Sarah speaks at Durham University careers event

Sarah Farrow attended the Explore Science Event held at Durham University on Wednesday the 16th of March 2016. This event was held by the careers team at Durham university and was aimed at science based undergraduates, postgraduate researchers or post doctorates.

Sarah, a Senior Recruitment Consultant was asked to give a presentation highlighting her own career path, what specialist recruitment organisations can offer candidates and how to get a job in science. She underscored that recruiters can offer candidates interview and careers advice as well as introducing them to a range of organisations from blue chip pharmaceutical organisations to new industry start up enterprises.

Other presentations were given from a Sales Manager from Heraeus and from medical graduates who have found relevant jobs.

The event went really well and some valuable information was given to the attendees.

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Environmental sector confirms optimistic outlook

This month The Ends Report, providers of market intelligence for environmental professionals, have released a Environmental Careers 2014 supplement to review the current market, careers opportunities and a look at the future of the industry.

The environmental sector is now experience an uplift in staffing requirements with permanent placements rising at a rate not seen since 2010, statistics backed by the REC’s Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services, says demand has definitely returned. “Before this was true of engineering and technology but now demand is spreading across the whole market.”

CK Science’s Operations Director Liam O’Connell also contributed, agreeing that CK Science figures reflected an uplift in new positions across the board. He also took the opportunity to highlight the upcoming challenges that we now face with a shortage of UK graduates to fill high demand roles.

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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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Project to build ‘giant’ wind turbines will create 100’s of environmental jobs

AEnvironmental Jobss reported by the BBC, UK and Irish ministers will today sign an agreement that will mean the some of the world’s largest wind turbines built across the Irish midlands.

According to this proposed agreement hundreds of wind turbines will be erected across the boggy midlands of Ireland. The power generated would be transferred to the UK via undersea cables that would join the grid at two points in Wales. These turbines will be 180 meters tall and they will generate energy for millions of UK homes from 2017.

The developers of the project say that thousands of renewable energy jobs and environmental jobs will be created in Ireland and the economy as a whole will benefit.


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The London 2012 Olympic are the greenest ever

As reported by the BBC, The Independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has announced that London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever.

The commission said that the recycling programmes and regeneration had been a success.

Sustainability was at the heart of London’s bid for the Olympics and the commission said organisers had largely succeeded in achieving it.  For example, the venues were told to be made of at least a quarter recycled materials which included using disused gas pipes in the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Park was also praised for regenerating a derelict area and benefiting wildlife

However the commission said much more could be done to minimise the impact of future Olympic Games on people and the planet.


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Welsh Water invest £1bn in renewable energy projects

The Guardian has reported that Welsh Water  has announced it will be spending £1billion on infrastructure projects in Herefordshire, Wales and Deeside over the next three years.

Welsh Water which is owned by not for profit Glas Cymru is upgrading its treatment works, rebuilding 22 of them, maintaining its networks of water mains and sewers and importantly investing more money into renewable energy projects.

The company, which has 2,000 employees, says its investment means jobs for a further 1,500 people.

The chairman of Welsh Water Bob Ayling said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers supplying drinking water of the highest quality and safeguarding the environment that we look after on behalf of the communities we serve.

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Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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Offshore Group Newcastle to create 1000 jobs as it enters wind farm market

BBC news reported that Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after receiving a Government grant to build foundations for offshore wind farms.

DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme will give OGN £640,250 to build the foundation structures for large wind turbine generators in waters over 30 metres (100ft) deep. The steel jacketed foundation, Triton, will be designed and developed by its subsidiary Aquind, at OGN’s new purpose-built facility at its Hadrian Yard in Wallsend.

OGN chief executive David Edwards said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this grant. Government support is especially vital in the early stages of project development……The offshore wind energy market is crucial to Britain’s future energy needs and we will do our utmost to ensure that this grant takes the UK into an even stronger role as the lead player in this sector.”

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UK scientists grow GM wheat that repels aphids

The Independent reported that the world’s first genetically modified crop that has been engineered to emit a repellent-smelling substance against insect pests is now growing in a small patch of land in the Hertfordshire countryside.

A peppermint gene has been used to engineer a wheat strain that sends out chemical messages to ward off aphid pests. The genetic modification harnesses one of the plant world’s own defence mechanisms, the ability to ward off pests with pheromone odour signals. Peppermint produces a smell, undetectable to humans, which mimics an alarm signal generated by aphids when they are attacked by predators.

Farmers currently have to use pesticides to protect their fields against aphids, which would otherwise destroy up to £120 million of wheat per year.

This crop is not a commercial crop, the idea eventually would be to produce GM wheat varieties that do not need to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. The scientists believe that preventing aphid infestations would benefit the wider environment, including the songbirds that feed on aphids.

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Soil researchers discover a microbe of global agricultural significance

As reported by Scientist Live, microbiologists at the University of Aberdeen have shed new light on the understanding of how ammonia-based fertilisers are inactivated by microorganisms in soil.

Billions of pounds are spent annually on nitrogen fertilisers to support crop production to feed the world’s population. Ammonia-oxidising’ microbes rapidly convert ammonia to nitrate, which is washed out of the soil before it reaches crops for which it is intended. This leads to losses to farmers estimated at over $15 billion per year and nitrate-polluted drinking water.

Over the past hundred years, all strains cultivated have only grown in standard laboratory conditions at higher, neutral pH, and not in acidic conditions.

Research performed at the University of Aberdeen has identified a novel organism which performs the process of ammonia oxidation in acidic conditions, and has also demonstrated that this organism is abundant and globally distributed in acidic soils.

A large part of this work involved the analysis of soils from the Scottish Agricultural College’s Craibstone Estate outside Aberdeen, to recognise the importance of the site from which the organisms were obtained, and the university at which the microbe was first cultivated, the new organism has been named Nitrosotalea devanaterra, which means an ammonia-oxidising ‘rod’ from soil in Aberdeen, incorporating Devana, the Roman name for Aberdeen. It is part of the Domain of microbes known as Archaea.

The research team has now been awarded a £0.5 million, 3.5-year research grant by the Natural Environment Research Council to investigate the highly unusual physiology of Nitrosotalea devanaterra and to find out more about its potential role in the loss of ammonia-based fertilisers and nitrous oxide gas emissions from soil!

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Laboratory/Field Manager – Central Belt of Scotland

Carrie-Ann is looking for a Laboratory/Field Manager to join an environmental land regeneration organisation based in the central belt of Scotland.


As a Laboratory/Field Manager you will be responsible for working alongside and leading a small team both in the field and laboratory.  You will be responsible for inorganic analysis on environmental samples.  You must have good laboratory experience and knowledge of molecular and microbiological techniques.

Experience required:

For this Laboratory/Field Manager role experience in field testing and collecting water and soil samples would be ideal but is not essential as training can be provided.


The successful candidate for this Laboratory/Field Manager role must have a full valid UK drivers licence and be happy to travel on a regular basis for field testing.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Laboratory/Field Manager role please contact Carrie-Ann Bell on 0191 384 8905 or email  Please quote reference DH22891 in all correspondence.

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Environmental Manager Role – North Scotland

Barney Smith is currently recruiting for an Environmental Manager to join a Manufacturer of high quality products based in the North of Scotland.


You will be responsible for managing all aspects of Environmental compliance and performance onsite including maintenance of ISO 9001 and 14001, PPC permits, COSHH regulations, IPPC, and waste regulations including control of pollution act and water framework directive, freshwater fish directive and European Emission Trading Scheme.


You must be qualified to minimum HND/HNC in an environmental or science based subject or possess equivalent experience and have a proven track record in environmental management in chemical or manufacturing industries. 

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this Environmental Manager position, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or  Please quote reference DH22425 in all correspondence.

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Asbestos Surveyor and Analyst Jobs

Our client is a large organisation with offices all over the UK.  They require Asbestos Surveyors and Analysts to join their teams due to an increase in workload.

Currently there are immediate requirements for P401, P403 and P404 level Analysts in the midlands and P402 level Surveyors in the central belt of Scotland.  If you are qualified to Pcert standards and looking for surveying or analytical opportunities then please get in touch.  Entitlement to work in the UK is essential.

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For more information or to apply for these Asbestos Surveyor and Analyst positions, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email

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Analytical Chemist Required for Leading Waste Management Organisation, North West, UK

Our client, a leading waste management organisation, is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to work in the waste sector at their site in the North West of England. This Analytical Chemist role includes shift work and is on a temp to perm basis.

Reporting to the Assistant Site Manager/Operations Manager, the key responsibilities of this Analytical Chemist job will include:

  • To ensure site license, working plan and storage conditions regarding waste treatment and transfer are adhered to
  • To ensure effective operation of all site processes
  • To test for and identify treatment processes for all incoming drummed waste
  • To sample all processes on site and complete daily analysis records
  • To liaise with Site Manager regarding the inputs to the site and where necessary make recommendations based on chemical knowledge
  • To ensure that all records are accurate and up to date
  • To work closely with site operations, customer services and sales
  • To undertake site audits
  • To maintain and update local site procedures
  • To investigate alternative treatment methods available on the site
  • To liaise with regulatory authorities

The ideal candidate for this Analytical Chemist job will possess an HNC qualification in chemistry or degree in chemistry (or equivalent). Previous experience of working in a laboratory environment is required and the candidate will be expected to possess excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and be a good team player. Candidates must be eligible to work in the EEA.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career with a one of the UK’s leading waste management companies.

If you would like more information about this Analytical Chemist role, please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH19299 in all correspondence.

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