New Vacancy: Quality & Equipment Officer

We have a vacancy for a Quality & Equipment Officer. This role will be part of our QHSE department, providing support and advice across the Company. The ideal candidate will be educated to BSc level in microbiology or another scientific discipline, with some laboratory experience in a commercial setting and a working knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and/or GMP. NCIMB Ltd is a specialist microbiology and analytical services company based in Aberdeen. Due to expansion of our services, we are looking for a Quality & Equipment Technician to help support …

18 PhD places open for application at CDT SuMMer

NCIMB is delighted to be involved in a PhD project based at Heriot-Watt University that aims to improve understanding of the biodegradation and residence time of microplastics in the ocean. The project is one of 18 that make up the first of three rounds of PhD scholarships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR). The centre, which was established to deliver the next generation of innovative transdisciplinary engaged researchers, is led by he University of Plymouth, and brings six hosting, and four …

NCIMB sponsors Royal Society of Chemistry Directing Biosynthesis conference

We are delighted to be a sponsor of the Royal Society of Chemistry Directing Biosynthesis conference, which will be held in Edinburgh and online 27-29 June 2022. Directing Biosynthesis VI will cover all aspects of microbial, plant and marine natural products research. NCIMB curates a unique collection of microorganisms with a host of potential industrial applications as well as providing laboratory services, microbial identification, whole genome sequencing, microbial community analysis, qPCR and storage services. We also work collaboratively with other organisations to unlock value from microorganisms. Early bird registration until …

NCIMB celebrates 40 years as a limited company

NCIMB celebrates its 40 anniversary as a limited company this year, and to mark this milestone, we have produced a new brochure outlining the full range of services we offer our customers. It is going to be an exciting year, as we will be moving to new bespoke premises that will allow us to grow and develop the range of services we offer our customers. We can’t wait to get settled in to our new home! Our new brochure includes a look back to our origins as a national culture …

Need to identify Bacillus isolates as part of your environmental monitoring programme? Whole gene 16S sequencing can provide fast and accurate results

by Vikki Warren, NCIMB Identification Services Manager Identification of bacterial isolates provides vital information for pharmaceutical microbiologists undertaking environmental monitoring programmes within GMP production facilities, but some genera and species can be more tricky to identify than others. A commonly encountered example is identification of Bacillus species. Why 16S sequencing? At NCIMB we use 16S sequencing and the MicroSeq database to identify environmental isolates for our customers, because it has the potential to offer an unambiguous result – ultimately it is the DNA that defines the species. But what exactly …

NCIMB shares ecotox test development experience with next generation of soil ecotoxicologists

Our consultant Microbiologist Dr Carol Devine has been visiting the University of Lyon this week for the second training event of the ARISTO project – the European Industry-Academia network with a focus on assessing the microbial toxicity of pesticides. The network aims to develop tools and methods to enable robust testing of toxicity. In the past, risk assessment for pesticides has focused on aquatic organisms and terrestrial macro-organisms, while assessment of pesticide toxicity in relation to soil microorganisms has lagged behind. Microbial life is crucial for soil health, and the wider ecosystem, …