Chemicals Assessment Scientist (Specialist SG5)


Environment Agency

Wallingford or York, with occasional UK travel

One permanent role and one temporary contract

The Environment Agency poses a fascinating career path for inquisitive scientists. As an organisation within the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, we are part of a supportive network of scientific excellence, in which our people work collaboratively to protect and improve the environment. Internationally-recognised, our work is respected on a worldwide platform – and with the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, we are embracing the challenge of making plans for the future. As such, this is a unique opportunity to understand and manage the effects of chemicals on the environment, with your work directly impacting on future policies and how we assess the impact of such substances.

With your work affecting the health of land, water and biodiversity, you will be a central part of our progressive work as you:

  • Share your expertise with Health and Safety Executive colleagues and other stakeholders on the interpretation of results to enable decision-making processes relating to risk and hazard assessments of industrial and consumer chemicals.
  • Evaluate data in chemical dossiers and test reports, seeing to it that the companies and regulatory bodies behind these publications have followed appropriate procedures and guidelines. If changes need to be applied, you will suggest alternative solutions.
  • Develop the skills of colleagues through networking, literature reviews and managing research projects. You will specifically focus your attention on areas such as in vitro and in vivo endocrine disruption testing, predictive tools and inorganic chemistry.
  • Draft UK regulatory dossiers on specific substances. Your work will ultimately influence both national and international risk management, thereby minimising the impact of harmful substances on the environment.

This stimulating role offers the scope to work on a multitude of fascinating projects, with the backing of global partners and regulators. As such, you will thrive in this position if you enjoy analysing complex scientific and numerical data, and you have the capacity to work collaboratively. With a degree-level qualification in environmental sciences, chemistry, biology or another appropriate scientific discipline, you will also ideally have a higher qualification or equivalent experience. It would be preferable if you have previously represented your current organisation at a national or European level, though it is more important that you have excellent organisational, time-management, communication and report-writing skills. You will also have practical experience or an outstanding knowledge of the principles of environmental ecotoxicology or fate testing.

This is an exceptional role with the scope to work with a supportive and highly-skilled team. Including a generous holiday entitlement, a desirable pension scheme and the chance to contribute to the future wellbeing of the planet, the Environment Agency offers access to career-defining projects and challenges.

Closing date: 24 June 2018.