Ricardo: Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

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Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

  • Role type
  • Full time, Part time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK, Oxfordshire (Harwell), Manchester, London, Madrid

Job Description

Role Title: Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

Location: Harwell / London / Manchester / Bristol / flexible

Salary: £26,000 - £40,000


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About Ricardo:

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.


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. Alongside emergency response, we offer a range of services in chemical regulation and policy areas. 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 teams.


Today NCEC is part of Ricardo Plc, a leading environmental and sustainability consultancy combining expertise across energy, climate change, air quality, transport, policy, water, waste, data science and chemicals.


The Role:

NCEC is seeking to significantly expand its regulatory consultancy offerings, continuing to capitalise on excellent growth in several areas and taking advantage of new market opportunities. We are looking for an 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 hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, be familiar with chemical regulations such as REACH, be an excellent communicator, and will ideally have other niche technical skills.


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 our expertise to support growth across the business. NCEC provides a fast-paced and challenging environment offering you the opportunity to make your mark. You will join a professional and enthusiastic team tasked with achieving significant organisational growth over the coming years, and will have support from the wider business for your career to develop.



Key accountabilities:

The Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist will be responsible for:

  • Providing technical knowledge in some or all of the following; ecotoxicology, environmental fate, phys-chem, exposure assessent and multimedia fate models, QSARs, statistical methods, chemical analysis, risk assessment, scientific writing.
  • Undertaking a range of client work bringing their own specialisms as well as contributing to delivery and sales across a number of areas.
  • Help us open up new consultancy offerings to existing or new potential customers e.g. biocides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agrochemical registrations etc
  • 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 collaborations with marketing and sales staff to ensure effective promotion of NCEC’s capabilities in support of sales activities to grow these areas
  • Keep up to date with market trends and developments and provide technical support to colleagues in the development of new service offerings and creation of technical papers.


Key competencies and experience:

  • 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), 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.
  • Evidence of scientific excellence in the field, delivering and communicating work (both verbally and in writing).
  • Experience working within industry consortia and/or trade associations an advantage.
  • Knowledge of global chemical regulations REACH, GHS/CLP, safety data sheets. Other regulatory knowledge desirable e.g. POPs, cosmetics, BPR, PIC, Water Framework Directive, PPP.
  • An independent self-starter able to manage one’s own workload but also work collaboratively and effectively within a team
  • An excellent communicator, used to presenting your ideas and project outputs to a range of stakeholders.
  • Bringing your own network of contacts from customers and stakeholder organisations.



Working here:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. 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.


We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.  Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here.


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.




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.