Establishment of Development Centre in China

Takeda released a press statement today announcing the establishment of the Shanghai Development Center (“TSDC”) within the Shanghai-based Takeda (China) Holdings Co., Ltd. (“TCH”), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda.

This new drug development center in Shanghai is intended to complement the international clinical work now under way in Singapore and Cambridge, MA.

Both of the existing operations, including the cancer drug developer Millennium in Cambridge, work with contract research organizations to advance new treatments through the clinic. Now the Shanghai operation will draw on the international team to study new drugs catering to the fast-growing market in China.

The establishment of [the Takeda Shanghai Development Center] will provide a powerful addition to this global development infrastructure,” the company stated today. Through the resources of TSDC, Takeda will continue to conduct high quality clinical trials which will lead to secure regulatory approval in Asia, with a growing emphasis on China, and continue to build deeper relationships with physicians and regulatory authorities.”

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Senior Analytical Chemist – Northern Ireland

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is looking for two Senior Analytical Chemists to join an API development and manufacturer based in Northern Ireland, to supervise their team of development analysts.

Responsibilities:

The main roles and responsibilities of these Senior Analytical Chemist roles will be to perform, monitor and accept accountability for all assigned analytical duties relating to specific analytical projects as well as to supervise, delegate and review analytical activities of reporting staff. You will be responsible for the technical development and mentoring of reporting staff and will develop and validate analytical methods in support of API Development and Plant Manufacture. These methods will be for key starting materials, isolated intermediates and the final API as well as in-process controls. You will also perform routine analytical testing in-line with project requirements and will be fully competent in the following analytical techniques, as dictatedbyproject and/or departmental requirements: HPLC, GC, NMR, IR, UV, MS, KF, Classical techniques. It will also be your responsibility to prepare and present analytical data to customers (telecoms, face-to-face meetings etc.).
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Qualifications and Skills:

In order to be considered for these Senior Analytical Chemist roles you will be degree qualified or equivalent in an analytical discipline. You will have previous analytical development experience in support of API Manufacturing within industry (i.e. pharmaceuticals or biotech) and will be fully proficient in (U)HPLC method development and ICH validation. With theoretical and hands-on experience of a wide range of analytical techniques required for characterising APIs (IR, NMR, MS, (U)HPLC, GC, GC-HS, LC-MS, GC-MS, IC, KF,ICP/AAS, XRPD etc.) you will have up-to-date knowledge of GMP and Regulatory requirements with respect to API development. You will be experienced in supervising and developing other analysts and technicians.

Please note that the closing date for this role is Friday 10th February 2012.
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How to apply:

For more information or to apply for these Senior Analytical Chemist roles please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23643 in all correspondence.

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Chief Operating Officer (Diagnostics) – Wiltshire

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently looking for a Chief Operating Officer to join an international medical device organisation, specialising in the development & manufacturing of industry changing molecular diagnostic technology to be based from their site in Wiltshire.

Responsibilities:

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO), you will be responsible for planning, developing & implementing strategies across operational management & development including management of internal operations encompassing commercial manufacturers, supply chain, logistics, materials management & technical support to customers.

Your duties will include:

  • A key member of the Executive Leadership Team liaising with other Directors & Managers, coupled with leading, managing & developing Operations Team.
  • Lead, drive and manage the development and evaluation of the Company operational strategy and performance.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate systems for measuring necessary aspects of operational management and development.
  • Monitor, measure and report on operational issues, opportunities, development plans and achievements within agreed formats and timescales.
  • Maintain awareness & knowledge of operational best practice to achieve company goals.
  • Represent the company at meetings with external parties, customers & at industry events / conferences.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing Diagnostic organisation, which in return offers a negotiable salary & benefits package.

Qualifications and Skills:

To be considered for this Chief Operating Officer role, the successful candidate will have a Degree / PhD in a Life Science or Engineering discipline (or equivalent) and:

  • Proven track record of growing R&D / Medical Device companies.
  • Working knowledge of the Medical Device and/or Diagnostic industries.
  • Extensive experience of developing & implementing operational strategies (e.g. Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics).
  • Demonstrated commercial experience.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Chief Operating Officer role please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23651 in all correspondence.

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A new state-of-the art microscope will revolutionise the detection of cancer in Scotland

The Scotsman.com has reported that a NEW state-of-the art microscope is currently under construction at the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre at the city’s Western General Hospital. This new microscope will revolutionise the detection and treatment of cancer in Scotland by giving scientists the ability to track rogue cells as they move around the body.

This £400,000 microscope, one of only two in the world (the other one is at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts)  uses “vibrational” images to allow researchers to see deep into active cancer cells, giving a unique view of how the disease spreads.  Most cancer deaths are caused when diseased cells migrate within the body – a process called metastasis – and develop as secondary tumours. The new equipment will help researchers establish if a cancer has spread, and whether drugs might prevent this.

 Dr Alan Serrels who is a Cancer Research UK scientist is building the microscope with colleague Andy Downes from the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  Serrels said: “This microscope allows researchers to see what’s going on deep within living tissue. By spying on the inner workings of cells in this way, it will reveal clues as to how cancers grow and spread, as well as allowing scientists to directly witness the effects of treatments on tumours. The work will significantly improve our understanding of metastasis and reveal opportunities to develop new treatments to stop cancer in its tracks.”

It is hoped the technology will eventually lead to the development of new treatments to stop the disease spreading.

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Analytical Chemist – Northern Ireland

Naynesh Mistry is looking to recruit 2 x Analytical Chemists to join an international pharmaceutical organisation to work at their site in Northern Ireland on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities:

The main aspects of these Analytical Chemists roles is to perform, monitor and accept accountability for all assigned analytical duties relating to specific chemistry and/or analytical projects.  The post holder will hold the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and suitably validate analytical methods in support of API development and manufacturing.
  • Perform routine analytical testing in-line with project requirements.
  • Be trained and be fully competent in the following analytical techniques, as dictated by project and/or departmental requirements: HPLC, GC, NMR, IR, UV, MS, KF, Classical techniques
  • Perform analytical duties right-first-time in order to complete work within the budgeted resource time and in line with agreed timelines.
  • Prepare, review and approve data and documents accurately and efficiently, in-line with the Analytical Department’s procedures culture of Right-First-Time.
  • Take responsibility for the provision of all analytical activities associated with allocated projects so as to ensure successful project outcomes as measured by QQTE (Quantity, Quality, Timeliness & Efficiency) metrics.
  • Be responsible for the generation, training and adherence to of analytical documents (e.g. methods, specifications, SOPs etc).
  • Allocate work to and supervise analytical chemists/technicians/placement students.
  • Retain the overall responsibility for the completion of delegated tasks, within agreed budgets and timelines.
  • Retain an up to date knowledge of analytical techniques and equipment.
  • Be responsible for the management of own work schedule and provide regular updates to line manager and team members especially with respect to any circumstances that alter agreed timescales and budgets.
  • Ensure that unplanned deviations (UPDs) are kept to a minimum and that your line manager is notified as soon as UPDs are generated.
  • Assist with the identification of alternative test methods and/or equipment to improve efficiency and maximise throughput of testing in the laboratories.
  • Make suggestions for the improvement of efficiency and/or reduction in operating costs within the Analytical Department and the wider company.
  • Identify incidents of out of specification results and inform the Analytical Team Leader and/or Analytical Manager.
  • Assist in the generation of specifications and SOPs relevant to the Analytical Laboratories, ensuring that current versions are available.
  • Deputise for their supervisor’s absence in the day-to-day running of projects and supervision of analytical activities being performed in their designated laboratory.

Qualifications and skills:

The ideal candidates for these Analytical Chemist roles should have a degree in Life Sciences or equivalent.  It is also essential that they have:

  • Previous analytical experience within industry (i.e. pharmaceuticals/fine chemistry)
  • Experience of drug substance or drug product analysis in a GMP/GLP environment
  • Experience in HPLC method development and/or validation
  • Experience in cGMP audits and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Office, Excel etc)

How to apply

For more information or to apply for these Analytical Chemists roles please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23645 in all correspondence.

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Pfizer Kent staff find jobs after made redundant

BBC News reported that  two-thirds of the workers who left the Pfizer site in Kent after being made redundant last year have found other jobs. This comes after the company unfortunately last year had to close some of its Kent based site which employed 2400 people.  Pfizer said that it would keep 650 jobs in Kent and 250 at other UK sites. Speaking about the workers who had found work elsewhere, Dr Annette Doherty, site leader for Pfizer Sandwich, said some workers remained in the biomedical sector while others had left Kent and moved to other roles.

Pfizer said it had tried to monitor the impact of the closure announcement on colleagues and based on the voluntary responses of more than 1,000 people leaving the company had estimated that about two-thirds had left for new opportunities.

It also was reported last week that Pfizer was in detailed talks with a consortium led by London and Metropolitan about buying the site. Dr Doherty said that if the sale went ahead, London and Metropolitan would become the site owner and would rent space to other companies. Pfizer would remain, running a smaller operation in rented buildings, and three other science and technology companies were also moving in.

Laura Sandys, Conservative MP for South Thanet and Sandwich, said: “While there are still staff who have not found jobs and companies in the area who were reliant on Pfizer, almost 1,000 jobs are now secure and a new buyer for the site is in final negotiations. What seemed like a disastrous day a year ago looks a lot more promising.”

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Quality Assurance Representative – North West

Hannah Milward is currently recruiting for a Quality Assurance Representative to join a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical and veterinary medicine products based in the Merseyside region. They require a Contract Quality Assurance Representative to join their team for an initial period of 12 months.

Job Purpose:

The successful candidate for this Quality Assurance Representative will provide the Quality Assurance Team the assurance that manufacturing is carried out in accordance with cGMP and Regulatory commitments and that production records provide full and accurate documentation of batch manufacture in accordance with SOP. The QAR is authorised, as appropriate, by the QA Team Leader to disposition materials with consideration being given to the Regulatory requirement for QP release of veterinary and medicinal products. The job holder also exercises control on the general cGMP activities for those teams he/she has QA responsibility for.

Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this Quality Assurance Representative role will include:

• Disposition raw materials, including packaging items, water, intermediates and products according to the available data, including evaluation of any deviation reports, environmental monitoring (where appropriate), and advise on reprocessing or preventive actions in such cases.

• Monitor trends and identify problems in quality of purchased materials, packaging, intermediates, products, water and environmental data and promote action having regard to changes in processes, facilities, equipment and procedures.

• Write/revise/approve and give advise on quality documentation e.g. batch production records, specifications, procedures (Team and Site), PMISsheets, Stability protocols.

• Review and approve SOPs (Team and Site), change control documentation, validation protocols, completed validation packages, IQ/OQ/PQ protocols.

• Manage the Site stability programme to meet Corporate and Regulatory requirements.

• To advise on the investigation of customer complaints, approve customer complaint reports and promote corrective/preventive actions

• Participate in self-inspections and other audits of the manufacturing and relevant Support areas with particular reference to cGMP as defined by the various regulatory authorities.

• Provide training, support, advice and proactive assistance in the Site Quality systems to the product and support teams.

• Advise on and support appropriate validation of plant, processes and new projects, liaising with other disciplines appropriately to ensure that facilities are designed and commissioned to meet cGMP.

• Provide cover for other QARs in their absence.

• Prepare Quality Agreements as appropriate.

• Liaise with Contract Manufacturers, as appropriate, to ensure that the Quality systems at the Contract Manufacturers comply with Corporate/Regulatory requirements and that the Quality systems are being implemented appropriately.

Qualifications and skills:

To be considered for this Quality Assurance Representative position you will have experience working in a similar role reviewing and supplying batch record documentation to the QP for release. You will also have experience working in the Pharmaceutical industry.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Quality Assurance Representative role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23570 in all correspondence.

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Toxicologist (Chemical) – Oxfordshire

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently looking for a Toxicologist to join a world leading Chemical Manufacturer, who specialises in chemicals for the industrial, automotive & related markets. They are currently looking for a Toxicologist to join their Regulatory Team based from their state-of-the-art facilities in Oxfordshire.

The job:

This Toxicologist role is an outstanding opportunity to join a Chemical Manufacturer at the forefront of their field. The organisation is willing to consider candidate’s at various levels, offering in return a negotiable salary depending on experience and excellent benefits.

Responsibilities:

As a Toxicologist, you will be part of a team providing toxicology & regulatory support to new & existing product development teams worldwide. Your duties will include:

  • Performing risk & hazard assessments for the organisation’s product ranges to ensure they are used & manufactured appropriately including providing toxicology support to R&D teams
  • Assessing toxicology &/or ecotoxicology studies and preparing regulatory dossiers
  • Liaising with external test laboratories surrounding studies into regulatory notification schemes such as REACH as well as maintaining the toxicology databases on all substances within the organisation’s portfolio.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this Toxicologist role, you will have demonstrated experience within a Toxicologist position gained within a Chemical industry. Working knowledge of REACH would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Toxicologist role please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23552 in all correspondence.

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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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QA Specialist (Temp) – Northern Scotland

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is currently recruiting for two QA Specialists to join a multi national pharmaceutical company to work with them on initially a temporary contract until the end of 2012.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this QA Specialist role will be responsible for driving a quality culture throughout site ensuring that products and services meet the necessary regulatory requirements.  In addition, you will support the maintenance and operation of the quality system including change control, deviations and CAPA.  You may also participate in both internal and external audit programmes.

Qualifications:

As a QA Specialist you will be qualified in a life sciences subject and or/or have demonstrable experience working in the quality assurance function of a manufacturing organisation.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this QA Specialist role please contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23588in all correspondence.

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Almac achieves success in their MHRA Audits

Pharmiweb has reported that Almac has achieved success in MHRA inspections at both their Craigavon Headquarters, Northern Ireland and Elvingston, Scotland sites. These inspections were the first biennial audits to confirm continued compliance with Investigation Medicinal Products (IMP) licenses and GMP certificates.

The first inspection audited Almac’s isotope laboratory facility in support of their IMP license. Following the MHRA’s acceptance of Almac’s response report, Almac’s licence will be applicable to both radiolabelled and non-labelled IMPs. The second inspection covered Almac’s analytical laboratory in Elvingston, Scotland, supporting its GMP certificate as a contract analytical facility.

The Inspector complimented the analytical team on their professionalism and laboratory high standards. As a result of this successful audit, two GMP certificates will be issued for human and veterinary applications.

President and Managing Director, Stephen Barr commented on the successful audits saying:
“We are delighted with the outcome of these inspections. It is reassuring to know that the value we place on our staff and facilities is recognised in this way, and adds further credibility to our wealth of experience and services we offer.”

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Process Improvement Manager – East Midland

Hannah Milward is currently seeking to recruit a Process Improvement Manager to join a major healthcare organisation.

The job: 

As a Process Improvement Manager you will provide focus on the development of new and existing processes. By building quality in to the process design, the products will be produced in the most efficient way and meet the customer and regulatory needs.

Responsibilities:

As a Process Improvement Manager you will be responsible for leading the Process Improvement Team to provide an efficient service to optimise manufacturing and cleaning processes using a quality by design approach whilst ensuring the validation activities meet Regulatory and Customer requirements.

The job holder will need to provide an effective New Product Introduction service for Clinical Trial clients to ensure new products are introduced successfully and that the processes are developed and validated to ensure the required levels of product quality and regulatory compliance are met. You will also need to deliver a comprehensive process, equipment and cleaning validation programme in accordance with cGMP and Customer requirements.

Qualifications and skills:

To be considered for this Process Improvement Manager position you will have:

  • Previous experience in the development or manufacture of healthcare products with a proven track record of new product introduction which is critical to this role.
  • In depth knowledge of cGMP, multiple dosage forms with an emphasis on sterile products and an awareness of Unlicensed and Licensed Legislation are key to your success in this role.
  • Previous leadership and management skills would be an advantage.

You will also enjoy working cross functionally in a fast paced environment with teams of diverse people, have a can do attitude with the capability to plan and see the bigger picture, excellent Leadership and Customer Service skills and the ability to influence and build relationships at all levels across the business.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 283 9956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23326 in all correspondence.

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Quality Assurance Auditor Job (Pharmaceuticals) – Hertfordshire

Reena Dhana at CK Science is recruiting for a Quality Assurance Auditor to join a global pharmaceutical company to be based within the GMP Quality Department based in Hertfordshire.  This is initially a temporary contract of 4 months with a strong possibility of extension.

Responsibilities:

As a Quality Assurance Auditor you will ensure compliance to cGMP of all activities related to the development of pharmaceutical products for use in Clinical Trials, including the Quality Management systems and you will carry out Quality compliance reviews/release of Investigational Medicinal Products for use in Clinical Trials. Other duties will include auditing and approving procedures and documents from manufacturing, analytical, packaging and service groups, reviewing and approving equipment and facilities qualification, training others as appropriate and assisting with external audits as required.

Qualification and Skills:

The ideal candidate for this Quality Assurance Auditor role will hold a BSc in a Life Science subject (or equivalent) and will have experience gained within relevant departments of Pharmaceutical companies, preferably Quality Assurance. You will have a good working knowledge of cGMPs. An understanding of Clinical Supplies requirements would be advantageous.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Quality Assurance Auditor role please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23538 in all correspondence.

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NPD Food Scientist – Borders

Barney Smith at CK Science is currently recruiting for a NPD Food Scientist to join an established food manufacturer based in the Borders who are behind some of the UKs best known brands.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate for this NPD Food Scientist  role will be responsible for leading projects in product development from concept generation to product launch and will be interfacing closely with functions at all stages of the project.  This will include using your product development knowledge to develop formulae and processes to regulatory standards and food safety compliance, assisting troubleshooting, liaise with customers and clients and co-ordinate technical teams.  You will also perform benchmarking studies, identify further business opportunities and add value to the business.

Qualifications:

As a NPD Food Scientist you must be qualified to degree level in a food science based subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record working in NPD or food technology.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this NPD Food Scientist role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23030 in all correspondence.

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Senior Chemist (UV Coatings) – Greater London

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, who specialises in coatings for use in industrial applications. They are currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join their growing R&D team based at their site in Greater London.

Responsibilities:

As a Senior Chemist, you will be responsible for:

  • Project management of formulation & development studies surrounding new & existing coating technologies
  • Carrying out blue sky concept generation
  • Performing application & analytical testing using physical & chemical techniques as well as working closely with manufacturing teams during scale up of products.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leader in development & manufacturing of Industrial Coatings, which in return offers an attractive salary & benefits package.

Qualifications and Skills:

To be considered for this Senior Chemist role, you will have a degree / PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience surrounding the development of coatings, paints or relevant chemical products (e.g. inks, polymers, fine chemicals). Specific experience of UV Coatings would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Chemist role please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23504 in all correspondence.

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Shift QC Analyst – North East

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently looking for a Shift QC Analyst to join a biotechnology company at their site in the North East.

Responsibilities:

This Shift QC Analyst role is to be based in the QC team working with HPLC, GC and wet chemistry techniques. This is an exciting role for an analyst as it is a fast moving and dynamic company, where adaptability and flexibility are necessary to succeed in this position.

Qualifications & Skills:

The successful Shift QC Analyst will have a proven background within chemistry with experience in some or all of the mentioned laboratory techniques ideally gained working to GMP/within industry.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Shift QC Analyst role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23511 in all correspondence.

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Analytical Chemist Job (XRD, Chemical) – Berkshire

Jason Johal at CK Science is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join an industry leading Chemical and Metals Manufacturer, at their Testing Laboratory based at their state-of-the-art facilities in Berkshire.

Responsibilities:

As an Analytical Chemist, you will be responsible for supporting the R&D Teams through carrying out testing & characterisation of the organisation’s catalyst products & materials, using a routine powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) system and a specialist XRD system coupled with an advanced variable temperature in-situ reaction cell.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this role Analytical Chemist role, you will have a qualification in Analytical Chemistry, Material Science, Physics or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience using powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

Benefits:

This Analytical Chemist role is an excellent opportunity to join a market leading Chemical Manufacturer, which in return offers an attractive salary & benefits package.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist role please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23434 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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Packaging Technician – West Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Packaging Technician to join a world class manufacturer of personal care products, to work at their site in the West Midlands on a permanent basis. 

Job role and responsibilities:

As a Packaging Technician you will assist the Retail Technical Manager in the development of new wet wipe products. A key part of the role will be in the development of packaging – film, labels and corrugate. The position will be responsible for leading and managing projects smaller in scope to ensure consumer acceptance, customer satisfaction, safety and efficacy. The position will also support UK Sales efforts with product sample preparation and technical analysis.

The associate will take work direction from the Technical Director and Retail Technical Manager in the form of project tasks, objectives and strategies, and must be able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Lead the development and introduction of new and improved packaging.
  • Liaise with internal departments, external suppliers and consultants.
  • Assist the Retail Technical Manager and Technical Director in the development of new wet wipe products.
  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of Product Information Portfolios (PIP) for each wet wipe product to comply with EU Cosmetic regulations.
  • Arrange challenge testing, efficiency testing, dermatological testing, ageing studies and other technical evaluations etc, within a time scale as necessary. This will involve interpretation and reporting of results.
  • Arrange and technically support factory trials. This will involve liaising with operations, QA, production planning and warehouse to assure objectives are met, setting provisional product specifications, supporting trials, evaluating results, issuing reports and recommending appropriate action.
  • Provide technical information and support Sample Technicians when required. This includes product sample preparation.
  • Ensure laboratory safety policies and guidelines are followed and carry out all laboratory work in a safe manner.
  • Travel may be required as a part of the role. This may be international and a current driving license and passport are requirements of the role.
  • There may be some out of hours attendance on site required.
  • Ensure that you understand and comply with Health & Safety at Work regulations through training and communication.
  • Continually comply with the company hygiene requirements and Good Manufacturing procedures as set out by management.

Qualifications and skills:

The successful candidate for this Packaging Technician role will have the following skills:

  • The ideal candidate must have a scientific degree from an accredited university. This might include Packaging Technology or science or equivalent.
  • Computer proficient (e-mail, Microsoft Office, Word and Excel).
  • Working knowledge of COSHH and safe lab practices.
  • Must be self-motivated, have good attention to detail and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • The candidate must be proficient in PC programs: MS OFFICE, Outlook, MS-EXCEL, MS-WORD and POWERPOINT.
  • The associate in this position is expected to use project management, technical skills and education to support product development for specific UK customers.
  •  A high level of initiative and independent work style are expected in order to meet the aggressive timelines demanded by customers.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Packaging Technician role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23440 in all correspondence.

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Microbiology Analyst – North East

Heather Deagle is currently recruiting for a Microbiology Analyst to join a large pharmaceutical company to work on an initially temporary six month contract covering maternity leave.

Responsibilities:

As a Microbiology Analyst working to strict cGMP, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Performing and environmental monitoring of the clean room facilities on site
  • Sampling and analysis of the quality water systems
  • Ensuring that media and reagents are tested and approved within required timelines.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Microbiology Analyst role will have a degree, HNC or similar in a microbiology or life science based subject with proven experience of ingram stain, biochemical identification, endotoxin testing and environmental monitoring.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Microbiology Analyst role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23419 in all correspondence.

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