Job Vacancy – Scientific Consultant – Quintessa

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Scientific Consultant, Quintessa Ltd

Quintessa is seeking a well-qualified and self-motivated individual to work on environmental and energy issues, including the management and disposal of radioactive wastes and the remediation of nuclear sites. The new recruit will work as part of a team that focuses on the development and application of quantitative and qualitative techniques and associated software for integrated environmental assessment and decision making, providing advice to regulators, industry and government agencies.

Closing Date: 31/03/2012

Location: Henley-on-Thames

Person Requirements: We are interested in hearing from students who have recently graduated, or will be graduating in 2012, and have: – Demonstrable academic excellence in relevant scientific areas; – Strong quantitative capabilities; – Excellent written and verbal communication skills; – The ability to conceptualise problems, develop associated mathematical models and implement these in existing software tools.

Degree Discipline: MSc/PhD in either Earth Sciences, Physics or Mathematics.

How to Apply: If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career applying your problem-solving skills at Quintessa, please email your CV with a covering letter to:


Scientist Training Programme replaces Clinical Scientist Training Scheme

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From 2011, the new graduate entry Scientist Training Programme (STP) will replace the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme (that was co-ordinated by Northgate Arinso Ltd).

Recruitment into the healthcare scientist training posts in England will start in January 2011 for the September 2011 intake. We do not yet know when the closing date will be. NHS trusts, working in partnership with strategic health authorities and higher education institutions, will offer approximately 200 training posts in life sciences, physics and engineering and physiological sciences to start in September 2011. Successful candidates will join a three-year, fixed term, integrated training programme of workplace-based learning and a master’s degree in their chosen specialism.

There will be a single national timetable for recruitment, national guidelines for the conduct of selection interviews, and assessment centres to ensure all candidates are treated fairly and equally. Science graduates can apply for the training posts through the NHS Jobs website, with shortlisting and selection processes organised and conducted by local trusts working in established scientific networks.

Details of all training posts will be available on the NHS Jobs website Further details of the scheme and a list of all the posts will be found on the NHS Careers website Details will be on both websites in mid-January 2011. I just had a look and the details haven’t been added yet but if you’re thinking of applying for this you might want to start keeping a regular check.

PGCE bursaries for science teaching – update

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There are changes to the bursaries available for those training to teach secondary science. In the past, the bursary was£9k. For 2010-11 this continues for Physics and Chemistry, but reduces to £6k for Biology. 

 The PGCE course fee is around £3200 and you can apply for a student loan to cover this.

Golden Hellos’, payable after one year’s employment as a teacher are available to those teaching ICT (£2.5k) or science/maths (£5k).

Full details  are available on the TDA website.