Job description

The Role

This is a new opportunity for a Toxicologist to join a specialist team, providing independent and authoritative advice on chemical risk to regulators, water companies and industry.

You will be providing advice during chemical spills and emergencies, undertaking environmental and human health risk assessments and helping companies comply with their regulatory issues.

Primarily a desk-based role, with new challenges on a daily basis, specific responsibilities include:

  • Collating and critically appraising mammalian toxicity and ecotoxicity data in a systematic manner;
  • Undertaking human health and environmental risk assessments for industry, the water companies, UK and international regulators, and other industries including consumer goods, home care, biocides, pesticides and medical devices;
  • Participating in registration strategies including: data gap analysis; waiving justifications; QSAR modelling; read across strategies; and preparing dossiers, in support of REACH registrations and updates.
  • Evaluating toxicity data, in support of WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) applications;
  • Carrying out systematic literature reviews on a wide range of toxicological issues, encompassing data selection, developing inclusion/exclusion criteria, and presenting results;
  • Providing 24-hour support to Water Company clients as part of the Toxicology Advisory Service, in the event of a chemical incident;
  • Participating in cross-business project teams as and when required.

The role involves extensive interaction with fellow human health experts, ecotoxicologists, and chemists as well as working alongside other environmental and engineering disciplines.

For more information on the Toxicology services WRc provide, please visit:

Job requirements

Essential Requirements:

  • A first degree qualification in Chemistry or similar subject;
  • Knowledge of writing toxicological summaries and conducting key study selection for various toxicological end points.
  • A good understanding of the concepts of NOAEL, LOAEL, points of departure, uncertainty factors and their use.
  • Experience in assessing mammalian toxicology study data. Ecotoxicology knowledge is not required but may be considered advantageous;
  • Excellent IT, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Eligibility to work without restriction in the UK.

Desirable Requirements:

  • A post-graduate qualification in Toxicology, for example, through an MSc or PhD qualification;
  • Working knowledge of ECHA, REACH, and/or exposure modelling;
  • Familiarity with Klimisch scoring for selection of key studies;
  • An understanding of e-fate, analytical chemistry, physico-chemical properties of chemicals, toxicity pathways, drinking water treatment, QSAR and scientific literature writing
  • Industrial experiences such as biocide or pesticide registration, consumer goods like cosmetics, or other chemicals will be highly advantageous.