Science job of the week: 02/06/2016

Here is our job of the week, a Head of Crop Development role. This has been chosen as it is a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Join a world leader in plant breeding, agriculture and consultancy for agriculture
  • To become a leading figure in the commercial arm of the business, and being responsible for project delivery to customers worldwide
  • To live in one of the sunniest parts of the UK, in Dundee, currently undergoing massive redevelopment to what is fast becoming one of the most desirable locations offering an excellent quality of life.
  • The primary function of this role is to lead the commercial breeding function of this well established and successful crop research institute on a permanent basis.

Find out more about this exciting job here

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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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Benefits of CK+

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By registering, you get a wealth of benefits, easing your application and guaranteeing a more effective, tailored service thanks to continual updates of our server. Your CV can be easily stored and updated, and your skills can be quickly established.

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Analysing international job searches – where do people want to work?

Indeed, a job site which lists jobs from companies in over 50 countries, have recently conducted research into the location of job searches and postings across the world. From this, they have built up a wealth of knowledge as to where jobs are searched for and posted, leading to a number of interesting results emerging in regards to both the UK and European jobs markets.

The report tracked the number of external candidates searching for jobs within countries, as well as their preferred location and the amount of people searching overseas for work. In looking at the report, we focused on the results of the UK and European markets.

Perhaps the most interesting result in the survey is that the UK is the third highest country in terms of people’s desire to work there globally. There are further results, such as the number of external searches within a country, and searches from within that country externally, in the full article.

For the full article, please click here!


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Rob Walker starts at CK Science

  • Rob Walker has recently started at CK Science as a Resourcer based in the Chesterfield office, but working with the Stevenage team.

Rob has extensive experience working within the recruitment industry and whilst he is moving into a new area of recruitment, he is quickly getting to grips with the ins and outs of scientific recruitment.

He will be recruiting across all the scientific sectors, and focusing on both permanent and temporary positions throughout the UK.

Please join us in welcoming Rob to our team!


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Analytical Chemist

Victoria Walker is recruiting for an Analytical Chemist to be based in Staffordshire at a leading chemical manufacturing company.

You will be mainly involved in the quality control aspect of the business, assessing new and existing raw materials, products and environmental systems.

A minimum of an A Level in Chemistry is required, though higher qualifications are preferred, as is proven experience in the industry.

For more information on this role, please click here


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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.

For more information on this role, or for how to apply, please click here


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Trainee Metallurgist – Aberdeen

Barney Smith is recruiting for a Trainee Metallurgist to work in Aberdeen at a testing and inspection company.

The primary responsibility will be to support all departments in failure investigations, as well as being on hand to provide technical support in house and to customers.

You must be qualified to degree level in Materials Science or a comparable subject, or possess the equivalent level of industrial experience.

For further information on this role, please click here


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Regulatory Registration Manager – Buckinghamshire

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is recruiting for a Regulatory Registration Manager to join a Agrochemical Manufacturer at their site in Buckinghamshire on a full time, permanent basis.

As a Regulatory Registration Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • Preparation of registration dossiers for submission for pesticide products within Europe (Incl. UK), Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • Assist in preparing of labels, data sheets and MSDS information.
  • Ensure Senior Management are aware of changes in regulatory processes & policies that will affect the organisation’s product ranges.
  • Developing strategies for delivering a strong registration portfolio requiring low maintenance & costs.
  • Liaising with registration officials within suppliers, customers and 3rd party / regulatory bodies.

For more information on this role, please click here

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Resourcer and Trainee Recruiter roles at CK!

Interested in a career in recruitment and looking to work with a company who do something a bit different?

The CK Group are a specialist Scientific, Clinical, IT and Engineering recruitment consultancy dealing with the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, environmental, waste and food industries within the UK and Europe, providing both contract and permanent employment.

We are currently recruiting for Resourcers and Trainee Recruiters to increase our growing recruitment team. These individuals need to be outgoing with lots of personality who are hungry for success and will enjoy the satisfaction of providing a quality, professional service to both clients and candidates.

If you are interested in these roles, please find more information here.

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer – Warwickshire

Victoria Walker is recruiting for a Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer to join a textiles manufacturer for the medical devices industry based in Warwickshire, on a full time, permanent basis.

As a Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer, the main purpose of your role will be to become a key player in the addressing regulatory requirements of this company.

Further responsibilities of this Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer will include:

  • Developing and executing the regulatory project plan including applicable regulatory submission schedule deliverables
  • Preparation of Global Regulatory Strategies to support the registration of new and modified products.
  • Preparation of 510(k) submissions and CE Mark Technical files and Design Dossiers.Victoria Walker - Scientific Recruitment Consultant
  • Interfacing with customers, Regulatory Authorities and Notified Bodies to address RA questions and submission issues.

Click here for more information on this role

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NPD Project Research Scientist – Warwickshire

Victoria Walker is recruiting for a New Product Development Project Research Scientist to join a textiles manufacturer for the medical devices industry based in Warwickshire, on a full time, permanent basis.

As a NPD Project Research Scientist, the main purposes of your role will be to:

  • Support the company’s development strategy by developing new products and making improvements to existing products and manufacturing processes.
  • Develop knowledge of existing products, markets and regulatory environment
  • Play an important role in the planning, evaluation and delivery of projects from initial concepts through laboratory development, pilot scale production to commercialisation

Click here for more information on this role

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Scientific Resourcer – Hertfordshire

Jason at CK Science is recruiting for a Scientific Resourcer to join the CK Science recruitment team at the Stevenage Office, which has just been awarded Hertfordshire Recruitment Company of the year at the Herts Business Awards, on a full time permanent basis.


As a Scientific Resourcer the main purpose of your role will be to resource candidates and potential candidates for positions being handled by our recruitment consultants. This will be undertaken via our extensive database of candidates plus external scientific candidate databases.

 Other duties of this Scientific Resourcer role will include

  • Arranging interviews,
  • Liaising with consultants on campaign management and
  • Assisting in all aspects of the recruitment process.


As a Scientific Resourcer you will be qualified to A levels as a minimum (ideally in a science subject) and have good communication, telephone and IT skills. It is essential that candidates will have the skills to join a dynamic sales team.


In this role as a Scientific Resourcer you will be working at the Stevenage office of a scientific recruitment organisation that covers the whole of Europe. Salary is dependant on experience, and upon completion of probation the successful candidate will receive a company pension, healthcare and bonus.

 Jason Johal - Scientific Recruitment at CK ScienceHow to apply

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For more information or to apply for this Scientific Resourcer position please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email (quoting reference ST25826 ).  Alternatively please click on the link to apply online now.

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£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projects

As reported by The Pharma Times, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has granted a £1bn cash boost to a further seven science and research projects. This brings the total number of projects receiving funding to 14.

The seven new science and research projects include:

University of Manchester, The Christie Hospital and Cancer Research UK

A £38 million partnership between the University of Manchester, The Christie Hospital and Cancer Research UK. This project will look into cancer treatments and will focus on five research areas: radiation therapy, lung cancer, women’s cancer, melanoma, haematological oncology. Plans for the new research centre have now been approved, find out more here.


£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsUCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital

An £85 million partnership with University College London and the Great Ormond Street Hospital. These organisations will be working together to find treatments and cures for rare diseases.





£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsQueens University Belfast, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and the Insight Trust for the Visually Impaired

Researchers will come together to work on vision sciences and new research programmes in diabetes and genomics. Click here to find out more about the new research centre.




£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsUniversity of Nottingham, GlaxoSmithKline and the Centre in Sustainable Chemistry

The aim of this project is to ensure that chemistry becomes more energy/resource efficient and sustainable when meeting the need for developing increasingly innovative medicine.




£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsSwansea University, British Petroleum and TATA Steep Europe

This research will focus on the development of existing energy processes as well as the safe deployment and integration of new green energy technologies.





£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsBrunel University and TWI

This will act as a dedicated national hub for interdisciplinary research into the soundness of the design and constructions of products, plant and infrastructure across the energy, transport and advanced manufacturing sectors.





£1bn funding boost for seven science and research projectsImperial College London and Voreda

These two organisations will collaborate in a £150million partnership to develop the Research and Translation Hub, which will provide high specification research and incubator space for 1,000 researchers investigating next generation materials and spin-out companies. Click here to find out more >





About the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund

The £100 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund is designed to support investment in higher education research facilities. The fund was set up in 2012 and will run for three years until 2015. Click here to find out more >

Speaking of the science and research funding, David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said: “It is fantastic that our top businesses and top charities are queuing up to collaborate with our world-class universities. They want to work together to deliver innovation, commercialisation and growth, which will help make sure the UK competes and thrives in the global race.



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Product Compliance Head Job in East Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Compliance Head to join a global pharmaceutical company at their site based in the East Midlands on a permanent basis.

Product Compliance Head Job Description

As Product Compliance Head, you will manage the compliance across the 3 production units, ensuring that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products comply with the requirements of the Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements

The purpose of this Product Compliance Head position is to provide technical leadership for the site in all product quality compliance related matters and ensure operational business comply with cGMP legal and regulatory requirements.

Key responsibilities of this Product Compliance Head job will include:

  • Ensure that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products at the site comply with the requirements of the Pharma Corporate Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • Ensure that the local Quality System and Standard Operating Procedures are in place and that compliance with cGMP
  • Ensure that a high quality of products is achieved through qualification and validation based upon quality risk analysis.
  • Ensure that the QA department maintains an innovative approach based on improvement, implementation of best practice.
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to the people within the QA Compliance area and ensure that they are qualified, achieve a high level of competence, are motivated and carry out their duties in a safe manner.
  • Maintain current knowledge of local and international regulatory and legislative requirements and trends to ensure that expert advice and appropriate technical support on product quality related matters is provided to the whole site.
  • Ensure that all components, drug product containers, closures, in process materials, packaging material, labelling and drug products are released in accordance with the registered specifications.
  • Manage complaints, recalls, counterfeits and product tampering according to the company Corporate Quality Manual.

To be considered for this Product Compliance Head position, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A degree in Sciences or equivalent
  • Experience in Quality Assurance and Quality Control and/or in manufacturing environment within the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Previous experience in API manufacture and ICH guidelines are preferred, however experience within secondary pharmaceutical manufacture will also be considered if you show the technical and managerial skills required for this role.
  • Sound knowledge of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and be familiar with international guidelines, including FDA and MHRA.

Naynesh Mistry - Scientific Recruitment Consultant at CK Science

Please contact Naynesh for more details.

How to apply:

Please click here to apply online now.

For more information regarding this Product Compliance Head position, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH24328 in all correspondence.

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Nestlé to create 300 jobs in Derbyshire

As reported by the BBC, Nestlé is to create 300 jobs as a result of its £110m investment in its Nescafé Dulce Gusto coffee manufacturing plant in Derbyshire.

The investment will treble the production capacity of the plant and will add twelve new high-speed production lines which will be used to make coffee pods to be sold in the UK and 40 other countries across the world.

Nestlé’s plant in Derbyshire has experienced high growth over the years and is set to rise o 800 by 2013.

These newly created jobs in Derbyshire will be part of Nestlé’s first intake into their new Academy which will aim to increase the number of graduates to the company.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the announcement as “brilliant news for UK manufacturing and for the local community”.

Speaking of the announcement, Paul Gimwood, chairman and chief executive officer of Nestlé UK and Ireland, said: “The team there have really focused on quality output, efficiency and really making the best plant that we have for this type of product worldwide.

“That’s actually meant that when we’ve come to spend extra money and put extra investment in, it’s been a bit of a no-brainer to actually say the money should go to Tutbury.”

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Oval Medical Technologies receives £2m investment

As reported by Business Week, the Cambridge-based Oval Medical Technologies have secured a £2 million investment.

Oval Medical Technologies are experts in the design and development of drug delivery devices on vials, prefilled syringes and autoinjectors.

The substantial investment has come from AptarGroup, who now own a 20 per cent stake in Oval. They  are recognised as the market leader in the development and manufacture of innovative drug delivery services.

The investment will enable Apta Pharma, the division of the company which specialises in working with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, to enter new categories, broaden it’s product portfolio and overall reach.

Oval is currently working with pharmaceutical companies to help customise devise for specific therapeutic areas. Currently, they are in the process of developing a novel auotinjector which is smaller and safer to use than any other device on the market.

Speaking of the news, Oval chairman, Peter Keen stated,

“Aptar Pharma’s recognised experience and global presence will enhance Oval’s credibility within the pharmaceutical market and we are delighted that they have become our preferred manufacturing partner.

“Oval will benefit from their experience and particularly as it moves forward and prepares for the scale up of its technology. The investment will provide Oval with financial resources to develop and commercialise its autoinjector technology more rapidly thereby ensuring that it remains a leader in the field.”

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BP Struggle to Fill Roles

Oil and gas company BP are struggling to find skilled engineers to expand their North Sea operations, reports the BBC.

The growth of the North Sea oil and gas fields, expected to create hundreds of jobs, seems to have stagnated as Trevor Garlick, head of BP’s North Sea operations, said the company cannot find the correct people to fill the roles. He adds that “getting hold of the right people is a real issue for us.”

BP views the North Sea as a ‘training ground’ where the most capable employees are developed before being moved overseas. Mr Garlick says that whilst “we are hiring a lot of people, but we are also an exporter of a couple of hundred people to other regions.” It is believed that the oil and gas industry is expected to create over 15,000 jobs in the next five years, though companies complain of the same problem as BP – being able to find qualified staff to fill positions.

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Environmental Chemists on the Rise

Environmental chemists are much needed in most jobs, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, reports

All industries need environmental officers to assess the effect the business has on the environment, and find ways to reduce that impact. The job essentially involves knowing the effects of chemicals (or whatever the business deals with) on the environment. For example, how can a pharmaceutical firm safely and effectively dispose of waste products or leftover stock?

Industries are taking a much more proactive role in environmental issues, so that the role of chemists is becoming prominent. Pharmaceutical, chemical and waste disposal industries all obviously need environmental chemists, but recently even IT firms are beginning to employ people to monitor their environmental impact. A solid grounding in chemistry is of great importance, and it is often recommended that those looking into such a role go on environmental courses.

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Sheffield Waste Recycling Plant to Create Jobs

The Yorkshire Post has reported that 20 jobs will be created at a waste plastic recycling plant in Sheffield.

Kevin Parkin has successfully transformed the fortunes of several companies, and has decided to launch his own businesses. One of said businesses is R3 Products, which will treat mixed and unsorted plastics before selling it on as building products.

Mr Parkin has estimated that they “will employ 20 people within the first year of operation” before adding that the UK industry needs “to be in a position where we can compete with Chinese manufacturers.”

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