GSK Recruits Masters Students – Drug Discovery Scheme

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by The Recruiter, the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will be recruiting British university students to work on the discovery of the drugs of the future.

The pharma company plans to launch a medicinal chemistry module using students in their third year of their Master of Science study at the University of Nottingham. The project will run over two terms with 12 students and will focus on research, synthesis and testing of PI 3 kinase inhibitors, which are currently under investigation by a number of drug companies. GSK will be researching their potential in the treatment of asthma.

The move comes as large pharmaceutical companies take steps to strengthen partnerships with academia in a bid to boost innovation in research whilst reducing costs.

The scheme will be a great opportunity for students to make a name for themselves as inventors of patents, with the possibility of receiving royalties if their work was translated into a successful drug.

Head of Chemistry at GSK, Dave Allen stated. “This is not a way of saving money, but we are not a charity and we get something back. Our people will mentor, and get a sense of innovation from students.”

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Synthetic Organic Chemist Job – Hertfordshire, UK

CK Science are currently searching for Synthetic Organic Chemists to join a global pharma company based in Hertfordshire, UK.

You will be experienced in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and will have an understanding of drug development. Any experience in Medicinal Chemistry, DMPK, SAR or CNS drug discovery would be a distinct advantage.

As a Synthetic Organic Chemist you will be experienced in the delivery of small molecules and will be able to undertake independent planning, troubleshooting and successful execution of efficient synthetic routes to novel compounds.

You will hold a minimum of a degree in Chemistry/Synthetic Organic Chemistry (or equivalent) and will have practical ability in Organic Chemistry and a contemporaryknowledge of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. You will have the ability to solve complex synthetic problems and to conduct multistep synthesis. It is essential that you are highly motivated and have the ability to adapt to changing priorities. You will also have an understanding of the importance to deliver the end product/final compound.

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For more information, or to apply for this Synthetic Organic Chemist position, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20674 in all correspondence.

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Technical Manager Job (Microbiology) – Berkshire, UK

Our client, a leading Chemical Consultancy organisation, are currently looking for a Technical Manager to join their Manufacturing and Laboratory facilities based in Berkshire, UK.

 

Responsibilities:

As the Technical Manager, you will be responsible for driving forward development projects from concept to launch; providing technical direction to internal teams including writing and carrying out training of staff; attend both internal and external audits as well as acting as a key technical contact for customers including on site visits.

This role will be split between the organisation’s site based in Berkshire and field based work (customers sites).

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an industry leading Chemical Consultancy, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

Qualifications and Experience:

To be considered for this Technical Manager role, you will have a degree in Microbiology (or equivalent); proven practical microbiology based experience within a chemical, environmental or related industry including knowledge in areas such as environmental microbiology, microbial physiology or aero microbiology and demonstrated Team Leader, Supervisory or Managerial experience. Experience within a commercial or customer facing environment would be advantageous but it is not essential.

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For more information, or to apply for this Technical Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20689 in all correspondence.

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Scientists Protest against Funding Cuts

NewsAs reported by Chemistry World, scientists rallied outside the UK Treasury on Saturday to protest against the government’s plans to slash research funding in order to tackle the budget deficit.

The protest was planned by campaign group, Science Vital, and was in response to a comment by Vince Cable, business secretary stating that 45 per cent of research grants in the UK went towards research that was not considered ‘excellent’, as a result he said that budgets would have to be squeezed.

Over 25,000 protestors have now signed the Science is Vital petition which calls on government not to reduce science funding as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), which in a week and a half’s time will reveal the government’s spending plans for the next four years.

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Protein Scientist Job (Process Development) – Central Belt of Scotland

Our client is a contract manufacturing business specialising in process development. They have a vacancy for a Protein Scientist to lead the management and delivery of a range of process development and manufacturing projects.

As a Protein Scientist, you will lead and develop GMP compliant downstream processing processes and perform problem solving and troubleshooting of processes by data analysis and experimental design. You will also assist with effective transfer of new products to production and oversee initial production batches.

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate extensive experience of downstream processing of protein therapeutics with good knowledge of protein chemistry and analysis, chromatography, filtration development, optimisation and scale-up.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Protein Scientist position, please contact Lorna at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email your CV to lcrombie@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20616 in all correspondence.

 

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QA Manager Job – London, UK

We are currently looking for a QA Manager with extensive knowledge of GLP to join a Research company based in London, UK.

 

As QA Manager, you will be expected to develop a QA GLP & GCP laboratory audit strategy and implement an audit program in line with the overall QA strategy. You will also be expected to provide assurance that company GLP & GCP laboratory studies are performed in accordance with GLP regulatory requirements and local laws.

Day to day, responsibilities of this QA Manager will include:

  • The authoring of QA SOP’s and review of functional SOPs
  • The implementation of in-house GLP training programmes
  • The implementation and management of audit programs including audits of Study Reports, Facilities, In Process, Critical Phase, Protocols, Sub-Contractors and Suppliers and signing QA statement on GLP reports and protocols audited.

Project management responsibilities of this QA Manager position will involve providing support to pre-clinical staff and study directors on quality/regulatory issues, providing GLP& GCP laboratory advice and support to pre-Clinical personnel and ensuring project timelines are met.

The ideal candidate for this QA Manager role will hold a Degree, Masters or PhD in a Scientific Discipline (or equivalent) and will have industry GLP regulatory pharmaceutical/CRO experience. As you will be ensuring work is carried out according to GLP & GCP standards and you will be providing guidance and information on all aspects of Quality Assurance related to GLP activities, it is essential that you have experience of QA hands on auditing and Quality System experience including protocol, report, in process, critical phase and suppliers. A good knowledge of pre-clinical processes is also required.

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For more information, or to apply for this QA Manager position please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20673 in all correspondence.

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Microbiological Operations Manager Job (Water Industry) – Northampton, UK

CK Science is currently searching for an Operations Manager with previous experience with Microbiology to join a successful water testing company based in Northampton, UK.

 

For this Microbiological Operations Manager role you will be responsible for the day to day running of the UKAS (ISO) accredited Microbiology Laboratory which includes the implementation and maintenance of ISO17025. You will also be involved in the implementation of new microbiological methods and training of staff.

The ideal candidate for this Microbiological Operations Manager will have a degree or equivalent in Microbiology or a related discipline. You will have extensive experience in laboratory management within a UKAS accredited environment and will have previous lab based experience within the microbiology industry. You will also have excellent communication skills and have the ability to prioritise.

 

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Microbiological Operations Manager position, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20558 in all correspondence.

 

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Regulatory Affairs Manager Job (Food Industry) – UK

Our client is a leading food supplements company for the FMCG industry based in Hertfordshire, UK. They are currently looking for a Regulatory Affairs Manager to join their Regulatory Affairs department.

 

Working as a Regulatory Affairs Manager you will be responsible for the management of the Regulatory Affairs department, including liaising with colleagues to gather information needed for any task across principally product formulations, finished product specifications and raw materials for new and reformulated products. You will also be responsible for maintaining high level of awareness of UK and European Regulatory issues and industry standards for nutritional food supplements and herbal medicines.

To be considered for this Regulatory Affairs Manager role you will have a degree in a relevant scientific discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical experience within a Regulatory Affairs function in the food supplement or pharmaceutical industries. Previous experience in the food supplement industry or knowledge of the new herbal regulations would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

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For more information or to apply or this Regulatory Affairs Manager position, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20579 in all correspondence.

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CK Establish Corporate Partnership with Biocity Nottingham

biocityCK Science, the UK’s largest independent specialist scientific and technical recruitment consultancy, is proud to announce our corporate partnership with Biocity.

Based in Nottingham, Biocity is one of Europe’s largest bioscience incubators. The award winning site currently hosts nearly 70 companies and over 525 employees and aims to provide a home for developing biotechnology and healthcare companies.

By entering into partnership with Biocity, CK Science are able to support new start-up companies and facilitate the provision of high quality scientific recruitment advice and services to existing bioscience companies in the East Midlands. Liam O’Connell, Director at CK Science stated, “CK Science is proud to announce our partnership with Biocity. We are passionate about supporting biotechnology and healthcare companies in their early stages of development. As a company we are very much looking forward to granting businesses at Biocity access to our expertise in recruiting high calibre staff to the scientific industry.”

Echoing Mr O’Connell’s enthusiasm regarding the partnership, Incubation Manager at Biocity, Dr Nick Gostick stated, “BioCity look forward to working with CK Science to help solve the problem of quickly and efficiently recruiting high quality scientific staff for our tenant companies Furthermore the flexibility of CK Sciences’ contractors can address the peaks and troughs of workload that are typical of the small company environment.”

As corporate partners, CK Science will be regular visitors to the Biocity site and is very much looking forward to attending regular advisory clinics and business networking events at their site in Nottingham.

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Technician / Scientist (Cosmetics) – East Midlands

Our client, based in the East Midlands, is a leading healthcare, skincare, cosmetics and beauty products manufacturer and is seeking a Technician to work in their Sun/Skin care area.

This Technician role will involve supporting the design and production of sun and skin care technology to meet the agreed NPD project briefs and deadlines.

The ideal candidate for this Technician position will have experience in the cosmetics, skincare or suncare manufacturing industry or be from a similar production/manufacturing environment and be immediately available to start work. It is preferable that you have a degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Technician role, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20314 in all correspondence.

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Funding Cuts Could Destroy UK’s Chances of Becoming a Science World Leader

Female researcher looking into a microscope and writing notes atAs reported by the Guardian, cuts to science funding and a cap on immigration could hit research institutions hard – potentially preventing them from recruiting the best possible scientists. As a result the UK’s potential as a world leader could be destroyed.

Andy Haines, Vice Chancellor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine stated, “The immigration cap, certainly in my institution, appears to be affecting the overseas students that we’re getting and it’s very serious that it’s coming particularly at the time when we’re potentially financially challenged. It’s misguided to impose an immigration cap, particularly on bona-fide institutions, when actually we’re generating resources for the UK. The students that we train go on to benefit their own countries and our economy. We need to maintain a reputation as a destination for the very highest fliers in the world and if we have arbitrary caps on recruitment of staff from overseas, this will impair that mission.”

These comments came in response to a government briefing organised by the Campaign for Science and Engineering and came a day after the chair of the House of Lords science and technology committee warned of a drain of science talent in the UK.

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Lab Supervisor Job – North East, UK

Our client is a large organisation looking for a Lab Supervisor to set up the expansion and run their environmental laboratory based in the North East, UK.

Working to MCerts and UKAS standards, as Lab Supervisor, you will be responsible for analysis of samples and method development of instrumentation including GC-MS, Headspace GC, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Thermal Desorption and wet chemistry techniques. In addition you will be responsible for planning work forthe laboratory, supervising staff and dealing with quality issues.

The ideal candidate for this Lab Supervisor role will be qualified to minimum HND in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. You must also have a proven track record in analysis and method development within an MCerts laboratory.

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For more information, or to apply for this Lab Supervisor position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20543 in all correspondence.

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Product Development Technologist Job (Food Industry) – Scotland

Our client is a food manufacturer based in Scotland. They require a Product Development Technologist to join their R&D team.

As Product Development Technologist, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Manufacture of pilot gels
  • Selecting appropriate technology to meet product requirements
  • Record and analyse experimental data
  • Produce qualitative and quantitative assessments of new products and provide technical support and training to staff.
  • You will also be involved in continuous improvement activities and QA procedures.

The ideal candidate for this Product Development Technologist position must be qualified to HNC level in biochemistry or chemistry or possess equivalent industrial experience with a proven track record working in a process or product development.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Product Development Technologist position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20508 in all correspondence.

 

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Protein Scientist Job – Cambridge, UK

A Protein Scientist is required to join a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, UK.

As Protein Scientist you will play an important role in supporting the different activities around rapid expression and scale-up of IgG using in-house protein expression technologies.

The Successful candidate for this Protein Scientist position will have a Degree in Life Sciences, (or equivalent experience) or a PhD (or equivalent) in Life Sciences would be desirable.

The key technical skills and competencies required for this Protein Scientist role include extensive experience in protein expression from eukaryotic cells in industrial environment and practical laboratory-based experience in cell culture. It is required you have experience in molecular biology.

You will be enthusiastic, flexible and willing to learn, as well as proactive with a high level of attention to detail. This is a contract position for 4 months and is a great opportunity to gain experience of working within a modern company in the Cambridge region.

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For more information, or to apply for this Protein Scientist job, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20524 in all correspondence.

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Chemist Job (Temporary) – Cambridge, UK

A Chemist is required to join a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, UK.

The Chemist role will be supporting the in-house peptide chemistry team and you will perform practical synthetic chemistry for the development of novel peptide therapeutics.

The responsibilities of this Chemist position will include synthesising peptides for screening and characterisation in projects, performing characterisation of, and experimental procedures with, these synthetic peptides and interpret data and record experiments.

The ideal candidate for this Chemist job you will possess BSc (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a closely related subject and have experience in peptide chemistry laboratory work. It is essential you have experience of HPLC purification of peptides.

This is a temporary position for 6 months and is a great opportunity to join this company based in the Cambridgeshire region.

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For more information or to apply for this Chemist role, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20530 in all correspondence.

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Project Manager Job (Process Development, Chemicals) – Northamptonshire, UK

This is an outstanding opportunity for a Project Manager to join a specialist Chemical and Materials manufacturer based in Northamptonshire, UK.

To be considered for this Project Manager role, you will have a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Metallurgy or Physics (or equivalent) and proven practical Project Management experience gained within a Chemical or Materials industry.

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For more information, or to apply for this Project Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 743 047 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20529 in all correspondence.

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Field Research Scientist Job (Agrochemicals) – West Midlands, UK

Our client is currently seeking to recruit a Field Research Scientist to work with them at their site in the West Midlands and to cover a territory within the West Midlands on a permanent basis.

The Field Research Scientist will be responsible for the planning and implementation of all activities involved in a research field trials programme. The candidate will be expected to assume complete responsibility for planning, executing and reporting the trials programs, both in the field and in controlled environments to establish the efficacy of new compounds.

The ideal candidate for this Field Research Scientist role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific subject and have experience working within a similar field trials position. BASIS qualification is desirable but not essential. A full UK driving license is required.

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For more information, or to apply for this Field Research Scientist position, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20439 in all correspondence.

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European Chemical Industry Prepare to Reach Deadline

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by Plastics and Rubber Weekly, according to Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, the European Chemical Industry is preparing to meet the looming 30 November Reach chemicals registration deadline.

President of Cefic, Christian Jourquin, stated, “Companies are doing their utmost to comply with Reach and to meet the first registration deadline. The industry has been actively involved in the establishment of Reach as well as its implementation, which applies to thousands of substances.”

According to Cefic, strong overall cooperation among Europe’s €450bn chemical industry, the EU Commission and ECHA has helped resolve many problems relating to Reach registration.

But according to Cefic, many companies face “an array of unprecedented requirements that producers find costly and time consuming. Small- and medium-sized enterprises especially have experienced problems related to the lack of expertise required to complete complex regulatory tasks.”

Cefic director general Hubert Mandery added: “Besides the resource issue, the cost burden especially hits the bottom line of small- and medium-sized firms, who represent more than 90% of all chemical companies.

“The concerns of SMEs should be taken seriously into consideration, as the following two registration phases for lower tonnage substances will be significantly more burdensome for them. It’s in the industry’s interest that Reach be workable, practical and … affordable.

“Furthermore, we want to see the plethora of European substance-related legislation consistent with Reach.”

 

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Protein Chemist Job (Bioanalytical Development, Steriles Operations) – Wiltshire, UK

CK Science is currently searching for a Protein Chemist to take on and manage, co-ordinate and implement the development of analytical methodologies, assume responsibility for analytical activities and to set and maintain goals and standards of performance for a global pharma company based in Wiltshire.

The ideal candidate for this Protein Chemist position will have relevant industrial experience within Biochemistry, Protein and Peptide analytical techniques, Protein Chemistry and the techniques required for protein characterisation. Essential skills required include ELISA, SDS and IEF.

Experience in the development and validation of analytical methods for the analysis of biopharmaceuticals and peptides and a good understanding of biological (cell based) assays, validated for GMP release and stability testing of biopharmaceuticals are also required. Knowledge of biopharmaceuticals and peptides formulation development would also be desirable.

In addition to this, management experience is preferred but if you have the required techniques and industry experience and are looking to take a step up we would like to hear from you.

 

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For further information, or to apply for this Protein Chemist position, please contact Jason at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20130 in all correspondence.

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Protein Biochemist Job (Development) – Wiltshire

We are currently searching for a Protein Biochemist to join a global CMO based in Wiltshire, UK.


Working within their Analytical Development department, the ideal candidate for this Protein Biochemist will have relevant industrial experience within Biochemistry, Protein and Peptide analytical techniques, Protein Chemistry and the techniques required for protein characterisation. It is essential that you are also familiar with ELISA, SDS and IEF.

Experience in the development and validation of analytical methods for the analysis of biopharmaceuticals and peptides and a good understanding of biological (cell based) assays are also required. Knowledge of biopharmaceuticals and peptides formulation development is desirable.

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For more information, or to apply for this Protein Biochemist position, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20448 in all correspondence.

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