Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollution

As reported by the BBC, European scientists have developed robotic fish which detects contamination and pollution in water.

The pollution-hunting fish is 1.5 metres long and cost £20,000 for the scientists to develop. It is fitted with sensors which pick up pollutants leaking from ships or undersea pipelines. In fact, the fish reduced the time it takes to detect pollutants from weeks to seconds. Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollutionThe fish can communicate with each other, avoid obstacles, map their journey and transmit their data back to shore. Currently undertaking first trials in northern Spain, modifications will then be made to improve the large yellow fish.

Speaking of the pollution detecting project, Luke Speller, Senior Scientist as the research division of technology consultancy, the BMT Group stated, “The idea is that we want to have real-time monitoring of pollution, so that if someone is dumping chemicals or something is leaking, we can get to it straight away, find out what is causing the problem and put a stop to it.”

The project has part-funded by the EU and used expertise from scientists from the University of Essex and the University of Strathclyde. Further input came from the technology consultancy, the BMT Group and from the Tyndall National Institute and Thales Safare, which is a unit of Europe’s largest defence electronics group.

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The Cambridge cluster of bioscience companies is Europe’s most successful

The BBC reported that the group of  technology and bioscience based companies in and around Cambridge is one of Europe’s most successful and best know clusters.

Since 1960, about 5,000 hi-tech companies have been founded in the area, of which 1,400 remain in business, employing about 40,000 people.

Increasingly big companies are even staying in Cambridge after acquisition by overseas companies such as Broadcom, HP, Medimmune and Takeda, while others, like Amgen, Microsoft and Toshiba, have chosen to locate and maintain research labs and development teams there to be close to these people.

A new book “The Cambridge Phenomenon” is published this week, that  tracks and seeks to explain the area’s success. This book is written by By Charles Cotton and Kate Kirk

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Meet Andrew Bolton – Chemical, Technology, Environmental and Waste Recruitment

Introducing Andrew Bolton, Senior Consultant at CK Science. Andrew joined CK Science in 2009 and is based in the our Stevenage office. To find out more about Andrew, please watch his short video below.

Andrew specialises in recruiting for the Chemical, Technology (Medical Device, Instrumentation & Diagnostics, Environmental and Waste industries.

The types of positions that Andrew typically deals with include:

  • Chemist – Analytical / Development / Process
  • Engineer – Chemical / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic / Process
  • Production Technician / Operative
  • Polymer Scientist / Material Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager / Site Manager / Operations Manager
  • Business Development / Technical Sales
  • Product Manager
  • Biologist – Assay Scientist / Integration Scientist / Molecular Scientist
  • Offshore Chemist / Field Chemist / Site Chemist
  • Quality Engineer / QA Officer / QA Manager / Regulatory Affairs Officer / Regulatory Affairs Manager / Auditor
  • Environmental Consultant

If you are looking for a new position in these areas, or are looking to expand your team, please do contact Andrew and he will be happy to help you. You can contact Andrew on 01438 842 960 or email

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Material Test Technician Jobs


CK Science are currently working with a number of clients in the polymer industries who are looking for Material Test Technicians to join their workshops and material testing labs.

Within these Material Test Technician roles you will test a wide range of polymeric materials using physician, mechanical, climatic and chemical testing.

We are looking for candidates who have qualifications in Polymer Science, Technology or Chemistry and who have experience of working in a workshop or material test laboratory. If this sounds like you, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email

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Senior Chemist Job (Biosensor, Medical Device) – Cambridgeshire, UK

Our client, an industry leading Medical Device Diagnostic organisation, are currently looking for a Senior Chemist to join their Research & Development Team based from their site in Cambridgeshire.


As a Senior Chemist, you will be responsible for project management of a multi-disciplinary project team involved in research into novel glucose biosensor technology for use in various diagnostic and point-of-care diagnostic applications.

Your duties will be split between people management of a team of Scientists & Engineers and hands on aspects including conceptualisation & design of the optical grating based sensors; conducting studies to devise methods of manufacture at lab scale as well as development of prototypes and test rigs in order to carry out verification, validation and test of sensor designs and method of manufacture.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an innovative and industry leading Medical Device Diagnostic organisation, which are at the forefront of development in novel biosensor technology.

Qualifications and Experience:

To be considered for this Senior Chemist role, you will have a BSc / MSc / PhD in a Chemistry, Materials or Physical Science discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical experience in a product development function of medical device technology including demonstrated project management / people supervisory experience and working knowledge of polymer coatings & materials used in optical technology. Specific knowledge of diagnostic medical device / biosensor technology would be highly advantageous, but it is not essential.

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For more information or to apply for this Senior Chemist position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email Please quote reference ST21767 in all correspondence.

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Molecular Biologist (Biotechnology) – Cambridge, UK

A Molecular Biologist is required to join the Technology Group of a Research organisation based in Cambridge, UK.

The ideal candidate for this Molecular Biologist job will be educated to PhD, or equivalent in Molecular Biology, Immunology or a similar scientific discipline. You will be involved in the management of transgenic mouse lines, with experience of cell assays, cell/tissue culture, and ideally FACs analysis would be an advantage. You will use your Molecular Biologist to support a number of core projects.


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University Science Jobs to Face Cuts

Process_Development_ChemistAs reported on the Financial Times website, science departments will be hardest hit by cuts in academic science jobs as universities are forced to react to the squeeze in public funding. This has sparked concern that the UK economy will face a shortage of scientific expertise.

A recent survey conducted by the Financial Times of over 40 universities revealed that there is plans to make cuts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments in universities across the country. A total of 99 of 131 academic institutions will face a cut in funding in the year 2011, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The cuts in university science jobs reflect the difficulties in maintaining subjects which require extensive facilities. Richard Lambert, Director General of the CBI stated “Science subjects are more expensive to teach than arts subjects, but they are of huge value to the economy.”

The results of the survey have brought about fears among business leaders and scientists that Britain could have insufficient science experts in its future scientific workforce to drive economic growth forward. Gail Cardew, head of programmes at the Royal Institution, one of Britain’s most renowned scientific bodies, said: “By 2014 there will be more than 2m extra jobs which need Stem skills. Where are these people going to come from if universities are going to make cuts in science teaching?”

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Aberdeen University to Host Europe’s Largest Science Festival

British Science Festival 2010, Science Jobs, Science RecruitmentAberdeen University is to host one of Europe’s largest science festivals. The British Science Festival is expected to attract at least 40,000 scientists and members of the public. It is designed to engage the latest thinking in science, technology and engineering.

Sir Roland Jackson, the chief executive of the British Science Association, said he had been impressed by the active role the Aberdeen branch of the association had played in public engagement with science over the years.

The university will host the festival from 4 to 9 September, 2012, at King’s College in Old Aberdeen and at the Foresterhill health campus.

This year, The British Science Festival will be held in Birmingham and will attract 350 of the UK’s top scientists, engineers and commentators together to discuss the latest developments in science and technology. Tens of thousands of visitors regularly attend a wide variety of events – from hands-on family days, to debates on current hot topics and unique opportunities to question the UK’s top scientists. This year the British Science Festival will take place on 14-19th September 2010.

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New Materials Engineer job in Cambridgeshire

Our client is looking for a Materials Engineer to join their Research and Development facility within East Anglia. Joining an innovative research and development team surrounding material and colour display device development you will be undertaking research projects to develop an understanding of semi conductor materials and device physics to develop their new colour display technology.

This is an exciting opportunity to join their technology organisation working with unique display devices and developing ‘new science’, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package. To be considered for this role, you will have a degree in Materials Engineer, Physics (or a related subject) or equivalent experience and demonstrated experience of semiconductor materials including film processing and colour display technology. Experience working with plastic materials within technology development would be advantageous but not essential.

To hear more about this Materials Engineer role, please contact Andrew Bolton on  01438 723500 or email, quoting reference ST19071 in all correspondence.

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If you are successful after the first round of screening, we will contact you within five working days. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

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