CK are recruiting!

CK Group are currently recruiting for Resourcers / Trainee Recruiters to join their growing recruitment team. As specialists in recruiting for the Scientific, IT, Clinical an Engineering industries CK source permanent and contract staff for clients across the UK and Europe.

This is a great opportunity to join an expanding, exciting and dyanmic company who are looking for career minded individuals. 

So if you are interested in sales orientated roles and have lots of personality click here to apply!

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CK Science consultant finalist at IRP Awards 2013

CK Science’s Victoria Walker has been selected as a Finalist for the IRP’s Permanent Consultant of the Year award for 2013! The award, which recognises professional excellence, best practice and inspirational work ethics, is the ultimate accolade for professionals in the recruitment industry.

We nominated Vicki as one of our rising stars due to her commitment to excellent customer relationships, her business development techniques as well as her ability to continuously bring ambitious and practical solutions to her working environment. We feel this award would be very fitting for one of our top Senior Recruitment Consultants.

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on Tuesday 3rd December – keep your fingers crossed for Vicki!

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CK Founder Finalist for Business Personality of the Year Award

CK Group founder, Ashley Kirk has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Derbyshire Times Business Personality of the Year award.

Ashley set up CK Group with business partner, Liam O’Connell over 20 years ago. Based at its head office in Chesterfield, the company focuses on the recruitment of Scientific, Clinical and IT recruitment. The group has flourished over the years to become one of the largest specialist recruitment companies in the UK. It now has a turnover of over £20 million, employs 51 staff and is expanding into Europe.

Ashley is responsible for the strategic direction of the CK Group and has direct responsibility for the group’s support function and for high value accounts. His forward thinking and visionary approach has seen the completely reorganisation of  core teams from finance, marketing, HR and screening; as well as the implementation of new service offerings resulting in an increase in turnover of over 100% in the last 3 years.

Ashley’s approach to business has ensured that the CK Group is an enjoyable and supportive place to work, offering excellent training and prospects for its staff whilst providing a trusted and respected service to clients and candidates

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 21st November at Chesterfield football club. So, like us, keep your fingers crossed for Ashley.

For more information on the Derbyshire Times Business Awards click here

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GSK opens a new €30m facility in Cork

The GSK media site has reported that GlaxoSmithKline has opened a new €30m manufacturing facility at an existing site in Curabinny, Co Cork.

This facility is a state-of-the-art plant, which will manufacture Gantrez, the adhesive used in the company’s Poligrip denture product.

Opening this new site will create 20 new jobs for the Cork area. Finbar Whyte, the GSK Cork site director, said the new facility new facility is an indication of the “key positions” both Cork and Dungarvan play in GSK’s global manufacturing network………and will greatly help secure existing employment at GSK in Ireland.


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AstraZeneca’s BioHub receives new arrivals

As reported by The BioHub which is situated at AstraZeneca old site at Alderley Park now has a total of nine firms that have taken space since its launch earlier this year. Set up to nurture new biopharma start-ups, the 36,000sq. ft site, run by BioCity, provides facilities such as laboratory and office space, restaurant and conference rooms, as well as contract services.

Six new companies – Gentronix, Cyprotex Discovery, Bionow, OncoTherics, Integral Finance and The Research Network – have now taken space at the BioHub, joining three others (RedX Anti-Infectives, Blueberry Therapeutics and Imagen Biotech) who have located there since the project was started in May.

Or click here to view our current biopharma jobs

To read the story in full click here

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CK Science attending Sheffield Science Careers Fair

CK Science is once again exhibiting at the Sheffield Science Careers Fair which is being held on Thursday 21st November at The Octagon Centre which is part of the University Sheffield. The event, which is arranged between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, aims to promote the range of options available for science students and graduates within the science industry.

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CK Science sponsor YCF Inaugural Dinner

CK Science is thrilled to be sponsoring the Yorkshire Chemical Focus’s Inaugural Dinner on 23rd October. The charity dinner is being held during the YCFs annual conference which is a two day event being held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

This year it focusses on “Your Journey to Reliability Excellence” where it will guide attendees though the process of achieving a sustainable, reliable and cost effective plant. Through a series of seminars and interactive workshops they will learn about the techniques needed, hear from top multinational companies and network with fellow industry professionals.

All attendees to the conference are able to attend the Inaugural Dinner, which is being held in aid of The James Milner Foundation, a charity that promotes healthy recreation and educational advancement of young people in need in the UK.

Click here for more information on this event

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CK attending the CIA’s National Skills Conference

CK Science will be attending the Chemical Industry Associations National Skills Conference on 25th September at the Leeds Marriott Hotel

The event, which has been jointly organised with NSAPI and Cogent SSC, is a must for anyone with people management or skills development responsibility. It aims to significantly enhance your knowledge of the skills landscape and provide you with practical solutions to tackle skills shortages and shortfalls.

If you would like to arrange to meet with one of our consultants at the event click here

If you would like to attend the conference click here to book 

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Almac cancer research funding boost

Almac has invested £13 million into two cancer research ventures, with £7 million to be spent in Northern Ireland.

The pharmaceutical company, in a partnership with Queen’s University, are set to undertake research into the clinical performance of a drug developed within Northern Ireland. There will also be a project that has the intention of setting up a drug discovery unit in Queen’s Cancer research and Cell Biology centre at Belfast City Hospital.

Almac  is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of services from research through pharmaceutical development to commercialisation of product. For more information on Almac’s services and the company itself, click here.

To search through our current science vacancies, click here.

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Irish breast cancer research investment

Breast cancer researchers from across Ireland collaborate in a project to tackle the disease.

50 experts from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are set to combine their expertise within Ireland’s first Collaborative Cancer Research Centre established by the Irish Cancer Society. Over £6 million is expected to be invested over five years into the centre. Researchers from across Irish universities are to be involved.

The centre, led by William Gallagher of University College Dublin, “will for the first time in Ireland harness the wealth of data available on breast cancer from around the globe to inform new clinical trials and treatments, and link in with world leading scientists and institutions such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Cambridge Research Institute in the UK.”

If you are looking for a science based job, start your search with CK today!

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Oxfordshire Science Park to Create 1,000 Jobs

Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire is set to expand, with up to 1,000 new science and technology jobs.

Three new research labs and office space have been discussed at the Abingdon site, and a planning application has been sent to the council. The 1,000 jobs include skilled and unskilled workers, including the construction of the new buildings and the scientists then working in them once they have been completed.

The created jobs are set to expand the workforce at the Science Park by 50%, to near 3,000. Should planning permission be granted, private companies will be invited to move operations to the park, before construction begins. Currently with 2,000 staff and 45 companies, the Culham Science Park is part of Science Vale UK, which includes two other Oxfordshire sites employing over 10,000 people between them. The expanding of the Abingdon site can only boost the area’s scientific centre credentials further.

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Biologics Centre for Darlington

A new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre is to be located in Darlington, announced the Centre for Process Innovation.

Darlington was chosen for its proximity to universities in the North East, existing pharmaceutical companies and the excellent transport links of the area. David Willets MP, the Minister for Universities and Science, believes the Centre will “significantly increase the UK’s manufacturing capabilities in biologics,” hopefully increasing the chance of life sciences investment.

Biologics, medicines created using biotechnology, account for up to 15% of the current pharmaceutical market, and are doing better than the pharmaceutical sector generally. More than a fifth of all medicines launched worldwide are developed through the use of biotechnology. With this amount likely to grow, the development of the Centre in Darlington is set to give a significant boost to the area and to the UK in general.

Are you looking for a job in biotechnology? Click here to search our jobs, now

Pharmaceutical Jobs     Science Jobs

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Global Head Supply Chain API Job – Ireland


  • Reference: 27417
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract type: Permanent

We are currently recruiting for a Global Head Supply Chain (API) to join a pharmaceutical company to work at their site in County Cork in Ireland on a permanent basis.

The purpose of this role  is to ensure the success of the local site supply chain teams for all API sites by adhering to MRP II Class A supply chain processes.


For more information and to read the full job description click here


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Regulatory Affairs Job – North Yorkshire

This weeks job of the week is a fantastic opportunity,  a leading specialist wound care company is looking for a Regulatory Affairs Associate to join them at their site situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Naynesh a specialist regulatory affairs Recruiter has made a short video giving more information about this job.


Watch this video here



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Cancer Research Launch new study called TRACERx

The BBC has reported that Cancer Research UK, is launching a new study called TRACERx that will track how lung tumours develop and evolve as patients receive their treatment. The study will run for 9 years and will cost an estimated £14 million.

Specialists from Aberdeen Royal infirmary and other researchers from across the UK will combine together along with 850 volunteers sufferers to take part in the study.

Some 42,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK every year, with about 35,000 deaths from the disease.


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A winner, in the engineering survey prize draw!

Earlier this year we asked all of you who are Engineers, to complete our engineering survey. We are really pleased with the results which will be published later in the year. We also entered everyone who completed the survey into a free prize draw to win an Amazon Kindle.

We are pleased to say that a winner has been picked from the draw, the winner of the Amazon Kindle was………

Alan Bentham an Engineer from South Shields!

Alan was drawn out of the draw by Jocelyn Blackham a Resourcer based in the Stevenage officer at CK Science (picutred below)

Thank you to all who took part in the survey, we really appreciated it!


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REC Reveals Ways to Fill Skilled Work Vacancies

Operations Director Liam O’Connell has recently attended an REC Skills Summit in London, which was intended to explain the disconnect between those out of work and the vacancies in many areas that could be filled.

The Summit brought together many from across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, engineering and technology, so as to try to address the issues facing them. It is clear from these discussions that there is a significant skills gap, with many employers predicting these issues to continue for the near future.

To combat these problems, the REC have come up with a variety of methods, from investments in skills training by businesses, to apprenticeships created thanks to government policy. The apprenticeship policy seems as though it would be most effective, as around a quarter of employers said that they did not hire young people due to lack of skills or experience. It is necessary to train these young people in order to ensure that the skills are there in the future, rather than seeing the gap widen further.

If you are someone who is looking to find a job in the science sector, please click here to search our jobs, now

BBC News story     Science Jobs

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Variety in Science Grants to Benefit Research

Chemistry World has recently reported on a study into the effectiveness of the allocation of grant money to the scientific community.

The study, conducted by David Currie and Jean-Michel Fortin, biologists at the University of Ottawa, Canada, found that a series of smaller grants to a wider variety of people and institutions is more conducive to effective and meaningful research than large grants to the ‘elite’ in the scientific community. The conclusions of Currie and Fortin indicate that an increased monetary grant does not increase productivity.

Highly cited studies are seemingly unaffected by the level of funding received. The impact generally comes down to the quality of the researchers, regardless of career stage. Some more experienced scientists could have larger grants but less time to perform studies due to other commitments, such as teaching, and so cannot fully use the grant money. It would therefore be better to disseminate the money to a wider variety of researchers so that more diverse research could be performed.

Essentially, the money from grants is better used to improve the scientific community as a whole, rather than for the benefit a few specific areas of research. By funding the elite institutions, it is probably that the vitality and variety of scientific thought will be significantly dulled.

For an opportunity to involve yourself in the advancement of the scientific community, click here to search our current science jobs

Science Jobs     £1bn funding boost for seven science and research projects      

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