- Job responsibilities
- Through Grading Training Programme
- Attributes required
- How to apply
The Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) is responsible for the regulation of biocides, pesticides, detergents, chemicals covered by REACH, and for compliance with the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. It’s a critical role. Play your part in protecting the environment from a range of substances.
Post A – Regulatory Chemists – The Chemistry Branch is involved in the evaluation of data submitted in support of applications for approval of pesticides and biocides in both the UK and EU. You will undertake evaluations of a range of data relating to the chemistry (active ingredient and plant protection or biocide product), methods of analysis, metabolism (animal and plant) and residues of pesticides in food and feed in order to carry out associated consumer exposure assessments.
Post B – Occupational Non-Dietary Exposure – The Exposure Branches are involved in the evaluation of data submitted in support of applications for approval of biocides and pesticides in both the UK and EU. You will evaluate cases or studies concerning the exposure of pesticide and biocide users, persons who may be incidentally exposed such as bystanders and people entering treated areas and you will conduct associated exposure assessments using a combination of predictive exposure models and actual exposure data. You will perform the risk assessment in collaboration with Regulatory Toxicology colleagues, and produce risk management conclusions and be prepared to defend these decisions.
Post C – Toxicologist – Posts are available in two operational branches of CRD responsible for technical input to regulatory programmes on chemicals, biocides and pesticides. One branch is primarily involved in the evaluation of data submitted in support of applications for approval of pesticides/biocides and related substance review programmes in both the UK and EU. The second Branch co-ordinates CRD’s input to two major EU regulatory schemes: REACH (the Regulation on the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) and CLP (the Regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures). Your primary tasks will be evaluating data submitted on the mammalian toxicity of chemicals, including pesticide and biocide active substances and formulations.
Post D – Environmental Fate and Behaviour Specialists – The Fate and Behaviour Branch is one of CRD’s specialist branches. The Fate and Behaviour branch is mainly involved in the evaluation of data submitted in support of applications for approval of pesticides and biocides in both the UK and EU. You will mainly be responsible for evaluating data submitted on the fate and behaviour of pesticides, biocides or other chemicals in the environment.
Post E – Efficacy Specialists – The primary responsibility of the Efficacy branch is to evaluate data submitted to CRD, in support of applications for approval of biocides and pesticides; both in the UK and the EU. You will be responsible for evaluating data submitted to support all aspects of the efficacy including effectiveness, resistance and crop safety issues, explaining your decisions internally, to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, and to other Government Departments and other EU member states. The successful candidates will work on all types of biocides and plant protection products (pesticides).
Post F – Ecotoxicologists – The Ecotoxicology Branch is mainly involved in the evaluation of ecotoxicity data and the subsequent assessment of the risk from both pesticides and biocides to non-target organisms. You will mainly be responsible for evaluating data submitted on the effects of pesticides, biocides or other chemicals on a wide range of non-target organisms such as birds, wild mammals, aquatic organisms, arthropods, earthworms and soil micro-organisms.
Other requirements: Be open for trips overseas to other member EU states, durations of trips will vary depending on projects.
Through Grading Training Programme
The post can be filled at either Band 5 (Scientific Officer) or Band 4 (Higher Scientific Officer), dependent on the amount of relevant post-graduate experience that a candidate has.
This is a through graded post and if you are appointed at Band 5 (Scientific Officer) there is the expectation that you will move to the Band 4 (Higher Scientific Officer) once you have achieved and maintained the required level of skills and experience (normally 18 months to 3 years).
If appointed at Scientific Officer level, our structured training programme will help you develop the essential skills of a regulatory scientist. The programme will be designed to meet your individual needs and will focus on the specific scientific skills and the regulatory frameworks required to work at Band 4 (Higher Scientific Officer) level. Your development and performance will be assessed against key developmental milestones. Upon successful completion of the training programme and achievement of the developmental milestones, you will be eligible to go forward to a promotion panel.
Essential criteria – You must have: Relevant qualifications, experience and competences required:
These posts can be filled at either Band 5 or Band 4, and this will be dependent on the amount of relevant post-graduate experience that a candidate has.
For appointment at Band 5:
- A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (see full job description for relevant subject)
For appointment at Band 4:
- A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject is required, plus at least 2 years relevant work experience (see job descriptions for full details).
You must have evidence of suitable abilities (Level 2 for Band 5, Level 3 for Band 4) 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.
For an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact:
Post A – Regulatory Chemists – email Jon Winfield
Post B – Occupational Non-Dietary Exposure – email Paul Hamey
Post C – Toxicologists – email Ian Dewhurst and Andrew Smith
Post D – Environmental Fate and Behaviour Specialists – email James Hingston
Post E – Efficacy Specialists – email Jayne Wilder
Post F – Ecotoxicologists – email Mark Clook
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Close Date for Applications – 25th January 2015..