Senior Analyst – Ayrshire

Barney Smith is recruiting for a Senior Analyst to work at a diagnostics company based in Ayrshire on a permanent basis.


  • Development and validation of new chemistry based methods for HPLC and LC-MS
  • Development of new and existing methods
  • Developing of SOPs
  • Transferral of new methods from external clients to UKAS standards


  • HNC level in chemistry or a related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience.
  • A proven track record in method development and validation in HPLC and/or LC-MS, ideally within a commercial laboratory environment.

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Microbiology Technician – Ayrshire

Barney Smith is recruiting for a Microbiology Technician to work at a diagnostics company based in Ayrshire on a permanent basis.


For this role, you will be responsible for sample preparations, microbiological testing of customer samples, and off site training for external clients.


  • Minimum HNC/HND level in microbiology or possess equivalent industrial experiene
  • Some experience working in a food microbiology laboratory.
  • You will be required to travel to customer sites to train clients in POC test kits so you must hold a full UK driving licence


The company offer progression and continue to go from strength to strength in both increasing product range and in their overall business growth.

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Technical Sales Representative – North West

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting a Technical Sales Representative to join a leading waste management company. This role is a permanent position based in the North West.


  • You will be responsible for giving clients the best in class quality service by providing on-site corrective /preventative maintenance and offering after-sales technical and commercial support.
  • The reviewing of site water services risk assessment
  • The initiation water treatment program on new accounts and commission new dosing/control installations
  • Providing site operator training on the use of company products and legionella awareness training
  • Timely completion and submission of risk assessments work reports, and all other documentation
  • Offering the client after-sales technical and commercial support


  • A mechanical/electrical/chemical engineering or chemistry qualification
  • The ideal person will have knowledge and experience of the company products, applications, water treatment markets, with a proven sales track record.

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REC Reveals Ways to Fill Skilled Work Vacancies

Operations Director Liam O’Connell has recently attended an REC Skills Summit in London, which was intended to explain the disconnect between those out of work and the vacancies in many areas that could be filled.

The Summit brought together many from across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, engineering and technology, so as to try to address the issues facing them. It is clear from these discussions that there is a significant skills gap, with many employers predicting these issues to continue for the near future.

To combat these problems, the REC have come up with a variety of methods, from investments in skills training by businesses, to apprenticeships created thanks to government policy. The apprenticeship policy seems as though it would be most effective, as around a quarter of employers said that they did not hire young people due to lack of skills or experience. It is necessary to train these young people in order to ensure that the skills are there in the future, rather than seeing the gap widen further.

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Science Jobs of the Week 08/07/2013

Here are a selection of jobs in the science sector posted in the past week


Molecular Cell Culture Technician – London

Senior Analytical molecular Biologist – London

Facilities and Procurement Manager – London

Assay Scientist/Technician – London

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Senior Analytical Development Scientist – London


Interim QA Manager – Lincolnshire

Technical Sales Manager – Birmingham


Cell Biologist – Hertfordshire

Business Development Specialist – South/Field Based

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Variety in Science Grants to Benefit Research

Chemistry World has recently reported on a study into the effectiveness of the allocation of grant money to the scientific community.

The study, conducted by David Currie and Jean-Michel Fortin, biologists at the University of Ottawa, Canada, found that a series of smaller grants to a wider variety of people and institutions is more conducive to effective and meaningful research than large grants to the ‘elite’ in the scientific community. The conclusions of Currie and Fortin indicate that an increased monetary grant does not increase productivity.

Highly cited studies are seemingly unaffected by the level of funding received. The impact generally comes down to the quality of the researchers, regardless of career stage. Some more experienced scientists could have larger grants but less time to perform studies due to other commitments, such as teaching, and so cannot fully use the grant money. It would therefore be better to disseminate the money to a wider variety of researchers so that more diverse research could be performed.

Essentially, the money from grants is better used to improve the scientific community as a whole, rather than for the benefit a few specific areas of research. By funding the elite institutions, it is probably that the vitality and variety of scientific thought will be significantly dulled.

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Science Jobs of the Week 03/07/013

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Junior QA Manager – Switzerland

The North East and Scotland

QA Officer – Newcastle

Cell Culture Scientist – Livingston

Biocatalyst Research Scientist – Teesside

Fermentation Scientist – BillinghamLatest science jobs

The North West

QC Group Lead – Blackpool

Waste Transfer Chemist – North West


Business Development Manager – Northern IrelandScience jobs

Yorkshire and the Midlands

Sampling Technician Team Leader – Derbyshire

Environmental Consultant – South Yorkshire

Sampling Technician – East Midlands

Compliance Auditor – East Midlands

Administrative Assistant Regulatory – Northampton

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Senior Process Development Scientist – London

Organic Chemist – Hampshire

Commercial Manager, Pharmacy – Hertfordshire

Research Scientist – Surrey


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Almac Introduce Drug Handling Capabilities- EU Sites

Almac Clinical Services has expanded its business unit by offering the dispensing and bottling of solid dosages, according to the company’s own website.

Added to this, improved containment equipment and processes have been started at Almac’s EU and US headquarters. Dr Robert Dunlop, who is Managing Director of Almac, has said that the company has “experienced an increase in demand for facilities equipped to handle compounds of a higher potency.”

The installation of such facilities has been successful, and Almac has said it is open to and welcoming packaging discussions with companies who are currently developing drugs.

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Project Engineer – Aberdeen

Barney Smith is recruiting for a Project Engineer to work in a small team at a large oil service company based in Aberdeen on a permanent basis.


As a project engineer you will be responsible for:

  • Carrying out NORM treatment projects offshore which will involve working with clients directly.
  • Interpreting process flow diagrams (PFDs) and Process and Instrument Drawings (P&IDs)
  • Scaling up and transfering technology from lab to pilot scale to first phase field trials
  • Performing site surveys and providing information on treatment strategies,
  • Managing all logistics and equipment.

The role will be hands on and office based and you must be flexible in your working practices, and happy to turn your hand to any task as and when required.


For this project engineer role you must be qualified to degree level in mechanical engineering or similar subject or possess equivalent experience. You must also have experience in managing projects related to NORM from conception to completion ideally offshore. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential although the role will involve travel worldwide on a project basis.

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Graduates – Great for Business!

Whilst experience is always a bonus, the hiring of graduates is also good for a successful business. Here are a few reasons why.


It may seem obvious, but an experienced person is going to want more money than a graduate, even if they are applying for the same position. To reduce annual company salaries it makes sense to hire the cheaper option.

Loyalty and Enthusiasm

The fact that you’ve hired a graduate and given them an initial taste of working life would tend to make them err on the side of gratuity. Carefully managed, this could translate into loyalty to your company. The inexperienced graduate would want to prove they can perform as best they can in their new job, possibly with little knowledge of the market and arguably their true worth. Should they turn out to be one of your better performers, managing them successfully could mean they stay for longer than they otherwise would.


New graduates are more likely to be adaptable and au fait with current and emerging technology. It could be better to have an employee who is more capable of throwing themselves into various fields of work, rather than an expert in just one or two. The ability to use new technology is also obviously a bonus, allowing your business to stay at the cutting edge of new developments.

These, plus other reasons that can be found on The Undercover Recruiter, are just a few reasons as to why graduates are excellent candidates to hire for your business.

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Dundee Research Centre Granted £24 million

The University of Dundee’s research centre for the treatment of human diseases has been granted £24 million to continue its work over the next five years, reports Life Sciences Scotland.

The grant has come thanks to the taxpayer, something the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council Sir John Savill believes to be fantastic. He said “It is important for people to know how crucial their own money has been in uncovering health improvements” such as the MRI scanner.

The funding will allow for the research facility to add a number of new scientists to the team. The work undertaken at the research centre has is part of a worldwide effort, that through various grants has been able to support over 160 staff in over 25 countries. The MRC is dedicated to funding some of the leading medical research in the world through reinvestment of taxpayer’s money.

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Top Science Jobs This Week

Here is a selection of our latest science jobs this week. Should they not be what you’re looking for, try searching our other jobs!

Southern England

Microbiologist – Berkshire

Senior Computational Biologist – Hertfordshire

Pharmacologist – Hertfordshire

Microbiologist – Sussex

Senior Research Biologist – Hertfordshire

Senior Technical Service Chemist – Hampshire

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QC Analyst – London


Mechanical Technician – South Yorkshire

Corrosion Engineer – West Midlands

Senior Process Engineer – West Yorkshire

Northern England and Scotland

Trainee Wellsite Technician – Aberdeen

Development Technologist – Stirling

Process Statistician – Teesside

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E&I Technician – Cramlington

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Assay Development Scientist Job – West Sussex

Reena Dhana is recruiting for an Assay Development Scientist at a large and widely respected pharmaceutical company on a permanent contract based in West Sussex.

Job Requirements:

  • A BSc or MSc in a Life Science subject (or equivalent)
  • Experience with medium to high throughput assays and cell cultures.
  • Experience with electrophysiology is advantageous

Apply or receive more information:

For more information please click here for the full advert for the role, and if it is of interest please contact Reena at or 0114 283 9956.

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North West Wales Gets Tech Jobs Boost

The creation of hundreds of technology and energy jobs in North West Wales has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as the Director of Menai Science Park.

The project, being championed by Bangor University, is aiming to join academic researchers with commercial expertise in one, as yet undecided, site. The development of the energy industry and clean technology will be the main reason as to the establishment of the science park, with everything from nuclear to biomass schemes being advanced on Anglesey. The Welsh government has already put in £10 million, with Anglesey also looking to be made into an Enterprise Zone to give company’s incentives to set up in the park.

The idea behind the establishment of the park is for Bangor University to initially set up researchers in laboratories on site, thereby attracting related businesses. The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, believes this to be a “very exciting initiative which has tremendous potential.” Whilst no location has yet been chosen, several locations are being discussed as to their suitability. Mr Wyn Jones, who has stepped down from the Welsh Assembly to take the post, is “fiercely committed to… creating a better economy for Anglesey and North West Wales.” He believes his skills and expertise will ensure the park “plays a leading role in strengthening and broadening” the economic base of the area.

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Project Director/Head of Division – Hampshire

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is recruiting for a Project Director / Head of Division to head up a section within a world leading engineering consultancy specialising in offshore & marine cable projects. You will be based at their site in Hampshire on a full time, permanent basis.


As the Project Director / Head of Division, you will be specialising in marine cables and offshore based engineering projects for customers in the renewable energy (incl. wind energy), water & other related sectors. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing & leading customer projects ranging across concept; feasibility & design; environmental impact; installation, construction & operation to decommissioning.
  • Acquiring new business & client development through building of professional networks.
  • Develop business collaborations in line with the organisation’s objectives.
  • Working closely with internal teams surrounding the development of marketing strategies, market research & relevant materials.
  • Line management of staff within the division including recruitment of new staff, monitoring of KPIs and budget management.
  • Travelling to customers sites within the UK & internationally.


  • As the Project Director / Head of Division, you will have the following qualifications, skills & experience:
  • A qualification in an engineering or relevant technical discipline (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated project management expertise in a marine cables, pipelines, offshore engineering, geosciences or related fields.
  • A proven background in people management / supervision.
  • A strong track-record in client development & proactively building professional networks.Andrew Bolton - Senior Scientific Recruitment Consultant

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Development Technologist – Flintshire

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Development Technologist to join a leading manufacturer of wet wipes and personal care products based in North Wales on a permanent basis.

Job Summary – To take an active role in companies support and product development for the contract manufacturing  section of the clients international business.


  • Assist the Product Development Manager (Technical) and the Technical department team with liaising with other sections of the company and with suppliers to satisfy both the customer’s technical needs and NPI’s business requirements.
  • Provide technical advice/assistance internally & externally to the company as appropriate.
  • Work with Business management and directly with Product Development, Technical Transfer and Global Engineering (Packaging), QA and other functions, to ensure understanding of clients requirements, so that response can be as efficient as possible.
  • Manage trials, investigations and support, with input from other sections to meet the agreed objectives of development plans.
  • Represent the Company with customers and suppliers ensuring that a professional technical liaison and support service is provided.
  • Prepare specifications for new materials, products and processes
  • Be cost conscious and work within the Technical Departmental Budget


The successful Development Technologist will have the following qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Degree in Chemistry, Science or equivalent
  • Experience of working within a healthcare environment, laboratory and manufacturing facility.
  • Experience within an FMCG company ideally working on the development of Personal Care or Household productsNaynesh Mistry - Recruiter at CK Science

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If successful you will be joining one of the leading manufacturers of wet wipes and personal care products in the UK

To apply for this Development Technologist position, contact Naynesh Mistry via email: or telephone: 0114 283 995.

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How to Keep Your Best Staff

Good employees are obviously fantastic to have, but by performing well they may start to cast their eye around in order to find a better job, possibly at a competitor. If this is the case, how are you supposed to go about keeping your best staff?

To begin with, make them feel appreciated. It seems counter-productive to ignore how well they have been performing and not address the fact that they may be coveted by other companies. If you recognise and mention this to your best performer then you can explain why you want them to stay, highlighting what they have been doing well to boost their confidence.

Spend time coaching and helping them develop new skills and techniques that will assist them in their current role. Do not, however, promise money in order to get them to stay. This would give them a clear route to leave should you not deliver, as you have shown you do not keep promises.

Furthermore, support their career development. As a manager, it is your job to get them to achieve the career goals they have set out, whether that is in their current job or not. By doing this, and therefore indicating your importance as a career mentor, you could encourage your star employee to stay on longer, so as to work with someone they respect.

Make sure to work with the better performers! Again, this is necessary in order to get them to feel appreciated in their role. By spending all the time with the weaker members of the team, those who are performing better may feel ignored and seek a position where they are more valued.

By doing this, you may not guarantee that your staff will stay forever, but you will increase the chance that they stay for longer. Don’t feel that by working towards their goals you’re helping them to leave; it will benefit your company too, by increasing the standard of work that is produced by your team.

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CK to be Represented at REC Summit

The CK Group is set to be represented at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Skills Summit in London on the 26th June by Operations Director Liam O’Connell.

He will be representing the CK Group throughout the day, including at the life sciences workshop. The REC event, sponsored by the Telegraph, is set to bring together four sectors which are experiencing high growth and are as such essential to the current economy. The other sectors included in the day’s agenda alongside life sciences are engineering, technology and the creative industries.

With demand outstripping supply in these sectors, Liam will be attending to see how exactly it is possible to boost the amount of people who work in these sectors to meet the needs of the businesses within them. Furthermore, the workshops are intended to give attendees a chance to understand government enterprises and find ways to be involved in them to the benefit of these fields.

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Norbrook Laboratories Continues Growth

BBC News has reported that Norbrook Laboratories is set to continue its growth over the next two years, by expanding the workforce to over 2,000.

The Northern Ireland based company, which employs 1,700 people, is adding to the recruitment of 200 new staff already this year. The profitable company has been continually expanding, leading to a recent £150 million investment in the Newry site owned by Norbrook, including new offices, warehouses and production suites.

The new jobs will be across “the full spectrum” of Norbrook’s operations according to James Gibbs, the recruitment manager, with those employed dealing with scientific analysis, production, research, engineering and finance. The Northern Irish pharmaceutical sector has been similarly boosted recently following the creation of jobs at Almac, also based there.

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Amgen and Astellas Announce Japanese Link

US biotechnology giant Amgen has entered a partnership with Astellas Pharma of Japan in order to provide for the medical needs of Japanese patients, reports

A new business model, combining both companies’ capabilities has been agreed. Amgen’s pipeline candidate drugs are to be joined with Astellas’ knowledge and presence in the Japanese market. Five of Amgen’s pipeline developments, for the treatment of diseases of a cardiovascular nature as well as cancer, are set to be further commercialised and progressed.

A joint venture company will also be established, with the name Amgen Astellas BioPharma, with the intention of enabling Amgen to quickly establish a significant presence in Japan. This is expected to be set up and running by 1st October 2013.

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