Outstanding opportunity for an early stage scientist with a background in hydrogeology who we can develop and grow in a dynamic, commercial organisation that prides itself on delivering novel solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
Role: Groundwater Risk Assessment and Monitoring Consultant
Location: Boxworth, Cambridgeshire, UK
Contract: Temporary (1 year, in the first instance)
We are seeking to grow our team offering groundwater risk assessment and monitoring solutions further to accommodate increasing demand for these services. We are looking for an early stage scientist with a background in hydrogeology, who we can develop and grow into a Groundwater Risk Assessor in the area of chemical contaminants; to provide high level consultancy in groundwater risk assessment and monitoring, primarily in the context of the registration of plant protection products.
This will involve:
- Providing high level consultancy in this area including: analysing existing and collected physico-chemical, hydrogeological and groundwater monitoring data; spatial assessment using GIS, groundwater modelling including model parametrisation, calibration and validation/evaluation; applying higher tier approaches to solve specific regulatory problems; and production of high quality regulatory documents.
- Providing innovative solutions to clients' problems, including bespoke study design and implementation.
- Managing the delivery of groundwater risk assessment and monitoring projects, for commercial clients, throughout the complete project cycle. This will include managing all commercial aspects, from the conduct of desk based modelling risk assessments to the deployment and management of resource and equipment for field studies, management of sub-contractors and the placement and monitoring of field studies.
- Contributing to the sales process and the development of client relationships. Representing CEA externally to a range of corporate and government clients, at all times maintaining and building CEA's reputation and relationship with clients.
- Writing high quality summary reports, conducting literature reviews and web-searches.
Successful candidates will:
- Hold at least a graduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline, e.g. hydrogeology.
- Provide chemical regulatory consultancy by interpreting, summarising and drawing conclusions from scientific and technical references, guidance and statutory documents, to the required standards and regulations.
- Be able to: manipulate large data sets using R/Excel/Access; manipulate spatial data using GIS; parameterise and run groundwater chemical fate models; code using python or similar programming language would be an advantage.
- Write clear and accurate documents for submission to clients and regulatory authorities, ensuring that deadlines are met and delivery is within the time allowed.
Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA) provides strategic and dossier support for chemical and product registrations across Europe encompassing agrochemicals, biocides, veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, food additives, novel foods and general chemicals. CEA specialises in designing and conducting higher tier modelling, effects and fate studies and regulatory environmental risk assessments for chemicals, toxicology and REACH compliance.
In the pesticidal products area, CEA undertakes data evaluation, standard and higher tier exposure/fate modelling, the preparation of risk assessments and regulatory documentation (dossier segments), including project management and co-ordination of work packages. In addition, CEA offers bespoke higher tier aquatic (mesocosms and laboratory studies) and higher tier environmental fate studies, according to GLP. CEA has a well-earned reputation for providing higher tier, non-standard support for challenging products in an increasingly demanding regulatory environment.
CEA is part of ADAS, the UK's largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, research and development, and policy advice. ADAS has an amazing track record of providing environmental consultancy and research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector. We are a recognised and highly respected leader in the environmental and rural sectors.
CEA and the wider ADAS are supported by parent company, RSK Group, a leading provider of engineering and environmental consultancy and technical support services.
What can you expect from us?
We recognise that staff are our most valuable asset and that their integrity, commitment and loyalty is vital to how we conduct our business, and to the long-term success of the company. In addition to a competitive salary you can expect an open and relaxed management culture. We also offer a flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care and regular training and development opportunities.
As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining the business, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.
Retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. The RSK Group wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.
The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.
The RSK Group is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.
Visit our websites to find out more about CEA, ADAS or the RSK Group.
How to apply
To apply for this position please visit the RSK Group careers portal and click 'apply'. A personal online account will be set up so you can review the progress of your application. Closing date is 9am Monday 17th December 2018. If you require any additional information about the role please contact Lisa.Hallington@adas.co.uk