CK Group semi finalists in 2013 Supplier Excellence Awards

CK Science are pleased to announce that CK Group, owners of the CK group of recruitment companies which includes CK Clinical and CK IT, have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Kelly’s Supplier Excellence Awards.

Nominations have been based on our cost, compliance and performance metrics in the following areas:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsiveness
  3. Quality
  4. Problem Resolution
  5. Partnership
  6. Innovation

Further evaluations will now be undertaken by the awards committee before finalists are notified. Having won last year for the 2012 awards, CK Science hopes to continue their success with Kellys and win the 2013 award.

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Laboratory & Facilities Coordinator – Hertdfordshire

Jason at CK Science is recruiting a Laboratory & Facilities Coordinator to join a unique open innovation bioscience campus in Hertfordshire.

The role will require you to project manage setting up a joint facility for cutting edge research at the campus, for key research groups from University College London and The University of Cambridge.

If you have a scientific background, project management experience and knowledge of H&S standards:

Click here to apply


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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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Regional Quality Assurance Consultant – Berkshire

Reena at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Regional Quality Assurance Consultant to join a Global Consumer Healthcare Organisation. Based in Berkshire, this role is a full time on a 12 month contract


As a Regional Quality Assurance Consultant you will:

  • Providing QA governance and approval of key deliverables for regional validation.
  • Producing regulation and GxP assessments for the regional validation project.
  • Identifying opportunities for continuous improvement mitigation key risks and resolving issues where key decisions are actually required.
  • Driving regionalisation of business processes
  • Holding monthly regional governance board sessions with key leads.
  • Providing QA oversight and support for Change Management function


The successful Regional Quality Assurance Consultant will have the following qualifications, skills & experiences:

  • BSc or equivalent in a life Science subject
  • Proven experience of operating at senior leadership levels within a quality function 
  • Regional Quality Assurance background
  • Proven track record of driving continuous business improvement and change resulting in benefits being achieved
  • Evidence of working at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to mentor and provide guidance
  • Team management experience essential


As a Regional Quality Assurance Consultant this is an excellent opportunity to join a Global Consumer Healthcare Organisation, which in return offers a competitive salary.

Reena Dhana - Scientific Recruitment ConsultantHow to apply

Apply online now 

For more information or to apply for the role of Regional Quality Assurance Consultant please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 723 500 or email Alternatively please click on the link below to apply online now.  Please quote reference ST25975 in all correspondence.

Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

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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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CK Science are proud sponsors of BioSouth in May 2012

CK Science, the specialist scientific recruitment consultancy, is proud to be sponsoring BioSouth, a Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Medicine and Biopharmaceuticals conference, taking place on Thursday 10th May at the Holiday Inn at Elstree.

Why should you attend BioSouth?

BioSouth is a conference like no other – it provides a real platform whereby delegates can easily build strong business connections for the future.

There will be a wide array of delegates attending, from industry and academic professionals to service providers from across the South of England.

What is the format of the day?

The morning will include a number of presentations which will focus on tackling the issues facing the growth of the bio-related sectors in the South of England.

The afternoon will provide an opportunity for each delegate to take part in 1:1 networking meetings (each is 15 minutes long). Prior to the event, you can visit the BioSouth website to select which delegates you would particularly like to network with. Please click here to see a list of the current confirmed delegates.

How much does it cost?

For all delegates who register and pay before the 31st of April, we have an ‘Early Bird’ delegate registration fee of only £70 + Vat. From the 1st of May the normal delegate fee will be £95 + VAT.


For that fee you will receive the following:

  • Entry into the event for 1 person
  • Coffee on arrival
  • Buffet lunch and coffee for 1 person
  • Your business / technology profile listed on the event website
  • Your ‘profile’ will be featured in the event catalogue
  • Participation in all of the event presentations
  • Access to the Company Showcase Presentations
  • The option to select up to 12 x 1:1 appointments with the other delegates
  • Personalized scheduling of business meetings for each participant
  • Your own event catalogue
  • Free car parking
  • Free membership of The Partners4Business Network

Please note that there is a special ‘Early Bird’ registration fee of £60 + Vat for members of The Partners4Business Network.


How to I register for the event?

Please click here to find out more and register for this event.

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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

By visiting the CK Science profile at ChemCareers you will be able to find out more about us and how we can help you find your perfect job in Chemistry. Our current Chemistry jobs include:

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UK Scientists Develop New ‘Super Broccoli’

As reported by Yahoo!, UK scientists have developed a new ‘super’ broccoli which could help to protect against heart disease.

The scientists, from the Institute of Food Research, were lead by Richard Mithen. Mithen stated that when the broccoli is eaten, cholesterol is reduced in the blood stream, which could help protect against heart disease.

The broccoli is said to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin – this works by breaking down fat in the body, thus stopping it from clogging the arteries.

The ‘super broccoli’ was developed by cross breeding traditional British broccoli with a wild Sicilian variety and a dose of glucoraphanin. This process took 14 years and now the broccoli has been granted patent by EU authorities. It is due to hit UK shelves this month!

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Love Science? Visit the London Science Festival!

The London Science Festival, which is taking place between 19th-23rd October, will cover ten venues with 30 separate science-related events. Here are some of the highlights:

For more information, please click here to visit the London Science Festival website. You can also follow the festival on Twitter: @LondonSciFest, or follow the hashtag #LSF11 throughout the event.

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Exova labs to receive £300,000 investment

As reported by, Exova’s specialist Aerospace laboratories will benefit from a £300,000 investment.

The labs, based in Czech Republic and Newcastle, will receive a £300,000.00 investment which will go towards upgrading the companies creep strain facilities with a new automated control system.

Creep strain testing is a key test within the aerospace industry as it provides information about how different types of materials deform in different temperatures and loads.

Exova’s new system is capable of controlling temperature, strain measurement and load control and will be operational by the end of this year.

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Job of the Week: Area Sales Manager

Area Sales Manager Job

Vicki’s client, a manufacturer of urethane formulated systems, is recruiting for an Area Sales Manager to cover the South of the UK (including South Wales and Essex).


The main roles and responsibilities of this Area Sales Manager will be to sell its technically advanced structural adhesives, coatings, and binders systems to UK industrial users and installers. There will be the opportunity for a certain amount of account management and you will be involved in customer trials/ demonstrations, operating effectively at all levels within the customers’ structure. You will also be required to provide technical support to the existing customer base, and report weekly to the company’s head office in theWest Midlands.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this Area Sales Manager position, you will hold a 2:1 or above in a Science based degree or equivalent, preferably in Chemistry/ Material Science (Polymers). You will be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully sell technically advanced products to industrial users and will have a background in technical service or commercial sales. Experience of selling formulated chemical systems would be a distinct advantage or a candidate with experience in a technical role with some customer support who is now looking to move into technical sales.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Area Sales Manager position, please contact Vicki on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH22931 in all correspondence.

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Director of Quality Assurance Job in North West, UK

Jim Gleeson at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Director of Quality Assurance to join a successful molecular diagnostics company based in the North West, UK.

The role:

As Director of Quality Assurance, you will oversee all Quality Assurance activities for the manufacture of in-vitro diagnostics. Further responsibilities will include:

  • Management of the company’s Quality System
  • Close interaction with senior management and international regulatory authorities
  • Ensuring the highest levels of compliance with all applicable standards and regulations
  • Mentoring and development of staff across QA, QC and Compliance
  • Selection of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria in order to obtain robust results


The ideal candidate:

  • Jim is looking for candidates with the following skills, experience and qualifications:
  • Extensive GMP QA management experience, ideally within the diagnostics / medical device arena
  • Experience of hosting and managing FDA and other regulatory inspections (ISO 13485 would be particularly useful)
  • A background in ISO 13485 management would be advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills


How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Director of Quality Assurance position, please contact Jim Gleeson on 01438 870027 or email Please quote reference CL22921 in all correspondence.

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Job of the Week: QA Engineer Job in Bedfordshire, UK

Reena Dhana is currently recruiting for a QA Engineer to join the Research and Development facility leading Diagnostic and Medical Device organisation based in Bedfordshire, UK.

As QA Engineer, you will work across various aspects of the organisation and will be responsible for managing all Quality and Compliance within Research and Development. You will also be responsible managing a team of Design Compliance Facilitators.


The ideal candidate:

Reena is looking for candidates who have:

  • a degree in Engineering or Scientific Discipline (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable experience in Design Controls and Product Development gained within the Medical Device/Diagnostics (or equivalently regulated industries).
  • Previous project management experience
  • Lead Auditing qualifications would be desirable


How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this QA Engineer position, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email Please quote reference ST22863 in all correspondence.

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UK Government to Invest £50m in Graphene Technology

As reported by the BBC, the UK government will be pledging £50m towards developing new technologies using the new, “miracle material”, graphene.

Graphene, which was developed by two Manchester-based scientists is the strongest material known to science and is better at conducting electricity than copper. The scientists were awarded the Nobel-prize for the discovery.

Potential uses of graphene could include:

  • Transparent touch screens
  • Solar cells
  • Aircraft wings
  • Optical communication systems

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Team Leader Job in the West Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Team Leader to join a specialist protein company committed to research, development, manufacture and distribution of innovative immunodiagnostic assays for the laboratory market.

The role:

As Team Leader you lead a multi-disciplinary award winning clinical research group. You will be involved in initiating and organising clinical studies using free light chain and heavy light change analysis.

In addition, your responsibilities will include administration of ongoing studies and paper writing. There will be opportunities to attend relevant meetings and in return, presentations will be expected.

The ideal candidate:

To be considered for this Team Leader position you will have the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • You will be aware of current trends with field of Haematology, B cell malignancies and inflammatory processes and be able to effectively communicate these ideas.
  • The ability to work in a methodical manner and have a proven track record of success in the field of haematology, immunology, biochemistry or a related discipline.
  • Previous line management is essential and evidence of multi-disciplinary team management would be advantageous
  • A PhD in a related discipline (or equivalent)
  • Strong haematological background
  • Proven data interpretation skills
  • Strong publication track record
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and Presentation skills
  • Excellent knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • To be self-motivated and have a methodical approach
  • Skilled in statistical analysis, assay development, biochemistry techniques
  • A background in immunology


How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Team Leader role, please contact Naynesh at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH22826 in all correspondence.

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Job of the Week

Carrie Ann at CK Clinical is currently recruiting for a Sales Consultant to join a Contract Research Organisation based in Northern Scotland.

The ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate for this Sales Consultant position must have experience within a contract research organisation and be up to date with current science, with a minimum of one or two years experience.

You must be flexible to work on site for a minimum of six months and happy to live or relocate to North Scotland.

To be considered you must also have a degree qualified in a science background or possess equivalent industrial experience.  You must be eligible to work and live in the UK.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply, please contact Carrie Ann Bell at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email Please quote reference DH22840 in all correspondence.

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Are you going to Bio-North next week? We are!

CK Science are pleased to announce that we will be attending Bio-North 2011, which takes place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 5th October.

This event will bring together industry professionals and service providers working in the Biotech and Life Sciences sectors in the North of England.

The aim of the event is to provide a platform for delegates to discuss ideas and build collaborations and business connections for the future.

A number of interesting speakers will be at the event to discuss various topics ranging for funding for the biotechnology industry to healthcare and pharmaceutical regulations among others.

CK Science will be represented at the event by both Liam O Connell, Operations Director, and Barney Smith, Northern Manager. They look forward to meeting you on the day.

To schedule a meeting at Bio-North with either Liam or Barney, please contact them on the details below:

Liam O’Connell

Barney Smith

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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

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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