Scientists get £4m to develop ‘designer bacteria’

As reported by Pharma Express, scientists at the University of Glasgow have received £4m from the UK Government to help them develop ‘designer bacteria’.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has distributed funds through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council with the overall aim of making the UK a world leader in research and application of synthetic biology.

The cash boost will be invested to help scientists and researchers in the Institute of Molecular, System and Cell Biology to develop tools for the production of useful strains of micro-organisms. The Glasgow scientists will use a family of enzymes called recombinases which act as molecular ‘scissors and glue’ for DNA. These will allow the researchers to cut the strands at precisely defined positions and ‘paste’ a new sequence into the gap. The researchers will also use the technology to ‘teach’ cells to count and keep a record of the number they have counted up to in their DNA.

The £4m for the project, which is being led by Prof Stark and his colleagues Dr Sean Colloms and Dr Susan Rosser, will also fund researchers at Aberdeen, York and Nottingham Universities.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said, “Synthetic biology could provide solutions to the global challenges we face and offers significant growth opportunities in a range of important sectors from health to energy. However, the commercialisation of basic science is largely untapped. This investment will help to ensure that academics and industry can realise its full potential.”


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£90m lab opens in Glasgow

As reported on The Journal, A £90m laboratory facility has been opened on the site of the Southern General Hospital based in Glasgow. Work at the lab will focus on developing lifesaving genetic treatments.

Over 700 staff are employed at the new laboratory facilities including medical personnel, clinical scientists, biomedical scientists, technical assistants, administrative and clerical staff.

The state of the art laboratories will enable ground-breaking services for biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, genetics and pathology. It is hoped that analytical tests will be performed faster and new tests will be developed to aid the diagnosis of medical conditions and to develop genetic treatments.


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Our latest science jobs – 15th of October 2012

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply:

Home based with in the UK:

Auditors & Document Reviewers – Medical Devices


Medical Device Technologist – Hertfordshire

QC Officer – Food, Kent

Field Service Engineer – Mechanical, Electrical – Field based

Business Analyst – Oil & Gas, Surrey

Commercial Manager – Oil & Gas, Chemical, Surrey


Organic Chemist Technical Leader – APIs, N Ireland

Manufacturing Engineer, Medical Devices – Ireland

Formulation Development Scientist – N.Ireland

Group Leader – Formulation – N.I

East Anglia:

QA Auditor – Suffolk

QC Analytical Specialist – Suffolk

North East:

Organic Chemist in Cramlington

Laboratory Assistant in Teesside

Validation Engineer in Barnard Castle

Analytical Development Chemist in Newcastle


Laboratory Technician in Glasgow

North West:

Scale Up Chemist, Chemicals, Greater Manchester

Quality Assurance Representative – N.West

Chemical Process Engineer – Chemicals, Merseyside


QC Laboratory Assistant, Chemical – London


Qualified Person (QP) in Scotland

QA Officer in Central Belt

Offshore Chemist in Aberdeen


NPD & Packaging Technologist – W. Midlands


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Quality Co-ordinator – Glasgow

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Quality Coordinator to work in a food manufacturing company who are a market leader in their field at their site in Glasgow


This quality Coordinator position will involve being responsible for planning and carrying out investigative activities relating to customer returns and complaints. You will be involved in a wide range of physical quality tests, providing detailed analysis, interpretation and reporting of results including on-going trend analysis.


For this Quality coordinator position you must have a proven track record in a similar role within the food manufacturing or related industry, be a self starter and be comfortable working to tight deadlines. 


As a Quality Coordinator you will join a company who offer excellent salary packages including annual bonus, life assurance and group personal pension, and generous holiday entitlement.  They are a successful company that always look to promote from within and invest training, time and resources to making the best of their employees.

Barney Smith - Manager at CK ScienceHow to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Quality Co-ordinator role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email Please quote reference DH24700 in all correspondence.


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Life Technologies firm, invest 12.5m in its site

As reported by the BBC, US bioscience firm Life Technologies are to invest £12.5m into its base near Glasgow in Scotland.Life Technologies firm are set to invest 12.5m in its site in Scotland

This site acts as the headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A new plant is planned to be built next to the existing facility, with construction work expected to start in 2013, with the plant up and running in 2014. About 30 new jobs will be created on top of the 500 already employed in Scotland.

The investment will help it expand and keep up with the rising demand for its cell culture products used in the research and production of new drugs.

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