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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Shift Chemist – Teesside, UK

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Shift Chemist to join a global inspection company to work in an analytical laboratory in Teesside.


The Shift Chemist role involves analytical testing of Oil, Gas and Chemicals using GC, GC-MS, AA, IC, UV, IR and wet chemistry. The role will also involve working on site, at heights and in confined spaces.


As a Shift Chemist you must be qualified to minimum degree level in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. A flexible approach to working will be required as you will be working around shipping itineraries.

The company:

The company are a global inspection company with offices worldwide.  The company culture is to promote from within so with flexibility on location there will be opportunities to progress your career.

Barney Smith - Manager at CK ScienceHow to apply:

Apply online:

For more information or to apply for these contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24897 in all correspondence.


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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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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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Process Development Chemist – North West

Hannah Milward at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Process Development Chemist to join a chemical manufacturer who specialise in the application of novel enzymatic systems and flow technologies join their team for the duration of 3 months with the view to go permanent. This role is based in the North West


To be considered for this Process Development Chemist position you will have a good degree/PhD or equivalent in science, have sound knowledge of organic chemistry and be familiar with HPLC, GC and NMR techniques.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Process Development Chemist role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23939 in all correspondence.

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Meet Andrew Bolton – Chemical, Technology, Environmental and Waste Recruitment

Introducing Andrew Bolton, Senior Consultant at CK Science. Andrew joined CK Science in 2009 and is based in the our Stevenage office. To find out more about Andrew, please watch his short video below.

Andrew specialises in recruiting for the Chemical, Technology (Medical Device, Instrumentation & Diagnostics, Environmental and Waste industries.

The types of positions that Andrew typically deals with include:

  • Chemist – Analytical / Development / Process
  • Engineer – Chemical / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic / Process
  • Production Technician / Operative
  • Polymer Scientist / Material Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager / Site Manager / Operations Manager
  • Business Development / Technical Sales
  • Product Manager
  • Biologist – Assay Scientist / Integration Scientist / Molecular Scientist
  • Offshore Chemist / Field Chemist / Site Chemist
  • Quality Engineer / QA Officer / QA Manager / Regulatory Affairs Officer / Regulatory Affairs Manager / Auditor
  • Environmental Consultant

If you are looking for a new position in these areas, or are looking to expand your team, please do contact Andrew and he will be happy to help you. You can contact Andrew on 01438 842 960 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Our Chemical Industry Candidates: August 2011

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the chemical industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of chemical industry candidates based in your area:

South, UK

  • 1st Class Chemist with Placement Year
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Polymer Technologist
  • Technical Sales Manager

Midlands, UK

  • Organic Chemist
  • Technical Service Chemist/Manager
  • Stability Chemist
  • Analytical/R&D Chemist
  • R&D Chemist

North, UK

  • Development Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Analyst

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European Chemical Industry Prepare to Reach Deadline

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by Plastics and Rubber Weekly, according to Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, the European Chemical Industry is preparing to meet the looming 30 November Reach chemicals registration deadline.

President of Cefic, Christian Jourquin, stated, “Companies are doing their utmost to comply with Reach and to meet the first registration deadline. The industry has been actively involved in the establishment of Reach as well as its implementation, which applies to thousands of substances.”

According to Cefic, strong overall cooperation among Europe’s €450bn chemical industry, the EU Commission and ECHA has helped resolve many problems relating to Reach registration.

But according to Cefic, many companies face “an array of unprecedented requirements that producers find costly and time consuming. Small- and medium-sized enterprises especially have experienced problems related to the lack of expertise required to complete complex regulatory tasks.”

Cefic director general Hubert Mandery added: “Besides the resource issue, the cost burden especially hits the bottom line of small- and medium-sized firms, who represent more than 90% of all chemical companies.

“The concerns of SMEs should be taken seriously into consideration, as the following two registration phases for lower tonnage substances will be significantly more burdensome for them. It’s in the industry’s interest that Reach be workable, practical and … affordable.

“Furthermore, we want to see the plethora of European substance-related legislation consistent with Reach.”


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Croda Chemicals' Organic Growth Continues

As reported by the Telegraph, Croda, the speciality chemicals company, has seen an impressive rise in their organic growth.

Croda increased its dividend payment by an impressive 50pc. The 9.75p payment will be made on October 7 and the shares are yielding 2pc. Sales rose 27.6pc to £516.1m and pre-tax profits rose to £96.2m from £46.3m last year.

Although costs in terms of raw materials may be on the rise, these costs will be passed on to the customer. Croda’s Chief Executive, Mike Humphreys stated “You are not a speciality chemical company unless you have pricing power.”

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