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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Careers in Protein, Peptides and Antibodies

As part of our biotechnology campaign this month we are doing a feature on some of the positions we are seeing a high demand for. Working with proteins, peptides and antibodies is one of those were companies are looking to employ talented individuals. With variety of roles open to you including Fermentation Scientist (click here to watch our Fermentation video), Synthetic Chemist, or work in areas like protein purification, quality control or assay development.

Manufacturers of proteins, peptides and antibodies can be found across the country, but industry hubs in the UK are in:

  • Cambridge
  • Slough
  • Central Belt of Scotland
  • Teesside in North East England
  • West Midlands
  • North West – Liverpool/Manchester

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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.

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Big Biotech companies proving more valuable

Pharmatimes reports today that big biotech companies are frequently demonstrating that they are better positioned to respond to the needs of the healthcare system than big pharmaceutical companies.

As healthcare shifts towards a new value-based focus biotech companies have been seen to outpace their pharmaceutical counterparts in terms of growth income, investment in R&D and market cap over the past three years, according to analysis undertake by life science financial services firm, Burrill & Co.

“As the industry migrates away from an era of the one-size-fits-all blockbuster, the biotechnology industry’s strength at developing innovative therapies that meet unmet medical needs and target the molecular mechanisms of diseases gives it an upper hand in creating value,” said the firm’s chief executive, G Steven Burrill.

Big Biotech experienced a 57% increase in market cap for the three years ended December 31, 2012, as the total value of the group climbed to $260.6 billion from $160.1 billion at the end of 2009, says the analysis. That compared to a 17.4% increase for Big Pharma during the same period as the market cap for the group climbed to a collective $1,257 billion from $1,070 billion.

“The big jump in the value of Big Biotech companies is not just a matter of investor speculation – these companies have had significant clinical and market successes that have driven their value higher,” Mr Burrill points out.

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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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Protein Scientist – Grangemouth

Heather Deagle at CK Science is recruiting for a Protein Scientist for a major biotechnology company based in the Central Belt of Scotland, to work on initially a temporary contract that is very likely to go permanent.

Responsibilities:

As a Protein Scientist the key responsibilities will be too:

  • Develop processes for the conjugation, purification and formulation of antibody conjugates
  • Perform process robustness, characterisation and optimisation studies
  • Process scale up and transfer into our GMP facilities
  • Small scale drug linker synthesis

Qualifications and skills:

The successful candidate for this Protein Scientist role will have following qualifications and experience:

  • a minimum of a BSc degree in Biological/Biochemical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering or related discipline with good practical lab experience.
  • You will also have experience / awareness of protein purification techniques such as: Chromatography, Filtration and Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF)
  • You will also have Good communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to work in a fast paced environment.

It would be desirable to have the following skills:

  • Previous biotech industry experience in process development or process scale up / manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of protein modification or conjugation chemistry

How to apply:

Apply online:

For more information or to apply for this Protein Scientist role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference  DH25140 in all correspondence.

 

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Our latest pharmaceutical and biotechnology jobs in Yorkshire

Here are a  few of our latest permanent pharmaceutical and biotechnology roles in Yorkshire

 

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Senior Study Director-Protein Chemistry, Yorkshire

Project Manager (Biotechnology) – Yorkshire

Study Director – (Protein Chemistry) – Yorkshire

 

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for these roles please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk

 

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Latest Science Jobs 23.7.2012

Here’s a list of the latest science jobs which CK Science is recruiting for in the UK. Please click on the links below to find out more and apply.

 

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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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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:

Apply online now:

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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Compliance Officer – North East

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Compliance Officer to join a biotechnology company based in the North East of England.

Responsibilities:

As a Compliance Officer you will be responsible for ensuring that manufacturing documents are compliant with GMP, writing new manufacturing documents, providing assistance to the New Product Co-ordinator during manufacturing and perform document compliance reviews.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Compliance Officer role must be qualified to at least HND level in chemistry or equivalent subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have prior knowledge of GMP and Quality issues. 

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Compliance Officer role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23938 in all correspondence.

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Analytical Chemist, Biotechnology–North of England

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for several Analytical Chemist’s (more senior roles available too) to join a major biotechnology company at their site in the North East of England. These roles will be on a temporary contract for initially 6-12 months with a strong possibility of becoming permanent.

Skills required:

The ideal candidate for this Analytical Chemist role will have proven experience in working in an analytical laboratory type role involving method qualification or validation, release testing of drug substances or stability testing.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Analytical Chemist role ideally will be qualified to Degree level or similar in a relevant scientific discipline and have some experience gained with in a GMP setting.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist role please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@cksicience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23844 in all correspondence.

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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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Protein Scientist Job (Biotechnology) – Central Belt of Scotland

 

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

Responsibilities:

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

Skills required:

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

How to apply:

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

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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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Amnis Bought Out by Division of Merck

EMD Millipore, the life sciences arm of pharmaceutical company Merck, has purchased cell imaging instrument manufacturer Amnis Corporation, reports inpharm.com.

Jonathan DiVincenzo, head of life sciences at EMD, has said that the deal improves the company’s flow cytometry range and will create “tremendous value for our customers’ research outcomes.” Amnis’ products are used in flow cytometry applications across various fields including biotech and pharmaceutical cell analysis.

DiVincenzo went on to add that “with this acquisition, EMD Millipore becomes the only provider of this technology.” David Basiji, Amnis chief executive, believes becoming park of Merck will “accelerate product development”for his company. The deal is expected to go through in the final quarter of this year.

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Environmental Chemists on the Rise

Environmental chemists are much needed in most jobs, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, reports ibnlive.com.

All industries need environmental officers to assess the effect the business has on the environment, and find ways to reduce that impact. The job essentially involves knowing the effects of chemicals (or whatever the business deals with) on the environment. For example, how can a pharmaceutical firm safely and effectively dispose of waste products or leftover stock?

Industries are taking a much more proactive role in environmental issues, so that the role of chemists is becoming prominent. Pharmaceutical, chemical and waste disposal industries all obviously need environmental chemists, but recently even IT firms are beginning to employ people to monitor their environmental impact. A solid grounding in chemistry is of great importance, and it is often recommended that those looking into such a role go on environmental courses.

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QC Analyst Job (Biotechnology) – Scotland

Our client a biotechnology company located in the Central Belt of Scotland require a QC Analyst on a temporary basis.

As a QC Analyst you will carry out chemical testing in accordance with approved methods (including HPLC, FTIR, GC) and in compliance with GMP. You should have a suitable qualification in chemistry and be competent in using techniques such as HPLC, GC and FTIR ideally gained within an industrial environment. The role is initially temporary but there is a likelihood it will be extended or made permanent.

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BlueGnome Ranked Fastest Growing UK Biotech Company

scientists workingFormed in 2003, BlueGnome, a specialist developer of microarray based solutions for the screening of chromosomal abnormalities in cytogenetics and IVF, has been ranked fasted growing Biotechnology company by The Deliotte Technology Fast 50.

Impressively, the Biotech company has been ranked the 25th fastest growing company in the UK across all sectors. CEO of BlueGnome, Nick Haan, stated,  ‘This award recognises BlueGnome’s ability to evolve as technologies for the investigation of genetic disease develop. We have a fantastic team at BlueGnome here in Cambridge and our office in the United States which enable us to achieve this level of sales growth, while also remaining profitable, even through times of recession and cut backs.’

Graham Snudden, VP Engineering, added ‘We pride ourselves on excellent customer service combined with the latest technology to allow our customers to improve the quality of their genetic services. Recent growth is mostly attributable to our 24sure technology which makes aneuploidy screening of single cells possible.’

The Fast 50 ranking reflects the fastest growing technology companies in the UK based on percentage growth in revenues over five years. The growth of BlueGnome highlights the biotech company’s new staff hires and increased productivity at their Cambridge headquarters.

BlueGnome  is a supplier of diagnostic products; microarrays, consumables, software, for molecular cytogenetics. They are a leader in in the provision of genetics tests and software for diagnosis of genetic disorders and improving fertility in IVF. To find out more, visit their website.

 

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Genzyme have declined an $18.5bn takeover bid

drugsmoney-150x150The leading biotechnology company, Genzyme have declined an $18.5bn takeover bid by French drug makers, Sanofi Aventis yesterday.

Genzyme’s chief executive, Henri A.Termeer wrote this statement in a letter to Sanofi’s cheif executive Christopher A. Viehbacher, “The Genzyme board is not prepared to engage in merger negotiations with Sanofi based upon an opportunistic proposal with an unrealistic starting price that dramatically undervalues our company.”

Shares of Genzyme, which is one of the world’s leading makers of drugs for rare genetic disorders, rose nearly 4 percent to $70.13 in afternoon trading.

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