NPD Food Scientist – Borders

Barney Smith at CK Science is currently recruiting for a NPD Food Scientist to join an established food manufacturer based in the Borders who are behind some of the UKs best known brands.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this NPD Food Scientist  role will be responsible for leading projects in product development from concept generation to product launch and will be interfacing closely with functions at all stages of the project.  This will include using your product development knowledge to develop formulae and processes to regulatory standards and food safety compliance, assisting troubleshooting, liaise with customers and clients and co-ordinate technical teams.  You will also perform benchmarking studies, identify further business opportunities and add value to the business.

Qualifications:

As a NPD Food Scientist you must be qualified to degree level in a food science based subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record working in NPD or food technology.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this NPD Food Scientist role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23030 in all correspondence.

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Senior Chemist (UV Coatings) – Greater London

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, who specialises in coatings for use in industrial applications. They are currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join their growing R&D team based at their site in Greater London.

Responsibilities:

As a Senior Chemist, you will be responsible for:

  • Project management of formulation & development studies surrounding new & existing coating technologies
  • Carrying out blue sky concept generation
  • Performing application & analytical testing using physical & chemical techniques as well as working closely with manufacturing teams during scale up of products.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leader in development & manufacturing of Industrial Coatings, which in return offers an attractive salary & benefits package.

Qualifications and Skills:

To be considered for this Senior Chemist role, you will have a degree / PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience surrounding the development of coatings, paints or relevant chemical products (e.g. inks, polymers, fine chemicals). Specific experience of UV Coatings would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Chemist role please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23504 in all correspondence.

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Alliance Boots report bumper Christmas profits

As reported by The Guardian, Alliance Boots, the chemist chain have reported bumper Christmas profits.

In particular their Pharmaceutical wholesale division saw a surge in revenue on 21.3 per cent, or 1.6 per cent on a like for like basis. This division supplied medicines to more than 160,000 pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals to 21 countries.

It is thought that the Chemist’s strong results have been down to variety of factors, including:

  • Their exclusive offering
  • International expansion
  • Their acquisition of German pharmaceutical giant Anzag

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Shift QC Analyst – North East

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently looking for a Shift QC Analyst to join a biotechnology company at their site in the North East.

Responsibilities:

This Shift QC Analyst role is to be based in the QC team working with HPLC, GC and wet chemistry techniques. This is an exciting role for an analyst as it is a fast moving and dynamic company, where adaptability and flexibility are necessary to succeed in this position.

Qualifications & Skills:

The successful Shift QC Analyst will have a proven background within chemistry with experience in some or all of the mentioned laboratory techniques ideally gained working to GMP/within industry.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Shift QC Analyst role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23511 in all correspondence.

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Formulation Scientist Job in West Midlands

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Formulation Scientist to join an agrochemicals manufacturer at their site based in the West Midlands.

 

Formulation Scientist Job Description:

As Formulation Scientist, you will report to the Plant Manager and play an instrumental role in developing new products. You will also be working closely with the Technical Manager and the Sales and Marketing department.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • To develop formulations to meet customer requirements from own knowledge and experience;
  • To trouble shoot problem formulations
  • To assist in manufacture and scale up operations as required
  • To provide information for costings on formulated products in the company’s portfolio to make senior management aware of new technologies that could be introduced to the company
  • To provide back up support to the analytical chemist and to carry out analyses during the absence of the analytical chemist.

As Formulation Scientist you will have experience in pesticide formulations and knowledge of EC, ME, EW, SC, WP and CA formulations.

This is an important position in new product development andthe successful candidate would be expected to work closely with the Technical Manager, Sales and Marketing to develop new products.

How to apply:

To find out more or to apply for this Formulation Scientist  job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23398 in all correspondence.

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Sutton scientist wins Cancer Research UK fellowship

As reported by The Sutton Guardian, a scientist from Sutton as won a fellowship with Cancer Research UK fellowship.

The scientist, Dr Gerhardt Attard works at the Institute of Cancer Research and at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He was awarded one of four Cancer Research fellowships and £615,000 to help him develop his career.

In total, Cancer Research UK awarded three million pounds to four UK cancer researchers,

Attard’s fellowship will help support his research into finding new ways to detect and treat advanced prostate cancer.

Dr Attard said: “Receiving funding from Cancer Research UK will allow me to pursue my ambition of improving the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer through personalised medicine.

“It is a great honour to gain this award which confirms my research strategy is of the highest scientific standard.”

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BioCity Nottingham grow to help rejuvenate MSD site

As reported by Pharma Times, CK Science’s corporate partner, Biocity Nottingham is to work closely with Scotland’s Roslin BioCentre to provide a new base for life sciences companies in Scotland.

BioCity Nottingham and the Roslin BioCentre will be taking over MSD’s 23 acre site to help, according to Louis Nisbet, BioCity Soctland Chairman,  support “pre-clinical drug discovery and development by a range of independent, ambitious companies”. Nisbet went on to state, that the new initiative “is much more than a property proposition – it will be a unique, vibrant community of scientific companies.”

The rejuvenated side will cater for start-up and growing life science companies looking to be based in the area. They will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment including:

  • High-throughput screening
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance machines
  • Mass spectrometers
  • High-performance liquid chromatography
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cell culture suites
  • Centrifuges
  • Freezers
  • A library of 100,000 compounds

As Corporate Partners of BioCity Nottingham, CK Science is extremely excited about working closely with BioCity to help them achieve their objectives for this project.

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Cambridge introduces ‘hot-labbing’ to biotech entrepreneurs and start-ups

As reported by Business Weekly, a new partnership between The Babraham Research Campus and The University of Cambridge’s ideaSpace is set to create 410 new biotech jobs.

The agreement will allow early-stage biotech companies and entrepreneurs to gain access to both the laboratory facilities at The Babraham Research Campus, and the co-working community at the ideaSpace. This will therefore add an exciting new component to the start up ecosystem in Cambridge.

Babraham traditionally helps early stage biotech companies and entrepreneurs through programmes like the Biotechnology Investment Forum and the Cambridge Bio-Academic Showcase. However, this new collaboration would allow the Institute to reach a new audience – entrepreneurs from ideaSpace.

Entrepreneurs at ideaSpace will now be able to essentially partake in a spot of ‘hot-labbing’ – whereby they get part-time access to the laboratory facilities at the Babraham Institute. ideaSpace has been mainly high tech and software focused, but the new ‘hot-labbing’ agreement will allow them to attract members from other sectors.  This is explained by Dr Belinda Clarke, director of External Relations at ideaSpace, “The superb facilities at Babraham can help ideaSpace support a wider range of members from different sectors who require such specialist facilities.”

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Analytical Chemist Job (XRD, Chemical) – Berkshire

Jason Johal at CK Science is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join an industry leading Chemical and Metals Manufacturer, at their Testing Laboratory based at their state-of-the-art facilities in Berkshire.

Responsibilities:

As an Analytical Chemist, you will be responsible for supporting the R&D Teams through carrying out testing & characterisation of the organisation’s catalyst products & materials, using a routine powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system and a specialist XRD system coupled with an advanced variable temperature in-situ reaction cell.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this role Analytical Chemist role, you will have a qualification in Analytical Chemistry, Material Science, Physics or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience using powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

Benefits:

This Analytical Chemist role is an excellent opportunity to join a market leading Chemical Manufacturer, which in return offers an attractive salary & benefits package.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist role please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23434 in all correspondence.

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Packaging Technician – West Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Packaging Technician to join a world class manufacturer of personal care products, to work at their site in the West Midlands on a permanent basis. 

Job role and responsibilities:

As a Packaging Technician you will assist the Retail Technical Manager in the development of new wet wipe products. A key part of the role will be in the development of packaging – film, labels and corrugate. The position will be responsible for leading and managing projects smaller in scope to ensure consumer acceptance, customer satisfaction, safety and efficacy. The position will also support UK Sales efforts with product sample preparation and technical analysis.

The associate will take work direction from the Technical Director and Retail Technical Manager in the form of project tasks, objectives and strategies, and must be able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Lead the development and introduction of new and improved packaging.
  • Liaise with internal departments, external suppliers and consultants.
  • Assist the Retail Technical Manager and Technical Director in the development of new wet wipe products.
  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of Product Information Portfolios (PIP) for each wet wipe product to comply with EU Cosmetic regulations.
  • Arrange challenge testing, efficiency testing, dermatological testing, ageing studies and other technical evaluations etc, within a time scale as necessary. This will involve interpretation and reporting of results.
  • Arrange and technically support factory trials. This will involve liaising with operations, QA, production planning and warehouse to assure objectives are met, setting provisional product specifications, supporting trials, evaluating results, issuing reports and recommending appropriate action.
  • Provide technical information and support Sample Technicians when required. This includes product sample preparation.
  • Ensure laboratory safety policies and guidelines are followed and carry out all laboratory work in a safe manner.
  • Travel may be required as a part of the role. This may be international and a current driving license and passport are requirements of the role.
  • There may be some out of hours attendance on site required.
  • Ensure that you understand and comply with Health & Safety at Work regulations through training and communication.
  • Continually comply with the company hygiene requirements and Good Manufacturing procedures as set out by management.

Qualifications and skills:

The successful candidate for this Packaging Technician role will have the following skills:

  • The ideal candidate must have a scientific degree from an accredited university. This might include Packaging Technology or science or equivalent.
  • Computer proficient (e-mail, Microsoft Office, Word and Excel).
  • Working knowledge of COSHH and safe lab practices.
  • Must be self-motivated, have good attention to detail and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • The candidate must be proficient in PC programs: MS OFFICE, Outlook, MS-EXCEL, MS-WORD and POWERPOINT.
  • The associate in this position is expected to use project management, technical skills and education to support product development for specific UK customers.
  •  A high level of initiative and independent work style are expected in order to meet the aggressive timelines demanded by customers.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Packaging Technician role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23440 in all correspondence.

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Microbiology Analyst – North East

Heather Deagle is currently recruiting for a Microbiology Analyst to join a large pharmaceutical company to work on an initially temporary six month contract covering maternity leave.

Responsibilities:

As a Microbiology Analyst working to strict cGMP, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Performing and environmental monitoring of the clean room facilities on site
  • Sampling and analysis of the quality water systems
  • Ensuring that media and reagents are tested and approved within required timelines.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Microbiology Analyst role will have a degree, HNC or similar in a microbiology or life science based subject with proven experience of ingram stain, biochemical identification, endotoxin testing and environmental monitoring.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Microbiology Analyst role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23419 in all correspondence.

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Bio-incubator to be set up in Lankarkshire

As reported by The Scots Man, plans have been announced by the Finance Secretary, John Swinney, for a new Bio-incubator to be set up at Newhouse in Lanarkshire.

The site was previously owned by the American pharmaceutical company, Merck. It was closed back in 2010, cutting 250 jobs as a result of a £30billion takeover by Schering-Plough.

The new Bio-incubator will serve as a base for start-up life science companies and will be the result of a joint venture between Roslin Biocentre and BioCity Nottingham, a corporate partner of CK Science’s.

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Research & Development Chemist – Northants

Jason Johal is currently handling an exceptional role for a R&D Chemist to join a chemical manufacturing company based in Northants. This R&D Chemist role is a pivotal role within the company which, not only is a key role for the company but could be the opportunity of a lifetime for the successful incumbent.

The job and responsibilities:

The company which requires a R&D Chemist manufactures a niche product and currently produce over 120 million units per year which, they then supply worldwide. Due to pending legislation they are looking in to changing their product to meet the incoming requirements and as such need a R&D chemist to develop a small scale run through pilot and then transfer into manufacture.

This R & D Chemist role is a brand new role that will be created around the successful applicant and as such we have a completely blank sheet to work with in regards to knowledge and experience. As this is such a key role for the company to move forwards all approval has already been given to custom build a new laboratory and to provide all necessary equipment and support.

Skills required: 

To be considered for this R&D Chemist role it is essential that you have gained experience in a R&D environment and that you have the ability to drive a research project forward. A polymer related development background could be advantageous in this role and there is a preference for someone with knowledge/experience in biodegradable products.

This truly is an exceptional role and with the scope involved is an opportunity for someone to do something really special with their career. Ideally we are looking for someone on a permanent basis but people looking for fixed term contracts or consultancy work will also be considered.  Please do call Jason Johal for a full break down of the role.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this R&D Chemist role please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference ST23353 in all correspondence.

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Protein Scientist Job (Biotechnology) – Central Belt of Scotland

 

Heather Deagle is looking for a Protein Scientist to join a major biotechnology company based in the Central Belt of Scotland.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this Protein Scientist role will join a busy team working on scale-up and GMP manufacture of protein conjugates. They will synthesise protein conjugates and develop purification protocol, using HPLC based techniques for characterisation. They will also participate in writing process instruction sheets for manufacturing, validating processes and equipment and in technical support of manufacturing activities.

Skills required:

The ideal candidate for this Protein Scientist role will have a good understanding of general protein handling techniques, together with an appropriate qualification in Biochemistry or similar.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Protein Scientist role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23192 in all correspondence.

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Process Improvement Manager – East Midlands

Hannah Milward is currently seeking to recruit a Process Improvement Manager to join a major healthcare organisation in the East Midlands.

Responsibilities:

As Process Improvement Manager you will provide focus on the development of new and existing processes. By building quality in to the process design, the products will be produced in the most efficient way and meet the customer and regulatory needs.

You will be responsible for leading the Process Improvement Team to provide an efficient service to optimise manufacturing and cleaning processes using a Quality by Design approach whilst ensuring the validation activities meet Regulatory and Customer requirements.

The job holder will need to provide an effective New Product Introduction service for Clinical Trial clients to ensure new products are introduced successfully and that the processes are developed and validated to ensure the required levels of product quality and regulatory compliance are met. You will also need to deliver a comprehensive process, equipment and cleaning validation programme in accordance with cGMP and Customer requirements.

Qualifications & skills required:

To be considered for this Process Improvement Manager position you will have previous experience in the development or manufacture of healthcare products with a proven track record of new product introduction is critical to this role. In depth knowledge of cGMP, multiple dosage forms with an emphasis on sterile products and an awareness of Unlicensed and Licensed Legislation are key to your success in this role and previous leadership and management skills would be an advantage.

You will enjoy working cross functionally in a fast paced environment with teams of diverse people, have a can do attitude with the capability to plan and see the bigger picture, excellent Leadership and Customer Service skills and the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels across the business.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Process Improvement Manager role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23326 in all correspondence.

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Scientists grow sperm in the laboratory

As reported by The Telegraph, scientists in Germany and Israel have been able to grow mouse sperm in the laboratory.

The team of scientists were lead by Professor Stefan Schlatt at Muenster University were able to grow sperm cells in a laboratory dish using germ cells – the cells in the testicles that are responsible for sperm production.

This incredible breakthrough could enable infertile men to father their own children. Speaking of the discovery, Stephen Gordon, a leading NHS male infertility consultant stated, “Infertile men naturally want to be the father of their child but at present have to accept that can’t happen. With the mouse discovery, that could now be a possibility.”

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All of us at CK Science would like to wish all of our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We have really enjoyed working with you throughout 2011, and look forward to working with you in 2012.

 

CK Science Christmas Office Hours

Please note that the CK Science offices will be open between the hours of 9.00am and 2.30pm on 28th, 29th and 30th December with normal working hours of 9.00am – 5.30pm commencing on 3rd January 2012.

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£1.46m R&D grant creates GSK jobs in Montrose

As reported by in the Montrose Review, a £1.46m R&D grant will not only help secure GlaxoSmithKline’s future at the Montrose site, but will create 25 jobs and safeguard 280.

The research and development grant has been made by the Scottish Enterprise and was announced by Scottish finance secretary John Swinney on Monday. It is hoped that the grant will support GSK’s innovation and help maintain Scotland’s position in the pharmaceutical’s industry. Speaking of the news, Swinney stated,

 “The Scottish Government and our enterprise agencies are doing all we can to build sustainable economic growth for Scotland.

“This investment by GlaxoSmithKline in Montrose is looking towards the future and I’m encouraged that a world leading company is showing this commitment to the area.

“Scotland is globally renowned for innovation, enterprise and technology. The quality and skills of our workforce in life sciences have played an important part in the company’s decision, as has the research excellence of our institutions and the competitiveness of our business environment.

“The hard work by our partners at Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International also deserves praise. They have built-up an excellent understanding of this company and provided the most relevant support when required.”

Andy Ross, GlaxoSmithKline Montrose site director said: “We are very grateful to Scottish Enterprise for all their efforts in relation to the research and development grant.

“Their financial support will allow us to provide the right people, plant and expertise at a critical time for the GSK Montrose site as we look to introduce innovative new processes so as to maintain our global cost effectiveness.”

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Organic Chemist (Fuel Cells) – ACAL Energy, Runcorn

ACAL Energy Ltd is the world’s leading developer of low cost Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells systems, powered by ACAL Energy’s proprietary platinum free cathode technology (FlowCath).

Victoria Walker is now recruiting for an Organic Chemist to join the team at ACAL Energy based at their site in Runcorn, Cheshire.  They are currently working on an exclusive basis with CK Science for this recruitment campaign.

Responsibilities:

The job purpose of this organic chemist role will be to provide organic chemistry expertise and to play a leading role in the synthesis of next generation catalyst and mediator systems. You will be required to design, synthesise and evaluate next generation catalyst and mediator materials with improved performance.

The major challenges and key accountabilities of the role will be:

  • Identify and design target molecules to meet requirements for improved fuel cell performance.
  • Design and execute synthetic routes to target molecules, with consideration of commercial implications.
  • Fully characterise target molecules and conduct preliminary evaluation of properties.
  • Identify patent opportunities and assist with filing patents.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with relevant external sources of expertise.

Technical skills and knowledge required:

The successful candidate for this organic chemist role will have the following technical skills and knowledge:

  • Expertise in organic chemistry and practical chemical synthesis, with enthusiasm for laboratory working.
  • Educated to PhD level or equivalent in Organic Chemistry.
  • Considerable experience of research and development chemistry in the field of organic chemistry, with a significant proportion of this spent in an industrial setting, having demonstrated a significant input towards target selection and route design.
  • Proven ability to identify and design target materials fulfilling given criteria and design and execute practical synthetic routes to these.
  • Understanding of ligand design and coordination chemistry may be advantageous.
  • Demonstrable record of frequent and high quality publication in the form of patents and/or papers.
  • Competent user of literature searching tools.

Personal skills and attributes:

The ideal candidate for this organic chemist role will have the following skills:

  • Team player with well developed communication skills.
  • Self motivated with personal characteristics to quickly integrate and make an impact within a team environment.
  • Results oriented and standards driven, focused on delivery.
  • Capable of proposing, justifying and prioritising work based on team targets and company needs.
  • Proactive and flexible approach to work.
  • Able to demonstrate a practical approach to problem solving using both systematic and creative thinking.
  • Desire to see technical advancements through to completion.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this organic chemist role please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23205 in all correspondence.

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