Chemicals Assessment Scientist - 12157

South East, National
Staff Grade 5
Fixed Term
Full Time
£34,879 Pro-rata
We are recruiting a scientist to assess information on the environmental effects and fate of chemicals in a hazard and risk assessment context. Working closely with senior colleagues and staff at the Health and Safety Executive, you will:

• evaluate technical data in chemical dossiers and test reports prepared by companies or other regulatory authorities to ensure that they have followed relevant procedures and guidance;
• lead in the production of comments if you think changes need to be made, and propose alternative approaches where necessary;
• develop the team’s expertise in relevant fields, such as in vitro and in vivo endocrine disruption testing, predictive tools and inorganic chemistry, through networking, literature reviews and managing relevant research projects, and
• take responsibility for drafting sections of UK regulatory dossiers on specific substances.
The Chemicals Assessment Unit supports the UK Competent Authority for the REACH and CLP Regulations, and also Defra as part of the UK’s other international chemical obligations. We provide dedicated technical expertise to assess the environmental hazards and risks of industrial and consumer chemicals (anything from soap fragrances to flame retardants), and propose risk management actions. We work with UK Government, European and global partners (including the chemical industry and other regulators).
You will need to pay attention to detail, enjoy analysing complex scientific and numerical data for presentation to others, and be confident working in a team environment. You will need to be educated to degree level in environmental sciences, chemistry or other appropriate scientific disciplines such as biology, and a higher qualification or equivalent experience is ideal.

The role requires excellent writing skills, good time management and organisational ability to ensure all deadlines are met. You will have a strong grasp of the principles of environmental ecotoxicology and/or fate testing, ideally with some practical experience. Experience of representing your organisation at a national or European level would be advantageous but is not essential.
Contact Steve Dungey (Chemicals Assessment Manager), email:, tel. 02030259764.

The post is office-based. The post is located in Wallingford. Other locations may be considered for the right candidate. The successful applicant will be expected to travel for meetings across the UK and may be required to travel abroad.

24/09/2019, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
2 Years
Scientific Knowledge
What level and type of expertise would you bring to us in a scientific field that is relevant to the environmental risk management of chemicals?
Data and Information Management
Give an example of when you have had to analyse and interpret data for reliability and relevance, and shared your findings with someone else to take a decision.
Achieves Results
Tell us about a challenging goal that you set for yourself and the steps that you took to achieve it.
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

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