Tree Seed project at SilviBio – Apply ASAP

PIPS opportunity: Innovation Development Intern at SilviBio

This is an opportunity to spend 3 months working at SilviBio as an Innovation Development Intern.  We are looking for an intern to start as soon as possible in 2020.

About SilviBio

SilviBio was set up to tackle one of the most fundamental challenges of our time. How can we continue to grow the food we need and sustainably produce renewable resources such as trees, when our changing climate brings more extreme and unpredictable weather, with droughts and heatwaves becoming more common? What can we do about the fact that the resources needed to grow plants we rely on, water and phosphate, are becoming more scarce?

To solve these challenges, at SilviBio we are developing sustainable hybrid materials that can optimise use of resources and provide insurance against spells of dry weather at the critical time of plant development – ultimately resulting in higher yields and more uniform germination and seedling growth. This aims to benefit not only farmers, but also forest nurseries.

This is an opportunity to join the company at the early stage of its growth, contribute to the product development efforts and make a mark on the company’s direction.

We are based in Greenheys building in Manchester Science Park, across the road from the University of Manchester campus:

About the project

This project focuses on the application and development of our technology for use with tree seed. It’s a part of a wider project for Forestry and Land Scotland, aiming to maximise the yield of young trees they obtain and help them meet their future demand for years to come. You can read more about the project here:

The project goal is to test and further develop our seed coating and soil additive technology. This will be based in our Manchester lab, but will include some travel to meet our sponsors and partners (expenses reimbursed). You can expect to network with key project stakeholders, whilst getting an understanding for their requirements.

We are supported by CivTech Accelerator in Edinburgh, as well as University of Bristol and SETsquared partnership, and there may be an opportunity to participate in excellent business training provided by these organisations during the internship (this is dependent on the internship start date).

Ideal candidate

The characteristics listed below are ideally required for the role, however candidates who do not match all the criteria but are passionate about our mission will be considered – so don’t hesitate to apply if interested!

  • Experience undertaking scientific research, ideally in plant and soil science, materials chemistry or related discipline.
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Confident communicator who is comfortable conducting themselves in a professional manner with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience writing social media content and blogs
  • Passion for creating a better, more sustainable world


The internship will take place for 3 months during 2020, ideally as early in the year as possible.  Actual starting dates are negotiable with SilviBio.


SilviBio is based in Greenheys building at Manchester Science Park, which is located just off Oxford Road and Manchester University’s campus:

Manchester Oxford Road train station is 20 mins walk away and Manchester Piccadilly is a 30 mins walk.


Manchester Science Park

Pencroft Way


M15 6JJ



For any queries or for an informal discussion, contact Alicja Dzieciol:


Tel: 07510 967878

How to apply

Apply with a CV and a covering letter detailing why you are interested in the internship at SilviBio via email to:

You can apply anytime, although SilvioBio are looking for a start date as soon as possible.