Development Chemist – North East

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is recruiting for a Development Chemist to join a multinational pharmaceutical company at their site based in North East England on initially a 6 month contract. 


As a Development Chemist the main purpose of your role will be to:

  • Develop and scale up new processes in the laboratory related to the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API’s).
  • Designing synthetic routes for new products or transformations
  • Carry out process scale up studies


As Development Chemist, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry or similar subject, or
  • Demonstrable working experience in an R&D laboratory
  • Excellent communication skills


The successful Development Chemist will be joining a multinational pharmaceutical company based in North East England.  The company is going through a continued period of growth with the acquisition of further sites.  Along with a competitive salary you will receive further benefits including bonus and pension.  This role will provide an excellent opportunity for a PhD qualified chemist looking to get in the commercial sector or for someone looking to advance their career in a growing business. 

How toGraeme Pallas - Recruiter at CK Science apply:

For more information or to apply for this  Development Chemist role please contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 8905 or email  Please quote this reference number 25247 in all correspondence.


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Research & Development Chemist – Northants

Jason Johal is currently handling an exceptional role for a R&D Chemist to join a chemical manufacturing company based in Northants.

About the role:

Jason Johal is searching for a R&D Chemist for a pivotal role within the company which, not only is a key role for the company but could be the opportunity of a lifetime for the successful incumbent.

The company   manufactures a niche product and currently produce over 120 million units per year which, they then supply worldwide. Due to pending legislation they are looking in to changing their product to meet the incoming requirements and as such need a R&D chemist to develop a small scale run through pilot and then transfer into manufacture.

This truly is an exceptional role and with the scope involved is an opportunity for someone to do something really special with their career. Ideally they are looking for someone on a permanent basis but people looking for fixed term contracts or consultancy work will also be considered.  Please do call Jason Johal on the below number for a full break down of the role.

Experience required:

This is a brand new R&D Chemist role that will be created around the successful applicant and as such we have a completely blank sheet to work with in regards to knowledge and experience. As this is such a key role for the company to move forwards all approval has already been given to custom build a new laboratory and to provide all necessary equipment and support. 

However it is essential that you have gained experience in a R&D environment and that you have the ability to drive a research project forward. A polymer related development background could be advantageous in this role and there is a preference for someone with knowledge/experience in biodegradable products.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this R&D Chemist role please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email Please quote reference ST23353 in all correspondence.

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Our Chemical Industry Candidates: August 2011

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the chemical industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of chemical industry candidates based in your area:

South, UK

  • 1st Class Chemist with Placement Year
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Polymer Technologist
  • Technical Sales Manager

Midlands, UK

  • Organic Chemist
  • Technical Service Chemist/Manager
  • Stability Chemist
  • Analytical/R&D Chemist
  • R&D Chemist

North, UK

  • Development Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Analyst

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Development Chemist Role – North Wales

Victoria Walker is looking for a Development Chemist to join a personal care and household products company based in North Wales.



The main roles and responsibilities of this Development Chemist role will be to formulate a range of products using their formulation experience gained in the pharmaceutical and/ or healthcare industry. The role will also involve screening of customer formulations, involvement in product trials, ensuring the products are factory-compatible, large scale mixing and the generation of QA sheets.


To be considered for this Development Chemist role you will be a degree qualified (or equivalent) candidate in chemistry or a related discipline, with formulation experience gained in the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector (industry experience gained since graduation).

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this Development Chemist position. Please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 2839956 or  Please quote reference SH22298 in all correspondence.

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Senior Development Chemist Role (Personal Care) – North Wales

Our client, a personal care product manufacturer based in North Wales (also commutable from North West England), are currently looking to recruit a Senior Development Chemist to join their R&D team.


The main roles and responsibilities of this Senior Development Chemist will be to take an active role in the company’s new product development activity for consumer products, through research and product development and to provide a professional technical support service to the company.

  • You will develop and implement plans for successful new product development for the business and will develop commercial products in response to customer requests. These must meet proposed claims and must be compliant with relevant regulations.
  • You will represent the company with customers (Internal & External) and suppliers ensuring that a professional technical customer liaison and support service is provided, whilst managing assigned projects to ensure product performance and safety from initiation to completion.
  • You will ensure that adequate formulation and product stability trials are conducted to ensure product’s shelf life as well as product safety testing and validation tests.
  • You will manage research & development trials, with input from manufacturing and engineering, to plan, organise and implement material, product and processing trials.
  • Ensuring compliance with the company’s GMP standard,
  • This is also a customer facing role and you will be required to liaise with other departments and external professionals.

Qualifications and Skills:

To be considered for this Senior Development Chemist role you will be educated to degree level or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject, with considerable experience of developing personal care, household, or FMCG products in industry. You will also have managed development projects in an FMCG business and will have held an active role within a research and development group supporting a high volume of new product launches. Familiar with compliance to GMP standards, you will also possess the following skills:

  • Computer skills to maintain, store and process computerised data spread sheets in the most efficient and easily understandable manner.
  • Accuracy – Ensuring all records are correct and complete.
  • Planning – The ability to plan ahead and prioritise workload to ensure that business requirements are met in a timely fashion.
  • Report writing – the ability to write clear and concise reports and trial instructions.
  • Communication – The ability to build and develop long standing working relationships with both internal and external customers and suppliers to ensure that the objectives of the department and business as a whole are met.
  • Responsibility – Manage new product development formulations from laboratory scale through to commercialisation, ensuring that accurate records are kept of the work done.

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Development Chemist role, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 2839956 or  Please quote reference SH22212 in all correspondence.

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Meet our Great Technology Industry Candidates…

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the Technology Industries.

Please click on the links below to view details of our Technology Industry candidates looking for work in your area:


South, UK

  • Physics & Chemist Graduate
  • Mechanical Engineer Graduate
  • Materials Engineer
  • Quality Manager/Engineer


Midlands, UK

  • R&D/Process Chemist
  • Materials Scientist/Consultant
  • Inorganic Chemist
  • Project/Mechanical Engineer


North, UK

  • Mechanical Technical Officer
  • Technical Manager
  • Senior Laboratory Technician
  • QA Officer
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Top Chemical Candidates in the Midlands

R&D Chemist/Supervisor

  • Reference:106266
  • Salary: £35k
  • Location: NW/ Yorks/NE

This R&D Chemist is currently looking for a new position as the security of his present role is uncertain.

Having worked with fine chemicals for the past 15 years, he is particularly experienced in organics and hazardous chemicals and has routinely developed processes and scale-up experiments.

Having also been involved with the H&S departments both at his current and previous companies, this candidate is ideally looking for a managerial or perhaps safety orientated role.

He is able to consider work commutable from his home in the North West of England but will also consider suitable positions elsewhere, particularly in Yorkshire and the North East.

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

Managing Director – Manufacturing

  • Reference: 105828
  • Salary: £55-65K
  • Location: UK Wide

This highly skilled candidate is looking for a new role and is able to relocate UK Wide. With vast experience in a manufacturing environment as well as knowledge of the water treatment, agrochemicals, oil & gas and pharmaceutical industries, he is MBA and six sigma qualified amongst other achievements.

He has extensive experience of directing technical teams and is also comfortable with other personnel such as HR management.

Immediately available for work, this candidate is happy to travel overseas and is ideally looking for £60K+ but can be somewhat flexible depending on the role.

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

Senior Analyst

  • Reference: 106478
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: £26k+

This candidate is an experienced analyst for the Defence industry with a PhD in Analytical and Forensic Chemistry and MChem in Chemistry with Forensic Science and Toxicology.

She has successfully been promoted in her current role which will unfortunately end due to redundancy in the next couple of months, and is looking for contract or permanent roles nationwide.

She is a certified Six Sigma specialist and has successfully managed a team to deliver results and key objectives.  In regards to analytical experience she has a wide range of testing experience in ICP, HPLC, GCMS, UV spectroscopy, IR Spectroscopy and Laser Induced Fluorescence and specialises in electrophoresis.  She is available for interview at short notice.

For more information, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or eail

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R&D Chemist – North West, UK

An R&D Chemist is required to join the flame retardants department of a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in the North West, UK.

This R&D Chemist position will encompass the following duties:

  • You will conduct self-directed R&D of new flame retardant products.
  • Performing chemical synthesis.
  • You will also analyse, characterisation and develop processes and experiments to generate suitable compounds for various polymer systems. Commercially viable synthesis procedures will be generated for selected compounds to the point of pilot production.
  • You will collaborate with business leadership, technical service and application development labs to plan and conduct flame testing on these compounds.
  • Aswell as supporting patent applications, you will monitor and report on relevant academic research, industry trends, and competitive activity through literature searches, technical conference attendance, and communication with Sales and Marketing teams.
  • Organisation and evaluation of results will be required and you will be expected to give written and oral reports to business teams and peers.

To be considered for this R&D Chemist position the following is required:

  • The ability to independently plan and conduct experiments in organic chemical synthesis and proficiency with MS Excel and MS Office software.
  • Analytical knowledge for data analysis. Familiarity with chromatographic and spectroscopic nstrumentation and analysis.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to conduct chemical literature searching. A PhD (or equivalent) is preferred but BSc/ MSc (or equivalent) may be considered with appropriate experience in industry.
  • The desired qualification will be in organic chemistry. Experience within the field is a necessity.


Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this R&D Chemist job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email

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