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Careers at Ossila


Ossila is a small but high-growth, high-tech business based in the UK 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 30 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.

Current Vacancies


Electronics Assembly Associate

Location: Windsor St, Sheffield

Salary: £ 21 – 23 k

Hours: 35 hours per week (nominally 9am – 5pm), Permanent

Application Deadline: 9thJuly 2021

Start Date: ASAP

Essential requirements

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Methodical and diligent work ethic
  • Good communication skills
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience of and/or training in soldering (through hole and SMD/SMT)
  • Highly organised and self-motivated
  • Aptitude for problem solving
  • Desire for learning and self-improvement
  • UK work permit holder

Desirable traits

  • Experience in PCB Assembly
  • IPC-A-610 Endorsement, CIS Level

Experience of and/or training in any of the following:

  • CAD programs
  • Quality Management practices
  • Microsoft Access and databases

Job Overview

Initially, the primary duty of this job will be to assemble equipment and conduct quality assurance checks. In addition, you will be responsible for the calibration of PCB assemblies in accordance with Ossila’s set test procedures.

Over your time at Ossila you will be trained how to build a range of Laboratory Equipment, which will involve the assembly of Electronics (through-hole and SMD), cables and wiring harnesses, electronic enclosures, and linear motion systems. Other duties will include order preparation and packaging, as well as stock management activities. Full training will be provided, but experience with electronics or mechanical tool usage is desirable.

The department is run with lean management techniques in mind, and we sell our specialist equipment directly to our customers. This minimises the requirement to work on the same process for long periods of time as we work on varied mix of products in any one week, as determined by the “pull” from our customers. The ability to prioritise and be flexible is valued highly, as is the ability to work independently but candidates must be diligent and alert in spotting and highlighting quality concerns.

Progression in this job will come from taking on additional duties within the production and quality control of the electronic boards at the heart of our lab equipment ranges. The role will evolve to include taking responsibility for the quality control and inspection of incoming PCB assemblies and creating reports on any defective boards. The role will also expand to include SMD component soldering for production and/or rework, as directed by our Electronics Quality Manager.

For candidates that show an aptitude for these new responsibilities, there is also the opportunity to receive additional training in the fault finding and rectification of defective PCB assemblies, as well as gaining experience with more advanced SMD/SMT soldering.

Why Work for Ossila?

Ossila is a small and friendly company with around 30 staff based in Sheffield. We provide the following benefits: 

  • Flexible working around core hours (10AM-4PM)
  • 1 Hour lunch break
  • Company pension
  • Shared parental leave

As a small but growing business we believe that the single biggest benefit we offer is the ability to gain responsibility, learn, and grow as a professional and our desire to provide interesting, challenging and stretching jobs with real progression. 

How to Apply


To apply, send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@ossila.com.

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 holder. No agencies please.