The CK Science Durham office has moved to a new environmentally friendly site!

We are extremely excited to announce that the team at the CK Science Durham office have today moved premises to the environmentally friendly Rivergreen Centre in Durham!

The new offices are a mile to the north of Durham City and are set within the Aykley Heads estate. It is only a few minutes’ walk from Durham main line station and the local bus services and also has ample free parking for visitors.  The CK Science team are now looking forward to welcoming candidates and clients to this award-winning new location to discuss their career and recruitment requirements.

Please note that the new postal address for the CK Science Durham office is now:

The Rivergreen Centre

Aykley Heads

Durham

United Kingdom

DH1 5TS

T: 0191 384 8905
E: durham@ckscience.co.uk

The telephone and email addresses will remain unchanged.

To find out more about the new CK Science Durham office, please click here.

   

Meet the CK Science Team

To meet the CK Science team, please click here.

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Meet Reena Dhana – Temporary, Contract and Interim Science Recruitment

Reena Dhana has been with CK Science for 2 years and is based in our Stevenage office. To find out more, please watch her short video below:

Reena focuses on temporary, contract and interim recruitment for:

  • Analytical Consultancies
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology industry

For more information, please contact Reena on +44 (0)1438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

To meet the rest of the CK Science team, please click here.

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Looking for a temporary science job in the North East or Scotland? Meet Graeme..

Are you looking for a temporary science job in the North East or Scotland? Meet Graeme Pallas….

You can contact Graeme on 0119 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk.

Meet the rest of the CK Science team here.

Search our temporary science jobs here.

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Jason Johal – Pharma, Biotech and Food Recruitment

Jason is the Manager of the CK Science Stevenage office, as well as a Senior Recruitment Consultant for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and  Food industries. To find out more, please watch his short video below:

Click here to meet the rest of the CK Science team. 

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Meet Andrew Bolton – Chemical, Technology, Environmental and Waste Recruitment

Introducing Andrew Bolton, Senior Consultant at CK Science. Andrew joined CK Science in 2009 and is based in the our Stevenage office. To find out more about Andrew, please watch his short video below.

Andrew specialises in recruiting for the Chemical, Technology (Medical Device, Instrumentation & Diagnostics, Environmental and Waste industries.

The types of positions that Andrew typically deals with include:

  • Chemist – Analytical / Development / Process
  • Engineer – Chemical / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic / Process
  • Production Technician / Operative
  • Polymer Scientist / Material Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager / Site Manager / Operations Manager
  • Business Development / Technical Sales
  • Product Manager
  • Biologist – Assay Scientist / Integration Scientist / Molecular Scientist
  • Offshore Chemist / Field Chemist / Site Chemist
  • Quality Engineer / QA Officer / QA Manager / Regulatory Affairs Officer / Regulatory Affairs Manager / Auditor
  • Environmental Consultant

If you are looking for a new position in these areas, or are looking to expand your team, please do contact Andrew and he will be happy to help you. You can contact Andrew on 01438 842 960 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

To find out more about Andrew’s background, please take a look at his LinkedIn profile.

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Private funding could boost UK science research base

As reported by the BBC News, Universities and Science Minister, David Willets is keen to take steps to boost the UK’s science research base in order to match international competition and boost economic growth.

In his speech at the Policy Exchange, Willets stated that some of the UK’s greatest assets are our universities, our science facilities and our researchers – Willets stated that it is therefore crucial that steps are made to help create jobs and thus boost economic growth.

Willets also stated that he wants to make Britain the best place to study science. He stated that he is keen to ensure that new scientific institutions are established with private funding due to the lack of government funding available. It is proposed that these new institutions will be a new type of postgraduate university which will focus on science and technology. UK businesses are therefore being urged to sponsor these new private universities that specialise in science. Speaking of his plans, Willets stated, “We have to bridge the gap between limited public funding and continuing strong demand for higher education and research.”

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CK Awarded Investors in People re-Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that CK Science, part of the CKA Group, a family of science-based recruitment consultancies have been awarded the Investors in People re-Accreditation.

The CKA Group was originally recognised as an Investors in People organisation back in December 2002 and has been reviewed every three years since. Since the Group’s last review in 2008, the company has experienced a significant growth in staff numbers as a result of the merger between CK Clinical and CK Science which took place in November 2010.

Key findings of our Investors in People review include:

  • The culture within the company is very supportive, people feel valued and recognised and there is a very good understanding of how people contribute to the success of the business.
  • People believe it to be a good place to work, because they a clear about what is expected from them and that they are respected and trusted
  • There is a strong sense of team working and knowledge sharing
  • Directors are very well respected for their knowledge and experience and their open and honest style of management
  • Communications are regular and up to date with a range of appropriate processes to
  • ensure that all employees receive sufficient timely information
  • Training and development procedures are well embedded and understood and there are appropriate resources made available to meet the needs of the business and individuals
  • Reward and recognition strategies are fair and equitable and considered to be motivational

To find out more about The CKA Group, please click here to visit our website.

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Nominate us in the NORA’s 2011!

The National Online Recruitment Awards (NORA’s) have been created to recognise and reward excellence in online recruitment –  something that CK Science always strives towards.

We go to great lengths to ensure that our website caters for the increasingly Internet savvy candidate.

Our site is continuously updated with the latest science job opportunities, industry news and careers advice, as well as weekly video content.

So, if you think CK Science deserve to be recognised in the NORA awards, why not nomiate us this lunch time by clicking here, or on the image above, it would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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Nominate NORA’s 2011!

 

Nominate CK Science in the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs) 2011!

Nominations for the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs) are underway!

The NORA’s have been created to recognise and reward excellence in recruitment, something that CK Science always strives towards. We go to great lengths to ensure that our website caters for the increasingly Internet savvy candidate. Our site is continuously updated with the latest science job opportunities, industry news and careers advice, as well as weekly video content. In addition to this, our ever expanding presence on the major social networks enables us to actively listen and communicate with our candidates on a one-to-one level.

So, if you think CK Science deserve to be recognised in the NORA awards, please nominate us by clicking here, or on the banner above, it would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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EU Research Budget Increase Good News For UK

Timeshighereducation.com has reported a 23% increase in the EU’s research budget, meaning that €1.6 billion is available for frontier research.

Overall funding for the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme has risen to €7 billion (£6.4 billion), the European Research Council (ERC) being the main benefactor, with the increase in their budget. Jerzy Langer, professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, believes the UK are the main winners in investment, but praises politicians for listening to scientists and granting money without guaranteed returns.

Richard Jones, pro vice-chancellor of research and development at Sheffield University, believes this “is good news for us in an environment in which our own research councils’ funding is being squeezed.” Despite the funding having no real guarantees the ERC funding has traditionally led to good results; such as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010, Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, being able to conduct his research thanks to an ERC grant. Around €80 billion in GDP growth and 450,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next 15 years thanks to the increased funds.

Looking for a job in the science industry? Start by clicking here, now

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The CK Science Head Office Recruitment Team Expands

Due to their continued success, CK Science, the UK’s leading specialist scientific and engineering recruitment consultancy, welcomed two new specialist scientific recruitment consultants to their Head Office team this week.

Hannah Milward – Temporary Recruitment at CK Science, Chesterfield

Hannah Milward, has joined the CK Science Head Office in Chesterfield and will be focusing on temporary recruitment for the science and engineering industries. Hannah graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Bsc Honours in Food and Nutrition. During her course, Hannah spent her Industrial Placement Year working for Northern Foods, where, for the first six months, she worked in Quality Assurance, and for the remaining six months she worked in Technical Development.

 Hannah has recently passed her probation at CK Science. On passing her probation, her Manager, Russell Oakley stated, “Hannah has been successful in passing her probationary period with CK Science.  She has taken the Chesterfield temp section by the scruff of it’s neck and given it the shake up it needed, with 6 placements in the space of 3 months!!!!  She has also shown great promise with her ability to consult with both client and candidates at such an early stage in her recruitment career.  I am confident this will continue and I’m sure Hannah will develop her section into a extremely profitable asset for the Chesterfield office!”

Naynesh Mistry – Permanent Recruitment for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Food Industries at CK Science, Chesterfield

Naynesh joined the CK Science Head Office this week and will be focusing on permanent recruitment for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Food Industries. Naynesh has Bsc in Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetic Sciences. With a strong background in Pharmaceuticals, Naynesh has previously worked  as  Senior Scientist at Pfizer, an Inhalation Scientist at 3M Healthcare and a Laboratory Manager at Keele University where he was responsible for supervising 40 highly charged students! Naynesh has always wanted to get into recruitment and his interests include tennis coaching, football and learning to cook (although he says this is more of a challenge than an interest!).

Speaking of Naynesh’s arrival to CK Science, his Manager Russell Oakley stated,  “The Chesterfield recruitment team are really pleased to have Naynesh on board in the Chesterfield office.  We have been really busy over recent weeks and Naynesh is a much needed addition to the team, bringing inside industry knowledge and enthusiasm to the team.  We are confident Naynesh will develop into a successful consultant and we all wish him well in his new role.”

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CK ScienceJobs App For iPhone!

CK Science has recently launched a ScienceJobs app for the iPhone!

The free app takes the hassle out of your search for a job in the scientific industry. By downloading our iPhone app, you can search for a new job anytime, anywhere.

– Jobs updated in real time and are found across sectors including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, oil and gas, food, environmental and waste.

– Jobs from across the UK, with locations in the job description. Find a job near you which suits your requirements.

– A shortlist feature is included, in which you can list jobs you’re interested in and more effectively decide which jobs you want to apply to.

– Regular updates of the latest industry news and careers advice to help with interview technique and keep you up to date with the latest events.

– Easily and quickly contact our team of dedicated recruitment consultants.

We are the UK’s largest scientific recruitment agency; with access to all the latest scientific jobs and opportunities, so why not download the free iPhone app today and find your new science job!

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CK Salary Survey (takes under 5 minutes to complete)

CK Science are currently collecting results for a chemical industry salary survey, allowing us to provide useful information to our audience.

The survey will allow candidates to judge whether they are being paid fairly, and can be used by clients as a guideline for appropriate salaries for staff.

The survey takes less than five minutes and the results will be published in a report on the CK Science website, though you also have the option of the results being emailed directly to you.

Take the survey to help us become a better service, for you.

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First class formula for science prize

A FIRST class science graduate hoping to formulate a career developing anti-cancer drugs has landed a prestigious prize for his analytical skills.

Keng T Ng has picked up this year’s prize for Best Final Year Student in Pharmaceutical Analysis at the University of Sunderland, awarded by national science recruitment agency CK Science.

The 25-year-old, from Malaysia, who began his BSc Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science (CPS) course four years ago, has studied tirelessly to achieve a first-class degree.

This week his dedication to the degree paid off when he was nominated as an outstanding candidate who achieved highly impressive final year results, excelling particularly in pharmaceutical analysis, and during his third-year placement at local company, Onyx Scientific.

The award given by CK Science to students at the University of Sunderland has been running for over 10 years, and has been successful in promoting the wealth of talent within science in the region, and to show the recruitment agency’s commitment to helping graduates in the North East.

Keng said: “I am delighted with this award, it means so much. I have worked really hard and in the end I’ve got what I wanted.

“I have an interest in the research and development of anti-cancer drugs; it’s an area we have learned a lot about during the CPS course. Researching and reading journals in this area makes you realise how many people worldwide are affected by this disease and it would be great to know you’re doing work which could help. Eventually I’d like to do a PhD.”

To help him achieve his goals, Keng says he has been making the most of the state-of-the-art analytical equipment in the University’s new £8.5m Science Complex.

He said: “We had a lot of time and exposure to the analytical instruments in the labs, it’s much more hands-on. The equipment we have here definitely helps with your research and the new facilities are amazing.”

Liam O’Connell, CK Science Operations Director, said: “As a recruitment company specialising in the scientific sector for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, we work closely with universities and wanted to put something back into higher education.

“We thought the best way was to sponsor an industrial placement and have a prize at the university for the most outstanding student. They receive £200 and a certificate.

“Keng was an outstanding candidate who excelled in his final-year results and thoroughly deserves this success, which will no doubt help boost his employability.”

He added: “Presenting this award helps us build links with university departments and create a greater understanding of what we can do to help students once they graduate.”

Keng has now moved on to the University’s new MSc in Drug Discovery and Development and has been selected from 100 students nationwide to carry out his project with major multi-national pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca.

Keng’s MSc Programme Leader, John Lough said: “These are increasingly challenging times for students, but Keng is a shining example to others showing how much can still be achieved with a combination of determination and application on University of Sunderland pharmaceutical science programmes.”

Are you a recent graduate looking for a new science job? Click here to search our current science jobs online now.

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