About this role and specific duties

We are seeking to recruit a scientist to join our growing and busy Surrey-based team. A background in desk-based toxicology is obviously advantageous. However, we will also consider high calibre candidates working in a related field who are ready for a new challenge assessing the human health hazard and risk of chemicals. Initially, there will be an intense training period, commensurate with the candidate’s drive and ambition to succeed. We are looking for someone who will be able to move into the senior project management team and the ideal candidate will warrant this early on. Please note that a large focus will be on training to the ‘bibra standard’, which is synonymous with our excellent reputation. In light of this, the following list of generic tasks may not be indicative of immediate work, but provide a flavour of the eventual key roles.


  • Drafting reports and reviews (chemical hazard and risk assessments) and ultimately peer‑reviewing the work of colleagues
  • Supporting our clients with product registrations, toxicological evaluations and risk assessments
  • Working together with our team to provide technical expertise in interpreting toxicological and human health data by making sound judgements on the critical endpoints of relevance
  • Project management (including drafting proposals, budgeting, time-keeping, organising and managing the relevant in-house team, quality control, communication)
  • Helping update and maintain our in-house chemical toxicity database, TRACE, and assisting in the production of ‘Toxicology and Regulatory News’ (TRN), the monthly bibra current awareness bulletin which has been published for over 50 years
  • Attending relevant scientific conferences and client meetings, whilst representing bibra in a manner befitting its proud history


Candidate “must-haves”

  • A strong interest in human health chemical hazard and risk assessment
  • A background that will provide a solid foundation for the development of expertise in toxicology
  • Excellent writing and communication skill, with meticulous attention to detail and a passion for producing high quality work
  • At least a degree level qualification (2:1 minimum) in chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, or a related field
  • Dedication and be a strong team player, with a logical and independent mind, and a pro-active attitude
  • Ability to multitask and display flexibility
  • Motivation to develop expertise and learn from colleagues, as well as the wider community


Candidate “good-to-haves”

  • Post graduate degree (e.g. MSc or PhD) in toxicology or a related field
  • Ideally at least five years relevant direct personal experience of, for example, study placement and monitoring, data review and evaluation, risk assessment, dossier preparation and submission, or regulatory liaison
  • We are particularly keen to consider candidates from various related backgrounds to supplement our team, including, for example, those with experience of regulatory affairs (e.g. pharmaceuticals, REACH, classification and labelling), occupational exposure assessment, (Q)SAR modelling, analytical chemistry, and/or laboratory technicians/study directors at testing laboratories, forensic scientists, or those involved in research and development
  • Networking and presentation communication skills
  • Project Management training/experience


Candidate “nice-to-haves”

  • European Registered Toxicologist status or equivalent (also candidates that can demonstrate active pursuit of registered status, through CPD), Chartered Chemist, Chartered Biologist, and/or Chartered Scientist


What we offer

  • Competitive salary with career development
  • Generous annual bonus (dependent on company and personal performance)
  • 37.5 hour/week, and flexible working hours
  • 25 days annual leave (with additional long-service days)
  • Friendly office environment
  • Pension (5% employee matched by ~11% employer contribution)
  • Commitment to education, training and continuing professional development (internal seminars and external conferences etc)


To apply, send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] and mark it FAO Ashleigh Ace.


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