Laboratory Technician – Aberdeen

Graeme Pallas is recruiting for a Laboratory Technician to work for an Oil and Gas service company at their site in Aberdeen on a temp to perm basis.

Responsibilities include carrying out chemical analysis, as well as control fluids, chemicals and consumables in the laboratory.

Excellent IT skills and previous experience operating in an Oil and Gas laboratory environment are prerequisites of this position.

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QA/QC Co-ordinator – Aberdeen

Heather Deagle is recruiting for a QA/QC Coordinator to join a manufacturing company that produces products for the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen on a permanent basis.

Your main responsibilities will include ensuring all products (manufactured and off-the-shelf) and related documentation meet the required standard. You will also be required to coordinate the on-site equipment inspection and equipment at supplier locations.

If you have previous experience in a quality or engineering role and an understanding of quality plans, inspection techniques and documentation this could be a great opportunity for you.

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Validation Engineer – Livingstone

Graeme Pallas is recruiting for a Validation Engineer to join a multi-national life science company at their facility in Livingstone on a permanent basis.

As a Validation Engineer you will be required to coordinate, provide guidance and support all colleagues to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, quality standards and business objectives.

The client is looking for someone with experience in validation within a drug manufacturing, medical device or biologics industry environment.

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Synthetic human blood gets go-ahead in Scotland

As reported on  Scottish scientists have moved one step closer to conducting clinical trials of synthetic human blood thanks to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA).BBC News story

Having been awarded a licence by the MHRA, researchers at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh University and Roslin Cells are able to use stem cells to manufacture blood that could eventually be tested on people.

The licence means a manufacturing facility, which will be based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) can be set up to work on human cell therapy products with the aim of producing blood that will be fit for clinical trials.

The synthetic blood would be used to help help supply shortages and prevent infections being passed on through donations.

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Science Jobs of the Week 11/03/2013

This weeks latest  jobs across the UK are listed below:

Latest science jobsIreland:

Bioprocess Specialist – Cork, Ireland


Extractables & Leachables Project Manager – Shrops

Operations Manager x2 – East & West Midlands

Certification Engineer – Derbyshire, East Midlands

North West:

QA Representative, Warehouse – N.West

Quality Assurance Representative-N.West

Latest science jobsTransfer Station Chemist – N,West

Laboratory Reception Chemist – North West

Home counties:

IT Recruitment Consultant – Stevenage

Pharmaceutical Production Technician – Herts

Quality Systems Specialist – Berkshire

HR Recruiter – Pharmaceutical – Berkshire

QC Specialist – Berkshire

Latest science jobsScotland:

Quality Engineer In the Borders – Scotland and England borders.


Senior Chemist – Cathode, Battery, Oxfordshire


Production Technician – Diagnostics, Cambridge

Latest science jobsYorkshire:

Project Manager, UK Wide

Food Technologist – Yorkshire

Project Engineer, Leeds and Yorkshire

Process Technologist – Yorkshire


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Microbiologist – Glasgow

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a Microbiologist to work in a permanent role for a pharmaceutical company based in Glasgow.


For this Microbiologist role you will be responsible for the establishment of a new microbiology laboratory within the Quality department. This will involve qualification of laboratory equipment, validation of test methods, environmental monitoring, document implementation, water testing, and being the overall focal point to other departments for microbiology.


This Microbiologist role will require you to be qualified to degree level in microbiology or possess equivalent industrial experience and to have a proven track record in working as a senior microbiologist within a GMP or GLP environment. 

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To apply for this microbiologist role, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email Please quote reference DH25957 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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200 life sciences jobs created

As reported by BBC News, a £12.5m upgrade of Dundee University’s College of Life Sciences could create 200 life sciences jobs.

The new scientific research jobs will be created at the University’s Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR). Work on the upgrade is due to be complete in the autumn of next year.

The 200 research staff will be joining an already established scientific community at the University. The college currently has over 1,000 scientists, research students and support staff from 62 countries across the world working there.

As explained, by Professor Michael Ferguson, dean of research in the College of Life Sciences, the new facility will bring together scientists from a range of disciplines including “…mathematical biology and biophysics, bioinformatics, data analysis and software development.” It is hoped that this will inspire innovation which will then go on to develop novel drugs and medicines of the future.

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Drinks Giant Diageo Creates Hundreds of Jobs

As reported by Sky News, the world’s leading premium drinks company, Diageo has announce that it will be investing £1bn into whisky production which could create hundreds of jobs in Scotland.

Drinks Giant Diageo Creates Hundreds of Jobs in ScotlandDiageo’s £1bn investment will be over a 5 year period and will instantly create 100 new jobs in Scotland. A new distillery in Speyside will then be built which could potentially create even more jobs. The investment will also be used to extend 28 of their existing distilleries and build more new warehouses in which to store the whisky. As a result, Diageo plan to increase their whisky production by 30 to 40 per cent.

In addition to the full time jobs created at the distillery, the investment is expected to create 250 construction jobs. Diageo already currently employees approximately 4,000 people.

Diageo is the largest manufacturer of Scotch whisky and holds one third of the market. Over the past 5 years the

company has experienced great success with sales soaring by 50 per cent. Whisky accounted for a third of their gross profit in 2011.

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Scottish Science Companies Generate £104m

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]Research has found that science parks based in the Lothians have helped to generate over £104 million in revenue.

The research questioned the following science parks:

It was found that there has been a 6.6 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue at Edinburgh Science Triangle (which is the collective name for a number of different science parks).

Malcolm Bateman, chairman of the Edinburgh Science Triangle, said: “These are difficult times and it is really encouraging to see the progress that the tenant companies are making. What particularly stands out is the investment in research and development and the international dimension of these businesses, which is vital for Scotland’s economic development.”

Councillor Russell Imrie, Midlothian Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, added: “The Edinburgh Science Triangle study highlights some welcome signs of business growth.

“Midlothian is well represented within the Edinburgh Science Triangle, being the location for the Pentlands Science Park, Roslin BioCentre and Edinburgh Technopole. This underlines the importance of the science sector to the local and national economies.”

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