300 Science Jobs to be Created in Norfolk, UK

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Thirty new laboratories and offices for 300 research scientists are to be built in Norfolk with a £5m investment fund.

The fund of £5m has been provided by the following companies:

  • Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will provide £500,000
  • The East of England Development Agency £1.4m
  • Greater Norwich Development Partnership £1m
  • The University of East Anglia £500,000
  • The remainder will come from other Norwich Research Park partners

The aim of the scheme is to attract new science companies to the area and is the first stage of a plan to create 5,000 jobs in research by 2021. The new development is on land donated by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at Norwich Research Park. There will also be space for new start-ups and for existing firms to expand.

The science facilities are due to open in the summer and will be managed by a new joint venture company Colney Innovations Limited. David Parfrey, BBSRC Director of Finance and Director of Colney Innovations Limited, said: “Within one kilometre of this facility, there are no fewer than 2,700 research scientists focussed on health, food and environmental sciences – a unique resource in this country. By 2021, we plan to create the facilities for 5,000 new science-related jobs on Norwich Research Park which will make Norfolk one of the world’s largest single-site scientific research centres.”

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GSK Offers to Share Scientific Data to Wipe Out Tropical Diseases

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In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have come under increasing pressure to change their approach to providing cheap drugs to people in the developing world. Many have faced fierce criticism for their failure to drop prices for HIV drugs while millions died in Africa and Asia, for defending patents. However, it seems the Chief Executive of GSK, Andrew Witty has a plan to fix this problem.

As reported in the Daily Telegraph, GSK is planning to share scientific data and laboratories in a bid to wipe out tropical diseases, such as malaria.  Andrew Witty, the Chief Executive of GSK who recently spent time in some of the world’s poorest continents, including Africa, said the global pharmaceutical company has a “genuine appetite to change the landscape of healthcare for the world’s poorest people”. In fact, it is estimated that Africa carries 70% of the world’s healthcare burden, but only receives 3% of healthcare resources.

In 2009, GSK announced it would create a patent pool for some of its existing products and not-for-profit-pricing on a variety of drugs for the developing world. In addition, the pharmaceutical giant plans to release 13,500 of its compounds that are believed to have the potential to be developed into new malaria treatments.

GSK will also operate an ‘Open Lab’ scheme whereby the company will open one of its laboratories in Tres Santocs, Spain, for non-GSK scientists to use to investigate treatments for other tropical diseases. The lab will accommodate 60 scientists who will benefit from £4.9m of funding from GSK to help with their research.  Speaking of this innovative ‘Open Lab’ scheme, Witty stated, Speaking before leaving for New York, Mr. Witty said: “Malaria is a dreadful disease which stalks the fields and villages of many parts of the least developed world. It has been an intractable problem for decades. Enormous progress has been made through bed net programmes, for example, but a really effective treatment has been somewhat elusive. We need to enlist the help of scientists around the world and to make it as easy as possible for that brilliant scientist, wherever they are, to find that initial spark that could be the breakthrough.”

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Teva Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world, have announced that it will be donating over $7 million in medicine to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti. By working with their non-Governmental partners, Teva are able to ensure the medicines will reach Haiti without delay. Speaking of the relief effort, Shlomo Yanai, Teva’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“As a company, Teva was devastated to hear about the earthquake and our hearts and thoughts go out to the country of Haiti. As a company, Teva was devastated to hear about the earthquake and our hearts and thoughts go out to the country of Haiti,” said Shlomo Yanai, Teva’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Working with our partners, we are providing essential medical products to assist in the relief efforts.”

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Clinical Laboratory Supervisor – Cambridge, UK

Our client, a dynamic, highly specialised, and rapidly growing clinical laboratory, are currently looking for a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor to join their team based in Cambridge. The laboratory provides sample accessioning and laboratory testing in support of the company’s commercial testing programs.

Reporting to the Lab Manager based in the U.S, the Laboratory Supervisor will supervise a team that is responsible for sample accessioning and antibody testing within the Clinical Specialty Laboratory of their Clinical Lab Science group at the site in Cambridge.

Key responsibilities of this Laboratory Supervisor role will include entering sample data from commercial registry programs and clinical trial programs in a specialised laboratory information system, supervising analytical testing for clinical studies and the monitoring lab efficiencies and quality as they relate to sample receipt, database entry, and reagent inventory.

The ideal candidate will hold an MSc or a degree in medical laboratory science (or equivalent) with in-depth experience of working in a clinical laboratory. They will also be registered with the Health Professions Council (or will have equivalent registration or certification). Proven experience of working in a clinical laboratory including working with a laboratory information database and knowledge in laboratory regulatory standards, accessioning, immunoassay and ELISA testing, as well as laboratory information medical systems are essential

If you would like to hear more about this Clinical Laboratory Supervisor job, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email  jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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If you are successful after the first round of screening we will contact you within 5 working days. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST19118 in all correspondence.

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Sterile Liquid R&D Manager based in London, UK

Our client, an MHRA licensed pharmaceutical manufacturing organization, are currently seeking a Research & Development Manager to join their team based in London. The company produce off licence Specials, licensed medicinal products and medical devices and specialise in the manufacture and development of sterile liquid products in a variety of presentations.

Working as a Sterile R&D Manager, you will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Pharmaceutical manufacturing unit’s research and development strategy. Main responsibilities of this research and development role will include:

  • To be a participating member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Development Committee.
  • To assist in the commissioning and validation of premises, plant, equipment and processes.
  • Responsible for training staff in Good Control Laboratory Practice and other matters relating to Research and Development
  • To deputise for the QC Laboratory Manager in the day to day running of the Quality Control Laboratory and in his/her absence to be responsible for assessing the results of testing on raw materials, packaging components and intermediate solutions and if the standard is satisfactory to release them for further processing.
  • To co-operate with the QC Laboratory Manager to achieve the most cost effective use of equipment and resources
  • To manage R&D budget with agreed target
  • To assist the Quality Assurance Officer in the formulation of new ophthalmic Medicinal Products and Medical Devices.

The ideal candidate will be a strong analytical chemist with proven experience and the ability to develop new analytical testing methods for new products, trouble shoot and improve existing methods. It is essential that you have experience with Sterile Liquids gained in the Pharmaceutical industry and a good business and technical understanding of new technology in analytical chemistry would be preferred. Any experience with Ophthalmology would be highly advantageous.

This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to progress their career with a growing, dynamic pharmaceutical manufacturing organization who have an exciting future.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Jason Johal on 01438  723500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Provide Emergency Aid for Victims of Haiti Earthquake

Pharmaceutical companies across the world are gearing up to provide relief to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  

Novartis:

Novartis is providing the equivalent of over  $2.5 million in immediate emergency aid for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. They are providing support in the form of financial aid as well as donations such as essential medicines.

Not only this, but Novartis employees the world over are encouraged to make cash contributions to the support effort. Their contributions are to be matched by the company. Speaking of the Earthquake, Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO of Novartis stated,

“It was with dismay that we learned about the destructive force of the earthquake in Haiti, which has brought such immense suffering to that nation and its people,I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all the people affected and also to assure them of our support. Our experience of providing support in the wake of natural disasters has proven successful, ensuring that we can get aid to the people in need fast and efficiently.”


Abbott

Abbott are set to provide an additional $2.5million in the form funding and donations of pharmaceutical products to humanitatian aid organisations. The company initially provided aid through Direct Relief International and are now looking to work with relief partners even further to ensure the efficient response to ongoing needs for longer-term recovery efforts.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) 

GSK have provided medicines valued at $1.4million to the relief effort. These medicines were mainly oral and topical antibiotics, including Bactroban, Zovirax, Augmentin, Ceftin, Zinacef and Zantac.

The company have also committed approximately $408,000 (£250,000) to the British Red Cross to help meet the water and sanitation needs of those affected by the disaster.

 Amgen

The biotechnology company, Amgen, has announced that it will be donating $2million to the Haiti relief effort. The company are also planning to match all staff contributions.

Merck

Merck has announced that it will be making an initial contribution of $350,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief, U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

 

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Development Manager (Compounding and Manufacturing) based in the North of Scotland

Our client, a global organisation providing field-proven solutions to the oil and gas industry, are currently looking for a Development Manager to join their team based in the North of Scotland. The purpose of this Development Manager role is to develop the compounding and manufacturing process for elastomer based products on a global scale.

Further responsibilities of this Compounding and Manufacturing Manager role include:

  • Developing manufacturing strategies (both compound mixing and product manufacturing) on a global level to ensure that products are continually supplied to required quality, delivery and cost levels.
  • Direct liaison and negotiating with potential manufacturing vendors/partners to allow for controlled expansion of the global manufacturing footprint.
  • Providing technical expertise to the R&D / Engineering / Supply Chain teams and specialised third parties in relation to compound development and enhancement.
  • Providing professional documentation and training for the efficient knowledge transfer to the Supply Chain when appropriate.
  • To be able and willing to travel to any location if required to do so due to operational manufacturing needs.
  • Developing relationships with compounding and manufacturing facilities.
  • Assisting with continuous improvement plans relating to new compounding & manufacturing processes and techniques.

The successful candidate will be qualified to minimum HND in chemistry or equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record of working in compounding and manufacture of elastomers. You must also possess some managerial or supervisory experience. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

If you would like to hear more about this Development Manager job, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905, or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk quoting reference DH19087 in all correspondence.

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New Health Economist role in Central London

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Health Economist- Health Outcomes Consultancy (Full or Part Time)

  • Salary range £35-50K plus bonus and generous pension
  • 27 days holiday plus additional loyalty days
  • Full or part time considered
  • Central London location

Xcelerate Health Outcomes is a dynamic and fast growing unit of NHS Innovations London offering health economic consultancy to the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry as well as NHS trusts. The unit helps clients to conduct economic evaluations in medicines and healthcare interventions by providing expertise, advice and unique access to patient data. We are now seeking to expand the unit by recruiting an experienced Health Economist:

The main purpose of the role is to provide health economics expertise to define, plan, research, model, evaluate, analyse and conduct Health Outcome studies for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and where required to help in the economic evaluation of new innovations and changes in healthcare interventions and pathways in NHS Trusts.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To design and conduct Health Outcomes projects for Pharmaceutical  and Medical Device companies based on client requirements
  • Apply Health Economic methods including quality of life and cost effective analyses and develop economic models to support Health Outcomes Studies
  • Develop statistical analysis plans and undertake statistical analysis of patient data to generate the study output.
  • Specifically and when required, develop protocols, undertake literature reviews, develop CRF’s for data capture and generate material for scientific reports and publication

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the business development, consultants and management in capability presentations, company meetings and conferences
  • Input Health Economics expertise into project proposals and presentations
  • Evaluate from a health economic perspective, innovations and healthcare interventions generated  from the Hospital Trusts
  • Work with NHSIL Partnership Liaison Managers to establish relationships with key NHS management to help identify and obtain patient data sources to carry out projects
  • Project management of studies to ensure timelines and milestones are met
  • Attending external client meetings, conferences and specialist Health economic events when required to promote and build the Health Outcome Unit’s reputation

The Company is sited at refurbished, air conditioned offices in central London. To apply please visit the web-site at www.nhsinnovationslondon.com and e-mail an application form together with a detailed CV.

We are committed to appointing on merit, seeking candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and taking full account of equal opportunities.

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Project Manager – Health Outcomes Consultancy, based in Central London

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Project Manager – Health Outcomes Consultancy

  • Salary range £45-55K plus bonus and generous pension
  • 27 days holiday plus loyalty days
  • Central London location

Xcelerate Health Outcomes is a dynamic and fast growing unit of NHS Innovations London offering health economic consultancy to the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry as well as NHS Trusts. The unit helps clients to conduct economic evaluations in medicines and healthcare interventions by carrying out projects which incorporate health economic and patient data. We are now seeking to expand the unit by recruiting an experienced Project Manager. The main purpose of the role is to provide project management expertise for Health Outcomes studies conducted on behalf of pharmaceutical and medical device companies and other healthcare stakeholders.

 

Key responsibilities

  • Project management of Health Outcomes studies commissioned by pharmaceutical and medical device companies
  • Production and analysis of project plans, milestones and resource requirements
  • Monitoring project progress and providing regular updates and reporting internally and externally to industry clients
  • Negotiation and liaison with Hospital Trusts to obtain patient data for projects
  • Recruitment of study centres and investigators within the Trusts and communicating study objectives
  • Set up all legal and contractual arrangements with investigators, study centres and Trusts
  • Coordination and management of data collection within agreed timelines
  • Resource and cost management of project

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with other members of the Health Economics team to deliver project outputs  within agreed timeline
  • Identify any risk management issues and conduct contingency planning
  • Liaison with other teams within NHSIL and provide project management expertise and input when required
  • Work with the wider organisation to facilitate access to investigators and study centres
  • Medical/clinical experience and background preferred

The Company is sited at refurbished, air conditioned offices in central London. To apply please visit our web-site at http://www.nhsinnovationslondon.com/about-us/vacancies-and-opportunities/ e-mail an application form together with a detailed CV.

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New Materials Engineer job in Cambridgeshire

Our client is looking for a Materials Engineer to join their Research and Development facility within East Anglia. Joining an innovative research and development team surrounding material and colour display device development you will be undertaking research projects to develop an understanding of semi conductor materials and device physics to develop their new colour display technology.

This is an exciting opportunity to join their technology organisation working with unique display devices and developing ‘new science’, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package. To be considered for this role, you will have a degree in Materials Engineer, Physics (or a related subject) or equivalent experience and demonstrated experience of semiconductor materials including film processing and colour display technology. Experience working with plastic materials within technology development would be advantageous but not essential.

To hear more about this Materials Engineer role, please contact Andrew Bolton on  01438 723500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference ST19071 in all correspondence.

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Process Engineer – Process Chemist based in South East, UK

Our client, a leading global pharmaceutical company, currently looking for a Process Engineer/Chemist  to join their  team based in the South East of England. Working as Process Engineer/Chemist you will be responsible for the process development, scale-up, and technology transfer of new products to commercial manufacturing sites. The main focus of the role will be on OTC/oral healthcare solid, semi-solid and liquid products.

Further responsibilities of this Process Engineer/Chemist job include:

  • Providing engineering/process support to assist in driving new innovative platform technologies into commercial manufacturing facilities.
  • Developing in-depth understanding of the new products in terms of formulation, processing, and their interactions.
  • Supporting the manufacture of new products at pilot plant scale to supply product for use in pivotal stability and commercial trials. Write and/or review/authorise GMP critical documentation, such as batch records, experimental reports, validation protocols, development and technology transfer documentation.
  • Supporting the scale-up/down from pilot to commercial scale, developing knowledge of the critical process operating parameters and an understanding of how key quality attributes can be controlled.
  • Supporting technology transfer of new products into commercial manufacturing facilities, and implement cleaning verification/ validation of process equipment as needed, to the required cGMP and Health & Safety standards.

The successful candidate will be educated to BSc degree level in Chemical/Process Engineering or other related discipline, along with experience working in a regulated environment (i.e. Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, FMCG, or food sectors). Experience with the technology transfer process of new products into commercial manufacturing sites is also essential. A good mathematical ability – statistics and design of experiments (DoE) experience is considered to be an advantage. Full UK driving licience or equivalent as travel to the nearby pilot plant facility will be required.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a leading pharmaceutical company based in the Surrey region with excellent commuting links to London and the South Coast.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Julie Marshall on 01438 723500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference number ST18979 in all correspondence.

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Nightshift Food Hygiene Team Leader based in the East Midlands, UK

My client, a global leader in the food industry, is currently seeking to recruit a Nightshift Food Hygiene Team Leader to work with them on a permanent basis at their site in Nottingham.  The main purpose of this food hygiene role is to ensure the consistent achievement of the highest standards of hygiene  by managing a team of trained operatives day by day, whilst ensuring Health and Food safety legal compliance are adhered to at all times.

Further responsibilities of this Food Hygiene Team Leader role will include:

  • Maintaining and updating the sites hygiene standards.
  • Carrying out GMP audits.
  • Assisting in the preparation for BRC audits.
  • Carrying out food safety training and managing a team.
  • Involvement in customer complaints  investigation to prevent re-occurrence.
  • Involvement in purchasing and stock controlling hygiene equipment/materials.
  • Carrying out team briefings.

The ideal candidate for the role will be educated to HNC standard, or equivalent, or higher in Food Science or a related subject and have experience working within a similar role. Experience managing staff as well as a good knowledge of food hygiene, food legislation and BRC are required.

If you would like to hear more about this Food Hygiene job, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 2839956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference  SH19026 in all correspondence. Alternatively, to apply, please click here.

 

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Formulations Scientist – Pharmaceuticals – based in North East, UK

Our client, a manufacturer of a wide range of pharmaceutical and healthcare products based in the North East of England, is currently looking for a Formulation Development Scientist to join their team.

The main purpose of this Formulations Scientist role will be to work on the process and product development of new and existing product lines. You will formulate products into suitable dosage formats and manufacture lab-scale formulations for investigational work. This will involve liaison with other departments on a project basis, carrying out process optimisation studies to identify critical process parameters and preparing protocols and reports with recommendations.

Further responsibilities of this Formulations Scientist role include:

  • Generating, recording and assessing the quality and validity of data generated and drawing conclusions from this data.
  • Providing formulation expertise for site concern note root cause exercises.
  • Training others in the use of laboratory equipment, procedures and methods.
  • Identifying suitable suppliers and contractors for progression of projects
  • Remaining aware of developments within the formulation science field.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level in a Life Sciences discipline. To be considered, you must also have a minimum of three years experience in a formulations role in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics or food, with proven experience in product development processes. Knowledge of GLP and GMP is also required, together with the ability to drive projects and effectively analyse data.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Formulations Scientist to develop their career with a global pharmaceutical manufacturing company that operates on a worldwide basis.

To hear more about this Formulations Scientist role, please contact Lorna Crombie on 0191 3848905 or email lcrombie@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference DH19050 in all correspondence.

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Fancy a New Science Job in 2010?

 

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New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for keeping fit or quitting smoking. Why not use yours to commit to finding yourself that dream science job in 2010?

Here are some tips to help that New Year’s resolution last longer than any other:

  • New Year is a great time for reflection, so think about why you really want a new science job. Why is it that you want to move on? Are you satisfied with your career path? What is it that you don’t like about your current job?  What do you like about your job?
  • Be careful not to set yourself unrealistic goals. If you do, you might become demotivated when you don’t achieve those goals.
  • Revamp your CV with a fresh set of eyes. To help you do so, please click here.
  • Put the feelers out – tell friends and family that you are in the market for a new science job.
  • Create a great Linkedin profile. Linkedin is an excellent way for you to create your online brand and essentially showcases your strengths to the world. To help you create a great Linkedin profile that will pave the way to your next science job, click here.
  • Sign up with a specialist scientific recruitment agency such as CK Science.  Our specialist scientific recruitment consultants are dedicated to finding all our candidates the perfect science job for them and will do a lot of the hard work for you!
  • Focus your job search: Use search engines such as Google and Bing to find your next science job by searching for keywords that match your interests and the location where you would like to be based. By narrowing your search in such a way, your job hunt will be more focused and the search results will be more relevant to you.
  • Don’t give up! And do stay positive. Your attitude will potentially make the difference between a job offer and a job rejection.

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NHS Jobs – Specialist Research Nurse, Liverpool

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Specialist Research Nurse – Pancreatic Research

Job Ref Number: 287-1061-KH

Band: 6

Pay Scale: £24,831 – £33,436

Advertising for: 2 positions

Hours: 37.5

Contact Type: Fixed Term until 31/03/2012

Reporting to: Professor Robert Sutton

The Liverpool Pancreatic Biomedical Research Unit (PBRU) is a new research unit, funded in 2008 by the NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), to investigate pancreatic diseases. The PBRU is built around the world class excellence of pancreatic research in Liverpool, incorporating the strengths of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, the University of Liverpool and associated Industrial partners. The purpose of the PBRU is to translate basic pancreatic research into a clinical setting. Overall the research will focus on three themes: drug discovery and development of new interventions; application of new diagnostic and imaging strategies and validation of new biomarkers and screening protocols.

The PBRU has set up a Pancreas Clinical Research Facility (PCRF), which specialises in early phase clinical trials of novel diagnostic approaches and novel compounds for the treatment of pancreatic diseases. This facility is the first of its kind in the country. The PCRF is located close to the two pancreatic inpatient wards at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The state-of- art facility will monitor both inpatients and outpatients up to level 2 care. Certain studies will also involve healthy volunteers.

Apart from clinical trials managed within the PCRF, the PBRU has also adopted several other clinical trials, which are linked to our Good Clinical Laboratory Practice and Drug Discovery Laboratories. The PBRU works closely with the Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit, Liverpool Cancer Research-UK Centre and the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, which is part of the UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Network.

We wish to appoint 2 Specialist Research Nurses, who will work within the exciting and challenging environment of the PBRU, being responsible for patient care and the management of clinical trials in the PCRF. Furthermore, the Specialist Research Nurses will assist in the execution of other clinical trials adopted by the PBRU.

The positions would suit band 5 or band 6 Nurses wishing to develop their careers by carrying out translational research within the NHS and the PBRU will provide all necessary training. The appointments will be over a fixed term until March 31st 2012 in the first instance.

For further particulars about the positions, please contact Dr. Stephen Griffiths by email: Stephen.Griffiths@rlbuht.nhs.uk or telephone: 0151 706 3898.

In order to apply for this vacancy and access the job description, person specification and application form, please visit: NHS Jobs.

Please make a note of the job reference number for your search (287-1061-KH).

Closing Date for NHS jobs: 22/01/2010  nhs

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Workplace Blues for Employees in the science sector

Workplace Blues for Employees in the Scientific Industry

After probably one of the worst economic crises the UK has ever seen, has the scientific industry been immune to its effect? How are the jobseekers and employees within the scientific industry feeling? CK Science, a leading specialist scientific recruitment agency, set out to find out just that.

In October 2009, CK Science surveyed 1500 scientific job seekers to research their attitudes during the recession, and brought to light some interesting results indicating that, at grassroots level, employees in the scientific industry are starting to feel the bite of the recession:

  • 74.3% of respondents indicated that they planned to change jobs in 2010.
  • When asked if they felt more or less secure in their science jobs compared to this time last year, 45.2% of the respondents indicated they felt less secure , whilst 20.3% felt more secure.
  • When asked if they expected a pay rise within the next 12 months, 45.2% indicated that they did not, whilst 38.1% of responders expected a pay rise 3% or above.
  • In terms of the strength of the scientific jobs market, 71.2% indicated that they perceived there to be limited job opportunities out there.

Speaking of the current state of the scientific job market, Ashley Kirk, Director at CK Science, said, “Science workers have not been immune to the recession. We have seen a much higher number of redundancies and greatly reduced recruitment levels throughout 2009…..Candidates are taking a more flexible approach when it comes to offer negotiation. They are much more focused on job security and company prospects and are less likely to think about questioning the salary on offer.”

It is apparent from the survey’s findings that the scientific job market has seen better days but Kirk has some positive words, “…the last quarter of the year has seen an increase in contract recruitment, the permanent market has stabilised and is showing signs of growth. I can see a period of stability for the first half of 2010 and some confidence returning to the science job market. If you are looking for a new position at the moment, we have seen an increase in vacancies and our clients are always interested in well trained and educated scientists”. So, fingers crossed, the scientific job market is looking brighter for 2010.

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters is 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. Contact CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or visit our website: www.ckscience.co.uk.

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Application Support / Product Manager (Magnetic Resonance) based in Oxfordshire, UK

Our client is currently looking for a scientist to join their Development and Manufacturing facility based in Oxfordshire.

You will be responsible for working closely with their clients to identify their needs and requirements in relation to life science instrumentation specialising in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Duties will also include developing an understanding of the market and utilising knowledge of the instrumentation in providing guidance and training to internal sales and marketing teams.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an industry leading instrumentation organisation in a key role, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject and proven practical experience within a chemical analysis market utilising NMR instruments. If you are successful after the first round of screening, we will contact you within five working days. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST19020 in all correspondence.

If you would like to hear more about this Application Support/Product Manager role, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Alternatively, to apply, please click here.

 

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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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Food Technologist based in Scotland

Our client, a world leader in the food industry based in Scotland, is currently looking for a Food Technologist to join their team. Working in a high-risk environment, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Sourcing raw ingredients and other consumables to the product application test laboratory.
  • Planning and organising machine maintenance.
  • Providing technical support to other departments.
  • Maintaining all departmental records whilst ensuring all food safety and hygiene standards within the food production area are met.
  • New product trials.

You must be qualified to minimum degree level or possess equivalent industrial experience as a food technologist along with a demonstrable and successful track record in working within a meat products manufacturing environment. You will also be competent in completing complex projects to tight deadlines. The role also requires excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills. In return, you will receive an attractive package which includes annual bonus, stakeholder pension and generous holiday entitlement together with rewarding career opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and professional Food Technologist to join a world-class leader in food manufacturing.

If you would like to hear more about this Food Technologist role, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference DH19028 in all correspondence.

Apply for this Food Technologist role online now.

 

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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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£300m GSK Factory could Create Hundreds

The international Pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have indicated that Barnard Castle in County Durham as one of the three possible locations for its first UK-based biopharmaceutical factory, potentially bringing hundreds of new science and pharmaceutical jobs to the area. The other possible sites for the factory are in Stevenage, in Hertfordshire, and Ulverston, in Cumbria.

A spokesman from the GSK plant in Barnard Castle said: “It is far too early to say when or where a biopharm plant would be built. GSK will consider a range of options as its pipeline of new biopharmaceutical products progresses and as implementation of the Patent Box scheme gets closer. The timing of the decision on where to build a biopharmaceutical plant is dependent upon the progress through GSK Research and Development of new biopharmaceutical products which is difficult to predict. It is certainly not likely to be taken in the short term.”

The new Biopharmaceutical factory has the potential to bring hundreds of new science and pharmaceutical jobs to the area. With an office in Durham and access to all the latest scientific vacancies in the area, CK Science is well placed to help you find the perfect science job for you. To contact our specialist scientific recruitment consultants based in Durham, please click here.

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UK Science Faces Funding Cut Backs

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According to the BBC, The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of the UK’s largest funding councils, is due to cut 25% of its research studentships and fellowships. Critics warn that this move could harm the future of UK science by reducing investment in the next generation of researchers.

Unfortunately the SFTC has been forced to make cut backs due to the global financial crisis and the fall of the value of the pound. The council described the cuts to its funding as “regrettable but necessary”. According to the Royal Astronomical Society, the cut backs have also lead to SFTC to withdraw from some existing research projects, stating that by 2012, facilities including the UK Infrared Telescope in Hawaii and the Gemini observatory would have “lost all UK support”.

Speaking of the funding cuts, Nuclear physicist, Professor Patrick Regan, said that Britain could be left unable of training the technicians it needs to develop the planned next generation of nuclear power plants.

To read the full BBC article, click here.

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