Ricardo: Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

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Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

  • Role type
  • Full time, Part time

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

  • Closing Date
  • 28/07/2022

Job Description

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Role: Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist

Location: Flexible  

Salary range: £35,000 - £50,000 per annum

Role ID:  1541


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a world-class environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading edge and innovative cross sector sustainable products and solutions, helping our global customers increase efficiencies, achieve growth and create a cleaner and safer future.


Our Energy and Environment business unit combines energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability.


We are currently looking for a Senior Environmental Chemist/Ecotoxicologist to join our National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) team.


Key responsibilities

  • Undertaking a range of client work, bringing their own specialisms, and contributing to delivery and sales across existing product areas.
  • Providing extensive technical knowledge across the following: ecotoxicology, environmental fate, physical-chemical properties, exposure assessment, multimedia fate modelling, QSARs, statistics, data analysis, 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 (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 assessment of chemicals in a regulatory context; placing, reviewing and interpreting ecotoxicology and environmental fate tests, use of alternative methods (QSARs, read across, in vitro), exposure assessment and risk characterisation.
  • Expertise in niche technical areas would be of interest, such as polymers, persistence, biodegradability, bioaccumulation, endocrine disruptors, metals.
  • 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, PPP. Demonstrable experience of other (global) regulatory frameworks 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 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.

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having 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.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


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.