What are the top pharmaceutical jobs?

The pharmaceutical industry is massive. Ill-health and disease steals tens of millions of lives every year, so a lot of money is invested in the search for new drugs. Many people enter the pharmaceutical industry because they want to make a difference, but it is useful to remember that many pharmaceutical jobs are also very well paid.

The sector is predicted to continue growing over the next five years. The continued development of strategic new drugs and therapeutic vaccines presents great opportunities for scientists and sales reps alike, so if you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the future looks bright.

Here is a list of the five top pharmaceutical jobs.

1. Biotechnology Senior Research Scientist

Senior research scientists are at the top of their game. They are responsible for managing research projects, making applications for research funding, reporting back on research findings, and keeping a close eye on new technologies. A familiarity with software development and IT is also desirable in the high-tech world of today. To reach this level within a pharmaceutical company, you need to have a broad skillset, which includes project management experience as well as plenty of time served in clinical research.

2. Research Scientists

Research scientists work in the laboratory or out in the field. To qualify for a position as a research scientist, you will need to have experience of laboratory procedures, including setting up and monitoring experiments. Research scientists typically write the proposals for research funding, so excellent writing skills are required, as well as the ability to present findings clearly and concisely.

3. Field Sales Reps

Field sales reps may not have experience of working in a laboratory setting, but they do need to have a thorough understanding of the products they sell. Sales reps are responsible for selling a pharmaceutical company’s products to new and existing customers. Excellent social skills are essential. If you are good at your job, your earnings potential will be very high.

4. Pharmaceutical Financial Analyst

The pharmaceuticals industry is first and foremost a business. Pharmaceutical companies are in the game to make money – serious money – so financial analysts are employed to make sure the business is stable and profitable. Your job is to advise management on which investments are likely to be the most profitable, as well as the areas where cost savings can be made. Pharmaceutical financial analysts will normally have a background in finance rather than pharmaceuticals.

5. Pharmacist

A career as a pharmacist is generally seen as less attractive than medicine, but if you want to be at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical technology whilst retaining a degree of patient interaction, this is the career for you. To get your foot in the door, look for summer internships or placements, as these will give the experience required once you have graduated from university.

Jobs in the pharmaceuticals industry are highly sought after and competition is fierce. You will need the right qualifications and an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline is essential for research-based careers.


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Finding the right candidates for science recruitment

Selecting the right candidates for science recruitment necessitates a lot of time and effort. It can be a challenging process. Putting into place a comprehensive recruitment strategy is essential to ensure any potential risk is eliminated when introducing new employees to the workplace.

We have written some advice to help guide your through the interview process.

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Science jobs of the week: 24/09/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 24/09/2015:

Yorkshire jobs:

GC-MS Field Maintenance Engineer – York


South East jobs:

Market Research Associate – Basingstoke

Senior QC Plant Chemist – Hampshire

Pool Water Treatment Consultant – London

Synthetic Organic Chemist – Hertfordshire

Production Operator – Home Counties

Packaging Technologist – Home Counties

Supply Chain Programme Manager – Hertfordshire

Validation Coordinator – Berkshire


Midlands jobs:

Sales Specialist (Molecular Biology) – Field

Chemical Process Operator – Derbyshire

Technical Manager – West Midlands

Laboratory Technician – Staffordshire

Waste Team Leader – Birmingham


North West jobs:

Product Designer / Colour Formulator – Merseyside

Product Development Chemist – Merseyside

Analytical Chemist – Lancashire

Shift Quality Control Technicians – Merseyside


North East jobs

Stability Analyst – County Durham

Laboratory Technician – Haltwhistle


Scotland jobs

Global Regulatory Compliance Specialist – Aberdeen


Northern Ireland jobs

Senior Analysts – Northern Ireland



Scientist (Quality by Design) – Iceland

Senior QA Specialists – Ireland


If these are not quite right for you, why don’t you search our other jobs here



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Jobs of the week! 31/07/14


Here’s a selection of jobs for the week 31/07/14!

South East


Lab Technician – Cambridge

Formulation Development Scientist – Surrey

H&S Advisor – London

Lab Analyst – Berkshire

Production and Quality Manufacturer – Cambridgeshire

Head of Quality – London

Chemist – North London



Lab Technician – Nottingham

Microbiologist – East Midlands

Technologist – Warwickshire

North West


Packing and Logistics Operator – Manchester

Day Analyst – Cheshire

Microbiologist – Blackpool

North East


Purification Team Leader – Billingham

EHS Engineer

Physical Chemist – Grangemouth


For a wider selection of jobs, please use our job search!


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Program Management Support Officer

Jason at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Program Management Support Officer to provide support to a Program Management functional to be based in London.

The main focus is to ensure efficient management, reporting and delivery of the project portfolio for a centre of excellence for cell therapies and regenerative medicines. You would be working on a full time, permanent basis.

A degree level qualification, coupled with knowledge of project management methods and experience of using them, are needed in this role.

For more information, or to apply, please click here


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Contractors Feedback

We have recently conducted a survey of our contractors to gather feedback on our performance as a company. With a high response rate we have garnered a significant picture of how satisfied our contractors are to be working with CK. We are proud to say that the overwhelming majority have had a positive experience and are more than happy with the service we provide!

Here are just a few of the responses for our recruiters at CK Science;

  • CK are “more professional and reliable than any other recruitment agencies I have been in contact with.”
  • “Very friendly and easy to approach.”
  • “I wish I could have had the same service throughout my career!”

At CK we strive to provide the best possible service we can, working to find you the positions that you want quickly. We will do our utmost to support and guide you through your job search, ensuring that you know what is happening throughout the process and allaying any worries you may have with expert advice.

If you would like more information on our contracting options, click here.

Alternatively, you can give one of our consultants a call today to talk about what you want from your career.


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The future of biotech

As CK Science’ review of careers in the biotech industry is coming to an end, we decided to look at the future of the industry and what it holds in terms of future developments and career opportunities.

Watch our video here


Currently the biotech industry is worth trillions of pounds, and provides millions of jobs. Not to mention it has become part of our daily lives from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, the medicines we use and even the fuel we use to get us around.

So whether it’s healthcare, industrial or agricultural biotechnology it is one of the most exciting and innovative industries in the world to be in at this time.

And with such a broad spectrum of companies and roles ranging from manufacturing to development to regulatory to commercial release, if you are looking for a long term career then you can’t go far wrong with a move into or developing your career within biotech.

Search our biotechnology jobs


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Biotech campaign: looking at career opportunities

This week as part of our biotechnology campaign we are looking at what career opportunities are available to those entering and progressing their career in manufacturing and production.

At this time the biotechnology industry is experiencing a period of massive growth which is directly impacting on the recruitment of new and experienced staff within the sector. We are now seeing a sharp increase in the demand for staff with new roles being created to help companies progress their product into market accurately and quickly.

The manufacturing side encompasses a wide array of jobs: manufacturing scientists, process scientists, operations management, quality control, site supervision, manufacturing process engineering, validation, quality assurance, supply chain and procurement.

With such a broad spectrum within Biomanufacturing there is a constant need for dynamic and innovative individuals who can cope with the constant fine-tuning to reinvention of manufacturing processes.

If this appeals to you watch our short video on how to progress your career 


Or click here to view our biotech campaign page


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How to begin and develop a career in Technical Sales

As part of our biotechnology campaign Sarah Farrow a Scientific Recruiter who specialises in the biotechnology field speaks about how to begin and develop a career in Technical Sales.

Technical Sales jobs in the biotechnology industry can be fantastic as it gets you out of the office, enables you to utilise your technical expertise, and has some of the best earning potential in the industry.

Sarah in this video speaks about why technical sales is a great job, where most of the biotech companies are located and what employers are looking for in a potential employee. She also speaks about what is involved in Technical Sales role.


Watch this video here


Find out more about our campaign and other featured sectors here




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How to build a career in the stem cell sector

Have you ever considered a career in the stem cell sector of the biotechnology industry? Stem cell is a truly exciting area where many companies are receiving funding and are investing in.

As part of our Biotechnology campaign, Jason Johal speaks in this video about why the stem cell sector is a brilliant area to work in. He also gives you tips and advice on how to build a career in the stem cell sector, where the majority of businesses are located and the types of skills employers are looking for.


Watch Jason’s short video here


To find out more about this campaign or other sectors of the biotechnology industry click here


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CK Science launch biotech campaign

This month CK Science is focussing on careers in the Biotechnology sector by launching a mini, video-led campaign aimed at graduates and recent entrants into the industry. Our aim is to give a better understanding of the careers available in the industry, and the skills most employers need.

The growth of biotechnology in the UK has been phenomenal and in recent years we have noticed a dramatic uplift in the demand for biotech professionals. This is largely due to a large number of biotech businesses emerging to explore new and innovative therapies. As a recruitment consultancy specialising in the scientific industry we are uniquely positioned to identify employment trends and skills shortages so feel we can share our expertise and knowledge with those that need it most.

Click here to visit our biotech campaign site

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KPMG/REC Latest Report on Jobs

The latest KPMG/REC Report on Jobs has been released and it makes very positive reading for the science sectors. The pace of growth of permanent vacancies has continued to grow, with the increase nearly back to February’s record figures. While the rise in temporary vacancies in the science field continues to increase, it is slower than on the permanent side which is a reflection of the growing confidence of employers to invest in staff long term.

The report reflects what we are seeing in the day to day job market with a decline in candidate availability and the fastest growth in permanent salaries since July 2007. As a result we are starting to see permanent salaries for scientists starting to rise at above inflation rates for the first time in over 5 years. This is what we have needed in the industry to help attract new graduates to whilst retaining the highly skilled specialists in the sector.

Science and engineering are among the fastest growing sectors in the economy, which is great news for our industry.

If you would like more information on this report or the current labour market contact Liam O’Connell at loconnell@ckagroup.co.uk

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CK Science launch mobile website

CK Science has launched two new features to their website that aims to enhance the user experience and simplify the job application process regardless of your device, these are:

  1. an interactive, new mobile website with functionality that takes mobile job searching one step further
  2. the new ‘email a job’ function which adds another level of usability to job seekers

The mobile site provides the ultimate job-hunting-on-the-move experience by accepting job applications from registered CK+ users. It also gives access to many of the desktop site features, including job searching, news updates, access to your CK+ account and even our range of videos.

The new ‘email a job’ feature has been tailor-made to personalise the job hunting process for mobile device users. Designed with simplicity in mind, it enables candidates to send jobs of interest to their email account so they can apply later. The email a job function is also available on the mobile site so whether you are registered as a CK+ member or not, you do not have to miss out on the perfect job.

CK Science is committed to continually developing the website to ensure our candidates get the best user experience. Keep an eye open for further developments throughout 2014.

Join us on our LinkedIn page to give us feedback on our new website


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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.

How to applyBarney Smith - Scientific Recruitment

Click here to apply now

To apply for this role please call Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email him on bsmith@ckscience.co.uk

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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.

Click here to view candidates for your business, now.

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Biodiesel developed using bacteria

As reported in chemweek.com. UK researchers at the University of Essex have developed technology that enables that them to produce biodiesel from the E. coli bacteria. The technology is almost identical to conventional biofuel, is still in trial.   The E. coli bacteria naturally turn sugars into fat, to build their cell membranes and the synthetic fuel oil molecules can be created by harnessing this natural oil production process.

“Replacing conventional diesel with a carbon neutral biofuel in commercial volumes would be a tremendous step toward meeting our target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Global demand for energy is rising, and a fuel that is independent of both global oil price fluctuations and political instability is an increasingly attractive prospect,” says John Love, professor of biosciences at the University of Exeter.

To read this article in full click here

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New £3.8 million research deal announced

As reported by The Pharma Times, Pfizer and Ziarco, a UK biotech firm, have announced a £3.8 million research deal to focus on anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic medicines.

Ziarco was set up by Mike Yeadon, former chief scientist at Pfizer, along with three other ex-Pfizer employees. Originally set up in Canterbury, Ziarco is a clinical stage biotechnology company which focuses on inflammatory and allergic diseases.

The start up has proven extremely successful and has so far secured licences to several anti-allergy and inflammation drug candidates from Pfizer and has confirmed £3.75 million of a £16.8 million Series A round of financing from lead investor Biotechnology Value Fund and Pfizer Venture Investments.

Ziarco has now entered into an agreement with Pfizer for the exclusive worldwide rights to commercialise a portfolio of clinical, pre-clinical and research anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic assets. Pfizer will receive equity and Ziarco will use the proceeds to invest in the further research and development.

Dr Mike Yeadon, chief executive of Ziarco, said: “Ziarco was founded to address the significant need that still exists for new, more effective ways to treat disorders underpinned by inflammatory and allergic pathobiology. Each programme in development at Ziarco has the potential to be a first-in-class therapeutic and because they target critical points within inflammatory and allergic pathways they offer treatment options for diverse and difficult to manage diseases.

“Not only are we very fortunate at such an early stage in the company’s development to have licensed significant assets from Pfizer and secured funding from Biotechnology Venture Fund and Pfizer Venture Investments to progress development of these innovative therapeutic agents, but we have in place a highly experienced team which has deep knowledge of these programmes and has the passion and expertise to deliver.”


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Cambridge Science Park Acquired by US Giant

As reported by Business Weekly, the US real estate investment company, BioMed Realty Trust, has acquired Granta Park, a leading science park based in Cambridge for £126.8m.

Currently, the Cambridge-based Science Park as 11 lab and office buildings and it’s tenants include some of the worlds leading pharma and biotech organisations including Gilead Sciences, UCB and Vernalis. The investment from BioMed Realty will also current tenant relationships with companies such as MedImmune and Pfizer to be extended.

Speaking of the agreement, BioMed Realty stated, “The Cambridge UK research community is anchored by the University of Cambridge, established in 1209, with 20 per cent of the world’s Nobel Prize recipients in medicine and chemistry and the recipient of over 280 million pounds in research grants in 2011.

“This Cambridge science cluster supports over 1,000 science and technology companies, the Wellcome Trust, the largest medical research charitable organisation in the world, Cavendish Laboratory, and the Babraham Institute.”Cambridge Science Park Acquired by US Giant

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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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Cambridge Biotech, play key role, €40m Collaboration

As reported by Cambune, companies from the Cambridge Biotech cluster will play a key role in an innovative epigenetics collaboration called Blueprint.

This €40m project which will aim to discover how the epigenome influences health and disease. It is hoped that this will help lead to great advances in the treatment of a variety of human diseases.

Cambridge-based  contributors that will be involved with Blueprint, include:

The study of epigenetics can help explain how human genes are influenced by external forces. The genome is essentially the body’s building blocks, so it is the epigenome that determines how these building blocks construct living things.

When the regulation of this is faulty, it can result in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity  and cardiovascular disease.

Professor Wolf Reik, associate director at the Babraham Institute and Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Cambridge, explains:

“It is clear that our susceptibility to disease can only be partially explained by genes alone and epigenetics is emerging as an important research area that is bringing insight to many adult conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disorders.

“The purpose of project Blueprint is to determine the properties and functions of epigenomes in development and disease.”

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