Operations Manager – Aberdeen

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for an Operations Manager to run a Waste Management facility in Aberdeen. The role is permanent and may involve covering two sites at times.

 Responsibilities

For the Operations Manager role you will be responsible for a team of site chemists, hazpack chemists and Senior Site Chemists. You will also be responsible for:

  • Administration support team and mud and effluent plant staff
  • Ensuring that all site operations run in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner
  • Delivering excellent customer service,
  • Developing effective relationships
  • Providing opportunities to increase revenue
  • Managing all aspects of waste management operations including procedures and quality systems, staff training and management and business strategy.

 Qualifications

For the Operations Manager role, you must have a proven track record in the waste industry in a supervisory or managerial role. You must also hold a minimum HNC in chemistry in order to fulfil IPPC legal requirements and hold a full UK driving licence. A COTC qualification is desirable although not essential.

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To apply for this Operations Manager role, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk  Please quote reference DH25937 in all correspondence.

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Dundee University receives £12 million funding for its new biomedical centre

Dundee University receives £12 million funding for its new biomedical centreThe BBC has reported that Dundee University has been awarded nearly £12m towards the completion of a centre dedicated to translating research into cures for diseases.

The new centre is the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CITR) which aims to reduce the costs of bringing safe new drugs to market.

This extra funding will pay for the completion of a new centre and add 180 research jobs to the 1000-plus scientists, students and support staff already employed in the college of life sciences. It is estimated that the new CITR project will cost £38 million.

Professor Pete Downes, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, said “It will help create world-class capability and infrastructure for interdisciplinary work bringing together basic science, drug discovery, health informatics and mathematics.  This is also, of course, a very notable boost to economic development of the life sciences sector within Scotland.”

 

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Recycle, Whisky leftovers to provide fuel for cars

The BBC has reported that Tullibardine Distillery in Perthshire has teamed up with Celtic Renewables, to recycle Whisky leftovers from the Scottish distillery to provide fuel for cars.

Tullibardine Distillery will provide the leftovers, including draff and pot ales, which will then be fed on by bacteria to produce butanol, a fuel that can be used to run vehicles.

Napier University’s Biofuel Research Centre, (Celtic Renewables is a spin off company from the University) has already shown that the right bacteria can feed on those by-products to produce butanol – a direct replacement for vehicle fuel.

Now Celtic Renewables, and independent malt whisky producer Tullibardine have signed a memorandum of understanding.  Together they will apply the process to thousands of tonnes of the distillery’s leftovers.

The project is being supported by a grant from the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Scotland initiative.

Celtic Renewables said it eventually aimed to build a processing plant in Scotland, with the hope of building an industry that could be worth £60m a year.

 

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4 renewable energy firms in Scotland enter £10 Million energy Saltire challenge

The BBC has reported that two tidal energy and two wave power developers have entered into the race for Scotland’s £10 million Saltire Prize set by government ministers

The Saltire Prize is the largest renewables innovation of its kind. The aim of the competition is to encourage the development of wave and tidal energy devices in Scottish waters. The challenge is for each company to attempt to produce the most electricity over a two-year period, using only the power of the sea.

The four companies are: ScottishPower Renewables, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power and MeyGen

Aquamarine Power chief executive, Martin McAdam, said the prize would act as a “global catalyst… bringing together the best brains and financial muscle to crack one of the great challenges of our age”.

 

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Scotland attracts renewable energy investment

Scottish Development International has reported that Scotland’s growing reputation for the development of pioneering wind, wave and tidal renewable technologies is attracting many major global companies to establish bases in Scotland.

It has been reported that over the last 12 months international companies such as Gamesa, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Samsung Heavy Industries, ABB and Alstom have all announced plans to invest in Scotland to develop renewable technologies.

Gamesa, the Spanish-based international renewables manufacturer has established an R&D facility in Strathclyde, near Glasgow.  This year it announced that Port of Leith, Edinburgh would be the location for the company’s 150 million euro UK offshore wind manufacturing base.

Also the Japanese manufacturing giant Mitsubishi Power Systems plans to invest up to £100 million in Scotland to develop renewable energy research and is also considering creating a major offshore wind turbine manufacturing site.

 

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Aberdeen scientist’s show link between deficiency of sunlight, vitamin D and autoimmune diseases

Pharmiweb have reported that scientists at the University of Abeerdeen have demonstrated for the first time a clear link between sunlight, vitamin D and an impact on regulatory cells in the immune system in findings that might provide new insights into diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Some studies have suggested a link between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases such as MS. This possible link might also explain the increasing prevalence of autoimmune disease among those living far from the equator, where there are lower levels of winter sun

University of Aberdeen researchers studied patients in the north of Scotland – which has the highest rate of MS in the UK – who were being treated during winter with artificial UV-B light therapy for skin diseases caused by their immune systems acting inappropriately

Dr Anthony Ormerod, Clinical Reader in Dermatology at the University, said: “Our study shows that UV-B light, which mimics sunshine, can have a striking effect on the immune system of patients.

“We found that UV-B light boosted the production of vitamin D, and of regulatory T cells, which play an important role keeping our immune systems in check..While too much exposure to sunlight is harmful and increases skin cancer risk, these results suggest that subjects in our study would have some benefits from small amounts equivalent to summer exposure in the winter but more work needs to determine the role of sunlight and the role of supplementing the diet with vitamin D.”

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