HSE Jobs – Toxicologist, Senior Scientific Officer (CRD)

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


Based in the Toxicology Branch of Chemicals Regulations Directorate which is involved in the evaluation of data submitted in support of applications for approval of pesticides/biocides in both the UK and EU. You will liase with internal colleagues, experts from industry and other Government Departments as well as EU member states, on matters associated with the submission and evaluation of data to support the pesticide/biocide approval applications. Liaising with other EU member states to consider active substances, this may require attendance at overseas meetings. Toxicology Branch works closely with colleagues in the REACH Team of CRD, on aspects of substance evaluation and classification.

The Toxicology Branch also collaborates internationally to develop guidance documents across the range of scientific areas.

Job responsibilities

The teams primary tasks will be evaluating data submitted on the mammalian toxicity of pesticide and biocide active substances and formulations. You will become involved in substance evaluation and CLH dossiers. The scale and scope of data varies depending on the regulatory programme involved but can cover an extensive range including:

  • Toxicokinetics and metabolism
  • Acute dosing to lifetime carcinogenicity assays
  • Genotoxicity
  • Reproduction and developmental toxicity
  • Special investigations such as neurotoxicity
  • Dermal absorption or tumour mechanisms
  • Derivation of NOAELs (or equivalent) and appropriate ‘safety’ factors.

You will be line manager to one or more Band 4 toxicologists, providing general support and technical guidance /training on aspects of regulatory toxicology and chemical risk assessments. Some travel between the York and Bootle sites.

You will work in multi-disciplinary teams developing persuasive regulatory documents for national and international audiences that assess the hazards and risks of the chemicals concerned. You may represent CRD/HSE in scientific working groups or committees, at the European Food Safety Authority (Parma, Italy) and the European Chemicals Agency (Helsinki, Finland).

You will provide toxicological and general regulatory advice to scientific and policy colleagues in CRD or other government departments, applicants, stakeholders and the public. This will include responding to enquiries on a range of topics relating to regulatory toxicology and risk assessment of pesticide and biocide products. You will also have the opportunity to comment on and assist in the preparation of national and internal guidance documents. You will take a leading role in the development of one or more aspects of toxicology within the applicable EU regulatory schemes.

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

Attributes required

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


  • A degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. biochemistry, physiology, zoology, chemistry) is required.


  • A minimum requirement is 4 years relevant experience of:
    • working in a relevant toxicology job
    • working in a role in the human health risk assessments of pesticides or biocides, or industrial chemicals.


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

This evidence should be descriptive examples of specific past experiences.

Desirable requirements:

  • A post-graduate qualification in toxicology.
  • Experience of performing and / or interpreting regulatory toxicology studies.
  • Familiarity with using EU information systems such as IUCLID and CIRCABC

For an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact Ian Dewhurst 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-toxicologist.htm