Chemicals Assessment Scientist (Senior Specialist)
Chemicals Assessment Scientist (Senior Specialist) Base location: Wallingford or Rotherham Salary: GBP43,344 per annum Permanent Role Days / Hours - Monday - Friday 37 hours per week In an ever changing world the Environment Agency strive to deliver a trusted and professional service that is passionate about creating a better place for people and wildlife, whilst also supporting sustainable development. We currently have a range of exciting and challenging posts across the Science profession that will directly contribute to these ongoing commitments. As a Chemical Assessment Scientist (Senior Specialist) you will play an integral role within the Environment Agency that has a positive impact on both the immediate future and in the years ahead. The role: We are recruiting an experienced scientist to assess information on the effects, fate and exposure of chemicals. You will make scientific decisions about whether they pose an environmental hazard or risk. In addition you will provide technical leadership to support international chemicals management programmes. There will be particular emphasis on the REACH Regulation, to help ensure that policies and decisions are based on sound science and assist in the strategic development and delivery of UK objectives. As the Senior Specialist you will achieve this through both your individual work and through the management of other team members. Working closely with staff at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), you will: • provide a focus within the team for one or more topical areas of scientific development, such as endocrine disruption, in vitro test methods or nanomaterials; • review and provide detailed comments on a variety of regulatory documents circulated by the European Chemicals Agency, ensuring that relevant UK stakeholders are consulted; • help draft UK proposals for hazard identification or risk management on specific substances; and • review, interpret and summarise technical data submitted by chemical companies and others in response to our requests. The team: The Chemicals Assessment Unit supports the UK Competent Authority for the REACH and CLP Regulations. We provide dedicated technical expertise to assess the environmental hazards and risks of industrial and consumer chemicals (anything from soap fragrances to flame retardants that prevent laptops catching fire). We can propose risk management actions where we think risks are not being properly controlled. We work with UK Government, European and global partners (including the chemical industry and other regulators). Experience/skills required: As a Senior Specialist you will have at least one member of the team reporting to you so people management experience desirable. You pay attention to detail and will need to be confident about critically analysing complex scientific and numerical data quickly and be able to determine its reliability. A degree level of education (or higher) in environmental sciences, chemistry or other appropriate scientific disciplines such as biology is required for this role. A post-graduate qualification (or equivalent experience) is preferred. As a Senior Specialist you will have at least one member of the team reporting to you so people management experience desirable. The role also requires comprehensive report writing, excellent time management and organisational skills to ensure all deadlines are met. Some knowledge of environmental fate and ecotoxicology is essential, and you will have an awareness of the principles of chemical hazard and risk assessment from work with relevant legislation. You will be expected to lead on specific areas for the Environment Agency (e.g. endocrine, in vitro or nanoscience) and so previous research or other experience in one of those areas would be an advantage. Additional useful information: This is a permanent role. It is office-based and can be located in either Wallingford or Rotherham. The successful applicant will be required to travel regularly for meetings across the UK, and will also be required to travel abroad. If you would like any additional information on the role and the work of our team, please feel free to contact Steve Dungey (CAU manager) on Tel: or via email - - for an informal discussion.
Please note all successful applicants must undergo Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks prior to commencement of employment. This includes a basic criminal records check.