Oxfordshire Science Park to Create 1,000 Jobs

Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire is set to expand, with up to 1,000 new science and technology jobs.

Three new research labs and office space have been discussed at the Abingdon site, and a planning application has been sent to the council. The 1,000 jobs include skilled and unskilled workers, including the construction of the new buildings and the scientists then working in them once they have been completed.

The created jobs are set to expand the workforce at the Science Park by 50%, to near 3,000. Should planning permission be granted, private companies will be invited to move operations to the park, before construction begins. Currently with 2,000 staff and 45 companies, the Culham Science Park is part of Science Vale UK, which includes two other Oxfordshire sites employing over 10,000 people between them. The expanding of the Abingdon site can only boost the area’s scientific centre credentials further.

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Development Engineer Job in Wrexham, UK

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Development Engineer to join a polymers & plastics manufacturer based in county Wrexham, on a full time, permanent basis.


Development Engineer Job Description

As a Development Engineer, the main purpose of your role will be to maintain continued growth by being innovative and forward thinking, preferably within the new product development arena.

Further responsibilities of this Development Engineer will include:

  • Reporting to the Technical Team Leader
  • Responsible for developing new product designs and implementing their scale up through to commercial production.
  • As a good communicator and team player you will have a key role in helping direct cross functional project groups establish specifications with both prospective customers and suppliers.
  • You will take the products from conception in the lab through to commercialisation on the manufacturing plant.
  • Encompassing a mixture of development and process engineering work

This role will be on a day basis however flexibility is a must as trials may run into the night or over weekends.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

As a Development Engineer, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:.

  • A specialism in chemical/process engineering or development chemistry
  • A high calibre graduate with a 2.1 or above degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Polymer/ Material Science or Chemical Engineering.
  • An analytical, problem solving approach with the ability to generate and implement ideas.
  • Computer literate, ideally you will have a working knowledge of the following: coating techniques, drying, fluid processing and web handling, preferably gained in a similar process industry.



As Development Engineer you will be working with a plastics & polymers manufacturer based in county Wrexham.

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Pension and life assurance cover
  • Private medical assurance
  • Flexitime


How to Apply:


Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Development Engineer in Wrexham, UK

Please contact Victoria for more details.

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For more information or to apply for this Development Engineer position please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH24719 in all correspondence.



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New chemical jobs in this week

Here’s a list of our latest chemical sector jobs new in this week.

For more information or to apply, please click on the links below:


NMR Specialist Analyst, API Analysis – Near Belfast

Manufacturing Engineer – Hertfordshire

Development Chemist – West Yorkshire

Chemists – Hertfordshire

Development Engineer – Wrexham

Chemist – Wiltshire

Shift QC Analyst – West Midlands

Chemist – Automotive, Chemical, Surrey

R&D Technician – Suffolk

R&D Manager – Berkshire

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Chemist – North East, UK

A Chemist with experience of catalyst development or chemical engineering is required to join a research & development organisation based in the North East of England. This Chemist job is a part-time position.

The Chemist will work as part of the R&D team on a number of manufacturing based projects up to pilot plant stage. The projects will range from initial reactions to tabletting and will generally involve troubleshooting problems associated with scaling up manufacture.

The ideal candidate for this Chemist position will be qualified to a minimum degree level in chemistry or materials science or will possess equivalent industrial experience. You will also have a proven track record in catalysis, chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturing along with experience in scale up, tabletting, R&D and engineering.


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For more information or to apply for this Chemist job, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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Process Technologist – Pharmaceutical, based in the South East, UK

Our client, a world-class pharmaceutical company, are currently seeking a Process Measurement Technologist to work on a new project that will potentially revolutionise the way medication is being manufactured. During this 18-month contract post, you will apply a hands-on approach in which you will be responsible for integrating PMT with process equipment and supporting/running manufacturing campaigns to collect key process data. This Process Technologist role will require you to work closely with IT experts to ensure that the data is managed effectively and to generate a high level of automation. This is a fast paced project in which you will need to deliver pragmatic PMT solutions to tight deadlines. You will then use these solutions to build process understanding and process control mechanisms.

The ideal candidate will be educated to MSc, MEng or PhD level in spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering or a similar scientific or engineering discipline with experience of pharmaceutical secondary manufacturing and knowledge of online process measurement technologies (PAT). Candidates who are educated to BSc or MEng with with demonstrable depth of knowledge and skills in process measurement technologies (PAT) and pharmaceutical secondary manufacturing will also be considered. This Process Measurement Technologist role also demands a candidate with a sound customer focus and great team working and communication skills. The successful applicant must also be prepared for a substantial amount of travel and must be aware that work at partners’ sites may also occur.

This is a unique opportunity for a confident person who wants to work at the forefront of pharmaceutical process engineering and across diverse scientific and engineering disciplinary boundaries.

If you would like to hear more about this Process Technologist role, please contact Julie Marshall on 01438 723500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference ST18954 in all correspondence. Alternatively, to apply, please click here.


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