50 jobs created – Worcestershire Science Park

As reported by the Malvern Gazette, after an agreed £4m government investment, fifty new science jobs are to be created at Malvern Hills Science Park in Worcestershire, UK.

Opened in 1997, there are 30 technology and science-based companies based at the science park, which employs 300 people. However, the science park is now full to capacity and as Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of the County Council explains, the investment “…is a big step forward and really significant piece of funding that will allow the science park and grow and take on more jobs.”

 

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Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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GSK acquire Cellzome for £61 million

The Telegraph have reported that GSK  today, announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Cellzome for £61 million in which they already own a 20pc stake.

Cellzome is the leader in the development and advancement of proteomics technologies. It currently has labs in Cambridge in the UK and Heidelberg in Germany. GSK currently own 19.98 % equity in the company but they will now assume full control of Cellzome. It will become part of GSK’s R&D organisation.

John Baldoni, senior vice-president of Platform & Technology Science at Glaxo, said: “The acquisition of Cellzome adds significantly to our scientific capabilities and capacity to characterise drug targets, and provides the opportunity to further enhance Glaxo’s ability to bring medicines to patients in a more effective manner.”

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The Cambridge cluster of bioscience companies is Europe’s most successful

The BBC reported that the group of  technology and bioscience based companies in and around Cambridge is one of Europe’s most successful and best know clusters.

Since 1960, about 5,000 hi-tech companies have been founded in the area, of which 1,400 remain in business, employing about 40,000 people.

Increasingly big companies are even staying in Cambridge after acquisition by overseas companies such as Broadcom, HP, Medimmune and Takeda, while others, like Amgen, Microsoft and Toshiba, have chosen to locate and maintain research labs and development teams there to be close to these people.

A new book “The Cambridge Phenomenon” is published this week, that  tracks and seeks to explain the area’s success. This book is written by By Charles Cotton and Kate Kirk

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Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”

Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”The Telegraph has reported that the Environmental Agency boss has given his support to the controversial technique of gas extraction “Fracking”

The process of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. Energy companies say the use of fracking will lead to cheaper supplies.

The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he would not stand in the way of fracking in the UK, as long as certain requirements were met, arguing that “it could be part of the answer” to the UK’s energy demands.

He also said “the source of a domestically available gas supply would, of course, be potentially very beneficial for our energy needs. It could provide energy security, which we don’t necessarily have when we import gas from abroad. It could be affordable,”

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NIH works with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly

NIH collaborate with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli LillyFierce Biotech reported that The National Institutes of Health today unveiled a collaborative program that will match researchers with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to help scientists explore new treatments for patients.

NIH’s new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has partnered initially with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly. The drug companies will offer up their data and investigators will have a chance to explore new uses, with a set of deal templates in place to help speed the process on 20 programs.

The investigators will have access to failed drugs to see if they can be repurposed for new uses.

Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president, head of Pfizer PharmaTherapeutics Research and Development said “Pfizer has a rich history of partnering with the academic and public sectors to discover and develop innovative medicines…We believe that participating in this unique program, and making well researched molecules available to NIH’s broad network of researchers, is another important step in advancing a vibrant biomedical ecosystem.”

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Lilly open £5.4m research base in Surrey, UK

As reported by The Pharma Times, the global pharmaceutical company, Lilly are to open a new £5.4m research base at their Erl Wood Research and Development centre in Surrey.

Lilly open £5.4m research base in Surrey, UK130 clinical development scientists will be based at the new Surrey-based research centre and will be working across disciplines such as:

  • Data sciences
  • Statistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmnacodynamics

The research conducted at the R&D centre will focus on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, depression and schizophrenia, as well as oncology, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

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GSK give a £12 million grant to the University of Nottingham

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Nottingham are to collaborate together to establish a new laboratory to accommodate the Centre of Excellence for sustainable chemistry and to construct an innovative carbon neutral sustainable chemistry laboratory.

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry will be based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and its construction is being supported by a £12m grant from GSK

The focus on sustainability will be reflected in the building itself, which will incorporate the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “The carbon neutral laboratory will help affirm the UK as a global hub for the future of the life-sciences industry

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Norfolk Science Park expansion – create 5,000 Jobs

The BBC News reported that Norfolk Research Park has unveiled an expansion plan that could create 5,000 jobs.

Norwich Research Park currently specialises in biotechnology and biological research and encompasses the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia among others. Therefore they are looking to expand to the north and south of its current site in the west of the city.

The proposals could create 5,000 jobs in the next 10 to 15 years and make the already world-renowned science park a magnet for established, start-up and spin-off research companies.

The park’s project manager, Nick Goodwin, said the growth would enable it to “stand on the world stage”. The planning application for the work is due to be submitted in June.

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Our Latest Science Jobs in the UK – 30/04/12

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply!

North East

Synthetic Organic Chemist – North East England

QA Microbiologist

QC Analyst

Quality Engineer

North West

Technical Assessor- Office Based, SWales/Cheshire

Temporary Analyst – N.West

Business Development Manager

East Midlands

UKAS Technical Manager-Metrology, Balance & Weigh

Scotland

Analytical Chemist

QC Analysts – Central Belt of Scotland

South of the UK

DMPK Scientist – Hertfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Herts

Gxp Auditor – Hertfordshire

Analytical Scientist – Suffolk

London

Documentation Administrator – London

Specification Technologist – London

Head of Synthetic & Analytical Chemistry

Head Of Bioconjugation & Bioanalysis

Northern Ireland

Head of Production

Global VP Operational Services

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Laboratory Technician – Central Belt of Scotland

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Laboratory Technician to join a large company at one of their sites in the Central Belt of Scotland.

The Job:

This Laboratory Technician job is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge as well as gain experience in the laboratory environment.  This is a temporary role initially for 9-10 months and you will be responsible for conducting routine and non-routine sampling and testing such as XRF to BS standards.  The successful individual would have to work shifts and, if required, change shifts in order to provide cover.

Qualifications and skills:

The successful candidate for this Laboratory Technician role will have a good standard of written and numerical literacy with a minimum of 2 A Levels (including Chemistry) or similar. It would be desirable to have proven experience in sampling, physical testing, chemical analysis, calibration of laboratory equipment and general housekeeping of a laboratory. 

How to apply:

Apply online now:

For more information or to apply for this Laboratory Technician role, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24127 in all correspondence.

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Steelmaking returns to the North creating 1700 jobs

The Engineer has reported that steelmaking is returning to the North East after a two year absence. Thai company Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) have reopened Redcar Steelworks.

The blast furnace at Redcar’s former Corus plant commercial property was relit in a ceremony that brought cheers from the assembled workers. The area has been associated with steelmaking for over a century and a half, but it seemed it was the end of an era when the plant The opening was made possible by the acquisition of the Redcar industrial property by Thai company Sahaviriya Steel Industries, who will now run the plant under the name of SSI UK.

This has created 1,700 jobs, including those for many workers who had previously worked at the commercial property. It is expected that this will rise in order to meet the target of producing 3.6 million tonnes of steel for export to South East Asia by the end of the year.

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Offshore Group Newcastle to create 1000 jobs as it enters wind farm market

BBC news reported that Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after receiving a Government grant to build foundations for offshore wind farms.

DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme will give OGN £640,250 to build the foundation structures for large wind turbine generators in waters over 30 metres (100ft) deep. The steel jacketed foundation, Triton, will be designed and developed by its subsidiary Aquind, at OGN’s new purpose-built facility at its Hadrian Yard in Wallsend.

OGN chief executive David Edwards said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this grant. Government support is especially vital in the early stages of project development……The offshore wind energy market is crucial to Britain’s future energy needs and we will do our utmost to ensure that this grant takes the UK into an even stronger role as the lead player in this sector.”

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QA Manufacturing Support Engineer – Yorkshire

Hannah Milward at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Quality Assurance Support Engineer to join a large multinational organisation involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal systems with products that include joint implants, trauma devices and biologic products. This will be on a contract basis for approximately 6 months at their site in West Yorkshire.

Job role:

The purpose of this Quality Assurance Support Engineer job is to provide quality engineering, process excellence support in a defined business unit / value stream environment for in-process, finished product, first articles and new product introduction.

Responsibilities:

As a Quality Assurance Support Engineer you will:

  • Actively support all Compliance Initiatives with the Value Stream and Plant
  • Actively support all defined Value Stream and Plant goals and objectives.
  • Identify projects to resolve scrap, reprocessing and special causes that have a negative impact on Value Stream and Plant Goals and Objectives.
  • Compile Quality Process Specifications for new/transferred products/processes
  • Be responsible for the introduction and correct use of statistical QA methods into the production environment, and provide technical resource for production team on relevant IQ/OQ/PQ protocol issues.
  • Produce and maintain appropriate and comprehensive quality process specifications as required during the development and implementation of new products. Quality process specifications to be compiled for on site production and purchased for resale goods (Goods In Check procedures)
  • Reviews product designs, test protocols and co-develop critical characteristics/tolerances for initial testing and validations and subsequent routine manufacturing controls.
  • Assist and where appropriate lead in the compilation and execution of validation protocols for new product/processes and software.
  • Ensure correct implementation as per standard validation procedures.
  • Re-validate as required due to engineering change, deviation analysis or upgrade in systems and materiel.
  • Manage QA related change control for specific projects as directed
  • Participates in process evaluations (e.g. FMEAs).
  • Devises and implements methods and procedure for inspecting, testing and evaluating plans for subsequent routine production.
  • Support Quality System activities within manufacturing cells such as Internal Audits, complaint investigations, close call and corrective action investigations.
  • Perform/document dimensional/visual inspections and non conformance and deviations as required
  • Manage a variable workload to meet operational requirements.
  • Ensure that all Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are fulfilled.

Qualifications and experience required:

The successful candidate for this Quality Assurance Support Engineer job must have an engineering degree or equivalent in quality, manufacturing, engineering and/or experience in quality assurance/engineering. They must also have:

  • Proven track record in Compliance & Continuous improvement projects
  • Basic PC Skills.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings/specifications.
  • Familiarity in areas of various Inspection Techniques.
  • Process Excellence Green Belt/Black Belt
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems (FDA/ISO) within a regulated environment

They will also have the following skills:

  • High Attention to Detail
  • Pro-active approach to Work
  • High Standards
  • Flexible
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Team Player
  • High level of Numeracy
  • Highly Computer Literate
  • Planner & Organiser
  • Active Listener
  • Technical Report Writing

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Quality Assurance Support Engineer  role please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23883 in all correspondence.

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Our Latest Science Jobs in the UK – 16/04/12

 

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply!

 

North East

Quality Coordinator – Pharmaceutical

Lab Supervisor

 

North West:

Process Engineer – Cumbria

Technical Support Specialist x2- Resins & Polymers

 

Scotland:

QA Specialist (Temp) – Northern Scotland

 

South of the UK:

Analytical Development Chemist – Hertfordshire

Production Support Technician – Hertfordshire

Analytical Chemist – Lubricants, Hampshire

Project Engineer – Chemical Engineer, East Sussex

Analytical Chemist – QC, Chemical, Kent

QC Analyst – Biopharma, Herts

 

Midlands:

Business Development Manager

Quality Data Management Analyst – W.Yorkshire

OLEDs Scientist – Organic Semiconductor Devices

Microbiology Manager

 

Wales:

Development Engineer – Plastics & Polymers, NWales

Day Technician – South Wales

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Lean/Six Sigma Expert – Angus, Scotland

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Lean/Six Sigma Expert to join a multi-national pharmaceutical company located in Angus, Scotland.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this Lean/Six Sigma Expert role will be responsible for leading all aspects of manufacturing and support activities by building an understanding of Operational Excellence to staff through training and development

Qualifications:

The ideal applicant for this Lean/Six Sigma Expert role will be accredited to green or black belt level in lean or six sigma improvements and have demonstrable experience in a related field.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Lean/Six Sigma Expert role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23988 in all correspondence.

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Nolato buys British pharmaceutical packaging company Cope Allman Jaycare

Plastics Today reported that Swedish injection molder Nolato has acquired Cope Allman Jaycare, a pharmaceutical packaging company based in the UK

Nolato have bought Cope Allman Jaycare for an initial SEK 179 million (USD $26 million) and a deferred consideration based on earnings up to and including the first quarter of 2014.

Cope Allman Jaycare has a history within pharmaceutical packaging dating back to 1958. The company has 270 employees at its plants in Portsmouth and Newcastle. They have annual sales of around SEK 270 million (USD $39 million), and its customers comprise of a number of international pharmaceutical companies.

Christer Wahlquist, president of Nolato Medical, in a press release said “Nolato already has a strong position in the Scandinavian pharmaceutical packaging market…….This acquisition gives us a local presence in the UK, which is an important part of the global pharmaceutical industry. It also opens doors with a large number of leading international pharmaceutical companies, which are existing customers of Cope Allman Jaycare.”

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Engineering Manager (Pharmaceutical) – Hertfordshire

Reena Dhana at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Engineering Manager to join a Global Pharmaceutical Organisation at their site in Hertfordshire on a full time, permanent basis

Responsibilities:

As an Engineering Manager, the main purpose of your role will be:

  • Guiding projects for Capital Investment.
  • Accountable for end to end delivery of projects from initiation through to Closure.
  • Ensuring the projects are resourced according including looking at manage risks, schedules and approved budgets to ensure successful deliveries
  • Ensuring Good Engineering Practices (GEP) are used in the design, installation and commissioning of assets
  • Undertaking Change Management, Deviation Investigations, Corrective Action and Preventative Action (CAPA) activities and root cause analysis (RCA)

Qualifications and skills:

As an Engineering Manager, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • HND in an engineering discipline (or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience in the Project Management in GMP, ideally in manufacturing and/or packaging
  • Demonstrable experience in managing projects from small scale to multi million pounds
  • Previous experience with contract and budget development, cost control, negotiation and execution
  • Proven understanding and familiarity of FDA and MHRA guidance for solid dosage form facility design and operation, cGMP and H&S regulations

Benefits:

As an Engineering Manager, you will be joining a Global Pharmaceutical Organisation who in return is offering a competitive salary with an excellent benefits package.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for the role of Engineering Manager please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference ST24022 in all correspondence.

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The Wellcome Trust support to give access to papers

As reported by The Guardian, The Wellcome Trust has added its support to a campaign to break traditional academic journals and allow free online access to research papers.

The campaigners say that the results of public and charity-funded scientific research should be freely available to anyone who wants to read it, for whatever purpose they need it. An estimated 9,000 researchers have already signed up to a boycott of journals with restricted sharing to help revolutionise the spread of knowledge and promote an “academic spring”.

However this intervention of the Wellcome Trust, the largest non-governmental funder of medical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is likely to incite it by forcing academics it funds to publish in open online journals.

Sir Mark Walport, the director of Wellcome Trust which spends more than £600m on scientific research a year, said “that they would soon adopt a more robust approach with the scientists it funds, to ensure that results are freely available to the public within six months of first publication”

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Team Leader Job in the North West of UK

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is recruiting for a Team Leader to join a biotechnology laboratory service company at their site in the North West on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities:

As a Team Leader the key responsibilities for this role include:

  • To provide the supervised running of the haematology section.
  • To use established methods to analyse samples by automated and manual techniques.
  •  To perform differential cell counts and assess cell morphology by microscopy.
  • To evaluate methods, reagents and equipment for use in the haematology section.
  • To assist in the preparation for cytological examination of body fluids and aspirates.
  • To participate in and monitor performance in external and internal quality assurance schemes.
  • To maintain reagent and consumable stocks and their correct storage.
  • To maintain the standard operating procedure manual for haematology.
  • To participate in the training of junior and other members of staff in haematological techniques.

Qualifications and skills:

The ideal candidate for this Team Leader role will have a Degree or HNC in appropriate subject and Membership of professional organisation. It is essential that the post holder must have a sound working knowledge of haematology with practical laboratory skills and the ability to organise work schedules and analytical methods.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Team Leader role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH24083 in all correspondence.

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