Current Openings

Biology/ Ecology Graduate

This post offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career bridging the interface of industry and academic research, with the support of company and academic mentors. Olombria has joined forces with the University of Greenwich for this interesting KEEP+ (Knowledge Exchange and Embed Partnerships) project with financial assistance from the European Regional Development Fund. Whilst being an employee of the University of Greenwich, you will be based at the Univesity of Greenwich Medway campus in Chatham, Kent for the majority of the time and, on some occasions at Olombria’s office in West London for which expenses will be covered.

The Natural Resources Insitute within the University of Greenwich is a leading centre of insect behavioural and pest management research with particular expertise in pollinator biology and chemical ecology.

This project will develop a new pollination system using a volatile blend attractant to direct wild and commercially reared hoverflies towards the parts of the crop most in need of their services.

You will get the opportunity to:

  • Gain invaluable experience of working in a small start up business as it grows.
  • Use your technical knowledge to develop and implement exciting new innovations that will lead to a new products and services.
  • Receive a competitive wage for a professional role that will accelerate your career.
  • Gain practical and formal management training and development.

The Person:

The successful candidate will possess a minimum of a BSc (Hons) Biology or Ecology. An MSc is desirable.

The candidate would be expected to have experience working in a laboratory environment, e.g. a laboratory-based Honours project and some prior experience working with insects. They should possess an enthusiasm for entomology and food security issues.

The Associate should offer at least some of the following:

  • Previous experience with insect behaviour
  • Previous experience with pollination ecology
  • Basic insect identification skills
  • Fieldwork experience
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry
  • Prior familiarity with principles of chemical ecology

The Associate should also be able to manage their own workload with minimal supervision. The candidate needs to be a motivated self-starter and be able to interact with enthusiasm and effectively with people at all levels as well as communicate with staff members at all levels in the company and knowledge base. Although the successful candidate will have the support of a company supervisor and an academic supervisor, a degree of confidence to develop ideas outside his or her normal knowledge base is important.


  • Basic insect identification skills or willingness to learn: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Have some project management and administration skills and: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Worked in a laboratory environment, e.g. a lab: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Some prior experience working with insects: 1 year (Preferred)

  • Closing date: 14 January 2019

    Interview date: Late January 2019 (to be confirmed)

    Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank every applicant for their interest. We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

    Job Type: Contract

    Salary: £20,000.00 to £21,000.00 /year

    IoT Connectivity Research Engineer
    You will use your expertise and passion for technology to work with an interdisciplinary team of designers, scientists, and researchers to develop the next generation of agricultural IoT solutions.


    You will collaborate with experts to deliver rapid prototypes and designing how connectivity is woven into our product, and bounce ideas off our team of designers. You must be independent and have excellent problem-solving skills.

    You’ll be comfortable with investigating and evaluating new and emerging technologies, protocols and digital platforms. You should be able to produce clear and concise reports and presentations communicating your research and demonstrating your solutions.


  • Knowledge of IoT protocols (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MQTT etc).
  • Electronic circuit design experience/interest
  • Strong, programming skills in C / C++
  • Flexible and dynamic approach to development, with the ability to adopt new concepts, languages (e.g. C, C++, Python) and techniques
  • Understanding of embedded systems design and integration.
  • Experience working with different microcontrollers and platforms (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32 and ESP8266 etc.)

  • Closing date: 18 January 2019

    Interview date: Late January 2019 (to be confirmed)

    Job Type: Contract