CK Science exhibiting at Autumn London Graduate Fair

CK Science is pleased to announce they are exhibiting at the Autumn London Graduate Fair which is due to take place at Senate House, London on Tuesday 13th October.

This event has a full programme of events to support recent graduates, including:

  • access to representatives from top employers and recruitment companies
  • information on graduate schemes and further study
  • free careers advice and seminars

Due to the demand for this event, which exceeded 2500 visitors last year, attendance is by pre-registration, and split across two time slots – 11am till 2pm and 3pm till 6pm. If you are keen to attend and haven’t already registered click here

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Science jobs of the week: 02/04/2015

Here are our latest science jobs in this week: 02/04/2015

 

South East:

Quality Control Manager – Berkshire

Senior Instrumentation Specialist – Berkshire

Chemist – South East

Development Scientist – Surrey

 

North West:

Principal Technologist x 2 – Cheshire

Microbiology Technician – North West

HPLC Analyst – Liverpool

QC Analyst – Bioassay, Liverpool

Technical Manager, Greater Manchester

 

Midlands:

Development Laboratory Technician x2, Staffs.

Meat Products Technologist – W.Midlands

Finance Administrator – Chesterfield

Customer Delivery Co-ordinator – W,Midlands

 

Yorkshire:

Air Monitoring Project Manager, South Yorkshire

 

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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 gwhittle@ckagroup.co.uk

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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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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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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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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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20% of UK Workforce has a Science Job

The Financial Times has reported that approximately one fifth of the UK workforce has a science based job.

5.8 million people are scientists or use science skills daily, the Science Council has discovered in a recent study. The number includes ‘secondary science workers’ such as nurses or software engineers. Scientists were found to be in industries as diverse as education, finance and farming, as well as more traditional scientific sectors, such as the chemical industry.

Chief executive of the Science Council, Diana Garnham, has said that secondary science roles can be “found literally everywhere in the economy.” The research indicates that by 2030, there could be over 7 million people involved in science in some way, prompting Diana Garnham to say “the research begins to explain… why there is such huge demand for people with science qualifications.”

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1,500 Energy Jobs to be Created in Scotland

The BBC has reported that over the next ten years 1,500 jobs could be created in the energy industry in Scotland.

Scottish Power’s recruitment announcement is reported at a time when the employment statistics continue to be a worry. The jobs are needed to complete an upgrade of the power grid in line with the government’s renewable energy targets. The investment into the power grid and an “aging workforce” mean new staff are needed.

£3 billion is expected o be spent over the next ten years in order to improve over 500 miles of power lines, giving three times more capacity to carry power through the grid. Graduate engineers, apprentices and technicians are expected to be the people targeted for the new jobs. Scottish Power’s announcement, it is hoped, will help in reducing the unemployed across Scotland.

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Lincolnshire Food Research Centre to Create Jobs

Thisislincolnshire.co.uk has reported that a new research centre for food production could be built in the county and make the area a world renowned centre of excellence.

Plans are to be put forward in October and funding will be received from the Regional Growth Fund. University of Lincoln director Andrew Stevenson says that the centre “will attract world experts.” He added that the research centre will “help… producers become more efficient.” The centre is intended to take on students applying for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees as well as researchers and staff in current Lincolnshire businesses.

The centre will costs between £7 million and £10 million, and is expected to create 70 jobs directly, and over 200 jobs in the area. Chief executive of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Mark Farmer, said that the plans “will put Lincolnshire on the map as a world-leader in a very important research sector.”

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Pfizer’s Kent Closure Could Take Ten Years

The BBC has reported that pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s closure of its Sandwich site, in Kent, could take up to ten years to recover, according to a local councillor.

Over 2,000 jobs are to be lost at the site, and the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has said that despite there being interest in the site, it will take a long time for a complete recovery. Mr Carter added that it was “a big ask” for a pharmaceutical company to create 2,000 to 3,000 jobs in such a short space of time. He said that should 1,000 jobs be created in 18 months it will have been a good start.

John Westwood, real estate developer at Pfizer, has said that despite there not being “a huge number of organisations or individuals” who could take on the site, there has still been significant interest. A group of politicians has put forward proposals for the centre to be turned into an enterprise zone, which would assist growth.

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QinetiQ Sells Fuel Business to Intertek

The QinetiQ Group, based in Farnborough, is selling off its fuel and lubricants business for £500,000, reports insidermedia.com.

The Intertek Group is to take over the UK Fuel and Lubricants Testing Business (OALTB), which QinetiQ has sold in order to concentrate on their core services, including aerospace and security. Intertek is going to bring the fuel business into the pharmaceutical and chemical division of their operations.

This is the third recent acquisition by Intertek, who have also purchased Stoke based Food Analytical Laboratories Limited (FAL) and Rechere Developpement and Consulting (RDC), based in Brussels. Wolfhart Hauser, CEO of Intertek, has said the purchases “demonstrate Intertek’s progress in its strategy to add new expertise and capabilities across the supply chain.” He later commented that the firm is looking forward “to welcoming these companies and their management teams to Intertek.”

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North West Biomedical Firms Receive Investment

Two biomedical companies, Alchemy Healthcare and Future Medical Technologies, are to each receive £50,000 from the North West Fund for Biomedical, reports pharmatimes.com.

The North West Fund is run by venture capital firm SPARK Impact and supplies debt and equity funding to small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England. Alchemy Healthcare has developed a nasal device for administering treatments in order to avoid injections. The investment they will receive will be used to “complete various elements of tooling and a modest clinical trial,” said Ian Harrison, the firm’s founder. They also hope to receive the results soon and receive further investment.

Future Medical Technologies has developed a polymer to mimic cartilage that is used to help arthritis, improving patient care. The investment will be used to speed development of the product and gain further regulatory approval. Dr Yousef Taktak has called the investment a “great opportunity.”

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EU Research Budget Increase Good News For UK

Timeshighereducation.com has reported a 23% increase in the EU’s research budget, meaning that €1.6 billion is available for frontier research.

Overall funding for the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme has risen to €7 billion (£6.4 billion), the European Research Council (ERC) being the main benefactor, with the increase in their budget. Jerzy Langer, professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, believes the UK are the main winners in investment, but praises politicians for listening to scientists and granting money without guaranteed returns.

Richard Jones, pro vice-chancellor of research and development at Sheffield University, believes this “is good news for us in an environment in which our own research councils’ funding is being squeezed.” Despite the funding having no real guarantees the ERC funding has traditionally led to good results; such as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010, Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, being able to conduct his research thanks to an ERC grant. Around €80 billion in GDP growth and 450,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next 15 years thanks to the increased funds.

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Cornwall Science Park to Create 750 Jobs

Goonhilly space facility, Cornwall, is being turned into a science park with the aim to create 750 jobs, reports thisiscornwall.co.uk.

GES Ltd, who own the site, applied for a £7 million grant to accelerate the proposals, claiming businesses such as QinetiQ are interested in involving themselves with the site. The UK Space Agency is also said to be interested in the site’s development. The site will have links to various universities, allowing them access to the facilities which will “provide an environment for collaboration between industry and academia.”

The site is expected to become a scientific, technological and engineering hub, with opportunities for businesses in those sectors being put forward alongside the application for the government grant. GES’ Ian Jones has said with the funding, “we can accelerate this opportunity and create high volumes of high-tech jobs, which will have significant knock on benefits for Cornwall.”

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GSK to Profit From Sale of Non-Core Assets

At least three private equity firms are planning a bid for GSK non-prescription drugs, reports Reuters.

The products being bid for include over the counter painkillers and vitamin supplements. These sales are the product of GSK’s reduction of non-core products announced in February, representing 10% of the consumer healthcare business. Bids for the products are expected on 8th August, but will be negotiable. CEO Andrew Witty expects the deals to close in the fourth quarter of 2011 before adding that GSK will be looking for the best deal for shareholders to benefit.

Rival companies are unlikely to bid for all the products GSK is looking to offload, worth a maximum of around £2 billion. However because the products will not be sold as a single body, analysts believe that GSK will not be able to make that amount. The lack of coherence in the products on sale, other than, as one analyst says “stuff that GSK doesn’t want,” also means it will be difficult to sell the portfolio for such an amount in one go.

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Shell Profits Allow For New Projects

The BBC has reported that oil and gas giant Shell recorded a 77% rise in profits in the second quarter of 2011.

The $8 billion profit is roughly double that of the same period in 2010, with the company attributing this to sales of assets in the first half of the year, amounting to $4 billion.

The sales were said to be a “key driver” in the reduction of costs and improvement of operating performance throughout the business. Shell has disclosed that production is down in the second quarter, though it also said that three large scale projects are beginning, increasing European imports and hopefully creating jobs. Chief Executive Peter Voser says that the “new projects should drive [Shell’s] financial performance in the coming quarters.”

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GSK in Job and Tax Pledge

GlaxoSmithKline is set to create more UK jobs and pay more tax, helping the economy, reports the Guardian.

As CK Science has earlier reported, here, GSK is set to expand its UK operations, adding to the current 16,000 employees throughout Britain. Two sites in Scotland and one in county Durham are being looked into as locations to create new plants. This comes at a time when other companies with UK branches are scaling back their operations. Andrew Witty, GSK’s chief executive, has said that his company wants to “have more manufacturing and do more R&D work in Britain” leading to a greater amount of tax paid by GSK.

In the next few years, GSK expects to be a “net hirer” because the UK can strike a good balance between research and development support and competitive medicine prices. GSK has moved back into the black this year, recording a £1.1 billion profit in the second quarter, meaning that they can afford the expense of reopening UK operations.

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Benfits Merger Worry For Pharma Companies

Two pharmacy benefits companies are set to merge in a multi-billion dollar deal, reports fiercepharma.com.

Pharmaceutical companies are beginning to worry that due to the proposed $29 billion deal that will see Express Scripts buy Medco Health Solutions, drug prices could decrease, affecting the pharamceutical compnies profits. Most who have commented on the deal, including Eli Lilly’s CFO Dernica Rice, have played down the impact the buy-out will have, with Rice saying Lilly could maintain its negotiation power through their products advantage over the generic drugs on the market.

However, Michael Luby, of BioPharma Alliance, believes the merger will mean the combined company would have “extraordinary purchasing power… [and] leverage [over] pharmaceutical companies.” Price cuts in Europe; particularly Germany and Spain, have been causing pharmaceutical companies problems, and having staved off effort from the US government over pricing, the big companies are now going to have to attempt to stop the private sector submitting the pharmaceutical sector to the same pricing measures.

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BP to Invest in North Sea Oil Fields

BP are to redevelop their North Sea oil fields, securing and creating jobs in the process, reports the Guardian.

 This is despite the Chancellor’s announcement of a £2 billion levy on North Sea oil and gas, to ease petrol prices, threatening the £12 billion investment and the expected creation of 15,000 jobs. Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive, has said that the investment is due to the “extensive knowledge” BP has of the North Sea due to over “forty years experience.”

The Treasury has claimed that BP’s decision shows that the North Sea is an “attractive area for new levels of investment.” Despite a drop in offshore drilling of 52% in the second quarter, for a variety of reasons including the government’s budget, the investment is set to go ahead, keeping the offshore platforms running until 2035 at least.

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Nominate CK Science in the NORA's 2011!

Nominate CK Science for the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORA’s) 2011!

 Nominations are currently being received for the awards, a prestigious honour created to recognise and reward excellence in the recruitment industry.

 This is something we always strive for; we go to great lengths in order to help those in the science industry to find a job, particularly with our website, catered towards the internet savvy candidate of today. We have daily updates of all the latest jobs, industry updates and weekly video content, as well as expanding our presence on social networking sites, meaning that we can have constant communication and feedback from you, the candidate.

 If you believe CK Science deserves to be recognised at the NORA’s; click here or the banner above, it will be greatly appreciated!

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