Research Scientists (Nutrition) – Yorkshire

Naynesh Mistry is recruiting for Research Scientists (Nutrition) to join a leading Biopharmaceutical company based in Yorkshire on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities in this role include organising, conducting and evaluating analytical results, and testing independently in compliance with applicable methods, protocols, SOPs and regulatory agency guidelines. You will also be required to maintain, operate and perform routine and non-routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and software.

To apply for this position you should have demonstrable experience in laboratories and be proficient using, and trouble shooting analytical equipment.

For more information on this position, or to apply, click here


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Nutritional Analytical Supervisor – Yorkshire

Naynesh Mistry is recruiting for a Nutritional Analytical Supervisor to join a leading Biopharmaceutical company based in Yorkshire on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities will include supervising the activities of up to 10 scientific and operational staff who are responsible for method development/validation projects and sample analysis. You will also be expected to identify process improvement opportunities, recommend solutions and implement action plans.

To apply for this position you should have extensive experience in a testing or analytical laboratory using the following techniques: GC, LC-MS, ICP, ICPMS, HPLC. Previous management or supervisory experienced is also required.

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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

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QA/QC Co-ordinator – Aberdeen

Heather Deagle is recruiting for a QA/QC Coordinator to join a manufacturing company that produces products for the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen on a permanent basis.

Your main responsibilities will include ensuring all products (manufactured and off-the-shelf) and related documentation meet the required standard. You will also be required to coordinate the on-site equipment inspection and equipment at supplier locations.

If you have previous experience in a quality or engineering role and an understanding of quality plans, inspection techniques and documentation this could be a great opportunity for you.

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LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst – Montreal, Canada

Jason at CK Science is recruiting for an LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst to join a global player in early stage clinical research and bioanalysis. Based at their bioanalytical facility in Montreal, Canada on a full time, permanent basis with all costs attached to visas covered by the company.

The main responsibilities for this position include developing multi-analyte bioanalytical assays for concentration determination in biological fluids employing LC-MS/MS (AB Sciex  QTRAP5500, TripleTOF5600, API5000, and API3000; UPLC/HPLC) technologies. You will also develop efficient extraction procedures such as PPT, LLE, SPE and on-line extraction.

Our client is looking for with:

  • Experience in bioanalytical method development
  • Extensive Mass Spec experience in particular LC-MS/MS.
  • Extensive Mass Spec method development experience including developing complicated methods

In return this company are offering an extremely generous package.

For more information or to apply for this position click here


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Shift QA Technician – South Lincolnshire

Hannah Oakley is recruiting for a Shift QA Technician to join a well known, privately owned beverages company in South Lincolnshire on a full time, temp to perm basis.

Responsibilities in this role include carrying out routine product testing, completing all record keeping and paperwork associated with quality measurements and conducting GMP and Hygiene assessments across the entire manufacturing operation to ensure continued improvement of site and operation.

This role requires a QA Technician with Level 2 Food Hygiene Training, understanding of HACCP and a commitment to working a 2pm to 10pm shift.

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Engineering Manager – Staffordshire

Victoria Walker is recruiting for an Engineering Manager to join a pigment manufacturing company based in Staffordshire on a full time, permanent basis.

Responsibilities for this position include developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures for all engineering and technical work that is performed and produce a site development and maintenance plan.

Our client requires an engineering professional with significant experience in a chemical production environment and budget/people management responsibilities.

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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.

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Development Chemist job – Nottingham

Victoria Walker is recruiting for a Development Chemist to join a inks manufacturing company based in Nottingham on a full time, permanent basis.

Responsibilities of this role include developing the company’s range of both water-based and solvent based inks from formulation through to analysis and completion.

Our client is looking for an Development Chemist with a background in formulating screen inks and screen printable heat adhesives, with experience in water-based technology preferred. Due to expansion, our client is looking for someone who is immediately available.

For more information or to apply click here >


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Associate Scientist – Cambridgeshire

Jocelyn is recruiting for an Associate Scientist to join an innovative drug discovery company based in Cambridgeshire on a full time, temporary basis. This contract is for a 4 week period but could be extended.

The main responsibilities for this role include developing, optimising and executing in vitro biological assays for HTS small molecule drug discovery projects.

If you have a BSc in Life Science and previous experience of working in a lab this is a great opportunity.

Click here to read the full job description and to apply

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CK Science in University of Sunderland Liaison Visit

Last week, Barney Smith, Recruitment Manager for the CK Science Durham office, visited the University of Sunderland’s Sciences Complex for a careers advice session with students.

CK Science have had a long standing relationship with the University of Sunderland and been on hand on many previous occasions to offer advice on CV presentation, interview techniques and careers options for scientists.  On this occasion, Barney provided the students with a rare opportunity to speak to a senior scientist within a global organisation as he was accompanied by one of CK Science’s most valued clients, Myfanwy Lancaster, Lab Manager at Koppers, a leading integrated producer of carbon compounds in Middlesbrough.

Myfanwy is an Environmental Scientist by discipline and she previously worked for Yorkshire Water and Reckitt Benckiser but joined Koppers 10 years ago to run the analysis lab.  She talked to the students about the challenges she has faced both as a scientist finding her way in the industry, and as an employer in finding good candidates to work for her in the laboratory.

Myfanwy provided some excellent advice for the students, particularly about how important it is to make a good impression at interview:

“Your CV is important as it will help you to get noticed and to secure an interview, but it’s your enthusiasm and personality in the face-to-face meeting that will get you the job.”

And expanded this to more specific areas of the interview process :

“If you have a lab tour as part of your interview, be aware that it’s actually a test. The interviewer is looking to see how you cope with being in the lab and is hoping to find someone who shows lots of interest and asks pertinent questions.”

In a group discussion at the end of the meeting, students were keen to ask both Myfanwy and Barney a series of questions on subjects ranging from how to go about securing a summer placement to whether jobs for life still exist.

The session came to a close with a poignant piece of advice from Dr John Lough, a Reader in Pharmaceutical Analysis in the University’s Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-Being, Faculty of Applied Sciences:

“Mostly importantly, don’t forget to get good marks in your degree.

For more information on CK Science, contact Gail Whittle on 0114 283 9956 or email on


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University of Sunderland Sciences Complex

Sunderland University

In 2011 the University of Sunderland invested over £7million in a new Sciences Complex at the City Campus.

The Sciences Complex development includes a new Health and Science Academy – a state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities for health science provision.

Features of the new development:

  • A central hub for the Health and Science Academy with a highly visible atrium area and reception, opening out to attractive landscaped public realm space as part of a new university square.
  • High quality teaching and learning facilities, including a professional development suite for the delivery of higher level skills for students and continuous professional development facilities for health professionals.
  • High quality multi-disciplinary science laboratories including new equipment for drug discovery, pharmaceutical and health-related sciences.
  • A new integrated industry-standard Analytical Services laboratory and scientific imaging suite.
  • A sports science research facility equipped to analyse aerobic capacity, track body temperature, and assess biometric performance.
  • High quality social learning spaces for staff, students, and external partners including a dedicated Bioinformatics IT suite.
  • Exhibition space to promote leading-edge science to the young people of the region, the wider community, industry and the health professions.
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Fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998

The latest REC/KPMG “Report on Jobs” for January 2014 has just been published. This monthly report provides the most up to date picture of recruitment, employment, staff availability and employee salary trends available.

The January report highlights the continued growth in both permanent and temporary appointments with the fastest rise in job vacancies since May 1998. Salaries for permanent staff have continued to rise over the last 12 months, while the availability of candidates particularly in the highly skilled sectors continues to fall.

The overall growth in the demand for permanent staff has been strongest in the private sector which is no surprise as the government cutbacks continue to bite, and there has been particularly strong growth in the engineering, scientific and technical sectors where demand for staff has increased dramatically compared to January 2013. There has also been an upsurge in the number of vacancies within the senior staff/managerial levels which has led in turn to increased salary pressure. This growth in demand reflects the continued upturn in the UK economy.

There has also been strong growth in demand  in the engineering and scientific fields for temporary/contract staff, which while not matching the growth in demand for permanent staff highlights companies need for staff in the short term.

The growth in the permanent recruitment area reflects the continuing confidence within the chemical, life sciences and pharmaceutical industries that we are over the worst and organisations within these sectors are starting to invest in staff, plant and R & D. However there is a potential cloud on the horizon, with increased pay pressure and skill shortages becoming a concern.

Overall, it has to be said that the pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences industries are projecting a very positive outlook in terms of growth and demand for staff.

Click here if you would like more information on the “Report for Jobs” contact Liam O’Connell


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CK Science helps school children in West Africa

CK Science has once again sent financial aid to a school in the poverty stricken country of Burkina Faso. With over 250 school age children attending, St Mary’s School in Titao provides an extremely rare commodity for the rural area – free education.

Established by St Mary’s School in Derbyshire over 8 years ago, CK Science has been dedicated to bridging the difference between government donations and the amount required to ensure that all school children receive a free meal each day.

Recently Sr Susan of St Mary’s in Chesterfield revisited the school to see how the teachers and children were getting on.

Click here to watch the video

If you would like to donate towards this worthy cause please contact Liam O’Connell on lo’ or 0114 283 9956

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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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Senior Catalyst Scientist – Teeside


  • Reference: 27370
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract type: Permanent

Sarah Johnson at CK Science is recruiting for a Senior Catalyst Scientist to join a chemicals company in Teesside on a permanent basis.

So if you are keen to work within a petrochemicals team developing and characterising catalysts for a range of selective hydrogenation applications for a global company that offers excellent progressional opportunities click here

Click here to read more about the job and apply

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CK Science 2013 Salary Survey

We are performing our yearly review of the science recruitment market to make sure that when you use CK Science to find your next job, we can guarantee we find you the right role, with the right company at the right salary. However, we cant do this without you, so if you are keen to help and would like to see the results of this review please click the link below and complete our survey.

Are you currently looking for a new science job?

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Trainee Recruitment Consultant – Nationwide

CK Group is currently looking to recruit a number of Trainee Recruitment Consultants. With offices based in London, Stevenage, Chesterfield and Durham, these vacancies are open to nationwide applications.


These are sales orientated positions with extensive people contact, both face to face and over the phone. We are looking for outgoing individuals with lots of personality who are hungry for success and will enjoy the satisfaction of providing a quality, professional service to both clients and candidates. A customer focused or sales background would be beneficial as the roles are extremely pro-active. You must have excellent communication skills combined with self-confidence and a professional approach.


Ideally a degree in a scientific or technical discipline is desirable, or a similar level of technical competency, although there is flexibility on the degree subject. . Although not essential for all positions, knowledge of German/Dutch would be desirable for positions available in the London Office.


Salary circa 18k + OTE

How to apply

For more information or to apply please contact our Chesterfield Office on +44 (0)114 2839956 or email your CV and covering letter to quote reference 25926 in all correspondence).

First stage interviews will be held at assessment centres nationwide

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Cambridge scientists cure paralysed dogs, see here

As reported by Sky News, scientists at Cambridge University used nose cells to help dogs with severe spinal injuries to walk again.

Scientists found that the dogs’ paralysis could be helped by fixing breaks in the spinal cord using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) taken from their noses. These cells support nerve fibre growth that maintains a communication pathway between the nose and the brain.

A random controlled trial was conducted by scientists studying 34 pet dogs who had suffered spinal injuries as a result of previous accidents and back problems (no dogs were harmed deliberately to aid the research).

One group of dogs (23 dogs in total) had the OEC cells injected into the injury site, whilst the other group only had the liquid in which the cells were suspended injected. Those dogs which had been injected with the OEC cells showed significant improvement and were able to walk on the treadmill with the support of a harness.

The scientist believe that the transplanted OEC cells regenerated nerve fibres across the damaged region of the spinal cord, enabling the dogs to regain the use of their hind legs and coordinate movement with their front limbs.

Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University, said: “Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement.”

The findings could provide hope for  humans suffering for paralysis, however Prof Franklin warns the treatment is likely to only restore “at least a small amount” of movement in affected limbs. It is expected that the procedure will need to be used as part of a combination of treatments, alongside drug and physical therapies.

Prof Geoffrey Raisman, chair of Neural Regeneration at University College London said: “This is not a cure for spinal cord injury in humans – that could still be a long way off.  But this is the most encouraging advance for some years and is a significant step on the road towards it.”

The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and was published in the neurology journal, Brain. The research was a collaboration between the Medical Research Council’s Regenerative Medical Centre and Cambridge University Veterinary School.


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Dye Company To Double Workforce

Food colouring and dye company ROHA and Simpsons UK Ltd is to double it’s workforce in the next two years, reports the Free Press.

The Monmouthshire based company is a leading manufacturer of dyes for everything from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals and has secured a deal to rent new factory space to increase production and laboratories to improve its research and development sector.

General manager Vika Modi is “delighted to be moving into the new unit” and believes “it was important… to remain in the area to retain [their] skilled workforce.” The premises are to be leased for 15 years and are close by to their existing units.

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Liverpool Science Park Receives a Boost in Biomed

The £25 million North West Fund for Biomedical has secured eight desks for start up businesses in the Liverpool Science Park, reports

20 investments have so far been made in innovative bioscience companies who are attempting to get products to market. 40% of the £25 million investment has to be put into Merseyside due to pre-existing agreements. Spark Impact, who manage the investment, will look to help benefit the new companies moving into the Science Park.

Dr Penny Attridge, the senior investment director at Spark, believes that the companies are given an “excellent position to grow their businesses” in an environment where many other biomed companies are located. The life sciences sector, which already employs 4,000 people within Liverpool, is only expected to grow with this further investment.

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