Quality Assurance Officer – Central Belt Scotland

Our client, a biotechnology company located in the Central Belt of Scotland, is seeking a Quality Assurance Officer to join their organisation on a temporary basis.

The responsibilities of this Quality Assurance Officer role will include working within a GMP environment reviewing batch records, review and approval of CAPA, deviations and audit points and release of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API’s).

The ideal candidate for this Quality Assurance Officer will have experience of working within a GMP environment in a quality assurance function, a keen eye for detail along with excellent communication skills.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Quality Assurance Officer position online now, please contact Graeme Pallas at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20271 in all correspondence.

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New £90m University of Liverpool Laboratory

iStock_000006963239Medium1-300x299Work on a new £90m  research laboratory  at the University of Liverpool is now under way. The laboratory will accommodate 600 researchers.

A spokeswoman from the University of Liverpool stated, The development will support research in three key areas in which Liverpool already has an international standing – infectious diseases, cancer, and digestive diseases.

“The facility will provide an inter-disciplinary research environment to enable scientists to contribute more effectively to the major health challenges of the 21st century.”

The research teams which will mobve into the new laboraotry currently work in the Duncan Building and the University Clinical Development Department – both parts of the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The first phase of the Unniversity of Liverpool development is planned to be finished by July 2011.

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Pharmaceutical Jobs at Risk in Nottingham

joblossesAs reported by the BBC News, the pharmaceutical company Vectura, has announced plans to close its site in Nottingham in a bid to cut costs. The plan could put many pharmaceutical jobs at risk.

Vectura has stated that the closure of their Ruddington Laboratories, which employ approximately 100 people could lead to a cost saving of £6 million in the next financial year.

Dr Chris Blackwell, Chief Executive of Vectura, said: “In a more cautious environment both in the sector and the economy, we believe it prudent to reduce the risk profile of Vectura while preserving the upside.

“We are accelerating our timelines to profitability and sustainable cash generation by refocusing and restructuring our R&D operations.

“This means reducing our cost base and focusing on nearer-term projects.

“The steps taken will help secure the best long-term future for Vectura.”

Vectura specialises in manufacturing inhaled medicines for the treatment of respiratory diseases. They have sites based in Witlshire and Cambridge.

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Product Development Technologist – Wiltshire, UK

CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Development Technologist to join a Pharmaceutical Finished Product manufacturer based in Wiltshire, UK.

As a Product Development Technologist your main roles and responsibilities will include:

  • To provide technical expertise and project management skills to ensure that process scale up,
  • Demonstration and validation activities are completed in accordance with agreed timelines and in compliance with operations,
  • Customer and regulatory requirements for a robust manufacturing process.
  • Provide resource support to the group
  • Support bench scale and pilot scale activities and ensure critical milestones are achieved.

To be successful in this Product Development Technologist role you will have a depth of process understanding and awareness that demonstrates your expertise in the use of Pharmaceutical equipment, process optimisation and scale-up.

Day-to-day you will assist in the creation of process design specifications and conduct appropriate scale up studies to demonstrate that the process meets its pre determined processing specification. You will also provide technical support during the validation of products to achieve right first time product introduction as well as providing technical expertise in resolving process problems and continuous improvement of processes.

As Product Development Technologist, you will also be expected to represent New Product Development at internal and client meetings ensuring effective communications through structured meetings and presentations where appropriate.

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For more information, or to apply for this Product Development Technologist position, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on  01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20250 in all correspondence.

 

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Technical Officer (Polymer) – Hertfordshire, UK

 

Our client, a premium acrylic polymer chemical manufacturer, are currently looking for a Technical Officer to join their Development and Manufacturing facilities based in Hertfordshire, UK.

 

Working as a Technical Officer, you will be responsible for research, formulation and development of monomers and polymers for various applications, quality control/assurance within both the laboratory and manufacturing facilities in line with ISO quality standards as well as taking products through scale up and manufacturing within a suspension polymerisation process environment.

 

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing specialist within the field of Polymer Chemicals, which in return offer an attractive salary and benefits package. This role also offers strong career progression, with desired direction of building towards the position of Technical Manager.

 

 

To be considered for this Technical Officer role, you will have a degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Polymer Science or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated knowledge of monomer and polymer development. Experience gained within a joint development and quality role in the Polymer Chemical industry would be highly advantageous.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Technical Officer role, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20295 in all correspondence.

 

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Product Development Scientist – Wiltshire, UK

CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Development Scientist to assist in the development of suitably robust products and process up to and including registration stability.

As Product Development Scientist you will ensure smooth transition to scale up (50KG -> 400KG) whilst overseeing validation activities and contributing to initiatives to increase product capability and intellectual property. 

Our client is a Pharmaceutical Finished Product manufacturer based in Wiltshire and within this role you will be looking at formulation, scale up, how the product performs, how to ensure correct mixing when increasing the size, the uniformity of the product, plant and process efficiency and commercial viability.

The ideal candidate for this Product Development Scientist position will be degree qualified (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering or similar and will have a good understanding of the principles involved in formulation and process development. They will also be experienced in the manufacture of GMP batches for clinical and stability studies and will have the ability to perform experimental studies. Any industrial experience of tablet scale up or freeze drying would be highly advantageous but not essential and any experience of Lean Sigma/Six Sigma would be a benefit.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Product Development Scientist position, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20249 in all correspondence.

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5,000 Science Jobs to be created in Norwich

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the BBC, 5,000 science jobs will be created in a plan to open new laboratories and offices at the Norwich Research Park (NRP).

Norwich Research Park is Europe’s leading centre for research in food, health and environmental sciences.  The £5m Innovation Centre has 30 units for science-related businesses. Currently, the park comprises the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Genome Analysis Centre and the University of East Anglia, as well as a number of science and innovation businesses. At present, there is almost 3,000 scientists based at the park/

NRP Innovation Centre Project Co-odinator, John Irving stated, “The NRP Innovation Centre provides a first-class working environment and we are looking to attract tenants from all areas of science throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.

“This investment underlines the economic value of research to the Norfolk and east of England economy.”

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reports Strong Second Quarter Growth

Female researcher looking into a microscope and writing notes atScience company, Thermo Fisher Scientific has reported strong second quarter growth in 2010. This is due to the success of its investment and new product initiatives.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s laboratory products and analytical technologies have benefit from the growth, whilst its molecular and cellular biology activities have been boosted by the acquisition of Fermentas.

The science company are looking to support their future expansion with new innovations in life sciences, clinical research and specialist diagnostics.

Marc Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “We successfully leveraged our top-line performance to achieve solid operating margin expansion and double-digit EPS growth.”

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Biological Assay Dossier Scientist – West Midlands

An agrochemical company based in the West Midlands is currently looking to recruit an experienced Biological Assay Dossier Scientist to join their team.

There is an option for this position to be home-based however the selected candidate will travel to the site in the West Midlands at least twice a month and when required.

The major responsibilities of this Biological Assay Dossier Scientist will include the following:

  • Producing biological assessment dossiers to support the agreed product strategy and European Union registration timetable in accordance with EU Directive 91/414.
  • Assessing scientific / biological data for each product within each country and identifying data gaps for the production of biological assessment dossiers.
  • Assessing, summarising and cataloguing new studies performed to support the production of biological assessment dossiers.
  • Managing a biological database to provide efficient processing of data in main regulatory formats, principally as described by OECD.
  • Preparing reports on new studies conducted within the Product Development Group and providing practical assistance with laboratory or field studies where required.

The selected candidate for this Biological Assay Dossier Scientist position will possess or be familiar with the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or PhD (or equivalent qualifications) in biology or agronomy;
  • Experience of preparation of biological assessment dossiers.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and assess biological data in order to write high quality Biological assessment dossiers.
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, Excel and databases such as Access; dBText); experience in cataloguing and indexing data.
  • A broad crop protection background; practical field trials / glasshouse research and development experience.
  • Successful applicants will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and will be familiar with quality systems such as GLP and ORETO.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Biological Assay Dossier Scientist position, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20221 in all correspondence.

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Croda Chemicals' Organic Growth Continues

As reported by the Telegraph, Croda, the speciality chemicals company, has seen an impressive rise in their organic growth.

Croda increased its dividend payment by an impressive 50pc. The 9.75p payment will be made on October 7 and the shares are yielding 2pc. Sales rose 27.6pc to £516.1m and pre-tax profits rose to £96.2m from £46.3m last year.

Although costs in terms of raw materials may be on the rise, these costs will be passed on to the customer. Croda’s Chief Executive, Mike Humphreys stated “You are not a speciality chemical company unless you have pricing power.”

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Entomologist – West Midlands, UK

An experienced Entomologist is required to join an agrochemical company based in the West Midlands, UK.

The roles and responsibilities of this Entomologist role are as follows:

  • Providing specialist scientific support and advice regarding insecticide and acaricide product development programmes. These will be primarily within the EAME region, but also globally as required. This will include screening of new compounds and mixtures, development and testing of new products, and providing technical support to other businesses within the company.
  • Liaison with other staff will be necessary in order to complete the development and introduction of new crop protection products in the region.
  • You will be involved in running the laboratory, glasshouse and field testing of insecticide and acaricide products will conduct regulatory studies in compliance with GLP.
  • You will maintain populations of key pests for use in testing programmes and will statistically analyse data generated and prepare concise technical reports to the highest quality standards.
  • When necessary you will also conduct and assist with in-vitro and whole organism fungicide, herbicide and plant growth regulator (PGR) studies in support of screening, product development and business support.
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments, arranging servicing and calibration of equipment, and maintaining high housekeepingstandards in assigned work areas will also be your responsibility as well as liasing with customers and arranging site visits.
  • You will maintain a current awareness in entomology practices and will be responsible for designing studies and ensuring that they areconducted in accordance with standards that include EU Directive 93/71/EEC, EPPO guidelines and the OECD Principles of GLP.

To be considered for this Entomologist position you must have or be familiar with the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or PhD(or equivalent qualifications) in Entomology;
  • Considerable experience in the crop protection or public health industries;
  • A practical understanding of COSHH regulations and the use of PPE;
  • GLP standards;
  • Knowledge of insecticide and acaricide testing techniques;
  • Good working knowledge of pesticide application techniques & equipment;
  • NPTC pesticide application qualifications;
  • Knowledge of plant pathology and commercially important fungal diseases;
  • Ability to supervise and train staff;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint);
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Prior industrial experience is essential for this position.

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For more information, or to apply for this Entomologist position, please contact Victoria at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20222 in all correspondence.

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CK Raise over £2,000 in Charity Golf Tournament

golf 1On Wednesday 14th July 2010, Recruitment Consultants from CK Science, the leading independent scientific recruitment consultancy, both sponsored and took part in the Tuxford PTA Charity Golf Tournament at Rufford Golf Club in Nottinghamshire.

In all there were twenty two teams battling to win. CK Science entered two teams – mainly made up of scientific recruitment consultants and clients within the scientific industry. Although the CK Science team performances were not a resounding success – Liam O’Connell, Director of CK Science said that an enjoyable day was had by all.

Chris Pickering, Head Master of Tuxford Community School, thanked CK Science for their ongoing support and advice provided to school leavers and said he looked forward to CK Science’s participation in future charity events.

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Sanofi Aventis Proposes Takeover of Genzyme

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the Financial Times, the French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis, has made a preliminary takeover approach to the US biotech group, Genzyme.

It has been reported however that the approach does not constitute a formal proposal and the two companies are not currently in talks. However, Sanofi’s CEO Chris Viehbacher is reportedly considering using the company’s cash to partake in acquisitions in a bid to secure revenues as the patents on their existing drugs are set to expire.

The majority of Genzyme’s focus lies with orphan drugs – those which are used to treat rare conditions which affect a very small percentage of the population. These drugs there for come with high price tags – an attractive prospect for Sanofi.

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CK Science Attend the AstraZeneca Careers Fair

 

 

CK Science at the AZ Careers Fair 2010

CK Science at the AZ Careers Fair 2010

Pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca (AZ), announced in March 2010 that it plans to close its UK research centre in Charnwood near Loughborough. The closure could lead to the loss of up to 1,200 science jobs.

With many staff facing possible redundancy, a careers fair was organized at the site to give staff an insight into possible scientific opportunities that are available.

As the UK’s specialist scientific recruitment consultancy, CK Science was there in full force providing advice, support and information to AZ staff facing redundancy.

Speaking of the Careers Fair, Liam O’Connell, Director at CK Science stated,

“It was a very productive event. We met lots of very good people who are going to be looking for work over the next few years. We are looking forward to meeting up with candidate who are interested to discuss their career options in more depth over the coming weeks.

It was also great to meet a lot of our clients and we were pleased to see some cause for optimisim as things seem to be getting better all round.’

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CK Science Temps World Cup Sweepstake Winners

iStock_000004996564Medium[1]CK Science is delighted to announce that the winner of our Temp Workers World Cup Sweepstake is Kate Lowe. Kate is currently temping at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was delighted to win her £25.00 worth of Amazon vouchers from the CK Science team. Upon receiving her prize, Kate stated:

“All you footy fans out there will be horrified to learn that I don’t follow football at all, so was not really interested in the outcome of the World Cup….but being a woman, £25 to go shopping with is fab! I have added a few of my own pounds to the Amazon voucher and bought a ladybird house, ladybird larvae and some food for them, in the hope that they will munch their way through all greenfly so I can be a bit more environmentally friendly and stop using pesticides in my garden.”

Kate Lowe - CK Science Temp Workers World Cup Sweepstake Winner

Kate Lowe – CK Science Temp Workers World Cup Sweepstake Winner

As a temporary worker at CK Science, Kate also kindly gave a glowing report of her experience of working with CK Science. Kate said,

“Last September I was made redundant and sent my CV out to several scientific agencies, looking for immediate work. All rang me up within a day or two of receiving my CV. All of them promised quick results, but CK was the only agency to actually get me an interview….within four days of them receiving my CV I had not only been interviewed, but had a start date for my contract at GSK.  I have been here nine months and just had my contract renewed for another six. I find CK to be proactive, friendly and helpful and they deal with any queries that I have promptly.”

Rhiannon Myers, one of our temporary workers at Merck was selected The Netherlands in the sweepstake, and thus won the second prize of £10.00 of Amazon vouchers. Well done Rhiannon, we hope you have fun spending!

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Analytical Laboratory Manager – East Midlands, UK

Our client, a leading provider of pharmaceutical dosage form development, is currently seeking to recruit an Analytical Laboratory Manager to work at their site in Nottingham on a permanent basis.

The Analytical Laboratory Manager will be responsible for ensuring that the quality, compliance, efficiency and safety of the food and pharmaceutical laboratory operations are maintained, approve analytical technical reports and other documents, manage and develop teams to ensure quality standards, host client and regulatory audits, develop and improve existing systems and act as a technical advisor.

The ideal candidate for this Analytical Laboratory Manager role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a scientific subject and have experience within a senior position for the pharmaceutical industry, preferably R&D and/or CRO. An awareness of analytical method development up to Phase 2 CT is also required.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Analytical Laboratory Manager position, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20155 in all correspondence.

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QP (Pharmaceuticals) – Nottingham, UK

Our client, a leading provider of pharmaceutical dosage form development, is currently seeking to recruit a QP to work with them at their site in Nottingham on a permanent basis.

The QP will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing and implementing the quality policy and have quality management responsibility as defined in ISO17025:2005 and ensure compliance
  • Perform QP certification
  • Keep up to date with pharmaceutical regulation in the EU and USA
  • Monitor and correct any quality aspects in the facility
  • Authorise batch documentation prior to release
  • Manage staff in the QA function
  • Assist in GMP training
  • Perform audits and chair review meetings.

The ideal candidate for this QP role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a scientific subject, and have commercial/IMP QP status. Experience within a similar position as well as an awareness of IMP development up to Phase 2 CT is also required.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this QP position online now, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20158 in all correspondence.

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Sterile Facility Manager (Pharmaceutical) – UK

Our client, a leading provider of pharmaceutical dosage form development, is currently seeking to recruit a Sterile Facility Manager to work with them at their site in Nottingham on a permanent basis.

The Sterile Facility Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring that all sterile manufacturing is delivered on time, to budget and meets client/company expectations while maintaing cGMP
  • Overseeing management of the sterile facility
  • Write and approve batch records, provide a hands on approach and expertise to manufacturing and development activities
  • Assist with client and regulatory audits, manage the sterile team operators
  • Develop and implement SOPs, liaise with other departments and introduce new manufacturing practices amongst other duties.

The ideal candidate for this Sterile Facility Manager role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent in a relevant scientific disciple with experience in a sterile development/manufacturing operations environment. Substantial knowledge of pharmaceutical formulation development process and with GMP is also required.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Sterile Facility Manager position, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20160 in all correspondence.

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Purification Scientist (Biotechnology) – Liverpool

Our client is currently seeking to recruit a Purification Scientist to work with them at their site in Liverpool on a permanent basis.

The Purification Scientist will be responsible for the following:

  • The technical transfer of downstream processes for microbial, mammalian and viral products.
  • Reviewing technical development information and translates this information into a cGMP compliant manufacturing process
  • Prepare manufacturing instructions and specifications
  • Manufacture the products within the cGMP production facility to meet customer timelines
  • Plan and organise downstream manufacturing campaigns for the team and lead continuous improvement projects as well as routine operations.

The ideal candidate for this Purification Scientist role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific subject and have hands on downstream processing experience within a pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment for mammalian, microbial or viral technologies.

Experience working to GMP, supervising staff and with writing and reviewing SOP’s is also required. Experience in the technical transfer of products from development into a cGMP environment and with the execution of equipment qualification, cleaning validation and or sterilisation validation is also desirable.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Purification Scientist job, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 2839956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20111 in all correspondences.

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Study Director (Bioanalysis) – Yorkshire, UK

Our client is currently seeking to recruit a Study Director to work within their Bioanalytical department at their site in Yorkshire on a permanent basis.

As a Study Director you will oversee bioanalytical studies, ensure that the studies are carried out to the required standards and approve the study data. You will be the single point of study control and have overall responsibility for the scientific, technical and regulatory compliance of studies allocated to you, as well as for the interpretation, documentation and reporting of results.

As an experienced Study Director you will be familiar with conducting all work in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements governing the work in which they are involved, such as GLP and GCP.

The ideal candidate for this Study Director role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, or above in a related discipline, with experience in small molecule bioanalysis by LC-MS/MS and will also ideally be working in, or have experience within, Contract Research or a related industry.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Study Director role, please contact PhilIppa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 pr email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20087 in all correspondences.

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