Chemistry is Being Celebrated Worldwide in 2011

2011 is the International Year of Chemistry, with chemistry being celebrated worldwide.

The slogan, “Chemistry – our life, our future” is driving forward events such as interactive experiments and lectures worldwide. The events are an attempt to increase public appreciation of chemistry, its ability to meet world needs, interest young people and generate excitement about the future of chemistry.

The year coincides with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize award, as well as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, meaning 2011 is a chance to celebrate the contribution of women to chemistry and indicate the benefits of international cooperation within the sciences.

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CK Science are looking for a Trainee Recruitment Consultant to join their team!

Click here to apply online now!

CK Science is a leading independent scientific recruitment consultancy for science jobs.  Part of the CK Group, CK Science’s highly trained, specialist scientific recruitment consultants are here to help candidates and clients with their recruitment needs within the scientific, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, waste, environmental, and other related industries.

We currently have a vacancy within our Chesterfield office for a Trainee Scientific Recruitment Consultant. From the Chesterfield office we provide permanent and temporary recruitment solutions to companies employing scientists and engineers in the North of England, the Midlands, Wales and Ireland.

This is a sales orientated position with extensive people contact, both face to face and by telephone. We are looking for an outgoing individual with lots of personality who is hungry for success and will enjoy the satisfaction of providing a quality, professional service to both clients and candidates.  The role will focus on permanent recruitment services for the life sciences industry.

To be considered for this role you should have a degree in a scientific or technical discipline (or equivalent experience) as you will be liaising with scientists and engineers on a technical level. A background in sales or recruitment would be beneficial. In any case, you must have excellent communication skills combined with self-confidence and a professional approach.

Apply now

For more information or to apply for this Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH21966 in all correspondence.

 

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Meet our Food Industry Candidates…

 

 

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the Food Industry.

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

 

South, UK

  • Microbiology Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Technical Officer
  • Quality Manager
  • QA Auditor

 

Midlands, UK

  • Development & Technical Manager
  • Food Analyst
  • Laboratory Supervisor/Manager

 

North, UK

  • Chemistry Technician
  • Food Technologist
  • QA Manager
  • Food Microbiologist
  • QA Officer
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Trainee Recruitment Consultant Job – Chesterfield

CK Science at a Glance…

Part of the CK Group a family of science-based recruitment consultancies CK Science is a leading independent scientific recruitment consultancy for science jobs.

Our highly trained, specialist scientific recruitment consultants are here to help candidates and clients with their recruitment needs within the scientific, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food, waste, environmental, and other related industries.

 

Join our Team!

We currently have a vacancy within our Chesterfield office for a Trainee Recruitment Consultant.

From the Chesterfield office we provide permanent and temporary recruitment solutions to companies employing scientists and engineers in the North of England, the Midlands, Wales and Ireland.

This is sales orientated position with extensive people contact, both face to face and by telephone. We are looking for an outgoing individual with lots of personality who is hungry for success and will enjoy the satisfaction of providing a quality, professional service to both clients and candidates.

This Trainee Recruitment Consultant  role will focus on the contract and temporary recruitment services we provide and will involve dealing with immediately available personnel and jobs with very quick turnaround times.

You should have a degree in a scientific or technical discipline (or equivalent experience) as you will be liaising with scientists and engineers on a technical level. A background in sales or recruitment would be beneficial. In any case, you must have excellent communication skills combined with self-confidence and a professional approach

 

Find out more…

For further information or a confidential chat, please call Russell Oakley or Liam O’Connell on 0114 2839956. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference SH21491 in all correspondence.

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Meet our Environmental Industry Candidates…

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Environmental Industry.

Please click on the links below to find out about our great Environmental Industry candidates based in your area:

 

South, UK

  • Blend Technician
  • Organic Chemist
  • Graduate Environmental Analyst
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Environmental Engineer

 

Midlands, UK

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Technical/Business/Operations Manager
  • Inorganic Chemist

 

North, UK

  • Environmental Quality System Specialist
  • Technical Support Analyst
  • Analyst
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3 Reasons to Employ a Job Hopper

If you’re discarding candidates just because of their chequered career history – you may well be missing a trick! Some argue that these candidates may be harnessing some of the best talent around.

Most people in their 20’s tend to switch jobs every 18 months or so, whilst those in their 30’s who have the most successful careers are doing so just as often.  So, you find the idea of employing a job hopper disparaging – you might just have to change your mindset because, in fact these employees are generally more productive and satisfied than those that stay in the same job for years on end.

So why do job hoppers make the best employees?

1. Job hoppers brains stay alive

Once you’ve been in your job for two years, you’ve pretty much learnt all there is to learn. This is the point when job hoppers will move on. The challenge of moving to new roles and new environments keeps them intellectually stimulated at work.

2. Job hoppers are high performers

Job hoppers are always aware that within the next year or so they will be swapping jobs. Therefore, in order to keep their CV’s in the best spec, they will perform to a consistently high basis.  Not only this, but they are fully aware that any future opportunities are dependent on the range of skills they can pick up in their current job.

3. Job hoppers are more stable

In today’s market, many believe that you shouldn’t rely on company’s to provide you with stability. It’s pretty much down to you these days. You need to believe in yourself, understand where you want to be and how you can get there.  A great way to really take a hold of your career stability is to use your network  as effectively as you can. After all this is how most people land jobs.

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£100m Waste-to-Chemicals Site to Open in Teeside

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by The Engineer, Solvert Ltd, a renewable chemical sector entrepreneur, have announced their exciting plans to develop the ‘UK’s first manufacturing facility’.

The new facility will be producing industrial chemicals from domestic and commercial waste, on Teeside. This will involve advanced biological fermentation processes to produce renewable n-butanol, acetone, hydrogen and electricity from wet biodegradable waste.

The chemicals manufacturer has managed to secure an impressive £200,000 of funding to help develop the project which includes a £100,000 investment from the Finance for Business North East Proof Concept (POC) Fund, along with support from Business Link and the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

CEO of Solvert stated,  “The current drive within the UK is to divert waste away from landfill sites into, more productive uses – such as feedstocks for other processes.”

“Organic waste, such as spoilage from supermarkets or the leftover food from our kitchens at home and in restaurants, holds immense potential for conversion into valuable chemicals to replace those produced from crude oil.

“At the moment, hydrogen, acetone and n-butanol come from non-renewable petrochemical sources and there are no UK producers.  N-butanol and acetone are currently imported into the UK from Western Europe and the US.

“A significant market for these chemicals already exists in the North East as well as other parts of the UK, and more customers from further afield are also looking for a greener alternative to products derived from crude oil.  These products form part of our daily lives as they are used extensively to produce paint or plastics such as Perspex.”

In addition, an experienced Chemical Engineer stated, “The fact that we are producing them in the UK and reducing imports is also a huge bonus.”

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Jobs Market on Road to Recovery

As reported by the BBC, according to a survey of recruitment consultants and employers, the jobs market is now on the ‘road to recovery’ as the demand for staff rises.

The survey, which was sponsored by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, found that demand for temporary staff in December saw its largest rise in 6 months. Sectors such as computing, engineering, accounting and professional services saw the strongest increases.

However, there is still need for caution according to KPMG who warn that the future of the jobs market is unstable due to the government’s austerity measures. Bernard Brown, head of Business Services at KPMG said that the jobs market was entering “a critical phase with two big question marks. First the impact of the government cutbacks in public sector spend and employment, which should start to bite over the coming months. Second the impact of the recent VAT increase, and whether this will affect UK consumer demand and job creation.”

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Pharmaceutical Jobs in the South East, UK

The Pharmaceutical Industry based in the South East of the UK is mainly dominated by global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, GSK, Sanofi-Aventis and Novartis.

Approximately, 50 per cent of the countries medical devices companies are based in the South East of England and employ approximately 32,500 people, largely in small and medium-sized firms.

The South East is also a hub for the Life Sciences industry and employs 50,000 people.

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Pfizer Chief Announces Early Retirement

As reported by the Telegraph, the chief of the global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer has announced his plans to take early retirement.

Jeff Kindler, who has held the position of chief executive since 2006, stated that “the combination of meeting the requirements of our many stakeholders around the world and the 24/7 nature of my responsibilities, has made this period extremely demanding on me personally”.

It is planned that the head of Pfizer’s biopharmaceuticals business, Ian C Reed will be succeeding Mr Kindler.

Under Kindler’s stewardship, the pharmaceutical company shed more than 14,000 jobs, as well as closing manufacturing plants. The company also paid $68bn (£43bn) for rival Wyeth last year in an effort to invigorate its pipeline of new products.

 

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Scientists Grow Human Livers in Lab

Scientists Grow Human Livers in LabAs reported by The Telegraph, scientists have created ‘working livers’ the size of a walnut, which were found to function normally in laboratory conditions.

It is hoped the process will be one day be up-scaled and moved from the lab to the hospital, taking us one step closer to solving the transplant shortage.

Speaking of the new development, Associate Professor Shay Soker of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, stated, “We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we’re at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients.”

“Not only must we learn how to grow billions of liver cells at one time in order to engineer livers large enough for patients, but we must determine whether these organs are safe to use in patients.”

Over 600 liver transplants take place each year in the UK, but unfortunately, it is estimated that more than a fifth of patients die waiting for their procedure. The problem is alleviated due to the fact that many livers have to be discarded as they are too old or damaged to be of any use.

Sarah Matthews, of the British Liver Trust, said: “Technology such as this is much needed. Currently supply isn’t meeting demand, and for every one person who receives a liver transplant, 10 people die.

“Expanding waistbands and heavy drinking habits are having an impact on the quality of donor organs available in the UK, therefore we desperately need developments in liver science. We are encouraged by these results but would also like to warn patients that this technology is a good few years off from becoming available,” she said.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston.

 

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Sales Engineer Job – Waste Water Treatment, Essex

Our client, a leading Chemical Equipment and Systems specialist serving the Environmental, Energy, Oil & Gas and Petrochemical industries, are currently looking for a Sales Engineer to join their expanding team based at their site in Essex, UK.


Working as a Sales Engineer specialising in Waste Water Treatment and/or Oil Water Treatment, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Establishing relationships and working closely with clients, representatives and suppliers;
  • Offering technical support surrounding the design and proposal preparation
  • Performing technical and commercial evaluation of bids as well as working with internal departments in the development of sales and marketing opportunities.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a world leader in specialist Equipment and Systems across a multitude of Chemical industries. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Sales Engineer role, you will have a HNC / Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical experience in an Engineering function within the Waste Water Treatment and/or Oil & Gas industry. Experience within a Sales Engineer function would be advantageous but it is not essential.

Apply now

For more information, or to apply for this Sales Engineer position, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20468 in all correspondence.

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CK Establish Corporate Partnership with Biocity

CK Science, the UK’s largest independent specialist scientific and technical recruitment consultancy, is proud to announce our corporate partnership with Biocity.

Based in Nottingham, Biocity is one of Europe’s largest bioscience incubators. The award winning site currently hosts nearly 70 companies and over 525 employees and aims to provide a home for developing biotechnology and healthcare companies.

By entering into partnership with Biocity, CK Science are able to support new start-up companies and facilitate the provision of high quality scientific recruitment advice and services to existing bioscience companies in the East Midlands.

Speaking of the partnership, Liam O’Connell, Director at CK Science stated, “CK Science are proud to announce our partnership with Biocity. We are passionate about supporting biotechnology and healthcare companies in their early stages of development. As a company we are very much looking forward to granting businesses at Biocity access to our expertise in recruiting high calibre staff to the scientific industry.”

As corporate partners, CK Science will be regular visitors to the Biocity site and is very much looking forward to attending regular advisory clinics and business networking events.

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CK Group Recruitment Consultants Pass the REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice!

REC Pic Meera & AndyCongratulations to our two Recruitment Consultants, Meera Pattni and Andrew Bolton for passing their REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice with flying colours!

Meera and Andrew covered four modules as part of the diploma programme including:

  • The Recruitment Process
  • Recruitment Law & Ethics
  • The Recruitment Project
  • Practical Interviewing Skills

The Diploma in Recruitment Practice is one of the recruitment industry’s leading qualifications and aims to give recruiters detailed knowledge and confidence to provide clients and candidates with a high quality consultancy service.

Meera Pattni, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Regulatory, specialises in Regulatory Affairs Recruitment. You can contact Meera at mpattni@ckregulatory.com.

Andrew Bolton, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Science, specialises in recruitment for the chemical and food industries. You can contact Andrew at abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Senior Analytical Chemist based in North Wales

Senior Analytical Chemist based in North Wales

This global organisation, a provider of technology advanced materials  based in North Wales, require a Senior Analytical Chemist to work in the QC laboratory at their site in North Wales.

This Senior Analytical Chemist role will involve supervising 4 technicians who work a 24/7 shift pattern involving testing of resin systems. The ideal candidate will have experience of HPLC, viscosity testing and DSC. You will have chemical background with experience in the laboratory as a supervisor.

The role is a 6 month contract so it is essential you are immediately available or available on a maximum of 1 weeks notice. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

How to apply:

To hear more information about this Senior Analytical Chemist role, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 2839956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote ref: SH19536 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Senior Analytical Chemist job now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Development Chemist – Therapeutic Skincare, based in Hull, UK

Our client is currently seeking to recruit a Development Chemist to work with them at their site in Hull on a permanent basis.

The aim of this Development Chemist role is to plan, manage and implement functional specific work associated with individual projects, solving technical and formulation changes and make recommendations within their skincare department.

The ideal candidate for this Development Chemist job will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific discipline and have direct functional experience in product development within personal care or cosmetics. Experience in medicated skincare, emulsion chemistry, surfactant chemistry and a knowledge of skin physiology is preferred. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

How to Apply

To hear more about this role or to apply, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 283 9956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19443 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Development Chemist role now.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

 

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Protein Scientist – Scotland

Our client, a major biotechnology company based in the Central Belt of Scotland is looking for a Protein Scientist to work on a temporary contract initially for 6 months.

As a Protein Scientist, you will join a busy team working on scale-up and GMP manufacture of protein conjugates. You will synthesise protein conjugates and develop purification protocoal, using HPLC based techniques for characterisation. You will also participate in writing process instruction sheets for manufacturing, validating processes and equipment and in technical support of manufacturing activities.

The successful candidate for this Protein Scientist role will have a good understanding of general protein handling techniques, together with an appropriate qualification in Biochemistry or similar. Entitlement to work in the UK is also essential.

To hear more about this Protein Scientist role, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 3848905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference DH19312 in all correspondence. If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Protein Scientist role now.

 

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieveyour career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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Analytical Chemist Required for Leading Waste Management Organisation, North West, UK

Our client, a leading waste management organisation, is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to work in the waste sector at their site in the North West of England. This Analytical Chemist role includes shift work and is on a temp to perm basis.

Reporting to the Assistant Site Manager/Operations Manager, the key responsibilities of this Analytical Chemist job will include:

  • To ensure site license, working plan and storage conditions regarding waste treatment and transfer are adhered to
  • To ensure effective operation of all site processes
  • To test for and identify treatment processes for all incoming drummed waste
  • To sample all processes on site and complete daily analysis records
  • To liaise with Site Manager regarding the inputs to the site and where necessary make recommendations based on chemical knowledge
  • To ensure that all records are accurate and up to date
  • To work closely with site operations, customer services and sales
  • To undertake site audits
  • To maintain and update local site procedures
  • To investigate alternative treatment methods available on the site
  • To liaise with regulatory authorities

The ideal candidate for this Analytical Chemist job will possess an HNC qualification in chemistry or degree in chemistry (or equivalent). Previous experience of working in a laboratory environment is required and the candidate will be expected to possess excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and be a good team player. Candidates must be eligible to work in the EEA.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career with a one of the UK’s leading waste management companies.

If you would like more information about this Analytical Chemist role, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19299 in all correspondence.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Analytical Chemist job now.

About CK Science

CK Science is the largest independent scientific recruitment company in the UK. Our team of specialist recruiters are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the scientific industry. We actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with interview preparation and up-to-date information about the industry. We pride ourselves on providing an honest, straight-forward and trustworthy service to both our clients and candidates.

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CK Science Seek Assistant Recruitment Consultant

Here at CK Science we are currently seeking an exceptional Assistant Recruitment Consultant to join our successful team based in our modern offices in historic Chesterfield. As a recruitment consultancy firm specialising in the scientific, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and waste management industries, CK Science aim to provide a highly enjoyable and fruitful recruitment process for both candidates and clients in professional and reliable manner. This is an exciting opportunity, which will provide you with a great chance to further both your personal and professional development by completing your REC qualifications. You will also be given the opportunity to build new relationships with both candidates and clients, whilst being given the discretion to manage your own workload in a supportive environment. For further information about the role, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 283 9956 or forward your CV to roakley@ckscience.co.uk. To apply, please click here.

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New Head Office for CK

On the 7th February 2008 Phil Abrahams, Director of Customer Services at the Royal Society of Chemistry will officially open the new offices of CK Associates in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

The move into new corporate headquarters represents a major step forward for the rapidly expanding group that has benefited from the emergence of new technologies and a more mobile workforce. Established in 1991 CK Associates are leaders in the field of scientific and engineering recruitment for the chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental and food processing industries.

The CK Associates group consists of CK Science, CK Clinical and CK First Step – who deal with the recruitment of industrial placement students. The company was founded by Ashley Kirk and Liam O’Connell who both have considerable experience as senior managers in the scientific and engineering industries.

“We recognised that it was increasingly difficult to find and recruit high calibre candidates” explained Liam O’Connell, “Here was an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the hard-pressed Human Resources people in our industry”.

Since then the business and gone from strength to strength and CK Associates, though its group companies, place over 800 candidates a year in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa. It now has three offices across the UK and a turnover of £10m+

“The industry has become much more technology based, and with a lot of the heavy chemical industry having moved to India and China companies have to be more flexible, fast reacting and willing to embrace new technologies – that’s where we come in” enthused Liam. “We find candidates with the right skills and experience, often at short notice, to help clients make those changes”.

The move to the prestigious new offices reflects the success the company is enjoying and provides a platform for future expansion, but why Chesterfield?

“A fairly central location was always going to be important, clients are all across the UK and further afield so good transport links are important, plus here we have the room to expand”

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