Assay Development Scientist Job in Wiltshire, UK

Reena Dhana at CK Science is currently recruiting for an Assay Development Scientist to join a rapidly expanding Diagnostic Technology Organisation at their site based in Wiltshire. This Assay Development Scientist job is a full time, permanent and fixed term role.

Assay Development Scientist Job Description:

As an Assay Development Scientist, the main purpose of your role will be:

– Contributing to assay development.

– Formulating reagents.

– Testing of assays.

The successful Assay Development Scientist, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

– Qualified in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or a related discipline (or equivalent).

– Previous experience of PCR, ELISA or other assay techniques.

– Previous experience of writing scientific publications.

– Previous laboratory experience.

As an Assay Development Scientist, you will be joining a specialist Diagnostics Technology Organisation providing equipment to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries, this company is a growing organisation who are offering a competitive salary, with excellent benefits.

How to apply:

Contact Reena for more details.

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For more information regarding this Assay Development Scientist role, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email Please use reference ST24159 in all correspondence.

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Oxford Research Scientists have revealed a potential new Malaria vaccine

As reported by BBC News Online, Research Scientists revealed a potential new malaria vaccine has shown promise in animal studies, according to research. An Oxford University team is to start safety trials in human volunteers after lab tests showed the vaccine works against all strains of the parasite.

UK scientists recently found the route malaria uses to enter blood cells. They hope to target this pathway in a new approach to developing a vaccine against malaria, which kills hundreds of thousands of people a year. Several potential malaria vaccines are already being tested in clinical trials; although no vaccine has yet been licensed for use.

One possibility is to exploit a recently-discovered potential weakness in the parasite’s life cycle. A team at the Sanger Institute found in November that a single receptor on the surface of red blood cells and a substance known as “PfRh5” on the parasite are crucial to the success of malaria in invading blood cells.

Early lab tests suggest a vaccine against the protein may prove effective, at least in animals. Dr Sandy Douglas is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow from the University of Oxford told the BBC: “We have found a way of making antibodies that kill all different strains of malaria parasites. This is still early phase research in animals. The next step is to do clinical trials in people.”

If safety tests of the vaccine prove successful, clinical trials in patients could begin within the next two to three years, says the Oxford team.

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Our current Life Sciences vacancies…

CK Science are specialists in Life Science recruitment. Please see below for details of the current Life Science jobs which we are recruiting for:

Temporary Process Technologist

  •     Reference: 23043
  •     Location: East Midlands
  •     Salary: £18-20K pa

Our client, a major pharmaceutical organisation, is currently seeking to recruit a Process Technologist for a twelve month contract.

The role will involve supporting the delivery of all technical aspects of New Product Introduction and the maintenance of projects in line with company strategies, customer expectations and regulatory compliance. You will also be responsible for experimental factory batches, ensuring projects meet budgets, quality standards and timescales as well as to be the technical interface with customers.

The ideal candidate for the role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in Chemistry or a related subject and have experience working within a development or process role within a similar environment.

For more information, please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email your CV to


QC Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23060
  •     Location: East Midlands
  •     Salary: Salary depending on experience

Our client, a paints and coatings manufacturing company, is currently looking to recruit an QC Analyst to take responsibility for all Standard QC functions. You will also be required to operate certain analytical test equipment to ensure products meet specification, with the aim to achieve Company growth and high profitability through total awareness, involvement, teamwork, constant improvement and training. You will have QC experience ideally in a coatings capacity and will ideally have supporting qualifications.

This is a permanent position with an immediate start.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Laboratory Manager

  •     Reference: SH22987
  •     Location: Yorkshire
  •     Salary: Competitive

Our client, a business operating in Environmental Inspection, Testing and Consultancy markets, is looking to recruit a Laboratory Manager to supervise their team based in Yorkshire. The main role of this Laboratory Manager role will be to work in the Materials Testing Division, providing independent, high quality testing inspection services.

In order to be considered you will have strong analytical skills, be degree qualified or equivalent or have extensive experience within the Materials Testing industry, and possess a high level of personal drive and commitment.

This is a permanent position with an immediate start.

For more information, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Device Technologist

  •     Reference: 23109
  •     Salary: £11 – £13 per hour
  •     Location: Hertfordshire

CK Science are currently looking for a Medical Device Technologist to work for this pharmaceutical company in the Hertfordshire region.

The role is predominantly laboratory based, focused on generating physical characterisation data to input into the design and development processes involved in providing pharmaceutical device delivery systems. As such, the ability to produce and interpret/analyse experimental data, for feedback into the design process is of paramount importance for this role, as well as providing written documentation to support all experimental work carried out.

For more information, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email





  •     Reference: SH23057
  •     Location: Hull
  •     Salary: £30-35k

The Scientist will be responsible for supporting existing and new product development in line with project milestones by working within wither the analytical, formulation or chemistry functions as part of the R&D team. Ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (or other scientific subject relevant to the business), and previous laboratory experience in an analytical environment.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Microbiology Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23118
  •     Location: Merseyside

Our client is looking for a Microbiology Analyst to join their QC laboratories. The candidate will have a clear understanding of and the ability to work within strict cGMP guidelines and will be experienced in the following: Analysis of bioburden and endotoxin present in the water, steam and products; Identification of microorganisms using standard techniques eg.  Vitek and API; Growth and maintenance of microbial media; possess excellent communication and written skills. Candidates should hold a degree in Microbiology or equivalent and have proven industrial experience in a GMP manufacturing environment.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email



Development Analyst

  •     Reference: SH23063
  •     Location: Yorkshire
  •     Salary: £23-28k

To develop suitable rugged physical and chemical analytical methods that will determine all necessary product parameters including physical characteristics, determination of active, degradation products using the most suitable analytical techniques. The ideal candidate will have a degree in a chemistry based science (biochemistry, analytical chemistry, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry) or equivalent and a proven track record in the use of HPLC, GC analytical techniques and experience in analytical method development and validation.

For more information, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email




  •     Location: Newcastle area
  •     Reference: DH23139
  •     Salary: Est £17-19k

Our client is seeking a Technician to work on, initially, a temporary to permanent contract. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assisting in the manufacture/testing of materials and being involved in the development of test systems. Maintenance of the laboratory, including COSHH. Collection and analysis of test data.

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a Technical/Scientific environment and will possess a relevant degree or an HNC/D.

You will be a good team player, with good communication and PC skills and hands on approach is essential.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Technical Support Scientist

  •     Reference: DH23139
  •     Location: Newcastle area
  •     Salary: £20-23k

Our client is a biotechnology company based in the North East of England.  They require a scientist to join their product support team on initially a 6 month contract.  Reporting to the technical services manager you will be responsible for providing clients in both the UK and overseas in providing technical support and troubleshooting.  This will involve travelling to customer sites, providing advice and troubleshooting support and lab testing.

You must be qualified to minimum HNC level in a microbiology, biotechnology or relevant engineering subject or possess equivalent industrial experience.  You must also be happy to travel worldwide, sometimes at short notice and be comfortable in customer facing roles.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email


Analytical Chemist – Stability

  •     Reference: DH22998
  •     Salary: £18-21k
  •     Location: Teesside area

Our client based in the North East of England is a major biotechnology company and they are seeking a QC Analyst to join their team on a temporary contract with a strong possibility of becoming permanent.

Duties will include performing sample receipt and analysis (chemical, biochemical and microbiological) against agreed plans on all Stability work plans. The roles are mainly chemistry based and will involve using techniques such as HPLC, SDS-Page, ELISA and UV but some knowledge of microbiology would be beneficial as the role also involves carrying out endotoxin and bioburden testing. Complete documentation to GMP standards.

The successful candidates ideally will be qualified to Degree level in a Chemistry / Microbiology / Biochemistry based subject and have a strong analytical background working to GMP.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Laboratory Analyst

  •     Reference: DH23100
  •     Location: County Durham
  •     Salary: c£18,000

CK Science is currently recruiting for a number of Laboratory Analysts to join a blue chip pharmaceutical company in County Durham.

As a Laboratory Analyst with our client, you will be responsible for the analytical testing of raw materials.  You will use established methods of analysis including HPLC, GC-FID and UV.  All analysis will be performed to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

The successful applicant will be educated in a chemistry related subject and/or have demonstrable experience working in the laboratory.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Microbiologist – Pharmaceuticals

  •     Reference: DH23047
  •     Location: Country Durham
  •     Salary: £17-24k

Our client is a major pharmaceutical company in County Durham and they are seeking a microbiologist with proven laboratory skills to work on initially a temporary contract.

You will work as part of a team responsible for microbial analysis of the process and materials associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing. Industrial experience in endotoxin or bioburden testing will be advantageous. You will be available to start work at short notice and have a biology based qualification. This is an excellent company to gain further industrial experience in, as the company is highly respected in industry.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Customer Support Technician – Packaging

  •     Reference: DH23029
  •     Location: County Durham
  •     Salary: £18-22k

Our client, a blue chip pharmaceutical company located in Durham require a Customer Support Technician to work in their packaging department on a one year contract.

The successful candidate will be accountable for customer relationships and workload management for the launch of new packaging designs. Working towards demanding deadlines you will coordinate the processing of new pack creations to meet customer requirements. Keeping your clients informed of pack design progress.

Ideally, you will have experience gained in a packaging or relationship management environment and be of graduate calibre. A major part of the role will be liaising with colleagues and clients so excellent communication skills are essential as well as good time management.  English, Polish and Russian language skills are preferable.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Development Chemist

  •     Reference: DH23129
  •     Location: Teesside
  •     Salary: £25-30k

Our client provides research and development for external customers.  They are looking for a chemist to join their team.  You will be responsible for running projects in process and catalyst development and driving new processes for a range of high profile clients.

You must be qualified to minimum PhD in a research based chemistry discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record in working in catalyst development preferably under pressure.

For more information, please contact Heather Deagle at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email



Laboratory Assistant

  •     Reference: SH 23136
  •     Location: North Yorkshire
  •     Salary: £5-6phr

Our client is an established manufacturer of various over the counter pharmaceutical products. They are currently looking to employ a Laboratory Assistant to join their team for the initial duration of 3 months. Daily duties will include maintaining good housekeeping, calibrations and labelling. To be considered for this role you should ideally have a scientific background.

For more information, please contact Hannah Milward at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email

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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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Meet Our Pharma & Biotech Candidates…

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries.

Please click on the links below to find out more about our Pharma and Biotech candidates currently based in your area:

South, UK

  • Research Scientist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Analytical Development Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Microbiologist

Midlands, UK

  • Senior Analyst/Laboratory Supervisor
  • QC Analyst
  • Scientist

North, UK

  • Senior Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • QC Analyst
  • Synthetic Chemist
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Technician / Scientist (Cosmetics) – East Midlands

Our client, based in the East Midlands, is a leading healthcare, skincare, cosmetics and beauty products manufacturer and is seeking a Technician to work in their Sun/Skin care area.

This Technician role will involve supporting the design and production of sun and skin care technology to meet the agreed NPD project briefs and deadlines.

The ideal candidate for this Technician position will have experience in the cosmetics, skincare or suncare manufacturing industry or be from a similar production/manufacturing environment and be immediately available to start work. It is preferable that you have a degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject.


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For more information or to apply for this Technician role, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH20314 in all correspondence.

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UK Chief Scientist Receives Knighthood

scientistAs reported by BBC News, the UK government’s chief scientist, Professor John Beddington, has received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Formerly the head of environmental sciences and technology at Imperial College in London, Professor Beddington was appointed to the role of chief scientist in 2008.

Beddington notoriously attracted a huge amount of media attention last year when he said the world would face a “perfect storm” by 2030 – by which he was referring to the impact of climate change on food, energy and water security.

Speaking of his knighthood, Beddington stated, “I am delighted by this honour, and particularly delighted because it recognises the importance of science and engineering in the UK.”

Other recipients of honours in the Queen’s birthday list included:

  • Professor Colin Humphreys, Director of research at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Material Sciences and Metallurgy.
  • Professor Athene Donald – Deputy Head of the Cavendish Laboratory and director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative at the University of Cambridge becomes a Dame for services to physics.
  • Professor Julia Goodfellow – Chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, also is made a Dame.

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Profit Boost for Nothern Foods

Northern Foods, Food Manufacturer, Food Science, Jobs, UKThe Leeds based food manufacturer, Northern Foods, has reported an increase in revenue for the the year ended April 3 from £975m to £977m.
The food manufacturer accounted the rise in profits to an increase in investment in brands, automation, food science and technology. This has positioned the company for continued growth.
Northern Foods also stated that the last financial year had witnesed te firm strengthen its capabilities by recruiting new talent. The food maufacturer has recruited five new scientists, one per business unit – in otder to support their cheif scientist and gain advantage over their competitors in the food industry.
A spokesperson from Northern Foods said: “Northern Foods has traded solidly in challenging market conditions. We expect these conditions to continue, but we remain well positioned for the future.

“Even during these uncertain economic times we continue to invest in brands, cost efficiency and technology to deliver long term shareholder value supported by our strong financial position.”

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AstraZeneca Recruits Former Pfizer Scientist

Martin Mackay - AstraZeneca Recruits Former Pfizer ScientistAs reported in the Daily Telegraph, AstraZeneca has recruited leading Scientist Martin Mackay who was previously working at the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to lead its research and development operations.

Mackay joined Pfizer in 1995 as head of pharmatherapeutics R&D and was a member of the executive leadership team.  He is set to join AstraZeneca on 1st July 2010 and will be taking on the role of president of R&D.

Speaking of Mackay’s arrival to the team, chief executive of AstraZeneca, David Brennan, said the scientist had “impeccable scientific and leadership credentials combined with extensive experience of the pharmaceutical industry”. He added: “I am delighted he is joining us. We have a clear and unambiguous commitment to creating value through innovative biopharmaceuticals with research and development at the heart of our strategy.”

The recruitment of Mackay represents the British drug makers attempt to overhaul its R&D operations and strengthen its drug pipeline.

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What Type of Job Can Your Scientific Degree Get You?

Scientific researchRecently graduated? Confused about what kind of science job your scientific degree can get you?

Here are some possible career paths for graduates whom have graduated in the following scientific disciplines:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Biology
  • Food Science



  • Biomedical Scientist: A Biomedical Scientist carries out laboratory tests on human samples to help diagnose illness and to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Pharmacologist: A Pharmacologist investigates how drugs and chemicals interact with biological systems.
  • Clinical Research Associate: As a Clinical Research Associate you well set up, monitor and complete clinical trials.
  • Clinical Biochemist: Clinical Biochemists analyse and interpret patients blood assist in the diagnosis of disease.

Biomedical Sciences:

  • Biomedical Scientist: See above.
  • Microbiologist: Microbiologists observe, identify and monitor microbes. They also develop new techniques, products and processes.
  • Research Scientist: Research Scientists plan and conduct experiments to increase the body of research into medicine.
  • Toxicologist: The main role of a Toxicologist is to plan and carry out laboratory and field studies to indentify and monitor the impact of toxic materials and radiation on human and animal health.


  • Analytical Chemist: Analytical Chemists perform structural, quantitative, product and formulation analyses.
  • Clinical Biochemist: See above.
  • Scientist – Process Development: This job involves scaling up processes developed in the laboratory so that they can be used in large scale manufacturing.
  • Scientist – Product Development: This job involves taking ideas developed in the research stage and developing and formulating to the point where new products can be manufactured.
  • Toxicologist: See above.


  • Microbiologist: See above.
  • Clinical Research Associate: See above.
  • Clinical Molecular Geneticist: As a Clinical Molecular Geneticist you will use biochemical and molecular biology techniques to identify generic abnormalities associated with disease.



  • Microbiologist: See above.
  • Toxicologist: See above.
  • Biomedical Scientist: See above.
  • Haematologist: Haematologists specialise in the study and analysis of blood and blood-forming tissues linked to disorders.



  • Research Scientist (Medical and Life Science): See above.
  • Pharmacologist: As a Pharmacologist you will investigate how drugs and chemicals interact with biological systems. The aim of this job is to understand drugs and their actions so thy can be used effectively and safely.
  • Clinical Molecular Geneticist: See above.

Food Science:

  • Food Technologist/Scientist –Product Development: In this job you will work in three main areas:
  • 1. Product Development
  • 2. Quality Assurance
  • 3. Retailing

The main aim of a Food Technologists job is to produce food which is safe and nutritious and has a consistent flavour, texture and colour. You will also develop existing products.

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Increase Investment in Science to Boost Economy

scienceAccording to a report by The Royal Society, if the UK does not invest heavily in science and scientific research, it will face decades of sluggish economic decline.

The report warned that Britain’s current advantage is in danger of being wiped out by the US, China, India, France and Germany who have increased spending in science to help boost their economies. For instance, the German government has said it will increase their budget for education and research by 12bn Euros by 2013.

Sir Martin Taylor, chair of the report’s advisory group stated: “As France announces a new €35bn investment in the knowledge economy, the UK cuts university budgets by £600m, with the threat of more to come.

“The UK has been in the top two of the scientific premier league for the last 350 years. It would seem obvious that politicians would recognise the need to invest in this competitive advantage rather than cutting funds.”

Lord Waldegrave, former Science Minister and provost of Eton College said: “Times are tough but this is exactly when you need to invest in the future and focus spending where you already have an advantage.

“Investment in science cannot be turned on and off on a political whim – we must have a long-term investment. If we cut science now, just as the benefits of nearly twenty years of consistent policy are really beginning to bear fruit, we will seriously damage our economic prospects.”

The report praises the fact that patents granted to UK universities have increase by 136% between 2000 and 2008, and that university spin outs employed 14,000 people in 2007/2008 with a turnover of £1.1bn. However, it seems that research and development is a weakness for the UK – in 2007 British companies spent 1.14% of GDP on R&D while in the US spent 1.9% and Germany 1.8%.

Experts in the field recommend the following to help remedy the situation:

  • Creating a 15 year framework for science and innovation with increased spending.
  • Prioritising investment in scientific skills and infrastructure, such as laboratories and equipment.
  • Better aligning science and innovation with global challenges.
  • Revitalising science and mathematics education.
  • And expanding the R&D tax credit.

Lord Sainsbury, the former science minister and member of the advisory group said: “We cannot compete with countries such as China and India on the basis of low wages, and science and innovation must, therefore, be the basis of the strategy for growth which we need to have as we go into a tough period of fiscal consolidation.”

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Napp Announced as 5th Best Company to Work for 2010

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2010Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings, part of a worldwide association of independent pharmaceutical companies, has been announced as the 5th best company to work for by The Sunday Times. This is the first time in the 4 years the company has entered the contest, that they have broken into the top 5.

According to the survey conducted by The Sunday Times, one in five employees at Napp has worked at the company for over a decade. Further impressive findings include:

  • 84% of staff believe the company makes a difference to the world.
  • 83% love working for the company and are happy with their pay and benefits.
  • 69% of staff believe they are paid fairly for the work they do relative to others in the organization.
  • 71% say their salary reflects their responsibilities.
  • 77% of staff report that Managers regularly express their appreciation when a team member does a good job.
  • 80% believe that working at Napp is good for personal growth.

This positive culture at Napp has been the product of Managing Director, Antony Mattessich. He introduced the company ‘charter’ which established four core aims of the organization. This initiative allows employees to have their say on the direction of the business, giving them the freedom to discuess with the departments as to how they can help the firm meet its objectives.

Julie Worth, Area Sales Manager, has been part of the charter group. “It just amazed me — I was actually having a say in how the business was run,” she says. “You’re working with directors and you learn that people are genuinely approachable. They really listen.”

Mattessich’s positive impact on the company was reflected in the results of the survey conducted by The Sunday Times:

  • 73% of employees agree that senior managers listen to staff.
  • 81% feel inspired by Mattessich’s leadership.
  • 87% of employees are proud to work for the company.

So, what in your opinion makes a company a good place to work? Please feel free to share your comments and stories below.

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