Senior Analytical Scientist - LCMS / HPLC

CK Group
Closing date
20 Aug 2022

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Full Time
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CK Group are recruiting for a Senior Analytical Scientist, to join a global provider of analytical services to the food and pharmaceutical industries, to be based at their facilities in Reading on a permanent basis.

About the client:
Our client is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food sectors. Their diverse pipeline of projects varies from creating new products, validating medicines and completing analytical investigations. They are a global leader in their field, serving clients from across 60 countries.

This Senior Scientist role is a thought leadership position within the Functional Ingredient's department, utilising chromatography techniques - primarily LC-MS, HPLC and Ion Chromatography - to conduct routine and investigative analyses on a range of pharmaceutical and food products to GMP and UKAS regulations, providing method development and problem solving complex cases. While it does not directly line manage, it is a senior position within the team responsible for providing expertise to other members of the lab.

About the role:
You will provide technical direction and leadership—which includes training and mentoring junior team members—in the laboratory to ensure that complex projects are completed on time and with the appropriate analytical and regulatory standards. In this role, you will review and approve scientific reports, method development and validations.

You will independently perform method development and validations of complex food and pharmaceutical matrices using HPLC and LCMS. In addition this role will also involve investigative and routine analysis of products using chromatography techniques. You will independently manage workloads and train junior members of the team as required.

Excellent communication skills will be required of you because you will write technical reports, check data, offer interpretations of results and interact with internal and external holders using influencing and presentation skills to present project proposals and results.

About you:
To be considered for the position, you should ideally have the following skills and expertise:
  • Be qualified to a minimum of degree level, and ideally PhD level (or possess an equivalent level of experience) in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Experience of method development, method validation and instrument troubleshooting using LCMS and HPLC on complex matrices
  • Experience of working in a contract analytical testing environment would be highly beneficial for this position.

The benefits:
Our client offers an exceptional range of benefits, including:
Excellent basic salaries
Annual performance related bonus
Very competitive company pension scheme
27 days annual leave with the option to purchase up to 5 days more
Private medical insurance
Life Assurance
Employee perks scheme

For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Sarah Farrow on 01246 457722 or email

It is essential that applicants hold entitlement to work in the UK.
Please quote job reference 53557 in all correspondence.


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