New vacancy! Temporary Laboratory Technician

We are recruiting for a temporary laboratory technician. The post is for six months and previous laboratory experience is essential. Applicants should hold a minimum of an HNC in a related discipline. Duties include: The analysis of samples Supporting day to day housekeeping and maintenance of the laboratory Maintaining good customer relationships Contribution to a safe working environment by complying with laboratory codes of practice Meeting the requirements of GMP, ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 Full details about this vacancy and how to apply can be found at https://g.co/kgs/rpaGpT The …

Three Alicyclobacillus type strains isolated from fruit juices now available from NCIMB

Three type strains of the genus Alicyclobacillus have recently been added to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. Strains of this genus are a cause of microbial spoilage in fruit juices, and all three of the newly added strains are acid and heat tolerant, gram positive, spore forming rods.  They were isolated from fruit juices by Cornell Agritech, and deposited at NCIMB by Cornell University. NCIMB 15264 Alicyclobacillus fructus was isolated from mixed fruit juice concentrate, NCIMB 15265 Alicyclobacillus sucus was isolated from apple juice and NCIMB 15266 Alicyclobacillus …

UK guidance for a risk-based approach to the management of produced water recommends Mara and LumiMara for marine toxicity testing

Newly updated guidance for the UK’s risk-based approach (RBA) to the management of produced water discharges from offshore installations has been published. The updated guidance document, which recommends the use of NCIMB’s MARA and LumiMARA tests for marine toxicity testing, in preference to the more conventional Microtox bacteria test, was published by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in December. The UK is implementing a risk-based approach to the management of produced water discharges from offshore oil and gas installations in accordance with the OSPAR Convention. OSPAR …

Vacancy – temporary laboratory scientist

We are seeking a temporary laboratory scientist to provide maternity cover in our busy Analytical Services department. The successful candidate will undertake microbiological analysis for our customers and provide support for our Ecotoxicology department when required. The ideal candidate will be educated to BSc level in microbiology, or an other biological discipline, with proven experience of common microbiological techniques. Laboratory experience working in an ISO9001:2015 commercial setting would be an advantage but not essential as full training will be given. The closing date for this position is Friday 15th of …

ARISTO PhD Scholarship

NCIMB is delighted to be part of ARISTO: The European Industry – Academia Network for Revising and Advancing the Assessment of the Soil Microbial Toxicity of Pesticides. ARISTO is an International Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement. The European Commission has imposed a stringent pesticide regulatory scheme for pesticides authorisation, where risk assessment for aquatic organisms and terrestrial macro-organisms is well defined. In contrast, the assessment of the toxicity of pesticides on soil microorganisms is lagging behind. …

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”

Our business development manager Dr Jude Huggan looks back on her first year at NCIMB. I’ve heard this phrase a lot recently, especially in the context of summing up the progress of vaccine development in 2020, but it’s a phrase that works equally well in summarising the year for me. As 2020 draws to a close I’ve taken the time to reflect on my first year as part of the NCIMB family – and what a year it’s been, despite the challenges that COVID had to throw at us! Upon reflection, …