Senior Assay Scientist (Diagnostics) – in Liverpool

Senior Assay Scientist based in Liverpool, UK

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

As Senior Assay Scientist, you will be involved developing and maintaining an extensive portfolio of bioanalytical assays across a range of therapeutic areas for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors.

Reporting to the Laboratory Director, working as Senior Assay Scientist your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing professional, scientific and technical support to laboratory team.
  • Liaising with the Laboratory Director, lead on identifying and developing new assays, products and services.
  • Preparation of research and scientific documentation in support of assay development, system and service validations and process changes.
  • Providing specialist and scientific knowledge and expertise to the clinical trials team in developing the company’s clinical trial capabilities and performance.
  • Liaising with Laboratory Manager to ensure the effective management and delivery of clinical trials within the laboratory to specified commercial and contractual specifications.
  • Ensuring effective management and operation of laboratory instrumentation, sample processing and reporting and all other general laboratory activities.
  • Liaising with Quality Manager, ensure all laboratory staff and systems operate effectively within the Quality Management System.
  • Liaising with the Data Manager, ensure the effective management, analysis, control and security of all data generated by or received by the laboratory.
  • Contributing to the wider scientific and commercial development of the company through the Group Scientific Committee and specified project work.

The ideal candidate for this Senior Assay Scientist role will be educated to degree level or equivalent, or higher in a Pharmaceutical or Biomedical subject and have postgraduate bioanalytical and scientific laboratory experience. A strong track record in developing new bioanalytical assays (LCMS) from first principles to implementation is also required. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

How to apply:

For more information, or to apply for this Senior Assay Scientist role, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 2839956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote refernce SH19195 in all correspondence.

 

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CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Senior Analytical Chemist based in North Wales

Senior Analytical Chemist based in North Wales

This global organisation, a provider of technology advanced materials  based in North Wales, require a Senior Analytical Chemist to work in the QC laboratory at their site in North Wales.

This Senior Analytical Chemist role will involve supervising 4 technicians who work a 24/7 shift pattern involving testing of resin systems. The ideal candidate will have experience of HPLC, viscosity testing and DSC. You will have chemical background with experience in the laboratory as a supervisor.

The role is a 6 month contract so it is essential you are immediately available or available on a maximum of 1 weeks notice. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

How to apply:

To hear more information about this Senior Analytical Chemist role, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 2839956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote ref: SH19536 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Senior Analytical Chemist job now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

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CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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GP’s Ditch Sick Note for Fit Note

Sick noteAs announced this week, a new ‘fit note’ system which could see people returning to work sooner has been welcomed by employers. The move is set to place the onus on employers to get their staff back into work according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

The traditional sick note required GP’s to decide whether or not the patient was fit for work and how much time they should take off. GP’s will now be required to details of which tasks the patient is capable of carrying out. Employers will be required to accommodate those employees who are still able to perform parts of their jobs.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GPs committee, welcomed the regulations, He said: “Being in work is good for people’s health and wellbeing and it’s for that reason the BMA is pleased that the sick note system has finally been overhauled.

“It should reduce the number of forms used and will provide a better way for a GP to give advice about a patient to their employer. Most importantly, from today the responsibility will be on employers to act: if a GP decides their patient is capable of some form of work, for example if they’ve got back pain and they should temporarily avoid elements of their normal job, then it will be down to the employer to be flexible enough to accommodate them.”

The bill is designed to reduce the 172 million working days lost to sickness absence per year and aims to benefit the economy by an estimated £240 million over the next decade.

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University of Reading’s Science Park has Go-Ahead

rdg_logoAs reported on the BBC News website, plans put forward by the University of Reading to build a new state of the art science and innovation park in Berkshire have been given the green light.

The park is set to create many science jobs and according to a spokeswoman from Wokingham Borough Council, it will “bring together innovative knowledge and local and international technology-based business communities”.

Professor Gordon Marshall, the university’s vice chancellor, said: “The University of Reading contributes, at a conservative estimate, over £600m to the regional economy every year.

“The new science and innovation park will ensure that impact continues to grow and delivers tangible benefits to the local and regional economy.”

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Assay Scientist based in London, UK

Assay Scientist based in London, UK

Our client, an innovative and growing Diagnostic Device organisation, are currently looking for an Assay Scientist to join their state-of-the-art Research & Development facilities based in London.

Joining their Assay Development Team, as Assay Scientist, you will be responsible for the design, formulation and development of novel immunoassays and microfluidic based assays for use on optical detection technology. You will also be involved in the development of procedures for the conjugation of antibodies to a variety of fluorescent and phosphorescent labels and the immobilisation of antibodies and antigens to thermoplastic solid supports.

To be considered for this Assay Scientist role, you will have a degree / PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a relevant subject (or equivalent experience), proven practical experience of immunoassay design and development and practical knowledge of techniques for antibody purification, conjugation and immobilisation. Demonstrated experience of design and development of microfluidic based assays would be desirable but not essential.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a rapidly growing Diagnostic Organisation who are developing industry leading technology, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Assay Scientist job, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been short listed for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST19487 in all correspondence.

 

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CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Study Director – Molecular Biology – London, UK

Our client, is dedicated to creating the next generation of antivirals and vaccines for a number of respiratory and enteric viral diseases and their research ranges from pre-clinical (analytical) services through first-into-man (Phase 1a) studies and into human challenge studies (Phase 1b and Phase 2a proof-of-concept).  They are currently searching for an experienced Molecular Biologist to direct studies according to protocol, within specified time-frames, to GXP standards and to ensure milestones are reached for a specialist contract research organisation based in London.

The main duties of this Study Director role will include overseeing, managing and supervising all pre clinical studies and providing support to clinical studies as well as introducing new techniques and procedures to maintain scientific capability in line with competitors. You will also be heavily involved with designing and executing scientific experiments and proposing, developing and validating new methodologies

A successful Study Director, you will have excellent project management, planning and organisational skills with the ability to run multiple studies at the same time. You will be able to summarise, interpret and review data and will have the ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations. You will also be able to motivate people and be able to manage and supervise effectively. This is a client facing role and therefore strong communication skills are essential.

It is essential that you hold a BSc in a relevant subject (or equivalent) and that you have gained experience working as a Study Director. You will be adept in a wide range of Molecular Biological and Virology techniques such as cell culture, performing virology assays (e.g. HA/HI/ELISA’s/virustatic and virucidal assays), Immunology (cytokine/proliferation assay, developing reagents/markers of infection and inflammation assays), RT-PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, etc. It is also essential that you have supervisory experience along with experience of working to budgets. Any experience of Phase I/II clinical studies would be advantageous.

This is a great opportunity for the right person to develop their career with Europe’s leading CRO.

 

How to Apply

For more information or to apply for this Study Director role, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 599 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST19501 in all correspondence.

 

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Government Pledges £250m for Science Laboratory

Science Lab, Science JobsAs reported on the Times Online website, Gordon Brown has announced that a state-of-the-art laboratory complex based in London has won £250 million of public funding. The laboratory, named the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation will lead British medical research and is backed by Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has already invested £47 million in the project and it is said that it will be one of the largest of its kind when it opens in 2015.

The new complex will be the new home for the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the World Influenza Centre, and will bring together 1, 250 scientists to study fundamental human biology and turn their discoveries into new therapies for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Speaking of the project, Mr Brown stated,

“There is nothing more important for the future of our society and economy than what we are setting in motion today,” he told an audience of senior scientists today.

“I believe that the project will transform lives, will make for a stronger economy that will put us right in the forefront of research around the world, and will give people a huge amount of hope about the future.”

Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who chairs the centre’s steering committee, said that the project should be secure regardless of the result of the election. “The truth is it is such a good idea it would be inconceivable whatever the colour of the incoming government not to fund it,” he said. “There have been informal conversations and I believe all three parties have indicated their general support.”

Should Labour win the election, Mr Brown has said that he plans to appoint a Minister for the Life Sciences. This new minister would be responsible for co-coordinating biomedical research across government and for helping scientist to commercialise their work.

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Development Chemist – Therapeutic Skincare, based in Hull, UK

Our client is currently seeking to recruit a Development Chemist to work with them at their site in Hull on a permanent basis.

The aim of this Development Chemist role is to plan, manage and implement functional specific work associated with individual projects, solving technical and formulation changes and make recommendations within their skincare department.

The ideal candidate for this Development Chemist job will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific discipline and have direct functional experience in product development within personal care or cosmetics. Experience in medicated skincare, emulsion chemistry, surfactant chemistry and a knowledge of skin physiology is preferred. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

How to Apply

To hear more about this role or to apply, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19443 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Development Chemist role now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

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CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Development Chemist based in Hull, UK

Our client is a global leader in the health, personal and household sectors. They are currently looking to recruit a Development Chemist to work at their site in Hull on a permanent basis.

This Development Chemist role will involve being responsible for carrying out product development activities on projects in one or more platforms of the Aircare R&D Portfolio. You will actively contribute towards the development of consumer preferred products from concept to production and launch.

The ideal candidate for this Development Chemist role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a scientific discipline and have experience within a product development role within an FMCG environment. Knowledge and experience of relevant Aircare technologies is an advantage but not essential.

 

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Development Chemist job, please contact Philippa Robertson at CK Science on 0114 2839956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19445 in allcorrespondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Development Chemist job now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Downstream Purification Scientist Required for Global R&D Company based in South East, UK

A temporary downstream purification position is now available in this global R&D company.  They are seeking a highly self motivated individual to support development activities on a project in the final stages of development. You will work as part of a team however they will expect that you are an experienced downstream scientist who will be able to perform your duties with minimal orientation.

Suitable candidates must have the following experience and be able to program using the Unicorn software, must be familiar with AKTA platforms particularly the AKTA Pilot and Explorer 3, must be able to pack medium size chromatography columns (10-30 cm i.d. columns), perform quantitative and qualitative protein assay techniques and be familiar with non-chromatographic protein purification methods.

This is a 6 month contract position which may be extended however this is not guaranteed. An excellent opportunity to join a leading pharmaceutical R&D company in Hertfordshire with excellent commuting links to London and the North.  Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

 

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Downstream Purification Scientist position, please contact Julie Marshall on 01438 723500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST19479 in all correspondence.

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If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Required for Clinical Laboratory based in Cambridge, UK

Our client is a dynamic, highly specialised, and rapidly growing clinical laboratory which provides sample accessioning and laboratory testing. They are currently looking for a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor to join their team based in Cambridge, UK. As Laboratory Supervisor you will supervise a team that is responsible for sample accessioning and antibody testing within the Clinical Specialty Laboratory in Cambridge.

You will report to Laboratory Manager, based in the US and your responsibilities will include:

  • Entering sample data from commercial registry programs and clinical trial programs in a specialised laboratory information system.
  • Supervise analytical testing for clinical studies
  • Monitor laboratory efficiencies and quality as they relate to sample receipt,
  • Database entry and reagent inventory.

As Clinical Laboratory Supervisor will also be responsible for shipping samples for testing to sites in the US and other CRO sites. You may be required to travel to other sites mainly based in the US and Europe as required. This position will require contact with a variety of sites including hospitals, reference laboratories, doctor’s offices, doctors and nurses.

This is a great opportunity to join a leading pharmaceutical company with excellent commuting links to the North and London.

The ideal candidate for this position will be educated to a Bachelor of Science degree level along with in-depth experience working in a clinical laboratory. Knowledge in laboratory regulatory standards, accessioning and immunoassay and ELISA testing as well as experience in supervising staff in a clinical setting.

 

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Clinical Laboratory Supervisor role, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST19398 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Clinical Laboratory Supervisor job now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

 

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CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Teva Buys Ratiopharm in Generic Drugs Deal

Teva and Ratiopharm DealAs reported by the  BBC News the Israeli drugs giant, Teva has bought Germany’s second largest generics drug firm Ratiopharm for £3.2bn. Teva beat rival bids from U.S. pharmaceutical powerhouse Pfizer and Iceland’s Actavis.

Teva is already the world’s largest generic drug maker, and as a result of this deal is now number one in Europe, beating Novartis’ generics unit. The deal is also set to increase their presence in Spain, Italy and France.

Teva’s Chief Executive Shlomo Yanai stated, “This is an important acquisition for Teva, This transaction is perfectly aligned with our long-term strategy in which Europe is an important pillar and growth-driver.”

Generics are based around drug patents that have expired, allowing companies to both manufacture and sell them and is therefore seen as a high growth market.

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CK Award Prize at University of Hertfordshire

CK ScienceOn Friday 12th March 2010, CK Science, the leading independent scientific and engineering recruitment agency, visited The University of Hertfordshire, to award a prize to the best Industrial Placement Year.

The prize was awarded to Emily Rivers. Emily completed her placement year at Southend University Hospital. The placement was one that Emily successfully secured herself, and was unpaid.

In order to generate some much needed cash Emily made money by:

  • Training as a phlebotomist and working part-time in the clinic
  • Working as part-time Medical Laboratory Assistant in the evenings

Emily was holding down 3 jobs during her placement year. Despite this, she still successfully completed her portfolio well within the time period and impressively gained a Distinction at the City and Guilds Licentiateship. Speaking of her achievement, Emily’s supervisor said that she was an asset to the department and had the potential to “take her career far”.

 

Benefits of the Industrial Placement Year

Completing a placement year is a great way for students to not only gain invaluable work experience but also to  increase your employability. Research shows that 70 per cent of employers prefer students with work experience.

Taking a placement is also a useful way for you to explore possible career opportunities and help you make potentially valuable contacts to help you once you have graduated.

The University of Hertfordshire has a dedicated Graduate Futures Team to help students get placements within the scientific industry.

 

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GSK Team Up with the University of Manchester

Science JobsIn partnership with the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, scientists at the University of Manchester and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will be working together to investigate how the biological clock controls inflammation in lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

It is hoped that the £500,000 study, which will be funded by GSK, will lead to the development of new drugs that will target how the internal body clock regulates the severity of inflammation. The team at the University of Manchester will be headed up by Professors Andrew Loudon, David Ray and Kath Else. This team will work closely with colleagues in the Discovery Biology group at GSK.

Speaking of the collaboration, Professor Loudon or the faculty of life sciences, stated:

“Many inflammatory diseases are highly rhythmic in presentation and often worse at night. We believe there is also a strong rhythmic control. It has long been speculated that asthma and other inflammatory conditions have an underlying clock mechanism controlling the severity of the disease. These clocks are all over the body, including in cells responsible for the immune response in the lung. In addition the way we metabolise drugs is highly rhythmic. Our aim is to gain a sufficient understanding of this process so we can target key parts with specific new drugs.

“We are working with GSK not only to develop new drugs to alleviate symptoms but also reveal optimal timing of therapy, known as chronotherapy. This is a new and exciting area of research. It is being taken very seriously in France, for example, where researchers have for some time been studying the importance of timing of chemotherapy in cancer. This study is just one at the beginning of an exciting new phase in circadian rhythm research.”

Inflammatory diseases of the lung are a major cause of mortality world-wide. In the case of COPD, the progression of this inflammatory disease is irreversible once commenced. In the UK 27,478 people died as a result of COPD in 2004. Other diseases with an inflammatory aspect include asthma, which is a predisposition to chronic inflammation of the lungs in which the airways are reversibly narrowed.

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CK Exhibit at the DIA 22nd Annual EuroMeeting

CK Clinical at the DIAThis year, the DIA (Drug Information Association) chose Monaco and its state-of-the-art Grimaldi Forum to hold it’s 22nd Annual EuroMeeting, and CK Clinical, sister company of CK Science, had the pleasure of attending.

The DIA Annual EuroMeeting is the largest event of its kind in Europe.  From the 8-10th March 2010, 3,000 professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, contract service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies, health ministries, patient organisations and trade associations, descended on Monaco.

CK Clinical’s first visit to the DIA Conference was a resounding success. Pharmaceutical jobs were brought in across all sectors, and the conference definitely acted as a brilliant springboard kick off our campaign to enter the European market.

We also ran a prize draw to win an Apple iPod Touch, the winner being a Departmental Manager from Novo Nordisk in Denmark. Thank you to everybody that entered.

056The Grimaldi Forum was an impressive waterfront venue, filled with daylight and a stunning glass entrance. A perfect venue to network with clients. Monaco was incredible with Ferrari’s, Mercedes Benz and Bentleys everywhere you looked. The hotel even had its own helipad!

We are very much looking forward to attending and exhibiting at next year’s DIA Conference in Geneva.

 

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Senior Process Technologist – North East of England

Our client, a major biotechnology company is currently looking for a Senior Process Technologist to join their Manufacturing department based in the North East of England.

As Senior Process Technologist your role will involve:

  • The introduction of new products
  • Prioritising plant preparation and start up activities
  • The allocation of tasks to members of the production team
  • Accountability for the introduction of new and existing products
  • Acting as a focal point for process performance issues

This Senior Process Technologist role also involves managing a small team of document technicians and manufacturing scientists ensuring all documents are compliant with company standards and laboratory scale process development and scale up activities during early stages of technical transfer.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an exceptional company which offers innovative solutions at the cutting edge of research.

To be considered for this Senior Process Technologist role you must have a proven background in a similar role and be of graduate calibre.

 

How to Apply

For more information or to apply for this Senior Process Technologist role, please contact Heather Deagle at hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please use reference number DH19448 in all correspondence.

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Technical Manager based in the North-Mid Wales/ North West of England Area

Our client, a key player within the Chemical Sector, are currently looking for a Technical Manager to join their team based in the North-Mid Wales/North West of England area.Technical Manager will lead the technical department ensuring it effectively and efficiently meets the current and future needs of the business.

The roles and responsibilities of this Technical Manager position will include:

  • Leading and managing the Technical and Laboratory Functions.
  • Ensuring efficient management systems, working practices and reporting systems are in place.
  • To reorganise the department into a flexible, efficient resource that meets the varying technical needs of the business – today and tomorrow.
  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities within the Technical Department and introduce management by objectives, appraisals and similar techniques to monitor and manage performance and outputs.
  •  Keep abreast of legislative and technology changes and manage the threats and / or opportunities they bring.
  • Establish first class housekeeping, health and safety, MSDS management and similar laboratory procedures.

The ideal candidate for this Technical Manager position will possess an HNC qualification in chemistry or degree in chemistry (or equivalent). Previous experience of working with formulations/ coatings/ paints in a laboratory environment is essential and the candidate will be expected to possess excellent communication, problem solving, leadership, planning and organisation skills and be a good team player. A knowledge of industrial and marine coatings is also desirable but is not essential. Candidates must be eligible to work in the EEA.

 

How to Apply

To hear more or to apply for this Technical Manager role, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19409 in all correspondence.

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If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

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Increase Investment in Science to Boost Economy

scienceAccording to a report by The Royal Society, if the UK does not invest heavily in science and scientific research, it will face decades of sluggish economic decline.

The report warned that Britain’s current advantage is in danger of being wiped out by the US, China, India, France and Germany who have increased spending in science to help boost their economies. For instance, the German government has said it will increase their budget for education and research by 12bn Euros by 2013.

Sir Martin Taylor, chair of the report’s advisory group stated: “As France announces a new €35bn investment in the knowledge economy, the UK cuts university budgets by £600m, with the threat of more to come.

“The UK has been in the top two of the scientific premier league for the last 350 years. It would seem obvious that politicians would recognise the need to invest in this competitive advantage rather than cutting funds.”

Lord Waldegrave, former Science Minister and provost of Eton College said: “Times are tough but this is exactly when you need to invest in the future and focus spending where you already have an advantage.

“Investment in science cannot be turned on and off on a political whim – we must have a long-term investment. If we cut science now, just as the benefits of nearly twenty years of consistent policy are really beginning to bear fruit, we will seriously damage our economic prospects.”

The report praises the fact that patents granted to UK universities have increase by 136% between 2000 and 2008, and that university spin outs employed 14,000 people in 2007/2008 with a turnover of £1.1bn. However, it seems that research and development is a weakness for the UK – in 2007 British companies spent 1.14% of GDP on R&D while in the US spent 1.9% and Germany 1.8%.

Experts in the field recommend the following to help remedy the situation:

  • Creating a 15 year framework for science and innovation with increased spending.
  • Prioritising investment in scientific skills and infrastructure, such as laboratories and equipment.
  • Better aligning science and innovation with global challenges.
  • Revitalising science and mathematics education.
  • And expanding the R&D tax credit.

Lord Sainsbury, the former science minister and member of the advisory group said: “We cannot compete with countries such as China and India on the basis of low wages, and science and innovation must, therefore, be the basis of the strategy for growth which we need to have as we go into a tough period of fiscal consolidation.”

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Napp Announced as 5th Best Company to Work for 2010

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2010Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings, part of a worldwide association of independent pharmaceutical companies, has been announced as the 5th best company to work for by The Sunday Times. This is the first time in the 4 years the company has entered the contest, that they have broken into the top 5.

According to the survey conducted by The Sunday Times, one in five employees at Napp has worked at the company for over a decade. Further impressive findings include:

  • 84% of staff believe the company makes a difference to the world.
  • 83% love working for the company and are happy with their pay and benefits.
  • 69% of staff believe they are paid fairly for the work they do relative to others in the organization.
  • 71% say their salary reflects their responsibilities.
  • 77% of staff report that Managers regularly express their appreciation when a team member does a good job.
  • 80% believe that working at Napp is good for personal growth.

This positive culture at Napp has been the product of Managing Director, Antony Mattessich. He introduced the company ‘charter’ which established four core aims of the organization. This initiative allows employees to have their say on the direction of the business, giving them the freedom to discuess with the departments as to how they can help the firm meet its objectives.

Julie Worth, Area Sales Manager, has been part of the charter group. “It just amazed me — I was actually having a say in how the business was run,” she says. “You’re working with directors and you learn that people are genuinely approachable. They really listen.”

Mattessich’s positive impact on the company was reflected in the results of the survey conducted by The Sunday Times:

  • 73% of employees agree that senior managers listen to staff.
  • 81% feel inspired by Mattessich’s leadership.
  • 87% of employees are proud to work for the company.

So, what in your opinion makes a company a good place to work? Please feel free to share your comments and stories below.

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Protein Scientist – Central Belt of Scotland

Our client a major biotechnology company based in the Central Belt of Scotland is looking for a permanent Protein Scientist.

Working as a Protein Scientist, you will join a busy team working on scale-up and GMP manufacture of protein conjugates. You will synthesise protein conjugates and develop purification protocoal, using HPLC based techniques for characterisation. You will also participate in writing process instruction sheets for manufacturing, validating processes and equipment and in technical support of manufacturing activities.

To be considered for this Protein Scientist role you will have a good understanding of general protein handling techniques is required, together with an appropriate qualification in Biochemistry or similar. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

If you would like to hear more about this Protein Scientist job, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 3848905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH19129 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Protein Scientist job now.

 

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