HSE jobs – Environmental Fate and Behaviour Specialist (CRD)

  • Introduction
  • Job responsibilities
  • Attributes required
  • How to apply


Based in the Fate and Behaviour Branch within our Chemicals Regulations Directorate, you will manage and evaluate data submitted in support of applications for approval of pesticides and biocides in both the UK and EU. The branch liases with technical and registration personnel within CRD, industry, representatives from other Government Departments (OGD), and other EU member states, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Liaison with EU member states includes consideration of active substances under the various EU review programmes and this may require attendance at overseas technical meetings.

Job responsibilities

You will be responsible for leading and managing a small team of specialists, overall management of your team’s resources, providing technical advice to staff within the Fate and Behaviour Branch and wider CRD, and peer review of the scientific outputs from the Fate and Behaviour Branch.

Your role will also include attendance at national and international meetings and conferences where you will be expected to represent CRD. The meetings will involve a range of stakeholders from industry, other UK and EU regulators, and EU officials.

As a manager you will be responsible for making scientific inputs to a wide range of projects including: UK and European guidance documents, policy and other briefings, Research and Development proposals, advice and guidance to applicants, and developing and delivering CRD training events.

Your team will evaluate data submitted on the fate and behaviour of pesticides, biocides or other chemicals in the environment. Using such data you will be responsible for determining the route and rate of degradation of these compounds and their transport and levels of exposure in various environmental compartments; soil, surface water, ground water and air. This information is then used, in consultation with other specialists, to determine environmental and other risks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage and develop a team of scientist, ensuring team meet targets
  • Prepare critical summaries of data and conduct environmental exposure assessments.
  • Present your conclusions internally, to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and other Government Departments and to other Member States and EU regulatory bodies.
  • Provide advice and guidance to policy colleagues, applicants and other stakeholders including the public.

There are occasional opportunities to train regulatory colleagues in other EU Member States and countries around the world.

Other requirements: Be open for trips overseas to other member EU states, durations of trips will vary depending on projects.

No laboratory or field work is involved.

Attributes required

Essential criteria – You must have: Relevant qualifications, experience and competences required:


  • A degree or equivalent in biology, chemistry or other relevant life science is required.
  • An appropriate level of post-graduate experience working in Fate and Behaviour or in a closely related scientific field is required (Minimum of 4 years).


You must have evidence of suitable abilities (Level 3) in the following Civil Service competences (see link below);

  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Scientific and technical knowledge: ‘Demonstrate an understanding and application of fundamental science principles. You should be able to evaluate and question other sources of evidence and contribute to the overall robustness of the evidence base. Understand the business need/relevance of work undertaken by the department’.

This evidence should be descriptive examples of specific past experiences.

In addition you should also have:

  • Experience in conducting environmental exposure and/or risk assessments.
  • Experience of working in a scientific regulatory environment
  • Proven staff management and leadership experience
  • Experience of dealing with a wide range of stakeholders

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of performing representational roles at a high level at national and international meetings
  • Expertise in the use of relevant exposure models and tools (e.g. FOCUS, EUSES ModelMaker, KinGui). Experience in the use of MS Excel would also be an advantage

For an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Jon Winfield by email.

How to apply

Apply for this role via the Civil Service on-line recruitment system, Civil Service Jobs.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

Please ensure you upload your CV and a covering letter with your application by clicking on the ‘attachments’ tab.

It is essential that your covering letter addresses the following:-

“How your skills and experience meet the requirements for this post”.

This should be no more than two sides of A4 paper (font size 10).

To enable you to complete the competency based application form, the links below will take you to the Civil Service Competency Framework and the Science and Engineering Professional Framework which you are advised to read prior to submitting your application.

Civil Service Competency Framework

Science and Engineering Professional Framework

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgment. If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact: Dave Evans on 0151 951 4264 or email david.hr.evans@hse.gsi.gov.uk.

Closing date

Close Date for Applications – 25th January 2015..

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/crd-b3-environmental-fate-and-behaviour-specialist.htm