Director of CK answers your careers questions

As part of our “How to build a career in the chemical industry” webinar we have had some follow up questions from the audience and also pre submitted questions that we did not have enough time to answer on the day. In order to answer these questions, we will publish written answers to these questions from the different panel members over the next couple of weeks. Liam O’Connell, Director of the CK Group and Chairman at REC life sciences has provided some very helpful answers to your questions:

 

I have a PhD in physics (with some organic chemistry) and I’m trying to get a scientific job at a local pharma hub. I’m being told that I don’t have the right experience for a “skilled” lab position like analytical chemist, and they won’t hire me for an entry level lab position because they think I’ll “get bored”. What advice can you offer me?

The problem you are having is that when you are trying to get into the pharma or chemical sectors most organisations require candidates who are qualified with life sciences degrees or PhD. Therefore you are at a disadvantage in that you are going for roles against candidates who have the ‘relevant’ skills. Companies will always choose the candidate they feel most suited to the role

A physics Phd is still very useful, however I would suggest that you change tack a bit, and aim to source a role in the medical devices sector. This is still very related to the life sciences field but there is a much greater demand for scientists with physics background in this area. Also the medical devices field is one of the fastest growing sectors within the science field in the UK and is highly innovative with a great deal of research being undertaken.

Another alternative is for you to approach companies and ask to undertake some intern based work. This will give you a chance to prove yourself to companies, get relevant experience while at the same time you will be able to decide whether you want to pursue your career in the life sciences field.

 

I would like to work in an industrial field but I do not have any hands on experience, do you have any suggestion of how I could get a job?

One of the biggest conundrums in looking for a scientific job is ‘how do I get a job without experience and how do I get experience without a job’. Undoubtedly it is much easier to get a job if you have relevant experience in the lab, and companies will look for either potential relevant experience in industry or in a laboratory environment.  As such when choosing your degree it is wiser to apply to courses which offer industrial experience as part of the degree. This will put you at a distinct advantage.  If you do not have this type of experience through your degree it is important that you get as good a qualification as possible, and this could possibly mean going on to do a Masters.

Otherwise in your CV you need to highlight all the laboratory work you have undertaken throughout your degree on your CV, demonstrating what techniques you have used and what projects you have undertaken in the lab. You must ensure that your CV is as relevant as possible to industry.  If you are still having trouble getting into industry I would suggest that you approach scientific companies located in your area directly and ask for voluntary internships or work shadowing. This demonstrates a willingness to gain experience and can also act as a trail with companies who, if you demonstrate the right attitude, may offer a more permanent role.

 

Will there be any opportunities existing for Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) candidates in U.K.?

The scientific market in the UK is fairly buoyant at the moment and is forecast to continue to improve over the next 5 years. The government has designated the STEM sector as a National Priority Sector and as such is investing a good deal of time and resources in this field. Via such incentives as the Patent Box Tax and R & D Tax Credits there has never been a better time for the science industries to undertake research in the UK. Also we are seeing much greater training being undertaken to meet demands for future staff.

Physical chemistry is still a very strong sector. What is important when looking for a role is that you are very proactive in searching for a job.

You need to undertake research into which sectors of the science industry employ people with your skills, and then you need to approach companies directly, to find out who is the person responsible for recruiting candidates with you skills in that company, speaking to them about your background, and telling them about yourself. They may not have vacancies at that particular point and time but they will remember you for future vacancies. On occasion they will meet up to offer advice and assistance, and remember the science industry is all about contacts so they may know about other roles which are relevant to you.

Two other bits of advice, you need to be flexible when you are looking for a role. Be prepared to relocate, be flexible in terms of salary and benefits, and if the role is less demanding that you want, do not discount it as the role could be a good stepping stone.

The other bit of advice is, to look at contract /temporary roles. These can get you valuable experience while in a great deal of cases they can lead to permanent positions. Overall I would suggest that you are much more proactive than just looking at job boards or waiting for recruitment agencies to call. Approach companies directly, particularly by phone and speak to people.

 

I’m an international student and after I have finished my PhD next year, I’m entitled to get 1 year work visa to find a job or sponsor who can provide me with a work visa. I have in total 3.8 years work experience from the UK and overseas. What are the chances of me finding a sponsor in the chemistry industry?

It has become difficult to get a work visa in the UK, with the changing political climate. This is causing problems as the candidate pool is not expanding fast enough. Companies are still expanding and trying to recruit the highest calibre candidates, but it is becoming more difficult to get visas for the candidates and the requirements for the visas are getting tougher all the time.

It is getting much more difficult to find a sponsor for employment in the chemical industry, but it is taken on a case by case basis, and if your skills are in high demand and are scarce you have a much greater change of getting sponsorship.

 

If you would like to watch the webinar click here

If you are looking for a scientific job, search our latest jobs here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 4th January 2016

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 4th January and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 459 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 271 permanent roles
  • 188 temporary or contract roles

Happy New Year from everyone at CK Science! 2015 was a good year for science jobs in the UK – there was a growth across the sector as a whole and an average 12% increase in the number of advertised Analytical Chemistry jobs. We hope this continues throughout 2016 and we are already seeing positive signs as there has been an 8% increase in advertised jobs in comparison to this time last year!

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

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CK Quality Director joins REC Committee

Lorna Crombie, Quality Director at CK Group, has been appointed as member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Professional Standards Committee.

In this new position Lorna will need to review serious breaches of the REC Code of Professional Practice, and issues sanctions against REC members under authority delegated to it by the REC Council. Decisions made by the PSC impact on REC members and wider industry. Members are committed to the highest standards of conduct and compliance and the promotion and implementation of best practice in recruitment.

For more information on this click here

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Careers advisor from the RSC answers your questions

As part of our “How to build a career in the chemical industry” webinar we have had some follow up questions from the audience and also pre submitted questions that we did not have enough time to answer on the day. In order to answer these questions, we will publish written answers to these questions from the different panel members over the next couple of weeks.

Charlotte Ashley-Roberts a Careers Consultant at the Royal Society of Chemistry has provided us with very informative answers to your questions:

I‘m a graduate of Industrial Chemistry. I started my career in the lubricant industry and I have over 4 years experience in this field. I need to further my education to boost my career and I can’t seem to find any post graduate course in my field. What advice do you have for me?

I would say that further education is unlikely to help in most cases. If the roles you are applying for specifically ask for a qualification you don’t have then it might be worth pursuing but this isn’t normally the case. I would advise that you have your application checked by an experienced professional as it is more likely you aren’t selling your skills well enough. If you do decide to go for a postgraduate course then it doesn’t always matter if it’s not in the ‘right’ field – choose one which interests you.

I work in Nigeria and my family is in UK. I had my PhD in the UK. I have been looking for job in the UK both as a lecturer/research assistant or postdoc and in the industry as an Analytical/Environmental chemist but have not been able to get one mainly because I don’t have UK working experience. Please what can I do to be considered for a job in the UK. I do not have visa problem and I will be grateful for any advise.

I would speak to your network already based in the UK in academia as they will be best placed to answer your question. I would also look at www.vitae.ac.uk which gives information on how to apply (and what to include) for academic applications. There are 4 main things they will look for: teaching experience, independent research, publications and revenue generation. It may be that interviewing you when you are abroad is tricky? Finally, I would say that it is an extremely competitive environment so it may just be a matter of time.

How can we ensure that employers are not losing valuable skilled potential employees trying to return to a more-flexible employment situation after extended parental leave?

Wow, that’s a big question, one I don’t have a solution for I am afraid. I am not sure we can, it will come down to the employer and their strategy, flexibility and willingness to employ parents. Many employers allow flexible working and there are laws in place to support parents at work. I think we need to ensure they see that parents bring value to the workplace and we (as parents) have some responsibility to demonstrate our skills to the employer too.

What maximum age is considered for a job in a chemical industry?

There is no maximum age, age discrimination is illegal in the UK and you are allowed to work until you don’t want to. We don’t see any problems at any age (in my experience).

If you would like to watch the webinar click here

If you are looking for a scientific job, search our latest job here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 21st December 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market, this week there were 853 jobs available. Find out more here.

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 21st December and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 654 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 573 permanent roles
  • 81 temporary or contract roles

As we reach the week of Christmas the numbers of jobs have dropped by 23%, affecting both permanent and contract jobs.

As this is our last report for 2015 we thought we would recap on what we learnt throughout the course of the year, this includes:

  • Average job numbers is 644 per week split as 544 permanent and 99 temporary
  • September and December were the best months to search for a permanent job as numbers reached 800, and tipped the scale at over 1400 at points.
  • In comparison to last year, job numbers for this week are up 27%
  • In the last 6 months of this year job numbers grew by 12%

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 14th December 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market, this week there were 853 jobs available. Find out more here.

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 14th December and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 853 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 720 permanent roles
  • 133 temporary or contract roles

2015 has been a successful year for job seekers looking to develop a career in Analytical Chemistry, and it continues right up to date. The growth in jobs has remained steady since mid October. Year on year there has been a 66% growth in these jobs which reaffirms the mounting confidence in the economy.

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 7th December 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market, this week there were 836 jobs available. Find out more here.

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 7th December and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 836 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 721 permanent roles
  • 115 temporary or contract roles

These scientific jobs have remained stagnant over the past few weeks, but this week we are pleased to see further growth with a 20% increase in jobs. With the rise in jobs covering both permanent and contract jobs it is a positive change at this time of year.

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

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Dr Barwick answers your post webinar careers questions

As part of our “How to build a career in the chemical industry” webinar we have had some follow up questions from the audience and also pre submitted questions that we did not have enough time to answer on the day. In order to answer these questions, we will publish written answers to these questions from the different panel members over the next couple of weeks.

Dr Ian Barwick, the Chief Operating Officer at the Life Science Hub Wales has provided us with with some excellent answers focussing on getting a scientific job:

 

1. I am a biochemist by training. I would like to ask the panel regarding advices for a start-up career in industry after PhD and what companies are looking for in a prospective employee.

You could gain a lot of information by looking at the recruitment requirements for the companies you would consider working and use that as a starting point. The jobs being posted will indicate what are the essential and desirable skills and experiences that you need and you can identify your strong and weaker areas. I am sure that there is a lot of information that will help you on company websites regarding their recruitment processes.

 

2. I would like to pursue a career in the fragrance chemical industry. Do you have any advice for graduate level jobs or further study that would be beneficial? Thank you.

I would suggest contacting some of the fragrance companies and asking their advice – this is not an area of industry I am familiar with and so the best people to ask would be the companies themselves. They could tell you what they would be looking for in a new employee as regards skills and experience which can only help you decide your next steps.

 

3. Is it necessary to continue in a similar sector in industry to what was studied in my PhD? Are the transferable skills really seen as transferable? What would you be looking for when interviewing someone who had a PhD but very limited industrial experience?

Given the specialised and focussed nature of a PhD, it is probably unlikely that you would work in an industrial area absolutely matching 100% your thesis. That said, you will probably migrate to areas relevant to your research and so your knowledge and experience will be very useful. Probably more likely that a future employer will see your PhD as proof of your academic rigour and talent and one which they can build upon in their organisation. In terms of transferable skills, then doing a PhD is clearly valuable to an organisation but it is only really the start of your research career. An employer will want to ensure that you would be the right fit for the job i.e. you have the right skills but also the right attitude to fit into the organisation without any problems. If you look at a PhD student, then many of them wont have much industry experience, an employer is really investing in their potential, what they can bring to an organisation now, but also how they can develop over time and part of your interview process should be to make sure you ‘sell yourself’ properly by emphasising your talents and skills.

A crucially important part for me when interviewing (after ensuring the candidate meets the essential criteria) is assessing whether the candidate would be the right fit for the organisation and you can find out a lot about an organisation from its website (mission, values, goals etc) and use this to your advantage in your application to them.

 

4. I have a 3rd Class BSc Chemistry in 2013 from the University of Leicester. I’ve watched the webinar this morning and wanted to say that I have found it very useful. I am currently unemployed but I had previously worked as an Industrial Lab Assistant for 7 months until the end of April 2015. Since then I have been struggling to get into any kind of work. I have also recently joined the Society of Chemical Industry. I wanted to ask what would be the best advice you could offer to someone in my position and whether it is worth me going back to university to do a masters or to redo my degree.

In your position I would not recommend redoing your BSc.  I think the important thing is to get as much practical experience as you can which will help your CV. One thing I would say is that the more time that passes from when you graduated, the less important your class of degree becomes as you gain more relevant skills and experience. Doing a masters degree may help if you chose the right course and also if the course incorporates a project element as it might be a good way to approach a company if you can identify a project that would be of interest to them. (when I did my masters, I did a project relevant to the company I wanted to work for and they ended up offering me a job).
I think as well your approach with joining the SCi is good as well as the more you can network and connect with people and companies, the better. Also think about using LinkedIn as there could be some excellent groups that you could join to help in your job search.
Lastly, don’t be too fixated on your class of degree – a friend of mine got a third in Chemistry, but still managed to study for and get his PhD and has a very high- flying job and I am sure that with your drive and determination you will get the right job for you.

 

If you would like to watch the webinar click here

If you are looking for a scientific job, search our latest job here

 

 

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Surge in UK waste jobs

Over the last few weeks CK Science has seen a sudden fluctuation in waste jobs across the UK.

The roles we are recruiting for a both permanent and contract positions, covering a range of locations from Southampton up to Lancashire, and require a wide variety of experience levels and skills. Take a look at the list below and see if any of them are of interest:

Chempac Chemist – Southampton

In this role you will be responsible for assessing drums and their contents then applying the relevant packaging, and ensuring safe transport in line with road transport & hazardous waste regulations.

To find out more on this role click here

Plant Chemist – Hertfordshire

In this role you analyse the plant effluent samples and incoming customer samples for pre-acceptance criteria in compliance with Company Systems and procedures including Business Management System BMS

To find out more on this role click here

Shift Process Chemist – Birmingham

The main purpose of this role is to be based at the site’s Treatment Plant to efficiently receive, process and despatch incoming wastes through a hazardous waste treatment and transfer facility. Paramount to the role is that waste is assessed and handled in an approved manner ensuring Health, Safety and Environmental compliance are met whilst demonstrating continuous improvement in productivity, plant availability and the quality of materials produced.

To find out more on this role click here

Shift Process/Site Chemist – Birmingham

As a Shift Process Site Chemist, the main purpose of your role is to be based at the Hazardous Waste Transfer Station and you will be responsible for the safe handling, storage and onward disposal of packaged hazardous waste.

To find out more on this role click here

Site Chemist – Lancashire

As a Site Chemist, the main purpose of your role will be to ensure the operation of a hazardous waste transfer station is able to receive and dispatch loads, ensuring Security, Technical, Health & Safety and Environmental compliance, whilst showing continuous improvement in productivity, commercial performance & resource availability.

To find out more on this role click here

Waste Transfer Station Supervisor – South Yorkshire

The main purpose of this role will be to lead a team of Chemists and Operators in the compliant, safe and effective operation of the Transfer Station. You will also supervise WTS operations in conformance with the working plan, licence/PPC permit and any other statutory requirements.

To find out more on this role click here

Site Chemist x3 – Merseyside

In this role you will be required to organise the company’s in-coming waste loads acceptance and inspection in order to develop and maintain the highest possible standards; to organise the company’s waste load routing, preparation and dispatch in order to develop and maintain the highest possible standards

To find out more on this role click here

Shift Site Operative x 3 – Merseyside

As a Shift Site Operative you will be required to efficiently carry out operational tasks in a safe and compliant manner in accordance with Company Procedures and Standards along with all other available Guidance and relevant Law.

To find out more on this role click here

Laboratory Chemist – Merseyside

As a Laboratory Chemist your role will be to perform analysis of samples for: pre acceptance, trade effluent discharge, solvent routing, external treatment, flow meter, regulatory and general analytical requirements; to maintain all laboratory equipment, supplies and service agreements; general administrative duties.

To find out more on this role click here

Waste Technical Manager – Merseyside

As a Waste Technical Manager, the main purpose of your role will be to manage the company’s outgoing waste loads in line with incoming stock and continual stock reduction program; to manage the company’s waste load routing, preparation and dispatch in order to maintain the highest possible standards and to provide a technical management service to assist the Site Manager in effectively controlling the site’s strategic dispatch requirements

To find out more on this role click here

If these roles aren’t quite for you, you can always search our other science jobs here

Or search our meet the team section to find, and speak to a consultant who can help you with your job search.

 

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 30th November 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market, this week there were 696 jobs available. Find out more here.

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 30th November and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 696 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 613 permanent roles
  • 83 temporary or contract roles

After last weeks this week contract jobs have dropped from 99 roles to 83, whether as permanent jobs have increased from 599 to 613 jobs.

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Watch our “Build a chemical career” post webinar video

Thank you to everyone who attended our live workshop and webinar supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry filmed at Chemistry World Jobs Live event, London.

Themed “how to build a career in the chemical industry” with 6 eminent industry experts it explored how to progress careers whether at a junior or senior level.

The event was very successful with lots of interesting questions from the audience and invaluable advice from the panel members!
If you did not get chance to watch the webinar or would like to watch it back, please watch it below:

If you would like to contact us regarding the webinar please email webinar@ckscience.co.uk.

Search our latest jobs here

 

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 23rd November 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 23rd November and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 698 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 599 permanent roles
  • 99 temporary or contract roles

In comparison to last week’s job numbers, we have logged a huge 22% increase across permanent and contract jobs. The growth within the contract and temporary jobs market has exceeded the 50% mark have shot up from 63 advertised jobs last week, to 99 jobs this week.

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

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CK attend CIA Annual Dinner

CK Science’s Liam O’Connell and Victoria Walker attending the Chemical Industry Association’s Annual Dinner on Thursday 19th November. The dinner, which was held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London, had over 900 industry professionals including senior representatives of chemical companies and leading figures from government, industry, stakeholders and the news media join together for an evening of networking and intelligence gathering.

With a speaker list that consisted of the CEO of Solvay who is also the President of CEFIC (equivalent of CIA within Europe), the MP for Local Growth and Northern Powerhouse as well as CIA’s President and Chief Executive, the event covered some highly topical industry concerns.

Tom Crotty, President of the CIA took the opportunity to recognise future challenges when he said “We have the opportunity to build a new European chemical business around shale and I believe to rejuvenate our three key UK chemical clusters with energy, infrastructure and skills in Central Scotland, Merseyside and Teesside.” But warned “If government is genuinely committed to a manufacturing resurgence they need to understand that a thriving chemical industry is vital.
We need to urgently address our energy base if we want a thriving UK chemical industry.”

To discuss the event in more detail please contact CK Science’s Operations Director, Liam O’Connell on loconnell@ckscience.co.uk

Or to find out more about the CIA click here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 16th November 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 16th November and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 568 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 505 permanent roles
  • 63 temporary or contract roles

There has been a small decline in jobs since last week. This has impacted permanent jobs which have fallen by 14%, and contract jobs which have fallen but by 34%.

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

If you would like CK Science to help you with your scientific recruitment then contact us

 

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Editor of Chemistry World joins webinar panel

We are pleased to announce that Adam Brownsell, Editor of Chemistry World Magazine at the Royal Society of Chemistry will be joining us at Chemistry World Jobs Live for our “how to build a career in the chemical industry” workshop and webinar as the Compere.

 

A picture of Adam Brownsell

We are very excited to have Adam on this panel as he has worked for nearly 15 years in corporate, educational, medical and now, at the Royal Society of Chemistry, scientific publishing. His career began in magazines, traversed books, journals and eLearning, and has now returned to magazines with his editorship of Chemistry World, a leading magazine for chemical scientists worldwide. He has previously worked for Nelson Thornes, Walters Kluwer and the Royal College of Surgeons, and has consulted with numerous professional bodies on publishing business models and product development.

Adam is known for his fantastic speaking ability and will be a great Compere for this event.

 

Find out who else is part of our panel here 

 

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 9th November 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 9th November and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 684 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 588 permanent roles
  • 96 temporary or contract roles

There has been a substantial increase in the number of permanent Analytical Chemistry jobs this week, with a further 100 jobs added in the past week. This number is similar to the figure two weeks ago, but this number is the highest we have seen in quite a few months!

 

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

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Dr Ian Barwick joins our panel for CWJL

As part of our “how to build a career in the chemical industry workshop and webinar”, we are pleased to announce that Dr Ian Barwick will be joining the panel.

Dr Barwick is the Chief Operating Officer for the Life Science Hub Wales. We are thrilled that he is working with us as he has a wealth of experience in the life science industries and is interested in advising people in setting up their own business, software and new technologies.

After graduating with a BSc in Chemistry from Loughborough University in 1989, Dr Barwick remained at Loughborough to complete his PhD in 1993 looking at medicinal additives in animal feeds using analytical, physical and radiochemical techniques.  Dr Barwick was then recruited by Inveresk Research (now Charles River) to manage a large analytical and formulation department in Edinburgh which was involved in the preclinical safety testing of pharmaceuticals and also completed an MBA at Napier University. During his 8 years at Inveresk Research, Dr Barwick helped develop a new formulation software package and was then headhunted in 2001 by a software company (Instem) when it acquired the software from Inveresk.

Dr Barwick’s role at Instem involved the training, implementation and validation of the software in pharmaceutical companies, then in 2003 set up his own consultancy company to provide these services to a wider client base globally. In 2007, Dr Barwick was recruited to Bangor University to lead their commercialisation and intellectual property group and also worked part-time for Finance Wales with their spin-out program. In 2010 he took up a position at University College Dublin working with three of their life science institutes to develop their industry engagement strategy, then in June 2014 took on the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Life Sciences Hub Wales Ltd in Cardiff.

There are 6 other panel members who have diverse backgrounds in background, experiences and interests, find out more about these in the links below.

If you would like to register to join the webinar online click here

Find out more information about the event here

 

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Analytical Chemistry Jobs Market – 26th October 2015

Each week, CK Science is providing a snapshot of the Analytical Chemistry jobs market. Over time, we aim to give you a picture of how it changes and evolves, and most importantly, how this may impact on you depending on overall demand and seasonal changes. So whether you are an Analyst looking for a new science job or an employer seeking new Chemist to join your team, we hope that this market snapshot helps you with your decision making.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Analytical Chemistry jobs have been advertised within the previous week.

This summary was completed on Monday 26th October and relates to adverts posted for Analytical Chemists on:

  • New Scientist
  • Monster
  • CV Library
  • Emedcareers
  • Pharmiweb
  • Willey job network
  • Access Science jobs.

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 681 Analytical Chemistry vacancies were published last week, with:

  • 594 permanent roles
  • 87 temporary or contract roles

There has been a substantial increase in the number of permanent Analytical Chemistry jobs this week, with a further 27 jobs added in the past week. This is a great sign that the science job market is becoming more and more buoyant which supports industry data that predicts ongoing growth and stability.

 

If you are interested in us helping you find your next science job please search our vacancies

 

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Almac Recruitment Manager joins CWJL panel

Our panel of industry experts continues to grow, as we are thrilled to announce that Kim Nesbitt, Recruitment Manager at Almac will be joining us on the 25th November at our ‘how to build a career in the chemical industry’ workshop and webinar.

Kim has worked as the Recruitment Manager at the Almac Group for 6 years. The Almac Group is a privately owned contract research organisation offering the most comprehensive range of services extending from research through pharmaceutical and clinical development to commercialisation of product.  The global organisation has over 3,800 employees and its headquarters are based in Northern Ireland with extensive operations in the UK, Asia and US.  Kim has worked in various senior HR and Recruitment roles at scientific organisations such as Randox laboratories and URS, since graduating from the Herriot Watt University in 2000.

With Kim’s experience recruiting across Almac’s specialist scientific teams and a history working across the research, diagnostics and engineering industries, we feel she will be a huge asset to the panel.

The event will help you explore how you can progress your career whether you are at a junior or senior level. So if you are looking for a new challenge or if you are exploring the idea of a career change this will be an excellent workshop for you to attend. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing the remaining speakers, find out the speakers who have been released so far here.

This workshop will be held at 11 am on the 25th of November and also will be live streamed so if you are unable to attend you don’t have to miss out – you can still participate online.

If you would like to register to join the webinar online click here

 

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Top tips for academics looking for a commercial career

CK Science’s Recruitment Manager, Jason Johal has noticed an increasing number of PhD students and academic workers struggling to adapt to life in their new commercially orientated science job so has compiled some top tips to support the transition.

From understanding the differences between the academic and business world, through to recognising the direction you want you science career to go in there will be a learning curve attached to this move.  The core challenge for academics will be learning to work to KPI’s (key performing indicators) and financial targets. The commercial world has a very different approach, methodology and format as it is ultimately it driven by money, however, once you have adapted to this new working world you will find a dynamic, innovative, fast-paced world where hard work is recognised and rewarded.

If you would like to read this advice article click here

 

Or to speak to Jason directly click here

 

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