Hazpack Chemist – West Midlands

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Hazpack Chemist to join a waste management company based in the West Midlands on a full time, permanent basis.


As a Hazpack Chemist, the main purpose of your role will be to efficiently receive, process and despatch incoming wastes through a hazardous waste treatment and transfer facility.  Paramount to the role is that waste is assessed and handled in an approved manner ensuring Health, Safety and Environmental compliance are met whilst demonstrating continuous improvement in productivity, plant availability and the quality of materials produced.

Further responsibilities of this Hazpack Chemist will include:

  • Hazardous waste packing
  • Visiting customer’s sites
  • Identifying, sampling and sorting waste materials into different hazard categories for onward disposal
  • Liaising with our sales and technical departments to ensure completion
  • When not off-site, required to provide active support in Transfer Station with waste acceptance and dispatch
  • Support sales staff by sourcing and providing disposal costs.


As a Hazpack Chemist, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • HNC or equivalent Chemistry qualification as a minimum (with GCSE or equivalent in Maths & English – essential)
  • Experience in the waste management industry – essential
  • Full, clean driving license – essential
  • Willingness to travel within the UK for business meetings and project work at other locations including overnight stays from time to time – essential
  • IT literate – comfortable using business software and systems
  • Good time management skills; organised with the ability to simplify complex issues
  • Analytical with the ability to measure & monitor data and take appropriate corrective action
  • Able to able to communicate at all levels, both in verbal & written form
  • Industrial experience in chemical waste handling
  • Knowledge of environmental legislation
  • Good communication, analytical and time keeping skills are essential.
  • IOSH or other safety qualifications desired
  • Management training or qualifications desired
  • Hazardous treatment & Transfer CoTC desired
  • Writing SOPs & risk assessments desired
  • Knowledge of existing and impending environmental and health and safety legislation desired
  • Legal requirements for transferring non / hazardous waste & knowledge of recycling processes & outlets

As Hazpack Chemist you will be working with a waste management company based in the West Midlands.

  • There is a primary requirement for travel within the UK for work at other locations including customer premises, including overnight stays from time to time
  • Although generally operating in the Midlands, flexible working is required as you may occasionally be working Nationwide depending on the size of the job and other sites’ staff cover.
  • This is a response-based role and hours are unlikely to be standard 9-5.

To Apply

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For more information or to apply for this Hazpack Chemist position please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk . Alternatively please click on the link to apply onlinenow. Please quote reference SH26326 in all correspondence. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

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XRF Spectrometrist Manager – Merseyside

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for an XRF Spectrometrist Manager to join an analytical service provider to the metals and minerals industry, based in Merseyside on a full time, permanent basis.


As an XRF Spectrometrist Manager the main purpose of your role will be to take a leading role in the day-to-day management of 3 modern spectrometers and a staff base of 12.

Further responsibilities of this XRF Spectrometrist Manager will include:

  • Supporting research and development projects in support of X-Ray services to the Group as a whole
  • Occasional travel to the Group’s overseas Laboratories on X-Ray related issues is a possibility.
  • Working with PANalytical Axios wavelength spectrometers
  • Calibration and internal standardization of equipment


As an XRF Spectrometrist Manager, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Accomplished X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometrist; A good understanding of wavelength & energy dispersive X-Ray practice and theory
  • Expertise related to the analysis of metals and minerals by wavelength & energy dispersive X-Ray techniques
  • Experience with PANalytical Axios wavelength spectrometers would be an advantage
  • A good understanding of fluxing and fused glass bead techniques
  • A good understanding of calibration and internal standardization principles
  • A good understanding of instrument performance monitoring and QC control
  • Be capable of demonstrating a proven track record in X-Ray spectrometry
  • Be familiar with the requirements of ISO 17025:2005 accreditation systems
  • Good interpersonal and management skills


As XRF Spectrometrist Manager you will be working with an analytical service provider to the metals and minerals industry, based in Merseyside.

  • Above all, substantial experience with XRF is the main requirement for this role.
  • Managerial experience is desired but is not essential, providing solid experience with XRF is apparent
  • Salary will be considered subject to X-Ray knowledge, practical expertise, and laboratory management capabilities.
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holiday
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance.Victoria Walker - Scientific Recruitment Consultant

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this XRF Spectrometrist Manager position please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please include a brief covering letter detailing your experience with XRF.  Please quote reference SH25925 in all correspondence.

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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:

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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:

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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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Are you registered for ChemCareers? It starts today!

The online chemistry careers fair run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, ChemCareers, kicked off today and CK Science are exhibiting!

So, if you are looking for a new position in Chemistry, we would highly recommend that you register for this free event. By registering you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to chemical scientists
  • Learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews
  • Seek expert advice on career planning and making your next career move
  • Investigate further study options
  • Network with scientists around the globe

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GSK Recruits Masters Students – Drug Discovery Scheme

iStock_000006963239Medium1-150x150As reported by The Recruiter, the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline will be recruiting British university students to work on the discovery of the drugs of the future.

The pharma company plans to launch a medicinal chemistry module using students in their third year of their Master of Science study at the University of Nottingham. The project will run over two terms with 12 students and will focus on research, synthesis and testing of PI 3 kinase inhibitors, which are currently under investigation by a number of drug companies. GSK will be researching their potential in the treatment of asthma.

The move comes as large pharmaceutical companies take steps to strengthen partnerships with academia in a bid to boost innovation in research whilst reducing costs.

The scheme will be a great opportunity for students to make a name for themselves as inventors of patents, with the possibility of receiving royalties if their work was translated into a successful drug.

Head of Chemistry at GSK, Dave Allen stated. “This is not a way of saving money, but we are not a charity and we get something back. Our people will mentor, and get a sense of innovation from students.”

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Manchester Chemicals Company Secures £7m Funding

Akcros, Chemicals Company, Chemistry Jobs, Manchester, North West, UKThe Manchester-based chemicals company, Akcros Chemicals has received more than £7m of funding.

The chemicals company, which provides additives used in the manufacture of plastic products, was forced to refinance as a result of the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Landsbanki.

Akcros was then approached by a number of banks before agreeing a flexible working capital facility with RBS’s asset-based lending (ABL) division, RBS Invoice Finance. The bank’s asset finance arm, Lombard, also provided new lending of approximately £700,000 to fund investment in new machinery at Akcros’s Eccles base.

Speaking of the funding injection, Richard Catchpole, Chief Executive Officer of Akcros Chemicals said “We are delighted to have agreed a new ABL facility with RBS, which provides us with the security and flexibility we require to achieve our growth objectives.

“Having to refinance during the depths of a recession was not ideal, but the strong relationship that we built with the team over the course of several months and the RBS ability to deliver a full one-stop-shop solution was key to us choosing them.

“During the downturn, we took action to align our business to the changing landscape and have managed to keep growing over the past year or so by developing new product lines and winning new customers in overseas markets.

“The results we’ve produced over the last year or so have justified our confidence in this strategy and the funding from RBS gives us security and flexibility as we continue to grow.”

Akcros Chemicals has an annual turnover of £60m and its products are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. The chemical company employs 140 staff at its Manchester site, with the remainder working at its US subsidiary in New Jersey.

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