently studying, please indicate your likely availability to work both during and outside of term time. Applications without a covering letter will be automatically rejected.
Please note that all applicants must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the position, including UK or Irish citizens, EU citizens already enrolled in the EU Settlement Scheme or current work permit holders. No agencies please.
How to Find Us
Our Sheffield headquarters are easily accessible from the M1 via the Sheffield parkway and from Sheffield train station via the number 52 bus service. We are also only a short walk away from Woodbourn Road and Attercliffe tram stops. By car, we are:
- 10 minutes from Sheffield city centre
- 15 minutes from Rotherham
- 30 minutes from Doncaster
- 30 minutes from Chesterfield
- 50 minutes from Leeds
- 60 minutes from Nottingham
- 60 minutes from Derby
- 90 minutes from Manchester
On-site parking is free, and we have cycling facilities including a shower and secure storage.
The main entrance to Solpro Business Park is on Windsor Street, just off Attercliffe Road (there is no access from Princess Street). Our reception can be found in the Northern Block of the business park at the end of Windsor Street.
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