Mammalian Toxicologist

Contract: Permanent

Location: Swindon

Salary: Dependent on experience


Introduction to Water Research Centre Limited

Water Research Centre Limited (WRc) is one of the world’s most innovative and independent scientific and engineering consultancies. Founded 90 years ago, we have a unique heritage. We are trusted by Government, industry, regulators and the utilities to solve today’s most significant and urgent challenges in the fields of water, gas, waste and the natural environment. 


The WRc Opportunity

2018 marks the next stage in our journey. We have embarked on an ambitious plan that aims for significant growth and expansion in the next five years. This will provide exciting opportunities for the right people to join us. You will play your part in our future by enabling us to achieve our commercial objectives through the delivery of customer-focused solutions. In return, you will be part of an organisation in which expertise is celebrated; an infectious passion for your specialist skill-set is actively welcomed; and drive and performance are rewarded.


The Role

We are looking for Toxicologists to join our specialist unit that provides independent and authoritative information and advice on chemical hazards and risks to regulators, water companies and industry.  

If you would a like daily challenge, then this position is for you. On one day we may provide advice following a chemical spill into water, on another we may carry out an environmental or human health risk assessment. We may develop new water guidelines or help companies with their regulatory issues under REACH or WRAS. We may carry out research on e-cigarettes or on the use of margin of exposure in risk assessment of children. We could be giving advice about the safety of edible cutlery or of water made from a military desalination pack. We also provide a 24/7 helpdesk to water companies to provide advice on chemicals hazards and their fate and behaviour in the environment. Overarching all of our work, however, is the need to understand and carry out hazard identification and characterisation to ensure the safety of chemicals to humans and the environment.

Our key clients include UKWIR, Hong Kong Water Supplies Department, European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and Public Health England as well as various industrial clients.

In this role you'll get the opportunity to build relationships with such clients. We are on a number of frameworks with European agencies such as ECHA, which opens up many opportunities of integrating and working with external toxicologists. One of our most exciting projects is the provision of toxicology and epidemiology reports to Public Health England to support the Expert Committees on Toxicity, Carcinogenicity and Mutagenicity.  This enables us to be at the forefront of toxicological concepts, whilst interacting with expert toxicologists in the UK.


Main Responsibilities

  • Undertaking chemical hazard and risk assessments for industry, water companies and UK and international regulators

  • Participating in registration strategies including data gap analysis, read across justifications, waiving, QSAR modelling, study monitoring and preparing dossiers and robust study summaries in support of industrial applications to REACH and other regulations

  • Assessing toxicological hazard profiles to derive hazard classifications

  • Carrying out systematic literature reviews, reviewing and summarising data on various toxicological topics for the Expert Committee on Toxicity, Carcinogenicity and Mutagenicity

  • Providing 24-hour support to our key clients as part of the toxicology advisory service

  • Aiding in the preparation of appropriate proposal documents for new projects and carrying out business development where required

  • There is also an opportunity to get involved in project management if desired

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


Essential Attributes

  • A first class degree in a toxicological, biological, chemical or health science discipline

  • Post-graduate specialisation in toxicology, for example, through an MSc qualification

  • Board certification (ERT, DABT) or working towards registration

  • Experience in mammalian toxicology study data, toxicology required for different regulatory regimes, hazard and risk assessment

  • Experience in risk assessment, hazard assessment or related topics

  • Strongly motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in a team

  • Good PC skills and knowledge of software such as IUCLID, QSAR, BMDS, Toxtree

  • Be eligibile to work in the UK

Overall, candidates will have a positive attitude and be highly motivated with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multifunctional team. Further professional career development is encouraged.


Culture & Benefits

In our welcoming and inclusive environment, at WRc we foster a culture where talented and motivated people are nurtured, encouraged and supported to succeed and develop their skills. We know that with the right people, we are able to build on our unrivalled reputation in the fields of innovation and technical excellence. We welcome team members who bring new ways of thinking and fresh approaches to problem solving as well as those who have a genuine passion for their specialist subject or area of research.

In return for your commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • Full on-the-job training

  • Flexible working hours based on a 37-hour week, Monday to Friday

  • A contributory pension scheme

  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays

  • Free accident/life insurance

  • Cash Health Plan

  • Active Sports and Social Club

  • Subsidised on-site staff restaurant

  • Free Parking

  • Childcare voucher scheme

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • On-site gardening club & allotments

  • Office location with easy M4 access / excellent travel links



WRc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates