Fermentation Scientist – Teesside

Sarah Farrow at CK Science is recruiting for a Fermentation Scientist to be based in Teesside at an innovative biotechnology company.

The job, which has a permanent contract, would see you being responsible for the preparation of culture media, the set-up and operation of bench-top fermenters and the fermentation of microbial strains in order to achieve maximum yield of bioproducts.

You must be qualified to a minimum of BSc level in life sciences or a relevant field.

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REC Reveals Ways to Fill Skilled Work Vacancies

Operations Director Liam O’Connell has recently attended an REC Skills Summit in London, which was intended to explain the disconnect between those out of work and the vacancies in many areas that could be filled.

The Summit brought together many from across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, engineering and technology, so as to try to address the issues facing them. It is clear from these discussions that there is a significant skills gap, with many employers predicting these issues to continue for the near future.

To combat these problems, the REC have come up with a variety of methods, from investments in skills training by businesses, to apprenticeships created thanks to government policy. The apprenticeship policy seems as though it would be most effective, as around a quarter of employers said that they did not hire young people due to lack of skills or experience. It is necessary to train these young people in order to ensure that the skills are there in the future, rather than seeing the gap widen further.

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CK to be Represented at REC Summit

The CK Group is set to be represented at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Skills Summit in London on the 26th June by Operations Director Liam O’Connell.

He will be representing the CK Group throughout the day, including at the life sciences workshop. The REC event, sponsored by the Telegraph, is set to bring together four sectors which are experiencing high growth and are as such essential to the current economy. The other sectors included in the day’s agenda alongside life sciences are engineering, technology and the creative industries.

With demand outstripping supply in these sectors, Liam will be attending to see how exactly it is possible to boost the amount of people who work in these sectors to meet the needs of the businesses within them. Furthermore, the workshops are intended to give attendees a chance to understand government enterprises and find ways to be involved in them to the benefit of these fields.

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Sales Manager – Field Based Position

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Sales Manager to join an industry leading Speciality Chemical organisation that provides products & services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology & agrochemical industries.

This exciting opportunity is a field based role, covering a sales patch across the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Northamptonshire regions.

To find out more, please watch Andrew’s short video and read the job description below.



Sales Manager Job Description:

As Sales Manager, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Driving forward sales of the organisation’s range of intermediates & compounds as well as their custom synthesis & analytical services within a growing customer base.
  • Key account management and relationship building for a range of established customers.
  • Working closely with customer teams to establish requirements and ensure optimisation of services provided.
  • Identify and develop new market, sector and potential customer opportunities.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

To be considered for this Sales Manager position, you will have a demonstrated sales track record of selling products and/or services into the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agrochemical or a related speciality chemical industry.


The Company and Benefits:

You will be joining an industry leading Chemical organisation who offers a long history of supplying intermediates and compounds, coupled with contract research services, to customers ranging from start up to blue chip. In return, they offer a negotiable salary, plus an excellent commission, bonus scheme and benefits including car, laptop, phone, private medical and pension.


How to Apply:

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Please contact Andrew for more details.

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For more information or to apply for this Sales Manager position, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 842 965 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST24790 in all correspondence.



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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 placenorthwest.co.uk.

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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BioCity Scotland Announces BioEntrepreneur Boot Camp

BioCity Nottingham news reported that BioCity Scotland announced its first Bio Entrepreneur Boot Camp. This will be a three-day intensive business development program designed to prepare scientists to be their own boss.

The program is designed for anyone thinking of starting a life sciences company or in the early stage of company development. It will be delivered by business professionals, many of whom have run their own firms or advise small companies. Delegates will work on practical exercises and case studies; enjoy lively discussion and networking, and will benefit from one-to-one mentoring. Topics to be covered include market research, financial planning, business law, intellectual property, leadership and promotion. The individual sessions build towards a friendly ‘Dragons Den’ style competitive pitch to a panel of industry experts on the final day.

The course will take place over 3 days from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April, and is sponsored by North Lanarkshire Council.

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Meet Naynesh Mistry – Permanent Recruitment Consultant in the Midlands

Naynesh Mistry has been with CK Science since August 2012 and is based in the Chesterfield office. He is responsible for permanent scientific recruitment in the following industries in the Midlands area:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Food
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices

To find out more watch his short video below:


You can contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.

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Our current Life Sciences vacancies…

CK Science are specialists in Life Science recruitment. Please see below for details of the current Life Science jobs which we are recruiting for:

Temporary Process Technologist

  •     Reference: 23043
  •     Location: East Midlands
  •     Salary: £18-20K pa

Our client, a major pharmaceutical organisation, is currently seeking to recruit a Process Technologist for a twelve month contract.

The role will involve supporting the delivery of all technical aspects of New Product Introduction and the maintenance of projects in line with company strategies, customer expectations and regulatory compliance. You will also be responsible for experimental factory batches, ensuring projects meet budgets, quality standards and timescales as well as to be the technical interface with customers.

The ideal candidate for the role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in Chemistry or a related subject and have experience working within a development or process role within a similar environment.

For more information, please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email your CV to hmilward@ckscience.co.uk.


QC Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23060
  •     Location: East Midlands
  •     Salary: Salary depending on experience

Our client, a paints and coatings manufacturing company, is currently looking to recruit an QC Analyst to take responsibility for all Standard QC functions. You will also be required to operate certain analytical test equipment to ensure products meet specification, with the aim to achieve Company growth and high profitability through total awareness, involvement, teamwork, constant improvement and training. You will have QC experience ideally in a coatings capacity and will ideally have supporting qualifications.

This is a permanent position with an immediate start.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk.



Laboratory Manager

  •     Reference: SH22987
  •     Location: Yorkshire
  •     Salary: Competitive

Our client, a business operating in Environmental Inspection, Testing and Consultancy markets, is looking to recruit a Laboratory Manager to supervise their team based in Yorkshire. The main role of this Laboratory Manager role will be to work in the Materials Testing Division, providing independent, high quality testing inspection services.

In order to be considered you will have strong analytical skills, be degree qualified or equivalent or have extensive experience within the Materials Testing industry, and possess a high level of personal drive and commitment.

This is a permanent position with an immediate start.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk.



Device Technologist

  •     Reference: 23109
  •     Salary: £11 – £13 per hour
  •     Location: Hertfordshire

CK Science are currently looking for a Medical Device Technologist to work for this pharmaceutical company in the Hertfordshire region.

The role is predominantly laboratory based, focused on generating physical characterisation data to input into the design and development processes involved in providing pharmaceutical device delivery systems. As such, the ability to produce and interpret/analyse experimental data, for feedback into the design process is of paramount importance for this role, as well as providing written documentation to support all experimental work carried out.

For more information, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk.





  •     Reference: SH23057
  •     Location: Hull
  •     Salary: £30-35k

The Scientist will be responsible for supporting existing and new product development in line with project milestones by working within wither the analytical, formulation or chemistry functions as part of the R&D team. Ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (or other scientific subject relevant to the business), and previous laboratory experience in an analytical environment.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.



Microbiology Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23118
  •     Location: Merseyside

Our client is looking for a Microbiology Analyst to join their QC laboratories. The candidate will have a clear understanding of and the ability to work within strict cGMP guidelines and will be experienced in the following: Analysis of bioburden and endotoxin present in the water, steam and products; Identification of microorganisms using standard techniques eg.  Vitek and API; Growth and maintenance of microbial media; possess excellent communication and written skills. Candidates should hold a degree in Microbiology or equivalent and have proven industrial experience in a GMP manufacturing environment.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.



Development Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23063
  •     Location: Yorkshire
  •     Salary: £23-28k

To develop suitable rugged physical and chemical analytical methods that will determine all necessary product parameters including physical characteristics, determination of active, degradation products using the most suitable analytical techniques. The ideal candidate will have a degree in a chemistry based science (biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry) or equivalent and a proven track record in the use of HPLC, GC analytical techniques and experience in analytical method development and validation.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.




  •     Location: Newcastle area
  •     Reference: DH23139
  •     Salary: Est £17-19k

Our client is seeking a Technician to work on, initially, a temporary to permanent contract. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assisting in the manufacture/testing of materials and being involved in the development of test systems. Maintenance of the laboratory, including COSHH. Collection and analysis of test data.

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a Technical/Scientific environment and will possess a relevant degree or an HNC/D.

You will be a good team player, with good communication and PC skills and hands on approach is essential.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Technical Support Scientist

  •     Reference: DH23139
  •     Location: Newcastle area
  •     Salary: £20-23k

Our client is a biotechnology company based in the North East of England.  They require a scientist to join their product support team on initially a 6 month contract.  Reporting to the technical services manager you will be responsible for providing clients in both the UK and overseas in providing technical support and troubleshooting.  This will involve travelling to customer sites, providing advice and troubleshooting support and lab testing.

You must be qualified to minimum HNC level in a microbiology, biotechnology or relevant engineering subject or possess equivalent industrial experience.  You must also be happy to travel worldwide, sometimes at short notice and be comfortable in customer facing roles.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.


Analytical Chemist – Stability

  •     Reference: DH22998
  •     Salary: £18-21k
  •     Location: Teesside area

Our client based in the North East of England is a major biotechnology company and they are seeking a QC Analyst to join their team on a temporary contract with a strong possibility of becoming permanent.

Duties will include performing sample receipt and analysis (chemical, biochemical and microbiological) against agreed plans on all Stability work plans. The roles are mainly chemistry based and will involve using techniques such as HPLC, SDS-Page, ELISA and UV but some knowledge of microbiology would be beneficial as the role also involves carrying out endotoxin and bioburden testing. Complete documentation to GMP standards.

The successful candidates ideally will be qualified to Degree level in a Chemistry / Microbiology / Biochemistry based subject and have a strong analytical background working to GMP.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Laboratory Analyst

  •     Reference: DH23100
  •     Location: County Durham
  •     Salary: c£18,000

CK Science is currently recruiting for a number of Laboratory Analysts to join a blue chip pharmaceutical company in County Durham.

As a Laboratory Analyst with our client, you will be responsible for the analytical testing of raw materials.  You will use established methods of analysis including HPLC, GC-FID and UV.  All analysis will be performed to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

The successful applicant will be educated in a chemistry related subject and/or have demonstrable experience working in the laboratory.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Microbiologist – Pharmaceuticals

  •     Reference: DH23047
  •     Location: Country Durham
  •     Salary: £17-24k

Our client is a major pharmaceutical company in County Durham and they are seeking a microbiologist with proven laboratory skills to work on initially a temporary contract.

You will work as part of a team responsible for microbial analysis of the process and materials associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing. Industrial experience in endotoxin or bioburden testing will be advantageous. You will be available to start work at short notice and have a biology based qualification. This is an excellent company to gain further industrial experience in, as the company is highly respected in industry.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Customer Support Technician – Packaging

  •     Reference: DH23029
  •     Location: County Durham
  •     Salary: £18-22k

Our client, a blue chip pharmaceutical company located in Durham require a Customer Support Technician to work in their packaging department on a one year contract.

The successful candidate will be accountable for customer relationships and workload management for the launch of new packaging designs. Working towards demanding deadlines you will coordinate the processing of new pack creations to meet customer requirements. Keeping your clients informed of pack design progress.

Ideally, you will have experience gained in a packaging or relationship management environment and be of graduate calibre. A major part of the role will be liaising with colleagues and clients so excellent communication skills are essential as well as good time management.  English, Polish and Russian language skills are preferable.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Development Chemist

  •     Reference: DH23129
  •     Location: Teesside
  •     Salary: £25-30k

Our client provides research and development for external customers.  They are looking for a chemist to join their team.  You will be responsible for running projects in process and catalyst development and driving new processes for a range of high profile clients.

You must be qualified to minimum PhD in a research based chemistry discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record in working in catalyst development preferably under pressure.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk.



Laboratory Assistant

  •     Reference: SH 23136
  •     Location: North Yorkshire
  •     Salary: £5-6phr

Our client is an established manufacturer of various over the counter pharmaceutical products. They are currently looking to employ a Laboratory Assistant to join their team for the initial duration of 3 months. Daily duties will include maintaining good housekeeping, calibrations and labelling. To be considered for this role you should ideally have a scientific background.

For more information, please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk.

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Pfizer Opens Biotechnology Packaging Facility

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]A new multi-million pound state-of-the-art biotechnology facility for the global biopharma company Pfizer was opened by the Science Minister, David Willets today.

The new facility is based at the pharmaceutical company’s Havant site and has cost £26.3 million. This is a significant investment by Pfizer and is evidence to the UK’s strengths in life sciences and the pool of highly skilled pharmaceutical workers we have to offer. In fact, in 2009/2010, the UK alone attracted 173 life sciences investment projects, generating nearly 8,500 jobs.

Science Minister, David Willets stated, “Pfizer’s commitment to the UK is a big win for our life science and manufacturing base. I’m hugely encouraged that even in these tough economic times the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company has chosen the UK to make this significant investment.

“The Government is determined to ensure that the UK has one of the leading business environments in the world for the life sciences and remains a global force in this field.”


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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reports Strong Second Quarter Growth

Female researcher looking into a microscope and writing notes atScience company, Thermo Fisher Scientific has reported strong second quarter growth in 2010. This is due to the success of its investment and new product initiatives.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s laboratory products and analytical technologies have benefit from the growth, whilst its molecular and cellular biology activities have been boosted by the acquisition of Fermentas.

The science company are looking to support their future expansion with new innovations in life sciences, clinical research and specialist diagnostics.

Marc Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “We successfully leveraged our top-line performance to achieve solid operating margin expansion and double-digit EPS growth.”

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Government Pledges £250m for Science Laboratory

Science Lab, Science JobsAs reported on the Times Online website, Gordon Brown has announced that a state-of-the-art laboratory complex based in London has won £250 million of public funding. The laboratory, named the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation will lead British medical research and is backed by Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has already invested £47 million in the project and it is said that it will be one of the largest of its kind when it opens in 2015.

The new complex will be the new home for the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the World Influenza Centre, and will bring together 1, 250 scientists to study fundamental human biology and turn their discoveries into new therapies for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Speaking of the project, Mr Brown stated,

“There is nothing more important for the future of our society and economy than what we are setting in motion today,” he told an audience of senior scientists today.

“I believe that the project will transform lives, will make for a stronger economy that will put us right in the forefront of research around the world, and will give people a huge amount of hope about the future.”

Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who chairs the centre’s steering committee, said that the project should be secure regardless of the result of the election. “The truth is it is such a good idea it would be inconceivable whatever the colour of the incoming government not to fund it,” he said. “There have been informal conversations and I believe all three parties have indicated their general support.”

Should Labour win the election, Mr Brown has said that he plans to appoint a Minister for the Life Sciences. This new minister would be responsible for co-coordinating biomedical research across government and for helping scientist to commercialise their work.

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GSK Team Up with the University of Manchester

Science JobsIn partnership with the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, scientists at the University of Manchester and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will be working together to investigate how the biological clock controls inflammation in lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

It is hoped that the £500,000 study, which will be funded by GSK, will lead to the development of new drugs that will target how the internal body clock regulates the severity of inflammation. The team at the University of Manchester will be headed up by Professors Andrew Loudon, David Ray and Kath Else. This team will work closely with colleagues in the Discovery Biology group at GSK.

Speaking of the collaboration, Professor Loudon or the faculty of life sciences, stated:

“Many inflammatory diseases are highly rhythmic in presentation and often worse at night. We believe there is also a strong rhythmic control. It has long been speculated that asthma and other inflammatory conditions have an underlying clock mechanism controlling the severity of the disease. These clocks are all over the body, including in cells responsible for the immune response in the lung. In addition the way we metabolise drugs is highly rhythmic. Our aim is to gain a sufficient understanding of this process so we can target key parts with specific new drugs.

“We are working with GSK not only to develop new drugs to alleviate symptoms but also reveal optimal timing of therapy, known as chronotherapy. This is a new and exciting area of research. It is being taken very seriously in France, for example, where researchers have for some time been studying the importance of timing of chemotherapy in cancer. This study is just one at the beginning of an exciting new phase in circadian rhythm research.”

Inflammatory diseases of the lung are a major cause of mortality world-wide. In the case of COPD, the progression of this inflammatory disease is irreversible once commenced. In the UK 27,478 people died as a result of COPD in 2004. Other diseases with an inflammatory aspect include asthma, which is a predisposition to chronic inflammation of the lungs in which the airways are reversibly narrowed.

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AstraZeneca to Cut 1,200 UK Pharmaceutical Jobs

Science Job CutsAs reported on the Times Online, the Pharmaceutical Industry giant, AstraZeneca plans to cut 1,200 UK Pharmaceutical jobs. The job cuts are a result of the company’s suspension of their research into various disease areas.

The company plans to close its research and development facility based in Leicestershire, along with another small plant in Cambridge.  Pharmaceutical development work at the Avlon facility near Bristol will also cease. Some of the workers will move to the company’s Alderly Park in Cheshire which is AstraZeneca’s largest research and development plant.

This will come as disappointing news to the Government, who created the Office of Life Sciences last year in a bid to increased the number of science and pharmaceutical jobs. The head of the Office of Life Sciences, Lord Drayson, said “I’m obviously disappointed that AstraZeneca is closing Charnwood, but the announcement that Alderley Park will become one of AstraZeneca’s top three global R&D sites shows that the UK remains an attractive location for investment in pharmaceuticals.”

Earlier in the year, AstraZeneca announced that they planned to cut 8,000 jobs around the world by 2014, including 3,500 in research and development, as part of a large-scale refocusing of the business.

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