Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 23rd May 2016

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 23rd May 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 477 Chemistry jobs were published last week, with:

  • 363 permanent roles
  • 114 temporary or contract roles

This week we have tracked a small uplift in the number of scientific jobs being advertised. These roles are predominantly contract and temporary positions, which implies that science recruitment is following the same trend CK is tracking in its other divisions.

We have identified a pattern of behaviour that we are attributing to the upcoming Brexit Referendum and the uncertainty around the UK’s future. As such, CK clients are opting to recruit contract staff rather than commit to permanent expansion of their workforce, thereby safe guarding them against whatever decision comes from the vote. As the results are not due until 23-24 June, we foresee this continuing for the coming weeks.

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Meet Our Chemical Industry Candidates…

Here at CK Science we have access to the top candidates within the Chemical Industry. Here is a sample of just a few:



Nationwide Graduate Chemist

  • Reference:101815 
  • Salary: £18,000c
  • Location: Willing to relocate

This candidate has recently completed his chemistry degree and is now looking for his first permanent role in industry.

Having taken a placement year he was involved in polymer and additive R&D which included a variety of testing: he is familiar with GC and DSC instrumental testing amongst others and with physical property tests (stress, strain, viscosity etc.). Having worked with cross-linkers and block co-polymers, he is comfortable in his organic chemistry knowledge and has also dealt with water-based polymers used in paints and additives for laminates.

Able to start work immediately, this candidate is willing to relocate for a permanent role and can be flexible on salary to a certain extent. He can attend interview at short notice.

For more information regarding this candidate, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Colloid and Surface Scientist

  • Reference: 102235
  • Location: West Midlands
  • Salary: £30-35,000

This candidate is currently looking for a new 9-5 role as in his current position he has had to undertake unsuitable shift hours.

With a PhD and vast experience with R&D, production management, technical service and process development, he is happy to secure work in any of these areas within the chemical industry and especially with coatings and polymers. Familiar with project planning, laboratory team management, customer interfacing as well as product scale-up from the laboratory through pilot plant to full-scale production, he has presented at national and international seminars and has co-authored several patents and scientific papers.

Available at 4 weeks’ notice, this candidate can attend interview sooner and is ideally looking to stay within the West Midlands area. He is looking for a salary of £30-35,000 however may be flexible for the right role.

For more information regarding this candidate, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Environmental Chemist

  • Reference: 53159
  • Location: West Midlands
  • Salary: £18-24,000

This candidate seeks a new position within the environmental sector. Having worked as an environmental chemist as well as a lab quality systems coordinator, she was responsible for offering technical support and assistance to the laboratory facility.

This included preparation and inspection of quality control checks for instrument runs and supervision of daily records of equipment calibration, compliant with UKAS/ MCERTs accreditation.

She also had to perform chemical analysis of various environmental compounds (including oils and petrochemicals) and was involved in method development. She is available on an immediate basis.

For more information regarding this candidate, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email


Not your industry? Meet our other great candidates looking for work in your industry here:

  • Analytical Consultant Candidates
  • Environmental Industry Candidates
  • Food Industry Candidates
  • Graduates
  • Pharma & Biotech Candidates
  • Senior Candidates
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