How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected job seekers in the UK?

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the job market in the UK over the last 12 months, with lockdown restrictions causing fluctuations in demand and influencing new attitudes towards job searching.

We recently surveyed some of our candidates who have found new roles to investigate the latest trends in recruitment and see what these could mean for future job seekers in the sectors CK Group works within.

What did our survey reveal?

Our survey found that people are spending more time applying for jobs, and are sending out more applications before successfully securing a role, as the Swiss market has become more competitive during the pandemic. The infographic you an insight into:

  • What candidates are looking for in new opportunities, and why they want a change
  • How the Covid-19 pandemic has affected job seekers
  • What you need to focus on attract the right talent to your business or get your CV noticed by top companies
  • The most popular job hunting tools and how to get the best out of them

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British Science Week 2021: The Matilda Effect

This week is British Science Week, which is a ten day celebration of all things science, technology, engineering and maths. For 2021, British Science Week is challenging stereotypes in science and celebrating the diversity of those working in STEM careers, by sharing the stories of the inspiring individuals working in laboratories, innovation centres, universities and everywhere else across the world.

This got me thinking about my role models when I was younger and to my dismay I couldn’t really name any celebrated female scientists, apart from Marie Curie. This is partly my own failing. There are in fact many brilliant female scientists whose names we should all know, but they have been written out of our history and their achievements often attributed to their male colleagues or partners.

There is a name for this: The Matilda Effect.

Margaret Rossiter, a historian, coined the term after a Suffragette, Matilda Joslyn Gage. Margaret has worked tirelessly to uncover these hidden women and bring their names out into the spotlight where they belong. With that in mind, there is a name we should all know and that I only discovered today myself.

Dr Lise Meitner, an Austrian scientist that lead the research into nuclear fission. She collaborated and supervised some with work Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman. Hahn and Strassman conducted some experiments that seemed to show Barium as one of the biproducts of the decay process of Uranium. Puzzled by the results, they showed their work to Dr Meitner who surmised that the Uranium nucleus had in fact split into two pieces during the process, now known as nuclear fission.

In 1944, Otto Hahn won the Nobel Prize for the discovery. Meitner was not even mentioned in his paper. He went on to fame and became a notable public figure, while Meitner’s contribution to the work was consigned to the marginalia of history.

I am glad we now live in an age where women are not pushed aside in favour of their male colleagues, however I also think we have a long way to go yet. We need to recognise these forgotten women of science, as understanding the past will help us to ensure that is no longer happens in the present or future.

Author: Natasha Young

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Future opportunities in chemistry – watch the webinar

On the 20th January, we joined a webinar hosted by The Royal Society of Chemistry on future opportunities in chemistry and employment growth areas, alongside the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

In the webinar, RSC, Recruitment Manager Victoria Walker and other guests discussed key trends in the chemistry job market, highlighted the main skills employers are looking for during the recruitment process and provided an insight into current and future opportunities.

The webinar is particularly useful for those working in chemical science and undergraduates looking to get their foot in the door.

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Watch our webinar on demand

We hosted a webinar on the 14th October on how to work with a recruitment agency and why you should consider it.

In case you missed it or want to re-watch and share with friends, a recording of the webinar has now been uploaded to our YouTube channel, so you can watch it on demand.

We discussed:

  • What recruitment agencies do and why you should consider working with one during your job hunt
  • How to maximise the effectiveness of working with a recruiter
  • How to make yourself stand out from the competition
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How to Work With a Recruitment Agency: Watch Our Webinar

We hosted a webinar with the Royal Society of Chemistry last week themed ‘How to work with a recruitment agency’. The webinar has now been posted to RSC’s YouTube channel for you to rewatch and share with friends or colleagues who would like more information on how to work with a recruitment agency and the benefits of doing so.

In today’s world, working closely and having a good relationship with a recruitment agency can be key to a successful job hunt. Not only can recruitment agencies open up the door to a huge amount of opportunities, they can introduce you to a vast network. In the webinar Victoria discusses:

  • Why you should work with a recruiter
  • How to maximise the effectiveness of working with a recruiter
  • Examples of our success stories


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Jobs in science are on the rise – take a look at our infographic


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Jobs in Science are on the Rise

Great news!

Since March 2020, job hunters have seen a sharp decline in new jobs being listed globally. However, due to the recent lifting of some lockdown policies, job postings are now stabilising and beginning to rise again in the science sectors. This means that now could be the perfect time to search for a new role, as companies resume recruitment activities.


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Globally, job postings have stabilised for the first time since February, according to Indeed.

Reassuringly, job vacancies across the scientific sectors are on the rise after hitting their lowest at the beginning of March.

According to CV Library, the number of pharmaceutical, medical and scientific job postings has increased by 36%.

The job site Reed suggests that there are almost 400 more jobs available now than there were one month ago.

In the UK and Ireland, jobs are on the rise in many key industries including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical, environmental and life sciences.

Search for the science job you’ve always dreamed of here

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Why It Might Be Time to Look For a New Biotech Role

Consider the career goals you set yourself some time ago: have you achieved them? Are you on your way to achieving them?

You might have decided that a career in biotechnology was the right one for you, but if you have been working within the same company for a while now, you might not be accomplishing the goals you once were determined to.

We’ve compiled a list of questions to help you evaluate whether it might be time to find a new role in biotechnology, and whether you are reaching your full potential.

Are you cutting edge products and technology?

Working in biotechnology should provide opportunities to work on a variety of exciting projects, offering a diverse and always interesting work day. No two days are often the same, meaning that your mind should be stimulated and you should be able to acquire and improve a wider range of skills than you would in any other environment. If the company you currently work for are not employing this state-of-the-art technology, this could be a sign that it is time to look for a new role with an organisation that offers a greater range of products and technology.

Are you being provided with opportunities for development?

We have noticed that teams are expanding quickly in many organisations which is opening up a multitude of opportunities for advancement towards higher paying, more senior roles. You may possess the right experience and educational background to aim for positions with more responsibility or a wider breadth of techniques, however your current job might not be providing these opportunities. This could mean that you are not achieving your full potential or spending your time wisely. Some companies offer leadership development programs that will help you progress, so it might be time to place yourself within one of these.

Are you working within an innovative and fast-moving environment?

The environment in which you work should fast-paced and highly advanced with an array of remarkable projects going on. Status-quo is often unheard of within biotechnology companies, as techniques and technology are ever-evolving for the better. Is the company you currently work for mundane and slow-moving? This could increase the likelihood of workplace burnout, therefore if you like change, working within a fast-paced biotech environment would be much more stimulating.

Are you making a difference to peoples’ lives?

The work that biotech companies do is potentially lifesaving, and therefore should be fascinating and extremely rewarding. Moving jobs could mean contributing to creating treatments that have the power to cure millions of people around the world, and that may be one of the most fulfilling things you can do.

Are you being rewarded for your efforts?

Many biotech companies reward their employees with a range of perks, including a high salary and top-tier benefits. According to Indeed, the average annual salary for a Principal Scientist is £53,000, whereas a Clinical Programme Lead could earn in excess of £80,000. As well as being mentally rewarded by the work you contribute on a daily basis, you should be valued by your employer, and moving jobs might be the way to achieve this.

Are you using the most up-to-date techniques?

If you are an Assay Development Scientist, are you familiar with qPCR, Western Blot and ELISA? If you are a Microbiologist, are you experienced in VITEK 2 and Bioburden testing techniques? In order to progress within biotechnology, it is important that you are experienced with the most current practices. It may be worth researching the latest techniques used in the industry, and evaluating whether the company you are currently working within is providing the opportunity to implement such practices.

Think it might be time to move on?

Search our Biotechnology jobs here

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From Industry to Recruitment: Why Make the Jump?

“Knowing you have shaped the careers of individuals as well as impacted a business’s future…well there is a sense of pride in that.”

Recruitment is a versatile career, valuing experience from a wide range of backgrounds. At CK, our recruitment consultants bring with them experience from sales and customer service, to roles within the industries we recruit for.

One such member of our team is Naynesh Mistry, who spent eight years in industry before joining CK. Naynesh has since worked his way up through the ranks, starting with us as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and now holding the position of Recruitment Manager of Pharma and Life Sciences.

We recently spent some time with Naynesh to get to know his background a little better, and why he chose to make the jump from industry into recruitment.

What was your background in industry before recruitment? 

Prior to joining CK, I spent nearly eight years in industry. I started my career at Pfizer as a Scientist, and following this I went to work for 3M Healthcare as a Formulation Scientist.  I have also worked as a Pharmaceutical Lab Manager at Keele University.

What attracted you to consider a career in recruitment?

Similar to industry, I wanted a career where I knew I was helping others and making a difference. I came to a point in my career where I could stay on the same path or take on a new challenge, and I chose to do something new. What attracted me the most to CK Science and recruitment was the fact that it was relevant to my background – they specialise in Pharma and Life Science recruitment and I came with industry knowledge. Though I came with no sales experience, I believed in myself and wanted to help individuals secure their first roles, take on new challenges like myself and attain their dream jobs.

What do you like most about recruitment?

Every day is different. It is fast-paced and I enjoy talking to individuals from all types of backgrounds and meeting new clients. It’s a great feeling when you help someone on their journey into their first industry role or secure a new opportunity.

What 3 things would you tell someone looking to enter recruitment?

  1. Ask yourself first: is this for me? Recruitment is like a rollercoaster, you have your highs and your lows. You will speak with a range of people where you will be offering guidance and mentorship and it is a great feeling when you help them. However, you may be let down from time to time so you need to have a strong character and remain positive at all times. 
  2.  A lot of recruitment companies state that you need to have a sales background, but I didn’t. 9 years on and I am still with CK, now as a Manager of the Life Science Team. It is hard work and exhilarating at the same time.
  3. Recruitment may not be for everyone. It is a pressured environment but it can be very rewarding. Knowing you have shaped the careers of individuals as well as impacted a business’s future…well there is a sense of pride in that.

If you are considering a career move and think recruitment might be for you, please get in touch by visiting our careers page here

Or, you can apply for one of our current vacancies here


Naynesh Mistry

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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 start a career in chemistry – New Scientist

As part of our careers advice series with New Scientist Jobs, Victoria Walker who is a specialist in recruitment in the chemical industry has given us her top tips of how to get started in a career in chemistry and to where this could potentially take you. Take a look here:


First you might ask, why would I want a career in chemistry? The answer is because it provides so many diverse opportunities! Having a career within chemistry is not just limited to working in a lab (although there are many exciting lab-based jobs!). For example you could move into a field service role which would provide travel opportunities; you could get involved with plant based operations including scale up and process chemistry; and you could eventually use your career and knowledge in chemistry to educate, inspire and motivate a new generation.

So if you have a desire to work with polymers, coatings, fragrances, colours and more – follow these tips:


GCSEs or equivalent level qualifications:

Most employers look for at least A-C grade (9-4 in new GCSE grading system) in Science and Maths as a minimum. Good maths skills are very important in landing your career in chemistry as it is necessary both to use these skills on a daily basis (such as measuring out chemicals and calculating proportionate yields) as well as having a sound understanding of maths on which to base the chemistry knowledge.


Further study:

As people are now required to stay in full-time education until the age of 18 in the UK, options include 6th form or college, or alternatively starting an apprenticeship or trainee-ship.

If you opt to stay within traditional education, a chemistry A Level is the obvious choice. Supporting subjects include maths or physics. Should you wish to start an apprenticeship, try to find an opportunity with a chemical manufacturing company, or one with a company that may provide you with transferable skills.

Depending on the level of knowledge you are looking for and whether you intend to specialise, you may wish to embark on a University career in chemistry, and then perhaps a Masters or PhD. Please note these qualifications are not essential to obtain a career in chemistry; some employers do prefer a chemistry degree however a Masters and/ or PhD education is only for certain niche areas.


Work experience:

Aside from having a knowledge and understanding of chemistry, work experience is going to be one of the main drivers in securing your career in your chosen field. We would highly recommend that you take any opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry, whether it’s only shadowing someone for a few days, voluntary lab experience, or paid temporary work/ a year in industry during university. While employers value a good chemistry education, more and more they are turning to experience as being the main tick in the box. Having gained voluntary experience also indicates that you are taking your career in chemistry seriously.



Ultimately, after you have achieved the above, be flexible. There are so many opportunities out there. You may have your heart set on becoming a New Product Development Chemist within water-based adhesives for the packaging industry, however please refer to our previous point – experience is everything. Appreciating that you may need to gain experience in a few other areas before being able to pursue your dream job will firstly take the pressure off, but secondly may mean that you find many other areas within chemistry that you weren’t aware of before.


If you would like more careers advice get in touch with Victoria Walker here or take a look at our careers zone here.


Prefer video? Watch Victoria talk about this subject here.

Author: Victoria Walker



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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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100 years! Inspiring Women in Industry

This month is 100 years since some women in the UK won the right to vote. To tie in with this we have launched our new series exploring the lives and successes of Inspiring Women in Industry.

It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in the scientific and technical sectors.

With this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Read about Sameera here

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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


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


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

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


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



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



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

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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

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

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


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


  • 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

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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

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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



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




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




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




  • 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

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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



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




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




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

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