Amnis Bought Out by Division of Merck

EMD Millipore, the life sciences arm of pharmaceutical company Merck, has purchased cell imaging instrument manufacturer Amnis Corporation, reports

Jonathan DiVincenzo, head of life sciences at EMD, has said that the deal improves the company’s flow cytometry range and will create “tremendous value for our customers’ research outcomes.” Amnis’ products are used in flow cytometry applications across various fields including biotech and pharmaceutical cell analysis.

DiVincenzo went on to add that “with this acquisition, EMD Millipore becomes the only provider of this technology.” David Basiji, Amnis chief executive, believes becoming park of Merck will “accelerate product development”for his company. The deal is expected to go through in the final quarter of this year.

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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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1,500 Energy Jobs to be Created in Scotland

The BBC has reported that over the next ten years 1,500 jobs could be created in the energy industry in Scotland.

Scottish Power’s recruitment announcement is reported at a time when the employment statistics continue to be a worry. The jobs are needed to complete an upgrade of the power grid in line with the government’s renewable energy targets. The investment into the power grid and an “aging workforce” mean new staff are needed.

£3 billion is expected o be spent over the next ten years in order to improve over 500 miles of power lines, giving three times more capacity to carry power through the grid. Graduate engineers, apprentices and technicians are expected to be the people targeted for the new jobs. Scottish Power’s announcement, it is hoped, will help in reducing the unemployed across Scotland.

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In Vitro Electrophysiologist – Hertfordshire

Reena Dhana at CK Science is currently searching for In Vitro Electrophysiologist to join a global Pharmaceutical Company based in Hertfordshire. This is a 12 month contract.


For this In Vitro Electrophysiologist role you will be involved in native tissue preparation. Knowledge and experience of carrying out extracellular electrophysiological recordings would also be advantageous. 


The ideal candidate for this In Vitro Electrophysiologist role will have a BSc in Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology or a related subject (or equivalent) with previous laboratory experience. Also previous experience of drug discovery process within the pharmaceutical sector would be advantageous.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this In Vitro Electrophysiologist role please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 743 047 or email  Please quote reference ST22567 in all correspondence.

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Lincolnshire Food Research Centre to Create Jobs has reported that a new research centre for food production could be built in the county and make the area a world renowned centre of excellence.

Plans are to be put forward in October and funding will be received from the Regional Growth Fund. University of Lincoln director Andrew Stevenson says that the centre “will attract world experts.” He added that the research centre will “help… producers become more efficient.” The centre is intended to take on students applying for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees as well as researchers and staff in current Lincolnshire businesses.

The centre will costs between £7 million and £10 million, and is expected to create 70 jobs directly, and over 200 jobs in the area. Chief executive of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Mark Farmer, said that the plans “will put Lincolnshire on the map as a world-leader in a very important research sector.”

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Supplies Co-ordinator (Supply Chain) – Nottingham

Naynesh Mistry is currently looking to recruit a Supply Chains Coordinator to join a leading provider of early stage and specialist drug development services to Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices to clients worldwide, to work at their site in Nottingham on a permanent basis.

The role:

The main role will be the co-ordination of overhead and study-specific supplies procurement and materials management in support of development and GMP activities, working alongside Pharmaceutical Sciences and Quality Assurance (QA) staff.


The main tasks and responsibilities of this Supplies Co-ordinator will include:

  • Plan and complete weekly workloads based on the schedule of Clinical Manufacturing and Development activities provided by the DCTM (Director Clinical Trials Manufacturing) or nominated deputy.
  • Write Clinical Trial Specification documents to define Quality standards for materials to ensure suitability for use in pharmaceutical GMP manufacturing
  • Undertaking procurement, booking in, CoSHH assessments, sampling, reconciliation and controlled disposal or client returns of development and clinical manufacturing supplies of drug substances, excipients and comparator products as applicable.
  • Monitoring and maintaining an clinical manufacturing materials portfolio of identified starting materials of the appropriate quality and quantity to meet the needs of studies activities in consultation with the D,CTM or nominated deputy.
  • In conjunction with study specific Responsible Manufacturing Scientist (RMS), ensuring all study materials are sourced, sampled and released in a timely manner to meet the manufacturing needs of all studies.
  • Ensure all materials are sourced from approved suppliers in agreement with relevant Quality and Procurement procedures
  • Obtain and compile documentation to enable timely release of supplies
  • Co-ordinate shipping of materials and Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) to clients or 3rd parties.
  • Identifying and maintaining appropriate overhead stock controls to ensure sufficient supply volumes are maintained at all times.
  • Maintain a well organized, tidy and compliant GMP Store to ensure adequate stock control and segregation.
  • In conjunction with other Pharmaceutical Sciences personnel, ensuring appropriate levels of radioactivity are procured within an adequate timeframe to meet the needs of development and clinical manufacturing experimentation and batch production.
  • Keeping detailed and accurate records of all work undertaken, ensuring that all records are clear, concise and legible at all times to enable for full repetition and traceability.
  • Working in a safe responsible manner at all times.
  • Performing other duties as reasonably required.


The ideal candidate for this  Supplies Co-ordinator role will be degree qualified in a life-sciences subject or equivalent. Previous experience in a GMP environment, knowledge of pharmaceutical standards of raw materials and relevant experience in a supply chain role is desirable.

 The job may involve the following:

  • A very high attention to detail
  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Proven planning capabilities
  • Adherence to strict and tight deadlines
  • Being able to work effectively within a team environment
  • Working in a hazardous environment with high requirement to follow safety procedures


How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Supplies Co-ordinator role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or email  Please quote ref SH22506 in all correspondence.

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Senior Quality Technical Officer – NE England

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is currently looking to recruit a Senior Quality Technical Officer to join a food company located in North East England on initially a 6 month temporary basis.


The successful applicant will be responsible for a small quality team ensuring that food products meet set quality standards.  They will also attend key meetings and provide advice on quality assurance.

Skills required:

Good communication skills are required along with a demonstrable record as a leader.  Ideally, you will be familiar with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Quality Technical Officer role please contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 9805 or email Please quote reference DH22522 in all correspondence.


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Polymer Scientist / Engineer – Thermoplastics

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently looking for a Polymer Scientist/Engineer to join an innovative Polymer Materials Manufacturer who specialises in the development and manufacturing of thermoplastic materials to join their state-of-the-art facilities based in Hampshire.


As a Polymer Scientist/Engineer you will be responsible for project management of research studies for the development of thermoplastic materials. You will also:

  • Provide technical direction and hands on experience surrounding polymer processing equipment including film blowing, sheet extrusion, injection moulding and thermoforming
  • Provide technical service / support to both internal & customer teams including problem solving and offering technical advice.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leader in the field of Plastic / Polymer Material development & manufacturing in a role that will see you involved in all areas from inception through to completion. In return they offer an attractive salary and excellent benefits.


To be considered for this Polymer Scientist / Engineer you will have:

  • A demonstrated background in the field of Polymer Science / Engineering
  • A proven practical expertise in thermoplastics / plastics
  • A working knowledge of polymer processing equipment.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Polymer Scientist/Engineer role please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email Please quote reference ST22539 in all correspondence.

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EU Research Budget Increase Good News For UK has reported a 23% increase in the EU’s research budget, meaning that €1.6 billion is available for frontier research.

Overall funding for the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme has risen to €7 billion (£6.4 billion), the European Research Council (ERC) being the main benefactor, with the increase in their budget. Jerzy Langer, professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, believes the UK are the main winners in investment, but praises politicians for listening to scientists and granting money without guaranteed returns.

Richard Jones, pro vice-chancellor of research and development at Sheffield University, believes this “is good news for us in an environment in which our own research councils’ funding is being squeezed.” Despite the funding having no real guarantees the ERC funding has traditionally led to good results; such as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010, Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, being able to conduct his research thanks to an ERC grant. Around €80 billion in GDP growth and 450,000 jobs are expected to be created in the next 15 years thanks to the increased funds.

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Senior QA Manager, Pharmaceutical – London

Reena Dhana at CK Science is recruiting for a Senior QA Manager to join a global Pharmaceutical Company based in London for a 6 – 12 month contract.


Your main responsibilities for this Senior QA Manager role will include:

  • Monitoring quality consistency of the product from the development to the commercial stage
  • Monitoring the quality risk for Quality Assurance of European global, regional and local products in terms of GMP and GDP.
  • To lead and supervise Quality Assurance of regional and local products including development Products, based on Quality Systems of the sites and departments.
  • Reviewing of implementation and maintenance of the Quality Systems of the marketing affiliates
  • Monitoring and periodical review of Customer Complaints on behalf of the organisation
  • Advising European plants and affiliates about the quality system to comply with QA requirements,
  • Assisting the review of the organisations QA Manual/SOP and more.



To be considered for this role Senior QA Manager you will have extensive experience in Quality Assurance and/or Quality Control, qualification in a European pharmaceutical manufacturing environment (or equivalent) is essential. Previous auditing experience and knowledge of GMP and QA systems is also essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this position Senior QA Manager, please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 723 500 or  Please quote reference ST22473 in all correspondence.


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Quality Assurance Officer – NE England


Heather Deagle at CK Science, is currently recruiting a Quality Assurance Officer to join a blue chip pharmaceutical company located in North East England.


The successful candidate will work as part of a team but must also be able to work independently. You will be responsible for QA compliance of packaging artwork. This will be achieved by ensuring a consistent and regulatory compliant approach to ensure quality is maintained within the organisation.  Other duties of the role will include coordinating quality meetings, ensuring escalation of issues, effective closure of Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA), ensure deviations and complaints reporting systems are functioning in a compliant manner.


Ideally, you will be qualified in a science related discipline and have worked in a quality assurance role in either the science, artwork or print industries. You will have good communication, problem solving and IT skills.


This role  will be on a temporary basis initially until the end of the year, but with a strong possibility of being further extended.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Quality Assurance Officer position, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or Please quote reference DH22448 in all correspondence.


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GSK to Profit From Sale of Non-Core Assets

At least three private equity firms are planning a bid for GSK non-prescription drugs, reports Reuters.

The products being bid for include over the counter painkillers and vitamin supplements. These sales are the product of GSK’s reduction of non-core products announced in February, representing 10% of the consumer healthcare business. Bids for the products are expected on 8th August, but will be negotiable. CEO Andrew Witty expects the deals to close in the fourth quarter of 2011 before adding that GSK will be looking for the best deal for shareholders to benefit.

Rival companies are unlikely to bid for all the products GSK is looking to offload, worth a maximum of around £2 billion. However because the products will not be sold as a single body, analysts believe that GSK will not be able to make that amount. The lack of coherence in the products on sale, other than, as one analyst says “stuff that GSK doesn’t want,” also means it will be difficult to sell the portfolio for such an amount in one go.

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BP to Invest in North Sea Oil Fields

BP are to redevelop their North Sea oil fields, securing and creating jobs in the process, reports the Guardian.

 This is despite the Chancellor’s announcement of a £2 billion levy on North Sea oil and gas, to ease petrol prices, threatening the £12 billion investment and the expected creation of 15,000 jobs. Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive, has said that the investment is due to the “extensive knowledge” BP has of the North Sea due to over “forty years experience.”

The Treasury has claimed that BP’s decision shows that the North Sea is an “attractive area for new levels of investment.” Despite a drop in offshore drilling of 52% in the second quarter, for a variety of reasons including the government’s budget, the investment is set to go ahead, keeping the offshore platforms running until 2035 at least.

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GSK to Create 1,000 UK Jobs

GlaxoSmithKline intends to make a £500 million investment into one of four UK sites, reports the Montrose Review.

The investment is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in one of four UK plants, with Montrose thought to be the front runner due to the recent movement of biomanufacturing of several products from India to the Montrose plant. The Montrose factory also manufactures the products needed to make products that GSK inherited following its acquisition of Steifel in 2009.

Andrew Witty, GSK chief executive, praised the 280 staff at the Montrose factory for turning around what was an ailing site, up for sale at the turn of the Millennium, into a “globally competitive” production plant.

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CK Salary Survey (takes under 5 minutes to complete)

CK Science are currently collecting results for a chemical industry salary survey, allowing us to provide useful information to our audience.

The survey will allow candidates to judge whether they are being paid fairly, and can be used by clients as a guideline for appropriate salaries for staff.

The survey takes less than five minutes and the results will be published in a report on the CK Science website, though you also have the option of the results being emailed directly to you.

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Biopharmacologist Role (Neuroscience) – Herts

Jason Johal is currently recruiting for a Biopharmacologist to work within Neuroscience for a Global Pharmaceutical company based in Hertfordshire.


As a global Neuroscience Principal Researcher, you will contribute to executing projects and will be expected to design and execute experiments independently and conduct research activities within established guidelines. You will also be expected to participate in discussion and review of new targets.

The role will include but will not be limited to the following activities:-

  • The collection and collation of results and conclusions.
  • Collaborating effectively with fellow project members to accomplish team goals in an efficient manner on time and within budget.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of current laboratory equipment and suggesting ways to better manage available equipment within research programs.
  • Testing standard procedures to provide recommendations for improvement for use across programs.
  • Contributing to information database development
  • Contributing to the preparation and submission of patents, scientific publications and regulatory documents.

Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have recognised expertise in a wide range of in vivo pharmacological techniques and the ability to conduct in vivo studies utilising biochemical and behavioural endpoints is critical. A general scientific background in the field of neurodegenerative disorders is also essential.

How to apply

For more information or to apply for this Biopharmacologist position, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or  Please quote reference ST22388 in all correspondence.

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Inhalation Analyst – Nottingham

Hannah Milward is currently seeking to recruit an Inhalation Analyst to work with them at their site in Nottingham on a contract basis to cover an imminent maternity cover.


This role will involve carrying out analysis using techniques including Anderson Cascade Impaction and to ensure work is carried out in compliance to GMP. Other duties will include maintenance of equipment, taking part in internal and external QA assessments and completing paperwork amongst others.


Candidates should be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific subject and have experience of analysis of inhalation formulations.

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this Inhalation Analyst position, please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or  Please quote reference SH22370 in all correspondence.

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Quintiles to Create UK Jobs

Biopharmaceutical company Quintiles is looking to establish more UK sites, creating pharmaceutical and clinical jobs, reports

The US company sees the UK as a good place for clinical trials and is hoping to open at least two more Prime Sites to go alongside the one at Queen Mary, University of London. Including two other current sites, Quintiles employs 2,000 people in the UK, a figure set to rise with the planned opening of the new Prime Sites.

Lindy Jones, Quintiles head of global integrated site services, says the UK is of “significant interested to us,” with fifty trials currently being run at the Queen Mary site. Jones believe that the UK “has opened up far more to clinical research” in the past eighteen months, meaning that Quintiles is considering opening “an additional two, maybe three Prime Sites in the UK.”

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NPD Technician – North East

Barney Smith is looking for an NPD Technician to join a Food Manufacturer based in the North East of England.


Reporting to the NPD manager, the candidate will be responsible for organising taste panels, writing product specifications, benchmarking, gap analysis, product testing and development. 


The candidate must be qualified to minimum HND/HNC in food technology or food related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience. 

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this NPD position, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 890 or Please quote reference DH22374 in all correspondence.

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Promising Scientists to Receive Grant

Cancer Research UK is making an investment into clinical research, reports

A £12 million grant is to be made to ten promising researchers who are expected to become prominent in the field of cancer. It is intended to assist with the researcher’s careers and possible breakthroughs they could make. Two leading university lecturers, four scientists and four junior research scientists will be the recipients of the grant.

Applicants are being taken, with the deadline at the end of July drawing closer. Dr David Scott, director of science funding at Cancer Research UK, believes the grants show his organisation “is serious about supporting new scientists at the start of their careers.”

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