Sarah speaks at Durham University careers event

Sarah Farrow attended the Explore Science Event held at Durham University on Wednesday the 16th of March 2016. This event was held by the careers team at Durham university and was aimed at science based undergraduates, postgraduate researchers or post doctorates.

Sarah, a Senior Recruitment Consultant was asked to give a presentation highlighting her own career path, what specialist recruitment organisations can offer candidates and how to get a job in science. She underscored that recruiters can offer candidates interview and careers advice as well as introducing them to a range of organisations from blue chip pharmaceutical organisations to new industry start up enterprises.

Other presentations were given from a Sales Manager from Heraeus and from medical graduates who have found relevant jobs.

The event went really well and some valuable information was given to the attendees.

If you are interested in gaining more careers advice visit our chemical careers advice area here

Watch our chemical careers webinar here

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CK to exhibit at IBioIC, Scotland

CK Science will be exhibiting at IBioIC’s 2nd annual conference on the 28th – 29th of January 2016 in the centre of Glasgow.

This event aims to attract over two hundred biobased professionals, academics and students from across the UK for this two day conference which is set to showcase and exemplify IBioIC’s current and future activities, and provide plentiful networking opportunities in the hope of facilitating further collaborations.

Team members from CK Science’s Durham office will be attending both of the days, if you would like to meet up with them for a chat please contact them here.

The event will be based at the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre.

Find out more about the whole event here.


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Science jobs of the week: 26/06/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week, 26/05/2015:



Bioprocess Specialist – Cork, Ireland


North West:

Technical Sales Specialist, Home based (nr Derbs.)

Fire and Insulation Innovation Team Leader, Lancs.

Product and Materials Manager, Cheshire


North East:

QC Analyst in Billingham

Experimental Chemist – North East


South East:

Clinical Supplies Coordinator – Essex

Analytical Chemist – Cambridge

Senior Scientist Product Development – South East

Research Technician – Southampton



Materials Engineer, Worcestershire


If you would like to search our other science jobs, find them here

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 15th June 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 15th June and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 602 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 508 permanent roles
  • 94 temporary or contract roles

This week we have seen a significant decrease in permanent roles in comparison with the results of the last month of so. In the break down there has been a sharp drop in permanent roles and a very small drop in contract jobs. This weeks results may seen disappointing but they are still compared to the results from the first 3 months of the year.

If you are interested in CK Science helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

If you would like CK Science to help you find your next Analyst, then please get in touch


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Purification Chemist Job – Video

Jason Johal is currently recruiting for a Purification Chemist to join one of the top 10 largest pharmaceutical company’s in the world.

This organisation is consistently ranked as one of the best companies in the world to work for, and generations of employees have sustained a culture that values excellence, integrity and respect for people. This is a full time permanent role based at their site in Surrey.

Watch Jason’s short video to find out more about this job below:



Find out more or apply for this job here


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CK exhibiting at NEPIC’s Meet the Members event

CK Science is exhibiting at the NEPIC Meet the Members Conference on Wednesday 3rd June.

The event, which is being held at Wynyard Hall in Tees Valley, is an opportunity to hear the latest developments in the chemical sector as well as network with exhibitors and suppliers.

With an impressive list of keynote speakers that includes Sabic, Tata Chemicals, MSD and Teesside Collective. The conference is also running a number of mini-master classes covering subjects such as strengthening your sales and marketing techniques, PR, building your brand and Google Analytics.

Delegate tickets are still available to purchase so if you are interested in attending click here

If you are attending and would like to arrange a meeting with one of our specialist recruitment consultants click on the relevant link below:

Or click here to view our current chemical vacancies in the North East


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Top chemical jobs in this week: 26/03/2015

Here are our two top favourite chemical jobs in this week: 26/03/2015


Applications Chemist job

  • This role requires a candidate with significant proven experience in formulation within the polymers/ waxes industry, who is happy to work in a hands on role as well as to travel with work where necessary.
  • If you’re interested in this role but don’t have the required experience, related industries include the coatings, adhesives and inks/ dyes industries. Gaining experience of working within R&D but also in analysis, scale up and customer support would be a good basis for securing a role like this in the future.

Read the full job description here


Quality Control Manager job

  • This is a senior level role within management. The company requires a candidate who has specific knowledge of formal quality systems, operating to ISO9000 standards as well as significant proven industrial experience in both QC & development and management of numerous staff.
  • In order to take the step up into a management position, aim to gain some experience of organising, project managing, supervising staff and other responsibilities which will showcase the skills necessary to succeed in a managerial role.

Read the full job description here

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Liam chairs REC’s life science meeting

Director and co-founder of the CK Group Liam O’Connell and also Chair of REC’s Life Sciences Executive Committee chaired  the REC’s Life Science meeting.

The REC’s Life Sciences Sector Group met on Thursday the 12th of March at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s sumptuous Burlington House. A total of 35 attendees, claiming literally every seat in the house, discussed the question of ‘third party scientific recruiters: friend or foe?

The event had representatives from Kellys OCG, Fieldglass, Volt and Chemistry World among others arguing their causes.

Here is a short summary of the meeting;

Thorsten Koletschka, Global Talent Strategist for Kelly OCG strongly argued that third party recruiters are recruiters’ friends not foes, stressing recruiters and RPOs can work together as partners. He gave three recommendations for success when working with an RPO or MSP:

  1. Define your unique position within the talent supply chain
  2. Make strategic investments in relationships with your third parties
  3. Know what a high-performing programme looks like and avoid those that will not work for you.

Claire Bubb, Programme Manager at Volt Consulting Group, also argued that recruiters and third parties can work together, discussing in detail Volt’s experiences as a Managed Service Provider for Pfizer. This relationship has been highly successful, with 100% of hiring managers at Pfizer happy with their services and 97% considering it fast and efficient.

Mikael Lindmark, Vice President at Fieldglass, discussed their services and the growing demand for internal oversight and control of recruitment processes. He also examined the changing demographic and technological trends impacting on recruitment, pointing out that non-payroll labour is now the largest spending category for many companies, totalling $3.3 trillion annually.

Following the presentations there was a panel discussion and questions from attending members. The key take away message from the session was that third party scientific recruiters are now an established part of supply chains for large companies and recruiters must learn to work with them.

Adam Brownsell, Editor of Chemistry World spoke on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, focusing on the recruitment channels offered by the magazine.

Lastly, Kevin Green, CEO of the REC gave a brief update on the REC’s Scale Up Live Campaign, which helps members to grow their business, and the REC’s manifesto for the 2015 Election


This meeting was very productive and each member took away new and interesting thoughts. The event would not have been possible without the efforts of the Life Sciences Executive Committee and in particular the chair, Liam O’Connell.


Find out more about Liam here

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Science jobs of the week: 19/03/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 19/03/2015



Chemist – Greater Birmingham

Laboratory Technician – Gloucestershire

Laboratory Technician – Nottingham

Applications Chemist, West Midlands



QC Scientist (ELISA/Protein) – Yorkshire

Regulatory Affairs Assistant – Leeds

MCERTS Level 1 Stack Monitoring Technician –  Sheffield


North West:

Development Scientist – Protein Purification – Liverpool


North East:

QA Officer in Newcastle

Senior Analyst – County Durham



Laboratory Manager in the Scottish Borders

Laboratory Validation Specialist – Scotland


South East:

Lubricant Consultant – Hampshire

Site Chemist – Bedfordshire

Polymer Scientist – Hertfordshire

Laboratory Technician – Hertfordshire



Search our latest jobs here

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Science jobs of the week: 5/3/2015

Here are out latest science jobs of the week 5/3/2015:



LC-MS/MS Bioanalyst – Montreal


South East:

Polymer Scientist – Hertfordshire

Catalyst Technical Specialist – Essex

Senior Quality Assurance Manager with QP status – London

EHS Advisor – Berkshire

Chemistry Manager – Cambridge

Qualified Person – Hertfordshire

Target Validation Scientist – Hertfordshire

Biomarker Scientist – Hertfordshire

Cell Therapy Manufacturing Scientist – London


North East:

Stability Analyst– Durham

Microbiology Assistant in Teesside



Biochemist – Leeds


North West:

Biodiesel Sales & Feedstock Procurement Manager – Merseyside


Search our latest scientific jobs here


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Science jobs of the week: 26/02/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week 26/02/2015:


Technician (Chromatography / HPLC) – West Mids

Technical Manager, Warwickshire



Senior Compliance Officer – Yorkshire

Manufacturing Process Engineer – Leeds


South East:

Catalyst Technical Specialist – Essex

Laboratory Assistant – London

Chemist – Bedfordshire

Associate Scientist – Hertfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Sussex

Process Microbiologist – Sussex


North East:

Supplier Quality Assurance Officer – Teesside

QC Lab Technician – Sunderland

Quality Improvement Engineer – Co. Durham


North West:

Laboratory Technician (Haematology)

Microbiologist (Food) – North West


If these jobs are not the perfect fit for you, search our other science jobs here

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REC select Liam O’Connell head up Life Science group

CK Science’s Operations Director, Liam O’Connell, has been selected by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation to head up their Life Sciences group.

Liam, who has been recruiting for the science-based industries for over 20 years, will be providing advice and guidance to the industry and ensuring that Life Sciences are well representing by government.

For more details click here


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Science Jobs of the Week: 13/11/2014

Here are our latest science jobs in this week 13/11/2014:


North East:

Analytical Chemist in Newcastle

QC Manager – Co. Durham

Analytical Chemist – Northumberland

QA Manager – Peterlee


South East:

Validation Coordinator – Berkshire

Development Chemist – Bedfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Hertfordshire

Research Associate – Flow Cytometry – London



Formulation and Development QC Chemist, Shropshire

Technical Manager (NPD) – West Midlands

Formulations Chemist – East Midlands

Laboratory Supervisor – Birmingham


North West:

Silicone Technologist, Greater Manchester



Area Business Manager in Scotland and NI

Area Business Manager in Scotland

Area Business Manager in Aberdeen


If these jobs are not what you are looking for, search our other roles here

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Science Jobs of the Week: 06/11/2014

Here are our favourite science jobs in this week 06/11/2014:



Laboratory Manager – Grimsby

Site Shift Manager, Humberside


South East:

QA Officer – Berkshire

R&D Chemist – Cambridge

Senior Analytical Scientist – Herts

Senior Cosmetic Scientist – Essex

Biopharm Imaging Scientist – Herts

Microbiologist – Berkshire

Laboratory Manager – Water


North East:

Senior Validation Analyst – Teesside

GCMS Technical Specialist – Teesside

GCMS Technical Specialist – Teesside


North West:

Shift Manager – North West


Materials Scientist, Worcestershire

PSRA Co-ordinator West Midlands


Northern / Ireland:

Manufacturing Manager (GMP) – N.Ireland

QA Specialist – Ireland



QA Manager – North Wales





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Quality Assurance survey

Calling all QA professionals!

Here at CK Science we are wanting to get your input into the industry, your career and what you see as the most important element of your job hunting decision making. To enter our short survey, all you need to do is click on the link below.

After you have completed the survey, you will also be given the opportunity to enter into a free prize draw for an Amazon Kindle.

Complete the QA survey here


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Science Jobs of the Week: 16/10/2014

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 16/10/2014


South East:

QA Officer – Hertfordshire

R&D Chemist – Cambridge

QA Officer – Hertfordshire

Sampler – Kent

Scientist – Surrey


North West:

QC Analyst – Liverpool

Electrical & Instrumentation Technician – North West

Inorganic Chemist, Cheshire

Microbiologist – North West


North East:

Compliance Manager – Teesside

R&D Chemist in Newcastle



Technicians x3, Worcestershire

Technology Analyst, Worcestershire


If these jobs are not what you are looking for, search our other science jobs here


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Lead Scientist Job – Yorkshire

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a fantastic role as a Lead Scientist at a ground breaking bio-pharmaceutical organisation in Yorkshire.

In this role you will work as part of the molecule management team and you will oversee and manage multi-technique projects and guide client programs to meet the pre-defined milestones.

To be considered for this role you will need a PhD and industrial experience ideally.

This is an exciting role as you will be joining a leading drug development organisation.


Read the full job description here






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Science Jobs of the Week: 09/10/2014

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 09/10/2014


Yorkshire Jobs:

Lead Scientist – Yorkshire

Regulatory Affairs Assistant – Leeds


South East Jobs:

Microbiologist – Hertfordshire

Assistant Site Chemist – London

Laboratory Manager – Cambridgeshire

R&D Chemist – Cambridge

Stem Cell Scientist – Surrey/Wales

Customer Service Operative – Kent

QC Laboratory Technician – Hertfordshire

QC Microbiologist – Surrey


North East Jobs:

Process Technologist in Barnard Castle

Shift Analyst – Teesside

QA Technical Coordinator in Barnard Castle


Midlands Jobs:

Analytical Chemist – Birmingham

Analytical Chemists (various levels) – E Mids


Ireland Jobs:

QC Analyst – Ireland


If these are not quite right for you, search our latest scientific jobs here



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