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Careers at Ossila


To apply for the roles below, send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@ossila.com. Please note that these positions require an on-site presence. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Ossila is a small but high-growth, high-tech business based looking to continue our rapid expansion over the next few years. Formed by academics from the University of Sheffield we have now moved off-campus to give us more space to grow and we currently employ over 40 people. 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.

Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to over 1000 institutions in 70 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.

Vacancies


Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Employment Type: Full time

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum

Deadline: (with rolling interviews as good applications are received)

Start Date: As soon as possible


Ossila is a small but high-growth, high-tech business looking to continue our rapid expansion. Formed by academics from the University of Sheffield, we are now based in Attercliffe (with a second office in Leiden, Netherlands) and employ over 40 people. Our aim is to build a world-class company of significant size and stature over the next five years to help accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. We specialise in materials and equipment for fabricating and testing high-performance research devices and we pride ourselves on our high-quality products, excellent customer support, and accessible prices.

Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to over 1000 institutions in 80 countries; we have many of the world leading research institutions as customers and have won both the Institute of Physics award for innovation and a Queens Award for export.

Our primary sales channel is our website and search visibility is critical, but our direct worldwide sales and varied sales routes represent significant challenges to standard digital marketing techniques. The majority our website traffic is via organic channels, for which we have adopted a content-first strategy with a strong technical SEO foundation. We are best known for our equipment but have a large and growing catalogue of materials and are looking to invest in our marketing team to increase our market share in this area.

Job Overview

We are looking for someone experienced in SEO to join our marketing team and work alongside our E-Commerce Manager to drive the performance of the business, particularly in the materials sector.

The role will involve the following core activities:

  • Analysing search queries and website traffic and looking for weaknesses and opportunities.
  • Performing keyword research and helping to define strategy for products and categories.
  • Optimising our large back-catalogue of products for user benefit, improved traffic, and sales.
  • Optimising product pages for new materials and integrating them into the website.
  • Writing meta titles and value propositions that attract searchers and create customers.
  • Finding new opportunities to cross-sell and cross-link materials with other products.
  • Working with in-house and external scientists on new, keyword targeted scientific content.
  • Bringing new ideas to the table to help shape our strategy going forwards.

As a small and fast-growing company, we are looking for someone who can work effectively as part of a team in a busy office, but the successful candidate must also be willing to work under their own initiative and take responsibility to solve problems when required. The role will involve working closely with our in-house SEO and marketing team as well as with our customer care team, chemists, product engineers, and external collaborators.

Essential Requirements

We are looking for someone with commercial experience in SEO. Scientific knowledge and understanding would be desirable but is not required.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised, with the ability to work on several concurrent projects (independently and as part of a team) with different deadlines at the same time. Our back- catalogue is extensive so time management and prioritisation are essential.

Candidates must have the following specific traits:

  • A proven track record in SEO and experience working on international B2B campaigns.
  • Significant experience with Google Analytics and third-party SEO tools such as Ahrefs.
  • An understanding of long-tail SEO and intent-based keyword targeting and grouping.
  • An ability to render highly technical information into clear and concise value propositions.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to write inclusive content for an international audience.
  • Excellent data analysis skills and enthusiasm for a data driven approach to SEO.
  • A working understanding of HTML and CMS platforms such as Shopify.
  • Good IT skills, especially with Excel, and ideally experience with Google Data Studio.

In addition, we are also looking for the below soft skills:

  • Good attention to detail.
  • Fantastic teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent project management and time management skills.
  • Strong desire for continuous learning and self-improvement.
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to approach repetitive tasks in a diligent, attentive manner.
  • Highly organised and self-motivated.
  • Aptitude for problem solving.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage resources.

How to Apply

To apply send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@ossila.com. Candidates must be an EU national or UK work permit holder. Please note that this role requires an on-site presence. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Employment Type: 12 months fixed term (with possibility of future contract extensions)

Hours: Full time; Mon-Fri

Deadline: Sunday, May 08, 2022 (with rolling interviews as good applications are received)

Start Date: As soon as possible


Ossila specialises in materials and equipment for fabricating and testing high-performance research devices. Founded in 2009 in Sheffield, UK, we're proud to have now supplied our products to over 1,000 different institutions in over 80 countries around the world. To ensure frictionless trade with our European customers, we have recently expanded our operations to include a site in Leiden, Netherlands. We are now looking for a talented, confident and independent individual to help grow our European operations.

Job Overview

This vacancy will suit someone looking to further develop their customer service skills and gain business development experience for a high-tech company. As well as being a key part of our international Customer Care team, the Customer Care Co-Ordinator will be responsible for managing Ossila BV’s European order fulfilment. Packages are received and processed daily at our Leiden office; as such this is an onsite role (not suited to remote working).

You will be responsible for overseeing and guiding client orders from the initial enquiry stage, right through to order delivery and after-sale support, predominantly via email. A passion for customer service and experience in this field are essential. Day-to-day the job will include tasks such as emailing clients with quotations, processing client orders, preparing shipping documentation, monitoring the delivery of client orders, and keeping our data system up to date. Other administrative tasks will also be undertaken. As the role involves managing onward shipments to clients, a high attention to detail, strong organisational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines will be crucial.

This role is the main point of contact for our European customer base, as such, excellent written communication skills and a pleasant telephone manner are necessary. After full training, you will be independently running order fulfilment on a daily basis so reliability and commitment are crucial to ensuring that our customers receive the best possible service from our European operations.

This roles allows for practical customer service experience to be gained in a small, fast-growing company. Our customer care team is supported by a technical team, so scientific knowledge relating to our products is not required. This is a varied role providing opportunities to gain, or further develop, experience with customer relationship management (CRM), as well as learning other transferable skills. Although the Customer Care Co-Ordinator will be a sole employee, Ossila BV is pleasantly situated in the dynamic Leiden BioScience Park which provides frequent opportunities for interaction and networking with other tenants. Colleagues from the UK also visit the office regularly and offer constant remote support for any issues that may arise.

Essential requirements

  • Excellent written and spoken English (fluent)
  • Methodical and diligent work ethic
  • Good customer service skills
  • Office/customer service experience
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Good Excel and general IT skills
  • Ability and willingness to work alone (well supported remotely and within a multi-tenant building)

Desired skills

  • Other European languages would be beneficial, but not required
  • Experience using CRMs and inventory systems

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining us at this exciting point in our global expansion, please send a CV and covering/motivation letter, including details of current salary to recruitment@ossila.com.

Please note that any applications made without a letter will be rejected. This is a full-time position with requirement to be on site (not suited to remote working).

Location: Presence on-site not required

Employment Type: Flexible, casual employment

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: £250 per 1000 published words

Deadline: Thursday, May 12, 2022 (with rolling interviews as good applications are received)

Start Date: As soon as possible


As part of our aim of accelerating scientific discovery, we furnish our website with informative copy about our products and their context within the scientific literature. We are looking for a chemist or materials scientist to write 200+ words of introductory content on each of the following:

  • OFET and OLED polymers
  • OPV polymer donors
  • OPV polymer acceptors
  • Interface polymers
  • Transport layer materials
  • OLED dopant materials
  • OLED host materials
  • TADF materials
  • 2D semiconductors
  • Magnetic 2D materials
  • 2D insulators and topological insulators
  • 2D semimetals, metals, and superconductors
  • Monomers for the synthesis of OLED materials, semiconducting polymers, and non-fullerene acceptors
  • Perovskite inks
  • Perovskite precursors
  • Perovskite interface materials
  • DSSC dyes & electrolytes
  • Small molecule OPV donors
  • Green energy materials that could be processed in non-halogenated solvents such as THF, toluene or xylenes
  • Cathode interlayer materials
  • Carbon nanodots
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Fullerene acceptors
  • Non-fullerene acceptors

This content will be published on the materials category pages on our website. The task can be shared depending on the expertise of the successful candidate(s).

Candidates should be comfortable writing content that meets the following criteria:

  • Concise, readable, and easily understood by an undergraduate student
  • Does not contain grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors
  • Follows styling that is consistent with other copy on the Ossila website

This placement will take the form of ‘casual’ off-site employment. The successful candidate will be paid per word on delivery of each complete self-contained section.

Job Profile Requirements

The ideal applicant is someone with excellent comprehension of the English language who has experience with the types of materials listed above and meets the following requirements:

  • Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or a related science
  • Experience in chemistry or materials science
  • Excellent scientific communication and writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible and able to respond to feedback
  • Communicative and comfortable working with in-house teams
  • Ability to self-manage and effectively plan work schedules
  • Highly organised and self-motivated

About Ossila

Ossila is a high-growth, high-tech business based in the UK looking to continue our rapid expansion over the next few years. Ossila currently employs around 35 people and continues to grow toward being a world-class organisation, helping to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.

We provide high quality materials and equipment that deliver high performance and low cost with outstanding customer support to the international scientific research community. Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to over 1000 institutions in 70 countries and we have won prestigious awards for our innovation and exporting capabilities.

How to Apply

To apply send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@ossila.com. Candidates must be an EU national or UK work permit holder. Please note that this role requires an on-site presence. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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