Ricardo: Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

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Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

  • Role type
  • Flexible Hours, Full time

  • Location
  • Flexible

  • Closing Date
  • 06/06/2021

Job Description

Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist  

Salary  £35-52,800 depending on experience.

Location Flexible 

Flexible working on all roles


The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), founded over 45 years ago, is the market leading provider of chemical emergency response services globally, dealing with over 4,000 emergency calls a year on behalf of over 550 companies, including 50% of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world. We are recognised by our clients, the industry and our peers as being the premium provider of these services, and our reputation is based on the outstanding level of knowledge and technical expertise of our emergency response team.

Alongside the emergency response services, we also offer a range of regulatory services (including REACH registration, evaluation and authorisation, Poison Centre notifications, technical document authoring (SDS, etc.)), software packages, as well as training, crisis consultancy and incident notification. We also work closely with the Policy team to deliver work relating to chemicals policy for EU and UK Governments.

Today NCEC is part of Ricardo Plc’s subsidiary company, Ricardo Energy & Environment; a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, air quality, transport, water, environmental and our chemical risk expertise with strong marketing, IT and economics capability.


NCEC is seeking to significantly expand its regulatory consultancy offerings, continuing to capitalise on excellent growth we have had in several areas and taking advantage of new market opportunities. We are looking for a Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist to support delivery on scientific and regulatory projects and to help drive future growth in this area. The role will be tailored to the skills and experience of the successful candidate alongside our existing team. You must have proven expertise in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals, be familiar with chemical regulations such as REACH, be an expert communicator and customer project/relationship manager and will ideally have other niche technical skills e.g. PBT/POP assessment, environmental fate modelling, endocrine disruptors.

Key accountabilities:

The Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking a range of client work, bringing their own specialisms, and contributing to delivery and sales across existing product areas.
  • Providing extensive technical knowledge in some or all of the following; ecotoxicology, environmental fate, phys-chem, exposure assessment and multimedia fate models, QSARs, statistical methods, chemical analysis, risk assessment, scientific writing.
  • Working with marketing and sales staff to ensure effective promotion of NCEC’s capabilities at events, as well as through webinars, technical papers and thought pieces.
  • Keeping up to date with market trends and developments and helping us to develop new consultancy offerings to support business growth.
  • Overseeing the work of junior staff supporting, as well as managing one’s own workload, in relation to technical projects and client work as agreed with Product Managers (ensuring the quality, accuracy and timeliness of deliverables).
  • Supporting the personal development of members of the team in technical areas.


Key competencies and experience

  • We are interested to talk to prospective applicants who can evidence some or all of the following criteria:
  • A strong background in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals in a regulatory context; placing, reviewing and interpreting regulatory ecotoxicology and environmental fate tests, use of alternative methods (QSARs, read-across, in vitro) to address data gaps and minimise animal use, exposure assessment and risk characterisation, PBT/POP assessment.
  • Educated to Master’s degree level or higher in environmental toxicology, chemistry, biology or a related discipline with a minimum of five years’ post-graduate experience.
  • A track record of scientific excellence, including publishing and presenting research, either independently or in collaboration with other partners or institutes.
  • Hands-on experience working to address the requirements of European chemical regulations e.g. REACH, CLP, BPR, pharmaceuticals, PPPs. Demonstrable experience of other (global) regulatory frameworks is of interest.
  • Experience working within industry consortia/associations on regulatory projects an advantage.
  • An independent self-starter able to manage one’s own workload but also work collaboratively and effectively within a team.
  • Ability to manage and influence people effectively and/ or oversee the work of others.
  • An excellent communicator, used to presenting your ideas and project outputs to customers and ideally at regulatory conferences, at events or through webinars, blogs etc.
  • Bringing your own network of contacts from customers and stakeholder organisations.


This is an excellent opportunity for an environmental chemist/ecotoxicologist to take the next step in their career. We have a number of high-profile projects to deliver and are continuing to leverage in-house environmental chemistry/ecotoxicology expertise to support growth across the business

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.