Just graduated and interested in working in Pharma?

Here are some career paths to consider.

Finishing university and finding your first job in Pharma as a graduate is a challenging period for most. With so many options available to you, how do you choose which roles to apply for?

To help you make that all-important decision, we have asked real life pharma experts to give us a bit of insight into their job roles and explain how they got there.

A Research Scientist

We recently interviewed Harpal, a research scientist Graduate working for a global biopharmaceutical company.

His job involves performing and optimising biochemical assays for analysing compounds. He chose a career in research as he wanted to be involved in discovering new concepts.

Although the job is very technical, planning and executing experiments, analysing data and writing reports, there is also an element of team work. Harpal liaises on a daily basis with his team and line manager to discuss progress.

Are you also interested in pursuing a career as a Research Scientist?

Prior to becoming a Research Scientist, Harpal completed a PhD and then found relevant industry experience in his field of research. He adds that if you are interested in performing biochemical assays, it’s important to understand FRET biochemical assays and data interpretation.

A starting point for becoming a Research Scientist might be to look at PhDs in the subjects that interest you the most. By doing a PhD, you would gain that valuable lab experience.

A Stability Analyst

Katie works for a pharmaceutical company as a stability analyst, measuring the stability of different products manufactured at the facility. She tests different batches at different time points and conditions, to assess whether there are any changes in the content.

The role is fast paced and involves a lot of focus, so is ideal for someone who enjoys working under pressure and has a keen eye for detail.

Interested in becoming a stability analyst? Recruitment managers would typically look for someone with a chemistry degree or pharmaceutical sciences as well as prior experience in an analytical pharma laboratory.

A Laboratory Analyst

Anthony is a laboratory analyst, working for a company who develops vaccines and healthcare products.

He is responsible for conducting all quality testing on products, writing up data and reporting the results. These results are then used to determine the quality of the product, and make decisions on whether the product is deemed safe to be used by patients.

Anthony finds his job particularly satisfying, knowing that he is contributing to helping people’s quality of life.

Interested in this role?

To apply to this type of job, you would be expected to have a chemistry qualification or pharmaceutical sciences and specific experience in the use and maintenance of HPLC systems. Anthony gained his qualification and relevant experience through an Apprenticeship scheme, proving that the typical university route is not the only way to a successful job in chemistry.

An Associate Scientist

Sarah works as an associate scientist for a company that researches and develops pharmaceutical products.

Her role involves collating information to create knowledge transfer packages for clients. She uses a variety of systems to search for product information, to compile comprehensive reports.

She chose this role as she enjoys the challenge of piecing together information as well as the customer interaction.

Sarah explains that this type of role is ideal for someone analytical, who wishes to work in science but also be customer facing.

Interested in this role?

To get to this position, Sarah did a degree in chemistry and additional training in project management. She then gained experience in product delivery within a contract manufacturing organisation.

A Regulatory Affairs Associate

Alaa is a contractor currently working for a science-led global healthcare company. As a Regulatory Affairs Associate, he ensures Over the Counter Medicines (OTC) are maintained, renewed on time and regulated by Health Authorities in different countries globally.

His day-to-day involves liaising with affiliates from different markets globally to meet deadlines, as well as working with internal stakeholders to improve processes for the company.

According to Alaa, a Regulatory Affairs Associate role would suit someone who is target driven, enjoys helping people but doesn’t need to be micro-managed.

Prior to this job, Alaa graduated with a degree in Forensic Biology and has a variety of experience from lab work to project management roles.  He also worked abroad, which helps him stand out from the crowd.

A life science or pharmaceutical science degree would also be considered for a career in regulatory affairs.

Feeling inspired? Why not read the interviews in full, as well as many others on our careers section. You can also have a look at available jobs or create a CK+ account, to find jobs tailored to your experience.

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How to find a graduate job in Science after University

Congratulations, you are about to graduate from university.

But what now?

Leaving university and finding your first graduate role in Science is a daunting process. With so many opportunities out there, where do you start looking?

Moreover, once friends start receiving job offers and family start questioning you about your own future, the pressure really builds up.

A job might no longer be for life, but your first job is the first stepping stone for your career path, and not a decision to take lightly. After all, you do spend a third of your life at work, so choosing something that interests you and leads to your dream job is vital.

As a starting point, we suggest creating a simple 4-step job-finding strategy. This will help you stay focused and engaged, and give you the necessary space to make that all-important decision.

Step 1: Do your research
We know, this is easier said than done!

This initial step is all about research and finding out what options are available to you.

Popular dilemmas for graduating scientists are firstly whether to work in research or not, and secondly whether to work in academia or industry.

Additionally, apart from the obvious decisions regarding what role to choose, there are other factors to consider such as ‘where’ you wish to work – for example, would you consider a role abroad? And what kind of environment do you work best in – somewhere fast-paced or somewhere where you can take your time?

If you have done internships while working and have some working experience, answers to these questions might be clearer. If not, there are other ways to carry out research, such as:

A. Getting in touch with a recruiter
A good place to start is to speak to a specialist recruiter. Not only will they give you a better feel for the different jobs available to graduates, they will also take the time to mentor you.

Our recruitment consultants at CK have years of experience matching graduates to roles in the science industry, and therefore are best placed to give you credible advice. They will act as your guiding hand during the whole recruitment process, from looking for jobs to applying, and are here to answer all your questions during this daunting time.

B. Reaching out to your network
When searching for a job, you will most probably have been reminded of the old proverb “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know”. We would always recommend proactively engaging with your contacts to ask for advice, whether that be to better understand different roles or to ask if they know of any job openings. Most people are willing to discuss their careers, give advice and answer any questions.

C. Attending career fairs
Many universities will organise career fairs for their students. This is a brilliant opportunity to talk to experts in the industry, to get a feel for the different types of companies and roles available to you, and more importantly, to ask questions!

For more information read how to make the most of careers fairs.

Step 2: Start your applications
After your initial research, you should have a good understanding of the different roles available to graduates, and which of those roles interest you. And now it’s time to start applying.

The science job market is a very competitive job market, especially for recent graduates with little experience.

At this early stage in your career, the aim is to gain as much experience as possible, to build up to your dream role. With that in mind, we would suggest applying to as many opportunities as possible in the field that interests you. To avoid disappointment, remember to apply to jobs suitable to your level of experience and field of expertise.

To increase your chances of finding that ideal first job, our advice would be to not just look at opportunities close to home, but to also look further afield.

If you struggle to find job opportunities, get in touch with CK and we can help find those opportunities for you. This will help you from feeling overwhelmed.

Step 3: Tailor your application
So many people start their job search by updating their CV and resume. But without knowing which jobs you are applying for, this makes little sense.

Hiring managers and recruiters receive hundreds of applications for every graduate job, leaving them only a few seconds to scan each CV and resume. In this competitive job market, make yours count by tailoring it and keeping it succinct.

As well as thinking about your individual skills and experience, this means finding out more about the company and demonstrating an understanding of their business, their challenges and the broader sector in which they operate.

Step 4: Don’t give up
Rejections happen, especially when you are applying for a lot of jobs at the same time. Try not to get disheartened but instead think about why you might have been rejected, and how you can improve your application for the next job.

If you have made it past the first stages of the application, ask the hiring manager for feedback.

Applying for your first job is not easy, but remember, once you have found that dream graduate role, all that job-finding stress will be long forgotten about.

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The benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for jobs

Finding the right job can be arduous for any one, and even more so when you work in a specialised industry or sector.

If you are searching for a job in the science and clinical industry, working with a specialised recruitment agency such as CK Group could be the solution to your job-hunting challenges. Here are some of the main benefits of using a specialised recruitment agency when applying for a new job.


Access to jobs and companies that are not always advertised

Surprisingly, only 30% of all new jobs are advertised.

However, recruiters working on behalf of multiple businesses at once are the first to know who will be hiring, even if the position isn’t advertised yet. Working with a recruitment agency can provide you with that insider information, giving you a head start.

By using CK Group as your recruitment specialist you will have access to a large array of job opportunities in the scientific, clinical and technical industries, from the top life science companies to the latest start-ups.


Recruiters can assist and advise you on your resume and application

Did you know that 59% of applications will be rejected based on poor grammar or spelling errors, and a further 50% of candidates will be rejected if their resume is full of clichés? If you want to get noticed it is highly important to get your resume spot on.

Recruitment agencies are experts at helping candidates with resumes and application forms. They understand exactly what hiring managers are looking for, and how to make you stand out from the crowd. They will provide you with constructive feedback, giving you the best possible chance of success.


Recruiters can help with your interview preparation

In a recent survey, 33% of hiring managers said they know whether they would hire someone in the first 90 seconds and 47% stated that they wouldn’t offer the job to a candidate if they had little knowledge of the company. It goes without saying that interview preparation is essential for successfully securing a role.

Recruitment agencies give you a great advantage in preparing for your interview.  Not only will they have more knowledge of the hiring companies’ cultures and job specifications than available to you online, they can also give you more of an understanding of what the companies expect when it comes to your application, interview and the hiring process.


A recruiter can save you time and energy

Searching and applying for jobs is a very time consuming and tedious process, especially if you are working full-time. With there being hundreds of jobs listed online, it can be a struggle knowing where to start. In a competitive job market, you may find yourself applying to jobs for a while before the right one comes around. According to the Department of Labour, the average job search takes an astonishing 10 months.

By having a large network of staffing consultants with hundreds of job openings on file, recruitment agencies can save you a huge amount of time; you will have only the most suitable jobs selected for your skill set, with interviews, inductions, reference checks and all other additional time-consuming tasks being arranged by the agency.


What happens once I get the job?

CK Group will be on hand throughout your job-hunting experience – and once you have successfully secured your job our support will continue. If you feel you need to negotiate your salary, CK will know what the company can or cannot afford and will be able to give you an idea of what other companies in the space are paying their employees, ensuring you get the highest salary possible. Paperwork and documentation will also be handled by your recruiter, guaranteeing everything is in place for your first day.

CK Group has built strong relationships with a client base that includes 26 of the world’s top 30 leading blue-chip organisations, as well as a multitude of SMEs and everything in between. We strive to be the best provider of staffing and outsourcing services for the science and technology community by providing an excellent experience for our candidates.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you in your job search, why not take a look at our website and register for CK+?

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New Year, New Job

The New Year often signals a sign for change, a new challenge or an exciting opportunity. It therefore isn’t a surprising that January is the most popular month to make a career move.

A survey by Gallup showed that 85% of workers worldwide admitted to not enjoying their jobs, with ‘lack of job satisfaction’ being cited as the number one reason for wanting to change roles.

If you are feeling the January blues and are particularly interested in a fulfilling career within the scientific and clinical industry, as with any goal the first step to success is organization and planning.

Here are our top five things you should consider whilst looking for your new job:


  1. Know what you are looking for

First and foremost, to ensure you find a job that satisfies you, you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it. For example:

  • Are you wanting a change of career/industry or just a different position?
  • What interests you?
  • What skills and experience do you have to offer?
  • Would you be willing to re-train or go back to study to get the position you want?
  • How much responsibility are you willing to take on?


  1. Find a job which you will find rewarding, even when times are not so rosy

We spend a substantial portion of our life at work, a third of our lives to be exact. It is therefore important that you find your job enjoyable and rewarding.

However, chances are you will never love every aspect of your work – whether it’s the admin side of the job, the long hours or the people you work with. People who tend to focus on those negative areas rather than being grateful for the positives are more likely to feel depressed and discouraged. It is important you find a role that is professionally and personally rewarding, but it’s also important to remember to focus on the areas you like and not just those you don’t.


  1. Find a job that adds balance to your life

Your job and career are an important part of your life, they give you a sense of purpose and money to pay your bills and do things you enjoy. However, when looking for a new job it is important to consider the balance between work and play. For example, if you are currently very overwhelmed and stressed in your workplace, think about looking for a job with less responsibility, or flexible hours. Although this may result in a pay cut, it will improve your overall work-life balance.


  1. Find a job that offers the opportunity to learn and grow

A study by Quantum Workplace showed employees listed growth opportunity as one of their highest drivers of engagement. This could take the form of:

  1. Financial growth – increased income related to performance, or promotional opportunities
  2. Career growth – moving up the ranks in the organization, more significant duties, increased job titles
  3. Professional knowledge growth – ensuring you can increase your knowledge in your field

If these are important to you, when applying for a job remember to ask what the opportunities are for progression and training.


  1. Does the company culture fit your personality?

Company culture defines the environment in which employees work; some companies have a relaxed team-based culture, and some a strict corporate management style.

It is important to do your research about a company’s culture when job searching. This can be done by looking on sites such as Glassdoor for reviews.

You are much more likely to enjoy time in your workplace and have high job satisfaction if the company culture is one that you enjoy and can relate to.


  1. The company’s values align with yours

Many people these days favour a more meaningful career over the option of climbing the corporate ladder. To increase your job satisfaction, it is important that your personal values are in line with the company’s values. The best way to define this is to:

Step 1– Take time to identify your personal core values; what do you place importance on, what values do you dislike etc.

Step 2– Familiarize yourself with your organization’s values; what matters most to the firm, how do they treat employers, what area of the company do they invest most in.

Step 3– Create a plan; if there are certain attributes or values that are extremely important to you, ensure your workplace places importance on them too.

By following these steps, you will hopefully find a company with the same values as yourself, making life at work much more rewarding.

Many organizations start their recruitment process at this time of year, so it’s a great time to take stock and re-evaluate what you really want. By following our tips and advice, you can make sure you’re clear on what you want and be prepared to grab the opportunity when the right one comes around.

If you are aiming for a fresh start in your career in 2019 keep an eye on our job listings here . We can help you to kick-start your job search in the right way.

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How to increase your chances of finding a job at a careers fair

Autumn is renowned for being careers fair season. Whether you are a graduate or more advanced in your career, careers fairs are a great way to discover new opportunities and to ask employers questions directly.

If you come prepared, a careers fair can also significantly enhance your chances of gaining a job, as representatives of companies will be on the look out for potential recruits. To increase your chances, we have come up with our top tips to help you make a lasting impression.


Know what you are looking for

First and foremost, in order to get the most out of a careers fair you need to do a bit of introspection and understand what exactly you want to achieve from it.

Looking for your first job? Or looking for a change? Think about the following questions:

  • What types of roles are you looking for now?
  • What is your 10-year career plan?
  • What skills and experience do you have to offer?

Based on our experience, the candidates who stand out from the crowd are those who come up to a stand and know exactly what they are looking for. It helps both the employer and candidate alike to find the right fit.


Do your research

Take a look at which companies are attending the fair, and which you find interesting. This information is normally available on the career fair website.

Once you have made a shortlist, research your favourite companies and have a look at what types of jobs they offer.

The main benefits of career fairs are that they give you the chance to ask employers questions directly, so make the most of it. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask each company– this could include questions about the business, the specific roles, what they look for in employees, progression opportunities and about the recruitment process.

If a company you like the look of doesn’t have any relevant job openings, it might be worth asking them how often opportunities do become available.


Come prepared

Prior to the event update your CV and print copies out ready to hand out. You could even go a step further and create some tailored CVs to specific job openings that you found during your research.

On the day it’s advisable to dress professionally as if you were going to a job interview. And don’t forget to bring a notepad and pen to take notes.


Prepare your elevator pitch

Exhibitors will have spent the day speaking to hundreds of candidates just like you. Make an impression and speak with confidence by preparing what you want to say in advance.  

Your pitch should be no longer than a minute long and should include a brief outline of your past experience and what you are looking for now.

Be prepared with personal, sincere answers to questions the representatives are likely to ask you. These will most likely be centered around the kind of research you carry out, your technical skills and training and why you are interested in their company.


Keep focused

On the day you will have a lot of talking to do in what seems like very little time. Use a map of the fair to plan your route, aiming to talk to the companies on your shortlist first and allowing enough time for questions and note-taking in between stands.

If you plan on arriving early, this allows you to talk to your favourite employers before they get too busy. However, staying until the end also gives you the opportunity for more one-to-one conversations, after most other candidates have gone home.

A good tip is to ask for business cards or write down the email addresses of the representatives you got on with the best. This allows you to have a direct way into the company when applying.


Keep an open mind

However, once you have done the rounds and spoken to those companies which originally caught your eye, take the time to investigate other opportunities and ask questions to those you haven’t necessarily considered. You never know – the smaller, niche companies can sometimes surprise you!


And remember to follow up

The careers fair is only the beginning. Afterwards take the time to follow-up with an email and a tailored copy of your CV to the representatives of your favourite companies. As mentioned before, this allows you to have a direct way into a company, sometimes allowing you to skip parts of the corporate application process.

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Is it time to call it quits?

You spend on average a third of your life at work, so making sure you enjoy your job (most of the time!) is essential for your well-being.

Work can sometimes be stressful and hard, but when it gets unsatisfying it may be time to say enough is enough. But this is easier said than done.

Are you undecided about whether to stay or go? We’ve come up with the following list of questions to help you make that ever-so-important decision.


Are you working towards certain aims?

Having a goal to progress towards is vital to keep yourself motivated.

Whether it is working towards getting a promotion, a bonus or aspiring to move abroad with your company, having these aims will stimulate you to keep trying your best.

If your company doesn’t offer opportunities or progression, your work life can get monotonous pretty quickly, leaving you feeling deflated.

Furthermore, being in a job that isn’t helping you progress can stunt your career path, and the longer you stay the harder it will be in future to get back on track.

So ask yourself – is your job repetitive, unchallenging and not leading anywhere? Maybe now is the time to reconsider.


Do you feel passionate about what you are doing?

To be successful you need to be passionate about what you are doing.

If that passion has faded over the years and you no longer feel enthusiastic about your projects, it may be time for a fresh start.

Whether you just need a change of scenery to regain your passion, or whether you need a complete career switch, finding a new job could help you rekindle your passion.


Do you feel like work affects your mental health?

Do you spend your weekend dreading Mondays? Do you come home feeling depressed or exhausted on a regular basis?

Feeling down because of work can lead to mental health issues such as depression. To avoid this situation it is essential to spot the warning signs early on and make a change before it is too late. No job is worth sacrificing your health for.


Is your job affecting your relationships?

Following on from the point above, if you are suffering because of your job this can also have some seriously negative affects on your social life and relationships.

If you are hardly at home or are stressed when you are, this can put a strain on your relation with your partner, children and friends. Is your job really worth it?


Do you appreciate your peers, boss and management team?

When you spend so much time with your peers, it becomes very important to be able to tolerate them. They create your working environment, and if you don’t appreciate the way they do things maybe it just isn’t the right environment for you.

However, above all, getting along with your boss is vital. Your boss dictates your projects, your success and your progress. If you feel disappointed by their actions you can be left feeling demotivated to work for them.

Likewise, if you don’t trust your company’s management team you can easily start wondering why you ever worked there in the first place.


Do you have faith in your company?

Another good reason to be questioning leaving a company is if you think it might be on its last leg.

Companies are not invincible, and only a third of small companies survive over 10 years. If your company is suffering it may be worth leaving before the bitter end.

A few signs to look out for: management suddenly gets very fussy about expenses and starts having a lot of closed-door meetings.


Of course, these are not the only reasons you might quit a job, but essentially the question to ask yourself is ‘are you happy?’.

Life is too short to waste time at a job that doesn’t satisfy you.

If you think the grass is greener on the other side CK is here to help you make that next move. Whether you just want to browse jobs and see what’s out there, or whether you need advice, why not visit our website. You can also sign up to CK + to easily get access to any new jobs relevant to your requirements.

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The best job perks to attract candidates

Studies have proven that in all industries, including STEM industries, salary and career opportunities are the two biggest incentives for candidates when it comes to choosing a place to work. However, according to a recent survey by Glassdoor, over a third of people admit to choosing a company over another based on the extra perks. Increasingly, the desires of candidates are shifting and they tend to be more interested in a good work-life balance rather than a big pay package.

Besides, job perks don’t only attract new talent – they also help with staff retention. According to Capita’s latest employee insight report, nearly 70% of staff are more likely to stay with a company if they feel they are offered good benefits.

Perks teamed up with salary increases are the best combination to keep your workforce satisfied and motivated, creating a nicer working environment and boosting productivity overall.

In this article we investigate the UK’s favourite perks.


Flexible working hours

Rather than the traditional nine to five, companies are increasingly offering Flextime – allowing employees to work when suits them best.

Some employees will like a lie in and come to work later. Others, notably parents, may prefer to come in earlier and leave when school finishes, to spend time with their children.

Offering employees this flexibility means they work their 37.5 hours when they feel most motivated and will help them attain a better work-life balance.


Remote working

Interestingly, 30% of people would rather have the option to work from home rather than get a pay rise.

Many roles don’t require employees to be in the office every day. Giving staff the option to work from home from time-to-time helps them save money and time by avoiding their daily commute.

This perk is especially useful for those employees who live further away or have families.


Childcare help and additional parental leave

High childcare costs often put new parents off returning to work or persuade them to work part-time. A good way to attract and retain new parent employees is to offer onsite childcare like a nursery or to help out with childcare costs.

Being a parent is stressful enough – if companies can help relieve some of that stress then these employees can be more relaxed at work and consequently be more productive.

Another attractive perk for soon-to-be parents is extended parent leave. Again, this won’t cost a company much but will keep these employees satisfied and encourage them to return after their parental leave.


Office outings

Office outings are a great way to boost office morale and help with team building.

They can create a community feel in the office and build staff confidence.

Office outings are especially useful for newcomers to get to know their peers. When applying for a company, the prospect of feeling welcomed into the company community straightaway can be appealing.


Extra holiday time

Holiday time is precious – and the more a company offers, the more attractive it becomes.

Furthermore, holiday time allows staff to rest and rejuvenate, keeping them happy and relaxed.

Some companies have gone as far as allowing employees to take unlimited paid leave – leaving them the choice to have time off whenever they wish and avoid feeling burnt out.


Other favourite perks worth considering

There are many other popular company benefits that can attract candidates and satisfy current staff – some others include:

  • Entertainment for the office (pool table, drinks on Fridays, office pets…)
  • Free food
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance benefits
  • Health and life insurance
  • Gym memberships

So, if you are looking to recruit or are struggling with employee retention, it may be worth reconsidering your company benefits.

Many of these don’t necessarily cost much – but will have massive returns on investment in terms of employee satisfaction, overall productivity as well as more candidates applying for your company.

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Our Chemical Industry Candidates: August 2011

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the chemical industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of chemical industry candidates based in your area:

South, UK

  • 1st Class Chemist with Placement Year
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Polymer Technologist
  • Technical Sales Manager

Midlands, UK

  • Organic Chemist
  • Technical Service Chemist/Manager
  • Stability Chemist
  • Analytical/R&D Chemist
  • R&D Chemist

North, UK

  • Development Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Analyst

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Our Analytical candidates in the South, UK

CK Science is helping a number of excellent Analytical candidates currently based in the South of England. Please see below to find out more:


  • Reference:  00101815
  • Salary: £18,000+
  • Location: Will relocate from Essex 
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is a recent MChem graduate with a placement year in the Polymer Materials industry. A flexible and driven graduate, he is keen to gain a role in industry which allows him to use his laboratory skills while developing further.

Throughout his placement year, he developed an array of skills including strong formulation, development & characterisation of various polymer materials (incl. adhesives); a depth of testing experience using physical (DSC, Particle Size, Viscosity), mechanical (Tensile, Friction, Stress) and chemical (HPLC, AA, GC, UV) techniques as well as running application testing of materials.

Currently looking for an opportunity to break into industry and available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.


Assay Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00101863  
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Availability: Immediate                                                          

This candidate is an experienced Assay Development Scientist and is immediately available to start work. She has worked with global pharma companies and has routinely run assays as well as developing and optimising new assays for novel targets.

She is highly experienced in tissue culture, including maintenance, transfection, cloning and use of mammalian cell lines and is also experienced with the production and purification of proteins, expressed in bacterial and mammalian cells-from initial vector construction, to analysis of the final purified product.

Available for an immediate interview and happy to relocate in necessary.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.


Research Scientist

  • Reference:  00107455
  • Salary: £21,000+
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Availability: One Month                                         

This candidate is skilled in a wide range of techniques including  ELISA, Immunodot Blotting, SDS PAGE, Western Blotting, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, molecular cloning techniques, BCA Protein Assay, protein purification, refolding by rapid dilution, protein concentration etc.

She is extremely bright and eager and is willing to relocate anywhere to secure a role.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Method Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00108366
  • Salary: £28,000
  • Location: Swindon
  • Availability: Immediate          

This candidate is an experienced pharmaceutical development analyst looking for a new and interesting position, in a pharmaceutical laboratory. She has extensive analytical chemistry experience including Method development/validation using HPLC and RRLC, GC, UV spectrophotometry, dissolution method development and validation etc. and is skilled with stability and compatibility studies.

Having worked in senior positions she wants to secure a laboratory based position that will allow her to impart he knowledge to a team. She is immediately available and is looking for roles in the Oxon/Wilts area

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.


Senior Microbiologist

  • Reference:  00065887
  • Salary: £28,000 – £30,000
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is currently working as a Senior Microbiologist and is looking for her next challenge. She is experienced with a wide range of microbial tests including environmental monitoring, endotoxin test, sterility tests, bioburden tests etc. She is also experienced with developing new and managing existing methods and procedures to ensure continual improvement in testing to GMP standards and the validation of new methods and microbiological laboratory equipment. Other skills include supervising and training junior members of the team, participating in in-house audits as part of the QA quality system, carrying out investigative, problem-solving studies on failed batches and ensuring the completion of all associated GMP documentation.

As a Senior Microbiologist she enjoys this type of responsibility and is looking for a similar or more senior post. She is available on one months notice and happy to relocate.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.



QA Specialist

  • Reference: 00078482
  • Salary: circa £30,000
  • Location: Hertford, will relocate
  • Availability: Immediate                                     

This candidate was most recently working as a Quality Assurance GMP Associate and is actively looking for her next role. Within this role she ensured compliance to cGMP activities related to the development of pharmaceutical products for use in clinical trials. She reviewed and approved production, analytical and other information/documentation accompanying the release of API, excipient, clinical suppliers and packaging components. She reviewed and updated SOPs and analytical test methods as well as reviewing Batch Analysis Reports, Batch Manufacturing Records, Batch Packaging Records and technical documents received from contractors. She also provided support to process and analytical method validation projects, managed product stability studies and ran and participated in Lean Sigma activities such as Quality Circles, MDIs and 5S audits.

She is available immediately and will relocate for contract and permanent positions.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.



Analytical Chemist

  • Reference:  00110762
  • Salary: £22,000
  • Location: Happy to relocate from Herts
  • Availability: Immediate                          

This candidate has recently finished a contract with a global pharma company and is looking for his next role in industry. He has worked in analytical roles throughout his career and as such has excellent knowledge and experience with analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, UV, IR, TGA, DSC etc.

He is available immediately and happy to relocate anywhere.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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Our best Pharma & Biotech candidates…

The Consultants here at CK Science are currently helping some excellent candidates who are looking for new positions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries.

Please click on the links below to find out more about candidates currently based in your area:

South, UK

  • Assay/Cell Culture Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • NPD Scientist
  • Method Development Scientist
  • Senior Microbiologist
  • QA Specialist
  • Formulations Chemist
  • Product/Manufacturing Technician


Midlands, UK

  • Validation Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • QC Analyst


North, UK

  • QC Manager
  • GMP Technician
  • Senior Supervisor
  • Graduate Analyst
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Food Industry Candidates, in the South of England

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Food Industry. We are currently working with a number of excellent candidates who are currently based in the South of England, but are willing to relocate nationwide. Please see below for more information:

QC Officer

  • Reference: 94500
  • Salary: £21,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate has recently completed a QC role for a Food Snacks company where he was involved in the analysis of samples using HPLC, GC, FTIR and UV. He is also skilled in the analysis of oil samples, moisture content, flavour presence, and other QA duties in the food snacks QC department. He is living in London but would have no issues relocating. He would be happy to take on any further training and could start on short notice.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Process Development Scientist

  • Reference: 58491
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is responsible for managing, planning and organising full scale factory trials for NPD projects (packaging and ingredients) and/or existing products. He manages and organises sensory assessments routinely and also for NPD, interprets results and generates organoleptic information for each product. Other responsibilities include investigating all non conformances resulting from daily checks carried out by Quality Technicians, monitoring customer complaints, managing the development of new variants from concept to launch and managing product refinement and process reduction projects. Available on one months notice.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Regulatory/Compliance Manager

  • Reference: 107198
  • Salary: £Negotiable
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is an experienced Regulatory Manager who ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and emerging scientific principles. She is skilled in providing regulatory advice throughout the product development process and post launch period and with being a representative on a variety of industry committees (Chair of Food & Drink Federation Food Law & Labelling Committee). She is also experienced in all aspects of marketing, research and development, legal systems, communications, brand planning, graphics and consumer information. Looking for a new challenge and immediately available.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.


QA Scientist

  • Reference: 62548
  • Salary: £28,000+
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is an experienced QA Scientist who looks after company standards to ensure compliance to corporate and government legislation. He deals closely with customers and handles any complaints, and is the key contact in the company for the provision of technical information such as nutrition, fat content, energy, regulatory, HACCP regulations and GMP.  He maintains the quality management system, writes protocols and organizes cleaning rotations. He is available for work at short notice and is happy to relocate.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.


  • Reference: 105257
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate is a Quality Control Officer with experience of performing microbiological, physical and chemical analysis on different batches of milk samples, media preparation, culturing of inoculants and reading of plates. He is accustomed with cleaning and setting up laboratory apparatus, environmental monitoring of warehouses and production facilities and ensuring compliance with company health and safety procedures. Immediately available.

For more information, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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A few of our best Environmental Industry candidates

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Environmental Industry.

Please click on the links below to find out about our great Environmental Industry candidates based in your area:


South, UK

  • Analytical Consultant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Chemist


Midlands, UK

  • Chemist/Inspector
  • Energy Consultant/Researcher
  • Quality Systems Coordinator
  • Commercial and Technical Coordinator
  • Technical Manager


North, UK

  • Senior Analyst
  • PhD Environmental Scientist
  • Site Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Environmental Manager
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Experienced Analyst looking for a new role


Andrew is currently working with an excellent candidate who is looking for a new role within the chemical industry.

Please see below for more information:


  • Ref: 98319
  • Salary: £18,000+
  • Location: Will relocate anywhere in the UK 
  • Notice Period: Immediate 
  • Techniques used: Instrumental analysis using AAS, GC as well as physical property testing using IP & ASTM methodologies.
  • Samples worked with: Oils, Petrochemicals, Metals & Minerals, Agrochemicals and related chemicals. 
  • Other skills: Strong knowledge of laboratory quality standards (ISO) as well as demonstrated experience in a supervisory function including training and mentoring of Technicians and other Analysts.

To find out more…

Please contact Andrew on 01438 870 013 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Introducing our Top Pharma & Biotech Candidates

Analytical Chemist

  • Reference:  00076010
  • Salary:  £30,000 – £35,000
  • Location:  Stevenage
  • Availability:  One Month

This first class graduate is a skilled analytical chemist with experience gained with GSK and more recently HLS as a Senior Study Manager. In her present role she has one reportee and is overseeing in excess of 20 studies in the Formulation and Inhalation Analysis department. She is experienced with analytical method development and validation and has a strong practical and theoretical knowledge of HPLC, LC-MS, GC etc.

She is looking for a new challenging position that will utilise her experiences. She is happy to relocate and is available on one months notice.

For more information please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.



QC Scientist

  • Reference:  00061694
  • Salary: £24,000
  • Location: Ireland
  • Availability: 2 Weeks

This candidate is an experienced QC Analyst who has carried out qualitative and quantitative analysis for a wide variety of medicines including in process, intermediate, API and stability samples. He is skilled with method development and validation of analytical methods by HPLC and GC and has performed HPLC assay and impurities / degradation product testing; mass balance analysis; equipment troubleshooting; analytical method transfer; stability testing; protocol generation and report writing to GLP standards. Other equipment he is familiar with includes KF, potentiometry, UV, and FTIR.

This candidate is looking for a new role due to redundancy, is available on 2 weeks notice and would happily relocate for a role.

For more information please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.




Project Manager

  • Reference:  00028426
  • Salary: circa £40,000
  • Location: Maidstone
  • Availability: Immediate

This PhD level candidate is finishing with Abbott Laboratories shortly and in his current role he leads the development and implementation of new manufacturing processes. He also works within manufacturing starting up new API processing and he has led several projects, establishing timelines with API and analytical teams. He has also worked for Pfizer on the Synthesis and development of organic molecules and for GSK doing new routes evaluation on pharmaceutical products and steroids synthesis.

This candidate is a strong Chemist with a good understanding of project management who is looking for a new role due to uncertainty at his current employer.  He would be available to start immediately and though on a higher salary than that on offer would be happy to consider a lower bracket for security and prospects.

For more information please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.




Formulations Chemist

  • Reference:  00107885
  • Salary: £25,000 – £30,000
  • Location: Dunstable
  • Availability: Immediate

This candidate is a Formulations Chemist who has worked on the formulation and development of various products in the areas of skin care, hair care and other formulations. As well as her formulation skills, she also offers strong scale up experience, stability testing & product evaluation experience and the ability to troubleshoot.

Having recently relocated to the UK, this candidate is keen to find a role utilising her skills and experience. She is available immediately, and is happy to relocate anywhere.

For more information please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.




  • Reference:  00091852
  • Salary: £16,000 – £18,000
  • Location: London
  • Availability: 2 Weeks Notice

This candidate holds a degree in Microbiology and has experience or working for pharmaceutical companies as a Microbiologist. He is currently working on a temporary contract at The Royal London Hospital where he is working as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. However, from previous roles he has gained an array of strong analytical microbiology skills including growth promotion testing, microbial limit testing, sterility testing, bacterial endotoxin testing, monitoring of water quality, gram staining, surface monitoring, personal monitoring, efficacy of disinfectant, maintenance, sub-culturing of pure culture, environment monitoring by settling plate and air sampling.

This candidate  is available on a two week notice period and will happily relocate for a micro based role

For more information please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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Chemical Industry Candidates based in the South of England

Production Operative

  • Ref: 108403
  • Salary: £18,000+ Incl. SA
  • Location: Looking for a new role in the South of England

An experienced Production Operative who has gained strong industry experience within the Chemical industries.

He offers a wide range of skills including mixing/blending, operating production machinery, completion of batch/technical documentation and a full forklift truck licence.

Currently looking for a new opportunity following redundancy, he is available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.



Mechanical Technician

  • Ref: 106339
  • £18,000 – £20,000
  • Happy to relocate from  the South East

This candidate is degree level Mechanical Engineer who has gained industry experience in Engineering & Technology industries.

He offers a scope of skills across the assembly, calibration and servicing of the instruments/devices; fault finding & testing of the equipment as well as completion of relevant documentation.

Currently working on contact, he is keen to find a more stable opportunity.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.




Analyst – Chemistry

  • Ref: 87580
  • £22,000 – £24,000
  • Looking to relocate within the South of UK

This candidate is a strong chemistry analyst who has gained strong experience within a Chemical Testing Laboratory.

She offers a multifarious skill set including experience using a range of physical property (ASTM, IP) and analytical instrumentation (GC, GCMS, HPLC, ICP and more). She also offers strong knowledge of relevant legislation and quality standards (ISO, COSHH, MSDS) as well as a variety of computer/software systems used in a laboratory environment including LIMS.

She is currently looking to relocate back to the London or South East regions to be closer to family and is keen to find a role utilising her skills and experiences.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.




Technical Manager

  • Ref: 70887
  • Salary: £35,000 – £45,000
  • Flexible on relocation for the right role

An experienced Technical Manager who offers a depth of knowledge and experience in the Polymer/Chemical industries.

He portrays a depth of skills including strong people management of technical and quality staff, a depth of knowledge surrounding product development of  various materials as well as an understanding of the relevant quality/regulatory standards (ISO, COSHH, REACH).

Having recently finished a long term contract, he is keen to find a more secure and permanent role.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Meet Our Senior Preclinical Candidates…

CK Science are currently working with a number of excellent Senior Pre-clinical candidates. Please see below for more details.

To find out more, contact Jim Gleeson on 01438 743 047 or email jgleeson@ckscience.co.uk.

Ex DMPK Director

  • Reference number: 68675
  • Salary: £55K+
  • Location: Hertfordshire, commutable only

This candidate spent the majority of his career with a leading pharmaceutical company, leading a large team of DMPK scientists on both sides of the Atlantic. Since taking redundancy from this role he has proven highly successful in leading the Business Development function for a pre-clinical CRO and is now looking for his next challenge.

Head, Medicinal Chemistry

  • Reference number: 106087
  • Salary: £50K+
  • Location: Northern Ireland, wants to return to mainland UK

Has nearly twenty years of medicinal chemistry experience, spanning discovery through to CMC for small molecules. A proven project manager, having led teams of in-house chemists and overseen work contracted out to third parties.

Associate Director, Toxicology

  • Reference number: 105618
  • Salary: £45K+
  • Location: Oxfordshire, will relocate

Very broad experience, including the line and project management for large toxicology studies, oversight of decommissioning old and commissioning new sites and business development for CRO activities. A dynamic and resourceful scientist.

DMPK Expert

  • Reference number: 107527
  • Salary: £50K+
  • Location: Kent, will relocate

Has over twenty years experience of leading DMPK activities with a major pharmaceutical company.  He has led large teams of laboratory scientists, though now plays a strategic role in the outsourcing of DMPK work to CROs.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Jim Gleeson on 01438 743 047 or email jgleeson@ckscience.co.uk.

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Meet our Great Technology Industry Candidates…

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the Technology Industries.

Please click on the links below to view details of our Technology Industry candidates looking for work in your area:


South, UK

  • Physics & Chemist Graduate
  • Mechanical Engineer Graduate
  • Materials Engineer
  • Quality Manager/Engineer


Midlands, UK

  • R&D/Process Chemist
  • Materials Scientist/Consultant
  • Inorganic Chemist
  • Project/Mechanical Engineer


North, UK

  • Mechanical Technical Officer
  • Technical Manager
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • QA Officer
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Technology Industry Candidates in the South, UK

Meet our Technology Industry candidates looking for a new position in the South of England…


Physics & Chemist Graduate                                                                                 

  • Ref: 104549 
  • Salary: £15,000 – £20,000
  • Location: Will relocate for opportunity in industry      

This candidate is a graduate level candidate who has recently finished his degree in a combination of Physics & Chemist.

His special mix of knowledge gained during his course covers various physics disciplines (incl. reactor, solid state and optics) as well as a scope of chemistry disciplines (Organic, Synthetic and Analytical).

Following graduation he is currently utilising his skills and gaining laboratory experience in an academia based environment, but is keen to move into industry. He is available on 1 weeks notice as well as being flexible on location and salary.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. 



Mechanical Engineer Graduate                                                                            

  • Reference: 102955 
  • Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 
  • Location: Flexible on location                                                                                                           

This candidate is a masters level Mechanical Engineer who is looking to break into the Technology industries.

His offers a multifarious skill set including strong general mechanical engineering skills; demonstrated experience of mechanical design including use of programmes such as CAD (Solidworks), FEA, MATLAB and ABAQUS; previous experience of developing prototypes and product simulations as well as knowledge of mechanical testing.

He is currently looking for work so is available to start immediately, looking for £20k – £22k and flexible on location.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.



Materials Engineer                                                                                                  

  • Reference: 46010 
  • Salary: £28,000 
  • Location: Will relocate for the right role                                                                                

This candidate is a PhD Electrical Engineer who has gained strong research experience in the field of Materials Engineering.

His research saw him exploring the electrical and other properties of thin film semiconductors through performing material deposition using PECVD systems as well as material characterisation using techniques such as PL, EL, XPS, SEM, RBS, FTIR, AFM and Opto-electrical.

He is currently looking for £28k, available immediately and flexible on relocating.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.






Quality Manager / Engineer                                                                                   

  • Reference: 82277 
  • Salary: £35,000 – £45,000
  • Location: Happy to relocate UK Wide                                                                                              

This candidate is a highly experienced Quality Engineer who has gained strong industry experience in the Medical Device and other Technology industries.

His background has seen him develop a wide range of skills including demonstrated experience managing QMS systems on site; auditing to various quality standards (Incl. ISO 9001, ISO 13485, 21 CFR Part 820, FDA and several MDDs) as well as process improvements, continuous improvement and ensuring compliance with quality/regulatory requirements for both manufacturing processes & products surrounding a wide range of Technology (Kaizen).

He also offers a demonstrated background in people and project management having worked as both Quality and Manufacturing Managers.

Currently coming to the end of his contract in March 2011, he is keen to find a new role and flexible on salary / location.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Meet our Food Industry Candidates…



CK Science are experts in recruitment for the Food Industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of Food Industry candidates looking for work in your area:


South, UK

  • Microbiology Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Technical Officer
  • Quality Manager
  • QA Auditor


Midlands, UK

  • Development & Technical Manager
  • Food Analyst
  • Laboratory Supervisor/Manager


North, UK

  • Chemistry Technician
  • Food Technologist
  • QA Manager
  • Food Microbiologist
  • QA Officer
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Meet Our Pharma & Biotech Candidates…

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries.

Please click on the links below to find out more about our Pharma and Biotech candidates currently based in your area:

South, UK

  • Research Scientist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Analytical Development Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Microbiologist

Midlands, UK

  • Senior Analyst/Laboratory Supervisor
  • QC Analyst
  • Scientist

North, UK

  • Senior Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • QC Analyst
  • Synthetic Chemist
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