Graduate Research Scientists
Set within the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD), this is an exciting opportunity to undertake the role of Regulatory Specialist, managing applications for UK authorisation of biocides and pesticides. You will provide inputs to the regulatory evaluation and decision-making processes connected to biocides and pesticides. Your training will focus on project management, scientific writing, stakeholder engagement, UK and EU chemicals legislation. You will join us at an important time and work alongside teams supporting the delivery of the Government’s priorities following the EU Referendum
Working within either the biocides or the pesticides delivery teams, you will lead work on businesses applications for authorisation of their products focussing on the content of applicant submissions and the scientific risk assessments. You will work at the centre of a regulatory team comprising specialists in areas such as mammalian and environmental toxicology, you will quickly learn the background science relevant to your role, including liaising with senior staff to agree on the level of scientific assessment most relevant to each products. Collating and interpreting the results and advice from internal science specialists, you will then formulate regulatory decisions within a quality assurance framework.
This is a role in which you can learn and grow. We will provide you with all the training you need to gain a comprehensive grounding in this complex and fast-paced field. Qualified to at least degree-level (minimum upper 2nd class Honours*) in a scientific subject such as Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Agriculture, Horticulture, Occupational Hygiene, Mathematics, Computer Science or Toxicology, you will have good analytical skills with an enthusiasm for learning. With basic IT skills, we will expect you to have solid planning capabilities and good leadership potential. You will also have outstanding communication and collaboration skills, with the capacity to take the initiative and make decisions under pressure.
No laboratory or field work experience is required.
Who we are
Entrusted with ensuring Britain’s employees are protected from preventable illness, injury and death in the workplace, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) plays a vital role in securing the wellbeing of the nation. As an independent regulator, we work with businesses in all industries, helping them identify potential flaws in their working environments and processes, and guiding them on how to raise their standards if they’re not meeting our expectations. Our guidance saves and improves countless lives every year and impacts on employers of all sizes – from the smallest of shops to the largest power stations, our regulatory input is vitally important. Conducted by an enthusiastic and skilled team who are passionate about the work they are doing, we are committed to ensuring every member of the HSE achieves their career ambitions.
The Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) is a Division of the UK Government’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE). CRD employs around 300 scientific, policy and support staff.
The primary aim of the Division is to ensure the safe use of biocides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and detergents to protect the health of people and the environment.
The Division is responsible for the regulation of biocides, pesticides, detergents, chemicals as they are regulated by REACH, and duties under the Classification and Labelling regime. CRD works closely with the UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (which has strategic policy responsibility for pesticides, chemicals and detergents).
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