Job of the week: Molecular Biologist

This week we are recruiting for a Molecular Biologist to join a rapidly growing research and development company in Stirling.

  • This is a great opportunity to work with an innovative research and development company where you will be involved in transforming IVD testing and providing the next generation of healthcare.
  • The main focus of this role will be the responsibility of key components in the development of molecular assays.
  • This role will involve people management and development responsibilities within a project team
  • This is a 12-month contract position, ideal for a highly skilled Molecular Biologist to develop their skills further and be involved in the development of new products.

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: Method Development Analyst

This week we have a fantastic Method Development Analyst job with a leading chemical manufacturing company at their state of the art facilities in Teesside on a permanent basis.

  • This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced chemistry professional that is looking to progress their career in a company going through an exciting period of growth.
  • Our client is one of the leading contract manufacturers of high quality fine chemicals in the crop protection, pharmaceutical and speciality chemicals markets across Europe.
  • You will be responsible for providing in-house analytical development and validation services to the chemistry development and QC departments.
  • The starting salary for this position is £26,000 rising to £28,000 after the first year.
  • Full training will be provided.

Find out more about this job here

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100 years! Inspiring Women in Industry

This month is 100 years since some women in the UK won the right to vote. To tie in with this we have launched our new series exploring the lives and successes of Inspiring Women in Industry.

It is widely known that women within the STEM sector are vastly under-represented and we would like to encourage more women to consider a career in the scientific and technical sectors.

With this in mind we wanted to showcase the most influential women in history who have contributed to discoveries in science. Some of these women you may have heard of and some are unsung heroines.

The first woman in this series is Sameera Moussa:

Sameera Moussa – Nuclear Physicist, March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952

You may never have heard her name before but you definitely should have. She was a contemporary of many famous scientists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Watson & Crick.

Read about Sameera here


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Job of the week: API Product Support Chemist

James Horne is recruiting for an API Product Support Chemist on behalf of a speciality chemical manufacturing company at their site in Cramlington on a permanent basis.

  • This is an exciting opportunity to join a leading pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) for both APIs and finished dose forms
  • This is a global organisation with state-of-the-art facilities and approximately 1300 workers at five development and manufacturing sites in the UK, Germany and Italy, as well as an international office in Shanghai and the Head Office in north London, UK
  • Joining the company during a period of growth, you will be working on an exciting range of client centred projects, and have excellent opportunities for career development.
  • As part of the Pilot Team, you will be responsible for progressing and harvesting APIs as required and ensuring specifications are met following SOPs.
  • You will be expected to work well as part of a team and be results driven with a strong customer focus
  • To be considered for the position you should be qualified to degree level in Chemistry, have experience of full-scale processing chemical manufacture and pilot scale, cGMP requirements and an understanding of exothermic chemical reactions and how they are controlled

Find out more about this job here

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Job of the week: R&D Assay Scientist

We are currently recruiting for several experienced R&D Assay Scientists from a variety of backgrounds to join a company which provides laboratory automation solutions (lab-on-a-chip technology) comprising of hardware and software product components from their site in Oxfordshire. These jobs have been chosen as the job of the week as they are:

  • Excellent opportunities to join a dynamic, fast-growing company with big plans for the future
  • Offering a salary of between £27,000 per annum – £40,000 per annum with an excellent range of benefits
  • Looking for candidates from a range of backgrounds: Genomics, Proteomics, Formulations, Cell Biology and Statistics
  • Looking for creative thinkers who are good at problem-solving

Find out more about these jobs here

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Job of the week: Technical Manager

We have a fantastic job of the week to start the new year, a Technical Manager role based in Greater Manchester. We have chosen this job as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to join a large chemical manufacturing company who specialise in creating laundry and household cleaning products for both the UK & international markets
  • This role would be ideal for someone who has a strong quality background, experience managing a laboratory and a good knowledge of QC, QA and general quality systems.
  • Experience working with laundry products would be advantageous but not essential.
  • The successful candidate will be educated in a science discipline, have great planning skills and be a strong decision maker
  • The company offer a brilliant salary and benefits package and the opportunity for progression.
  • This role is based in Greater Manchester on a full-time permanent basis.

Find out more here

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5 reasons why December is a good time to start looking for a new job

Rumour has it that December is a bad month to look for a new job. It may be true that December can be slow. Companies take a while to get back to you regarding interviews and offers, HR managers can be putting off tasks until the following year and many people are on holiday, making the entire process inefficient. However, despite all that, the last two weeks of December can be an exciting time to start looking.

Here are a few reasons why.


  1. You have more time

Despite the Christmas frenzy happening in the outside world, December, and especially the last two weeks, can be quiet times in the workplace. This makes it the ideal time to focus on thinking about what you want to do next, rather than wait until January when everything picks up and starts getting hectic all over again.


  1. Companies needing specific skill sets are always on the lookout

This is especially relevant for companies who need specific technical skills. If you are a near-match, they will be interested, whatever time of year it is.


  1. Get ahead of the game

The general belief is that January is a time for change, so start now and get ahead of the game? Everyone will be looking for new jobs in January, so our advice is to get ahead of game and be the first CV on the pile.

If you have found a job listing which matches your skill set, send us your applications now to beat the January competition.


  1. You will come across as determined

Following from point 3, if you start to look in December not only will you be in the lead compared to the January applicants, you will also impress recruiters and companies with your determination. It’s easy to take December slow, but if you are one of those who doesn’t lose motivation and stays proactive, that will shine through.


  1. Start looking now for 2018 opportunities

It can take a while to get motivated when launching yourself into finding a new job. From re-writing your CV to finding the good jobs and practising interviews, it takes time.

On average, finding a new job usually takes just over six weeks. If you start thinking about changing now, you could be starting the year afresh with interviews and be placed in a new job by February.


If all you want for Christmas is a new job don’t fall in the December trap, start your New Year resolution early.

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Job of the week: Shift Production Manager

The job of the week is a Shift Production Manager role with a manufacturer of adhesive materials, this job has been chosen as it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity to join a company with great expectations. This person will make a real difference in innovating and improving how processes are run.
  • Reporting directly to the Operations Director, this Shift Production Manager will lead from the front and be instrumental in ensuring efficiency.
  • While chemicals experience would be preferred, any Shift Management experience within production will be considered as long as innovation and strong leadership skills can be demonstrated.
  • Based at their site near Leicester, on a full time, permanent basis.

Find out more here


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Job of the week: Analytical Chemist

This week we have an exciting opportunity for 7 Senior Analytical Chemists. It has been chosen as the job of the week as it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to work for a global analytical testing company
  • An opportunity to expand experience in analytical testing support for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products to GMP
  • Roles will involve performing analysis procedures to measure pharmaceutical compounds and a variety of formulations for stability testing and other analytical support
  • All roles are permanent
  • Salary range: £23,000-£28,000

Find out more about this job here

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Is your recruitment process costing you time, money and good candidates?

The UK is currently experiencing its lowest unemployment rate since 1975, 4.3%, resulting in almost full employment. However, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector is experiencing a significant skill and talent shortage which has created a candidate driven market.
As a result, the recruitment process can often be a frustrating one that can cost your company time, money and perhaps more importantly, good candidates and here is why:

Recruiting can be a time consuming and at times laborious process. Why?

  • Sifting through potentially hundreds of CVs and shortlisting potential candidates is a very time-consuming activity.
  • A large number of applications can run the risk of suitable candidates being overlooked.
  • This can potentially lead to Directors, Managers and Senior staff being diverted away from important projects and staff development.
  • Once candidates are shortlisted, arranging interviews and diaries can also lead to time-consuming communications.

A very common expression in business is ‘time is money’ and this can certainly be the case in recruiting due to:

  • Money spent advertising the role – is your advert cost-effective and attracting the calibre of candidates desired?
  • Time spent by senior staff in the initial stages of recruitment can lead to time spent away from important research, projects and staff development which can ultimately cost the company money.
  • Training and induction programmes can be costly.
  • It is therefore important to appoint the correct candidate in order to not repeat this process.

Good candidates:
Being in a candidate driven market has placed an ever growing importance of managing candidate expectations and feedback.  Clients can often be frustrated by losing out on talent, the main reason being:

  • Good candidates can often be juggling more than one interview at a time.
  • This can ultimately lead to multiple offers and occasionally counter-offers from existing employers.
  • It is therefore essential that there is a quick turnaround to secure that candidate.

Take a look at our top tips for recruiting candidates in this infographic here:

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How can we help with these issues? 

CK Science is one of the UK’s leading scientific, chemical, waste, biotechnology and pharmaceutical recruitment companies.  Working with companies ranging in size from SMEs to global leading industries, we offer specialist and experienced consultants who:

  • Obtain as much information as possible regarding the role being recruited for and the type of candidate who will be the ideal fit for the business.
  • Have access to an extensive candidate database and already existing candidate relationships.
  • Have access to CVs through job boards including Indeed, CV-Library and access to LinkedIn Premium.
  • Comprehensively vet their candidates to ensure that you only receive candidates suitable for the role.
  • Liaise with the candidate and client to arrange interviews.

All of these services are delivered using dedicated consultants that ensure high levels of quality service and are free of charge up to candidate commencement.

If you would like any advice on the above or assistance with your recruitment, please contact James Horne on 0191 384 8905 or

Author: James Horne

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Find out more about James here



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Job of the week: Quality Associate – Dublin

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Quality Associate to join a global pioneering biotechnology company at their manufacturing site in Dublin. The organisation can offer the following:

  • Salary will be equivalent to £30 per hour (up to 35 euros per hour)
  • The position is offered on a 12-month contract
  • The site also includes also includes a bioprocessing suite, laboratories and warehouse/packaging capabilities
  • This organisation has a presence in approximately 100 countries worldwide and has reached millions of people in the fight against serious illnesses

The company are looking for someone that can offer the following skills:

  • The ability to provide quality support for investigations of all classes of non-conformance (NC) events
  • Address root cause issues and ensure implementation plans are in place
  • Participate in customer complaint investigations
  • Provide training and advice to staff in order for them to perform their desired functions
  • Significant experience gained within the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry would be preferable
  • The successful candidate will have a degree or equivalent qualification in a Science or Engineering related discipline

This is a fantastic opportunity to live and work within a short distance to this vibrant capital that moves at an easy going pace. Dublin is located on the East Coast of Ireland and this site is approximately 35 minutes from the airport.

Find out more about this role here

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Job of the week: Senior EHS Specialist

This week we have an excellent Senior EHS Specialist role, this job has been chosen as it will involve and offer:

  • A brilliant opportunity to join a market leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical space who prides itself on being a high-performing and team-based organisation
  • Report to the EHS Lead whilst working on large vaccine projects. Prior experience of this is ideal, otherwise proven industry EHS experience in an operational environment is required
  • Provide environmental and safety advice on all matters relating to the site EHS programmes, supported by their background of a technical degree with a post-grad EHS qualification
  • The company are able to offer a rate of between €24-43 per hour depending on experience
  • Based in County Cork, Republic of Ireland, on a full-time, 12-month contract basis

Find out more about this job here

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How to attract candidates during the recruitment process

The recruitment process is the time to impress upon the people that you would like to hire that your company is the right place for them. As part of recruitment and selection, you are not only trying to identify the best person for your role but you are also working hard to show people from outside of the business that they should want to work with you.

If they are unsuccessful, you want them to be disappointed and to walk out of your building wishing that they had got the job and be telling other people in the job market what a great company you have.

To achieve this, the recruitment process should be well managed. Any relationship with external recruiters should be professional and well informed with regular communication. Remember that your recruiter is working hard to represent your business.

Try to make sure the recruitment process is quick and efficient; a lot of talented people get snapped up quickly so be willing to be flexible and make sure that you showcase your business and your current staff.

CK Group’s survey gave some guidance on the process and tips to consider:

  • 67% of applicants prefer to use their own CV over an application form.
  • 24% of applicants fail to complete their application of an application form is required
  • 94% of applicants prefer a simple 1 – 2 stage interview process and are therefore more likely to see it through to completion.
  • 76% of applicants were put off by unfriendly interviewers
  • 52% of applicants said that company staff need to sell the company more


How to sell your company:

Some simple things to cover during the interview process can make a big difference to how your business is perceived:

  • A site tour and company culture – the two biggest influencers on how welcoming a company can be perceived are to talk about the company culture and to let your candidates see the site.
  • The candidates future – The next most helpful techniques are to highlighting developmental and future promotional opportunities and the benefits of working with your business
  • Business future and your team – Finally talking about where your business has come from, what the future holds and meeting the team will help demonstrate that your company is the right place for them.


Leaving a positive impression:

After the interview and the candidate has left the site, it’s important that they see your business in the best possible light. This helps with cementing an acceptance of any offer. It also helps to raise your standing as a place that people want to work and they will share their positive experience with other future applicants.

Feedback is vitally important in helping create a positive impression with your future workforce. 75% of job seekers said that they would not consider reapplying to a company that did not provide them with any feedback and only 13% of applicants in the CK survey said that they had received constructive feedback following an interview.


Offer acceptance:

In the recent survey, 70% of applicants said that they had turned down offers because they were counter offered by their current employer or because the company that they were applying to had taken too long to make a decision and they had taken something else. Surprisingly 40% of candidates had turned down jobs because the salary offered had been lower than they had been led to believe it would be or below market rate.

It’s therefore not only vitally important to make a good impression but also to feedback promptly and to make sure that any offer made is in line with market rates.


Take a look at some of our other advice articles and videos here.

If you would like more recruitment advice then please contact Jonathan here.

Author: Jonathan Hart-Smith

Jon Hart Smith - CEO

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Job of the week: Senior Bioassay Method Development and Validation Scientists

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to join a global CRO who are supporting the world’s best pharmaceutical organisation in the development of new medicines? We have an excellent opportunity to join such a company.

Our client is expanding due to a new business opportunity and is taking on an additional 6 Bioassay Method Development and Validation Scientists.

These roles will involve the following activities:

  • To conduct development studies on large molecule bio-analysis projects using ligand binding techniques
  • Validating these studies to regulatory and client requirements
  • Supervising the analytical studies and communicating and supporting the company’s clients throughout the project
  • Ensuring that all staff receives appropriate training and support.

The most successful candidates will have the following:

  • A degree and preferably a PhD, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Experience in developing and validating Immunochemistry assays using techniques such as ELISA, MSD, and Gyros
  • The ability to directly supervise analytical studies, guiding and training a team of analysts

These roles are based in the Yorkshire region and offer a competitive salary between £35,000 to £50,000 depending on experience.

Find out more about these jobs here:

Senior Bio-Assay Method Development Scientist job

Senior Bio-Assay Validation Development Scientist job


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Job of the week: Sales Specialist

Are you an experienced Sales Specialist with a strong pharmaceutical background and looking for a new challenge? This week we have a fantastic opportunity for a Sales and Technical Support Representative to join a bacterial testing organisation that provides services for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

This role will involve and offer the following:

  • The purpose of this role is the promotion of sales of clients products and services to new and existing customers within the South of UK. To also seek out new business and provide technical support to UK and Ireland customers.
  • This role will cover the Southern regions of the UK.
  • It is a field based role, and you will need to visit the Liverpool office once per month.
  • A competitive salary of £30,000 plus car allowance (up to £10,200), and a bonus up to £10,000.
  • A full UK drivers license is essential for this role.
  • Benefits include life insurance, income protection, employer contributory pension scheme and private medical insurance for employee, spouse and children.
  • The successful candidate will be science degree qualified with a strong sales background in the pharmaceutical and/or medical device industry and GMP/GLP knowledge.

Find out more about this role here

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Job of the week: Lab Supervisor

This week we have an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Supervisor to join a multinational pharmaceutical company based in County Durham on a permanent basis.  This a rare chance to join a world top ten pharmaceutical organisation who are dedicated to taking on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges.

The role will involve:

  • Leading a team of 5-6 staff, acting as a role model supporting staff through day to day management as well as coaching and development
  • Designing and conducting experiments using MS/HPLC/UPLC/GC in support of method development and characterisation of reference materials
  • Planning, purchasing, and overseeing maintenance and usage of all analytical instrumentation
  • Planning and execution of analytical experiments

Find out more about this job here

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Science job of the week: Research Scientist

This week our scientific job of the week is a Research Scientist. This role has been chosen because it is a brilliant opportunity to join a market leader in their field based in Lancashire. Other reasons this role has been chosen are because it is

  • a well known within their industry and offering a great benefits package including defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days holiday and a healthcare scheme – and an early finish on a Friday!
  • an opportunity for the successful candidate to work closely with the manufacturing and production department to apply their scientific and technical skills in order to initiate, plan and implement R&D projects aimed at introducing new products or processes
  • offering career progress as the employing company would like this person to have the potential to fulfil a future R&D Manager role, after moving into a Senior Scientist position

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Pharmaceutical job of the week: QA Specialist


This weeks’ pharmaceutical job of the week is a Quality Assurance Specialist  which is a great opportunity to work for one for the worlds most global and expanding pharmaceutical companies in Montrose. This role also offers:

  • the opportunity to join an organisation that is committed to taking on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges
  • a 12 month contract (very likely to be extended)
  • a competitive hourly rate
  •  a chance to gain expert knowledge and enhance their skills within a very busy department

Apply here


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Science job of the week: Development Chemist

This week our scientific job of the week is a Development Chemist. This role has been chosen because it is a great opportunity to work within a Research and Development Laboratory and be involved in developing new products for the client’s aerosols, personal care and cosmetic products. Other benefits of this role include:

  • the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of NPD process from taking an idea from concept right through to laboratory scale up and manufacturing
  • being based on the West Coast of Scotland and within commutable distance from Glasgow
  • a highly competitive salary of up to £35,000 per annum


Apply here




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CK Attend AstraZeneca Careers Fest 17

CK attended Careers Fest 17 hosted by Astra Zeneca at Alderley Park.  A range of staff from the Science and Clinical teams here at CK supported the event with a view to advising and helping those who will not be making the move to Cambridge.

They met and had excellent conversations with a great range of fantastic life science professionals who we look forward to working with in the future. They also enjoyed networking with other organisations who attended the event such as Cancer Research UK, Chiesi, Parexel and Aptus Clinical.

Thank you to everyone we met and we hope to work with you in the future.

Take a look at some of our latest jobs here

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