Scientists have found the key to staying slim could be in your genes

The Daily Mail reported that scientists have found that the key to staying slim could be in your genes.  Scientists believe they have found the ‘gluttony gene’ which fails to tell your brain when you are full.

Researchers at Georgetown School Healthcare Hub in the U.S conducted a research project using mice. In the study they found that a single gene broke down communication in the body and led to non-stop eating and rapid weight gain.

Generally after a meal, the activity of this gene transmits chemical signals down a chain of brain cells until they reach the hypothalamus, which receives the message that you are full and suppresses the appetite. However the mice which had a mutation of this gene ate twice as much as those without the mutation.

Scientists hope that identifying the gene could help with treatments for obesity which affects nearly one in four adults in the UK.

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UCB and Oxford Uni Announce New R&D Partnership

UCB Media released a press statement stating that UCB Pharma and Oxford University agreed today to collaborate on cutting-edge pharmaceutical research projects, enabling scientists from industry and academia to work together to develop innovative medicines to treat serious diseases in immunology and neurology.

The Oxford-UCB partnership will be funded by an amount of £3.6 million from UCB and will run over 3 years. A committee of UCB and Oxford University representatives will oversee the collaboration via regular meetings to look out for and monitor new projects. Between five and 10 projects will be selected for investigation over the course of the three-year agreement.

Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said: This is an exciting new partnership and I am eager to see the research that results. Partnerships between industry and academia will have an increasingly prominent role to play in the development of new drugs, therapies and medical technologies. Pooling expertise and resources is exactly what we should be doing to carry out the best research, identify the most promising new drug candidates and take them forward.

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Product Development Chemist – Scotland

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Product development Chemist to join a company that manufactures novel products for the Oil & Gas industry

Responsibilities:

As a Product development Chemist you will be responsible for developing rubber based polymers to customer specifications and requirements.  This will include developing polymers from scratch, developing existing products, compounding, sourcing and maintaining test equipment and providing technical support to clients. 

Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate for this Product development Chemist must be qualified to PhD in organic or polymer chemistry standard or possess equivalent commercial laboratory experience within rubber or plastics development.  They must also possess working knowledge of instrumentation and equipment used in rubber development and compounding and your communication skills must be excellent.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Product development Chemist role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23591 in all correspondence.

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Soil researchers discover a microbe of global agricultural significance

As reported by Scientist Live, microbiologists at the University of Aberdeen have shed new light on the understanding of how ammonia-based fertilisers are inactivated by microorganisms in soil.

Billions of pounds are spent annually on nitrogen fertilisers to support crop production to feed the world’s population. Ammonia-oxidising’ microbes rapidly convert ammonia to nitrate, which is washed out of the soil before it reaches crops for which it is intended. This leads to losses to farmers estimated at over $15 billion per year and nitrate-polluted drinking water.

Over the past hundred years, all strains cultivated have only grown in standard laboratory conditions at higher, neutral pH, and not in acidic conditions.

Research performed at the University of Aberdeen has identified a novel organism which performs the process of ammonia oxidation in acidic conditions, and has also demonstrated that this organism is abundant and globally distributed in acidic soils.

A large part of this work involved the analysis of soils from the Scottish Agricultural College’s Craibstone Estate outside Aberdeen, to recognise the importance of the site from which the organisms were obtained, and the university at which the microbe was first cultivated, the new organism has been named Nitrosotalea devanaterra, which means an ammonia-oxidising ‘rod’ from soil in Aberdeen, incorporating Devana, the Roman name for Aberdeen. It is part of the Domain of microbes known as Archaea.

The research team has now been awarded a £0.5 million, 3.5-year research grant by the Natural Environment Research Council to investigate the highly unusual physiology of Nitrosotalea devanaterra and to find out more about its potential role in the loss of ammonia-based fertilisers and nitrous oxide gas emissions from soil!

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Our Current Chemical Industry Jobs…

Analytical Chemist Job – London, UK

Our client, an industry leading Specialty Chemical organisation, are currently looking for an Analytical Chemist for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract to join their state of the art laboratories.

Working alongside a team of inorganic chemists you will be involved in analysis of precious metals and advanced materials. You will use analytical techniques including ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF, Fire Assay and more.

To be considered for this role, you will have a BSc in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry or a related discipline (or equivalent). Previous experience in the area of inorganic analytical research or a chemical manufacturing  environment is ideal. Previous experience with techniques such as ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF and Fire Assay would be advantageous.

For more information, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

Physicist Job – Liquid Crystal, Southampton

Our client in the world’s leading Chemical Manufacturer and they are currently looking for a Lead Physicist for a 2 year fixed contract to join their Research team based in Southampton.

Your responsibilities will include:

– Conducting research, development and testing duties within various specialist chemical research projects to meet the project objectives.

– Working with the Liquid Crystal research team, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team including chemists and physicists to enable improved materials top be designed and synthesised.

– Designing Liquid Crystals Mixtures.

To be considered for this role you will have:

– A PhD in Physics or related discipline or equivalent.

– Previous experience with LC (Liquid Crystal) Display modes is essential.

– Previous experience of Liquid Crystal research would be ideal.

For more information, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

Material Scientist Job – Organic Photovoltaics – Hampshire, UK

Our client, an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, are currently looking for a Material Scientist to join their Organic Materials division based from their state-of-the-art facilities in Hampshire.

Working as a Material Scientist, you will be involved in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with a focus on evaluation and selection of materials for use in Liquid Crystal or Organic Electronic applications (e.g. electronic displays).

Your duties will include conducting materials development, evaluation and selection studies; carrying out organic semiconductor device fabrication & characterisation as well as performing performance and application testing of materials, formulations and devices for Organic Photovoltaic applications.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a global leader in specialist Chemical Manufacturing, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree / MSc / PhD in Material Science, Physics or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated research based experience in the field of organic photovoltaics devices and materials gained within a Chemical, Technology or related industry. Programming skills using C++, Labview or Access/SQL would be advantageous, but are not essential.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Organic Chemist Job – Organic Electronic, Hampshire, UK

Our client, an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, are currently looking for an Organic Chemist to join their specialist Organic Electronic Research Team, based from their state-of-the-art facilities in Hampshire.

Working as an Organic Chemist, you will be involved in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with a core focus on the formulation and application development of the organisation’s innovative organic electronic chemicals.

Your duties will include preparing and evaluating new polymer & semiconductor formulations; conducting electronic and physical experiments as well as carrying out application testing for a range of organic electronic / dielectric material applications (e.g. display technology).

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a global leader in the field of specialist Chemical Manufacturing, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree / MSc / PhD in Organic Chemistry, Physics or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated research based experience in the field of Organic Chemist for polymer and/or semiconductor materials gained in Academia or Industry.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Lead Physicist Job (Liquid Crystal) – Southampton

Our client is the world’s leading Chemical Manufacturer and they are currently looking for a Lead Physicist for a 2 year fixed contract to join their Research team based in Southampton, UK.

 

Responsibilities:

As a Lead Physicist, your responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research, development and testing duties within various specialist chemical research projects to meet the project objectives.
  • Working with the Liquid Crystal research team, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team including chemists and physicists to enable improved materials top be designed and synthesised.
  • Designing Liquid Crystals Mixtures.

 

Person Specification:

To be considered for this Lead Physicist role you will have:

  • A PhD in Physics or related discipline or equivalent.
  • Previous experience with LC (Liquid Crystal) Display modes is essential.
  • Previous experience of Liquid Crystal research would be ideal.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Lead Physicist role, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST21479 in all correspondence.

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Physicist Job (Organic, Electronic) – Hampshire, UK

Our client, a leading Chemical & Materials Manufacturer, are currently looking for a Physicist to join their Organic Electronic Materials division as part of their Business Development Team based from their state-of-the-art Research facilities based in Hampshire, UK.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a leading, multinational Chemical and Materials Manufacturer who in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

Responsibilities:

Working as a Physicist within the Business Development Team, you will be responsible for devising and leading customer research projects to optimise the organisation’s Organic Electronic product ranges for the customers specified application.

 

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting electronic & physical experiments in the Organic Electronic field.
  • Developing new characterisation and experimental techniques to help understand the key parameters of organic semiconductor materials and the influence on device performance.
  • Translating of research findings to the chemistry team to enable new application development and product improvement.
  • Support the organisations Sales Team, offering technical support when interacting with customers.

 

Requirements:

To be considered for this Physicist  role, you will have a Degree / PhD in Physics, Electronics Engineering or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical experience within a related research position including expertise in device physics, electronic materials as well as semiconductor process engineering and device characterisation. A proven track record of performing research projects alongside external partners/customers would be advantageous.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Physicist position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference ST20867 in all correspondence.

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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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Product Development Technologist Job (Food Industry) – Scotland

Our client is a food manufacturer based in Scotland. They require a Product Development Technologist to join their R&D team.

As Product Development Technologist, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Manufacture of pilot gels
  • Selecting appropriate technology to meet product requirements
  • Record and analyse experimental data
  • Produce qualitative and quantitative assessments of new products and provide technical support and training to staff.
  • You will also be involved in continuous improvement activities and QA procedures.

The ideal candidate for this Product Development Technologist position must be qualified to HNC level in biochemistry or chemistry or possess equivalent industrial experience with a proven track record working in a process or product development.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Product Development Technologist position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20508 in all correspondence.

 

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Protein Scientist Job – Cambridge, UK

A Protein Scientist is required to join a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, UK.

As Protein Scientist you will play an important role in supporting the different activities around rapid expression and scale-up of IgG using in-house protein expression technologies.

The Successful candidate for this Protein Scientist position will have a Degree in Life Sciences, (or equivalent experience) or a PhD (or equivalent) in Life Sciences would be desirable.

The key technical skills and competencies required for this Protein Scientist role include extensive experience in protein expression from eukaryotic cells in industrial environment and practical laboratory-based experience in cell culture. It is required you have experience in molecular biology.

You will be enthusiastic, flexible and willing to learn, as well as proactive with a high level of attention to detail. This is a contract position for 4 months and is a great opportunity to gain experience of working within a modern company in the Cambridge region.

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For more information, or to apply for this Protein Scientist job, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20524 in all correspondence.

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Molecular Biologist (Biotechnology) – Cambridge, UK

A Molecular Biologist is required to join the Technology Group of a Research organisation based in Cambridge, UK.

The ideal candidate for this Molecular Biologist job will be educated to PhD, or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Immunology or a similar scientific discipline. You will be involved in the management of transgenic mouse lines, with experience of cell assays, cell/tissue culture, and ideally FACs analysis would be an advantage. You will use your Molecular Biologist to support a number of core projects.

 

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For more information or to apply for this Molecular Biologist job, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on  01438 723500 or email your CV to jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20102 in all correspondence.

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Senior Process Technologist – North East of England

Our client, a major biotechnology company is currently looking for a Senior Process Technologist to join their Manufacturing department based in the North East of England.

As Senior Process Technologist your role will involve:

  • The introduction of new products
  • Prioritising plant preparation and start up activities
  • The allocation of tasks to members of the production team
  • Accountability for the introduction of new and existing products
  • Acting as a focal point for process performance issues

This Senior Process Technologist role also involves managing a small team of document technicians and manufacturing scientists ensuring all documents are compliant with company standards and laboratory scale process development and scale up activities during early stages of technical transfer.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an exceptional company which offers innovative solutions at the cutting edge of research.

To be considered for this Senior Process Technologist role you must have a proven background in a similar role and be of graduate calibre.

 

How to Apply

For more information or to apply for this Senior Process Technologist role, please contact Heather Deagle at hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please use reference number DH19448 in all correspondence.

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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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Research Biochemist – North East of England

Our client is a contract R&D and manufacturing Biopharmaceutical Company based in the North East of England and they require a number of Research Biochemists at different levels to join their downstream purification project team. Positions are available on both a temporary and permanent basis.

Working as a Research Biochemist, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary project team and be responsible for developing and scaling up processes and supporting their transfer to cGMP manufacture.

To be considered for these Research Biochemist roles, you must have a degree in a biochemistry related subject or equivalent experience and some experience of working in a commercial biotechnology environment. Technical knowledge and practical experience of protein purification techniques including primary harvesting, column chromatography and filtration would be beneficial. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a thriving company in a fast moving environment at the heart of the therapeutic biopharmaceutical industry and will provide the successful candidate with ample potential opportunities for personal and career development.

To hear more about these Research Biochemist roles, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 3848905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk, quoting reference DH19130 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.

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300 Science Jobs to be Created in Norfolk, UK

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Thirty new laboratories and offices for 300 research scientists are to be built in Norfolk with a £5m investment fund.

The fund of £5m has been provided by the following companies:

  • Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will provide £500,000
  • The East of England Development Agency £1.4m
  • Greater Norwich Development Partnership £1m
  • The University of East Anglia £500,000
  • The remainder will come from other Norwich Research Park partners

The aim of the scheme is to attract new science companies to the area and is the first stage of a plan to create 5,000 jobs in research by 2021. The new development is on land donated by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at Norwich Research Park. There will also be space for new start-ups and for existing firms to expand.

The science facilities are due to open in the summer and will be managed by a new joint venture company Colney Innovations Limited. David Parfrey, BBSRC Director of Finance and Director of Colney Innovations Limited, said: “Within one kilometre of this facility, there are no fewer than 2,700 research scientists focussed on health, food and environmental sciences – a unique resource in this country. By 2021, we plan to create the facilities for 5,000 new science-related jobs on Norwich Research Park which will make Norfolk one of the world’s largest single-site scientific research centres.”

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Research Technician based in the North of England

Our client, a leading manufacturer of radiation detection instrumentation, is currently seeking a Technician with a background in physics to join their R&D team at their state-of-the-art facility based in the North East of England.

As a Research Technician, you will play a pivotal role as part of the systems team developing novel equipment around the company’s core technology. You will also be responsible for assisting in setting up experiments and trials, recording, analysing and interpreting data, and re-evaluating projects.

The successful candidate will be qualified to a minimum degree level in physics or related subject, or possess equivalent industrial experience. It is essential that you also have some knowledge and experience in image processing software. This Research Technician role also demands a high level of computer literacy and statistical competency and experience of process image software is desirable.

The position is intended to cover maternity leave but has a chance of becoming permanent. Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

This Research Technician vacancy is an excellent opportunity for you to make your mark on a fast moving, dynamic and exciting organization within the Medical Devices and Diagnostics sector.

If you would like more information about this Research and Development Technician role, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 3848905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Alternatively, to apply, please click here.

 

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We have built a strong client base who appreciate our professionalism, integrity and commitment to finding the right person for the job. Equally important to our success are our candidates, who recognise our dedication to operating in a fair and ethical manner to meet their needs in the current job market.

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