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Company information

Founded in Sheffield in 2009, Ossila Limited is a rapidly-growing high-tech company supplying research components to the materials science community, providing a catalogue of specialised materials and equipment to researchers around the world. Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to more than 1000 institutions in over 70 countries, and we are proud to have many of the world's leading research and academic institutions as customers. We are currently based at the Solpro Business Park in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

In the next few years, we are looking to expand rapidly and are searching for enthusiastic people to help us grow. In return, Ossila offers the opportunity to join an exciting enterprise and experience life in a fast-growing, high-tech environment.

We aim to provide technically-challenging projects and exposure to aspects of commercial activities. Previous student projects have also led to entirely new business units and permanent positions.  

Current Vacancies

We currently have 1 vacancy available. Please see below for more information.

Scientific Content Writer

Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Salary: £30,000 - 36,000

Full-time Hours: 35 hours/week (nominally 9am-5pm)

Application Deadline: 11th May 2018 (Monday, 23.59pm UK time)

Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration: 1-year initial contract (with opportunity for permanent position subject to performance

Job Overview

We are looking for a materials scientist with a PhD or significant industrial experience who enjoys laboratory work, collaborating with others, and teaching/training – but above all has a passion for scientific communication in its multitude of forms, especially in writing.

 Key Duties
  • Write efficiently, elegantly, and accurately on a wide range of topics within the materials science sphere.
  • Liaise with external data providers and technically edit their content
  • Produce content from data and/or bullet points from other members of the team
  • Provide relevant customer support and service
  • Promote research outputs via website content, newsletters, social media, conference presentations, workshops, posters and exhibitions

Our primary form of marketing is by helping customers – this occurs in multiple ways, but most significantly through the support section of our website. Specifically, we do this by making our website the most useful, practical, and helpful destination on the web for the needs of our potential customers.

We are therefore looking to recruit someone who can lead the charge in generating a wide array of useful content for a variety of purposes including:

  • General introductions to topics
  • Literature reviews and infographics
  • Theory guides
  • Application notes
  • Video guides
  • FAQs and Technical tips

In addition, we wish to build mindshare amongst the research community by talking to customers directly at conferences and workshops – so a key element of this position will also be to represent the company internationally.

The role will involve everything required to generate content – from helping to set up laboratories through to creating application notes and most of all, writing. While relevant training will be provided, the starting point is always high-quality technical content. One of the key responsibilities will be to act as technical editor-in-chief for our content to ensure the scientific accuracy of our communications.

 Essential Requirements
  • PhD (or other research experience) in materials science
  • Strong record of writing scientific content
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Fluent English
  • Skilled at collaborating with others
  • Significant experience and strong knowledge of scientific communications
  • Ability to self-organise and manage projects efficiently & independently
  • Responsible for working competently and safely
  • Excellent IT skills and ability to create high-quality digital content

 Desired and/or relevant technical skills
  • Device fabrication experience using some of the following would be beneficial: gloveboxes, thermal evaporators, lithography or cleanrooms
  • Coating experience (such as solvent blends, contact angles or drying dynamics)
  • Surface metrology (such as Dektak, AFM, STM or ellipsometry)
  • Material characterisation (absorption, fluorescence)
  • Knowledge of HTML or other programming languages, and image-editing software (additional training will be provided)

Personal Requirements

The ideal candidate will be equipped with a combination of technical excellence and passion for engaging in commercial scientific communication with our customers (primarily through writing).

The key requirement is to have a laboratory-based PhD (or equivalent research experience). The ideal candidate will be adaptable in a busy working environment. They will be willing to learn new (and constantly develop) skills and techniques while being a diligent, organised worker.



To apply, send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@ossila.comUnfortunately, we are unable to sponsor Tier 2 UK work visas. Therefore, candidates must be eligible to work in the UK (either an EU national or valid UK visa holder).


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