Chemicals Assessment Scientist (SG4) - 8274

Staff Grade 4
Full Time
We are recruiting a Scientist to assess information on the environmental effects, fate and exposure 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;
• Produce comments if you think changes need to be made, and propose alternative approaches where necessary; and
• Interpret and summarise technical data to support the drafting 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 in working with standard guidance. You will need to be educated to degree level in environmental sciences, chemistry or other appropriate scientific disciplines such as biology.

The role requires excellent writing skills, good time management and organisational ability to ensure all deadlines are met. Practical knowledge of environmental fate and/or ecotoxicology testing is ideal but you will otherwise have an awareness of how we can assess chemical behaviour and interactions with organisms in the environment.
Closing Date: 24th June 2018 at 23:55 hours This is a permanent role. It is office-based and can be located in Wallingford or York. The successful applicant may sometimes have to travel for meetings across the UK. For more information please contact Steve Dungey (Tel: 02030259764, Email: Interviews will be held w.c. 16 or 23 July 2018.
Basic Check
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.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.