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Career opportunity: Senior Hazard Assessor sought

Vacancy at Cefas' Lowestoft laboratory for a Senior Hazard Assessor

Permanent position

Closing date:             20/12/2011
Interview date:          24/01/2012

Job description

Cefas is an internationally prestigious scientific research and consulting centre. We are an executive agency of Defra providing aquatic environmental scientific evidence and regulatory advice to inform UK government policy. The vacancy lies in the Offshore Risk and Response team which is part of the Marine Environmental Management group.The team contributes to the operation of the Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS) both in the UK and internationally, providing permitting advice and other services in this regard. It works with a number of customers within the regulatory field and more broadly with industry.

The purpose of the Senior Hazard Assessor role is to provide technical leadership, supervision and mentoring to other chemical hazard assessors in the team. The jobholder will lead on continual improvements to processes, skills and IT systems used in the registration of chemical products used in the oil and gas industry (Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme, OCNS).  He/she would be expected to liaise with the regulators, industry and other stakeholders, and also work as part of a team providing permitting advice for chemical use (Petroleum Operations Notices, PON).

The jobholder will function as a member of a team of scientists engaged in the assessment of the hazardous properties of chemicals used by the offshore oil and gas industry. As part of this role, he/she will be expected to carrying out hazard assessments, as well as mentor and develop other hazard assessors in the team, assuring accuracy and consistency of the assessments made.

The post involves active discussion with the chemical supply industry to ensure that sufficient quality assured data is provided to enable a full hazard assessment of their products in accordance with agreed protocols. Relevant data is stored within a confidential database, and it is required that the job holder will exploit the full potential of this resource, initiating the development of higher level queries and report functions. This will maximise the value of customer reports including annual returns, for which the job holder will have chief responsibility.

In addition to the hazard assessment work, the jobholder is expected to contribute to the assessment of risks involved in the use of chemicals off-shore, in particular in providing permitting advice (PON), and to the wider work of Cefas in this field.

Qualifications and experience

Academic qualifications required for direct entry to this position at Cefas Pay Band 5 is a degree in a relevant scientific subject or equivalent plus relevant work experience. This requirement can be waived for internal candidates who are able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and experience. Part-time working and job share applicants are also welcome.

We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce. We guarantee an interview to any candidate who has declared a disability provided they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post. 

Salary range: £24,036 to £29,300 pa.

In addition there is the opportunity for all staff to earn a performance-related bonus.  The salary is paid monthly by credit transfer. If you are already an established civil servant you can obtain further information from your Personnel Division about rules which may provide a more favourable starting salary than is allowed for under the previous paragraph.

Contact: Denise Neeve
Telephone: 01502 527788 / Email: denise.neeve@cefas.co.uk 

To apply go to www.cefas.jobs/openings

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