Advisor (Chemical Risk)

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

Reference number



£21,702 - £25,276


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description


The purpose of the role is to provide and support the provision of authoritative scientific and technical advice to a range of stakeholders (including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Netherlands State Supervision of Mines (SSM) and the chemical supply industry) on the potential environmental impacts of chemicals used by the offshore oil and gas industry.

The main focus of the role will be: (i) to assess the environmental hazard of chemicals used by the offshore oil and gas industry as part of the chemical registration process; (ii) to ensure that sufficient quality assured data is provided to enable a full hazard assessment; (iii) to compile, analyse and report selected data to regulatory bodies to inform progress on the substitution of hazardous substances.

The role will involve regular contact with the chemical supply industry and relevant regulatory bodies. Other duties may include support to the wider Cefas regulatory advisory functions including support towards audits, and contributing to research and development projects relating to chemical risks to the marine environment.
In the role, you will be expected to develop excellent working relationships with team members and Cefas specialist advisors, from a range of disciplines (for example, ecotoxicology, chemistry etc.).

You will need to develop strong working relationships with relevant Cefas Project Managers (PMs) and Principal Investigators (PIs) and with Cefas’ regulatory customers (BEIS, SSM).

Key Tasks include:

• Daily contact with Chemical suppliers to discuss data requirements for product registration
• Regular review of chemical and physicochemical properties of substances in the context of hazard assessment
• Regular assessment and preparation of guidance documents for internal use and for the website
• Providing advice to non-specialists in matters relating to marine environmental impacts from offshore chemicals
• Provide support to Senior Advisors within the team and for other Cefas colleagues on issues related to potential impacts of offshore chemicals on the marine environment


• Degree or equivalent in chemistry, ecotoxicology or environmental science or extensive relevant experience.
• Good understanding of processes and chemical properties relevant to hazard assessment
• Computer literate including preparation of reports

The following previous experience is beneficial:
• Use of databases for both information entry and retrieval;
• Provision of advice to non-specialists on matters relating to environmental impacts of human activities.

Person specification

Please describe how your skills and experience fit the criteria in the job description


Degree or equivalent in chemistry, ecotoxicology or environmental science, or extensive relevant experience.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please note depending on volume of applications an Initial Sift may be conducted on the Lead Competency, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Interview date to be confirmed.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses.

Further information

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

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