Expert Committee on Pesticides - Committee Member

Body: Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: York
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £300 attendance fee and £150 preparation fee plus expenses
Time Requirements: Up to 13 days a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    28/04/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Weeks commencing 17 and 24 May 2021

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Susie Willows Added 26/02/2021

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Chemicals, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste • Departmental Official

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  • Professor Bill Cushley Added 26/02/2021

    Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Rod Blackshaw Added 26/02/2021

    Deputy Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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  • Dr Susy Bresica Added 26/02/2021

    Head of Toxicology, Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals Regulation Division • Other Panel Member

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Vacancy Description

ECP Toxicologists (two posts) Ref: ECP 01/2021.

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) is looking for two new members to provide scientific advice to UK Government and the Devolved Administrations on the safe and effective use of pesticides and other pest control methods. These positions will become available from July 2021.

Candidates are required to have evidence for each of the scientific essential criteria to apply.

Person Specification

Scientific essential criteria

• Considerable scientific or other relevant expertise in toxicology and in experimental toxicology, with experience of a range of mammalian toxicity study types and their interpretation and an ability to relate experimental findings to human risk.

• Knowledge of risk assessment and risk management procedures relevant to human exposure to chemicals.

• Expertise in particular areas of toxicology such as carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity or endocrine disruption.

Scientific desirable Criteria:

• An understanding of the regulation of chemicals in the UK and internationally, including the legislative requirements and associated guidance pertaining to the toxicology area.

• Be familiar with legislative requirements and the various supporting guidance documents and regulatory models that underpin the assessment of toxicology

General Qualities and experience

Essential criteria

Applicants should have:

• An ability to weigh issues outside your own specialist area and to appreciate the impact that decisions may have on the sustainable use of pesticides.

• An ability to work well as part of a team, with effective communication, negotiating, judgement and influencing skills.

• An ability to clearly communicate complex scientific issues, combined with strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Desirable Criteria:

• Some knowledge of communication of risk issues would be an advantage.

• Previous experience as a member of another (national or international) scientific Committee

Additional Information

Meetings are usually held at the Defra offices in York, however some meetings may be held elsewhere in the UK.

Due to current circumstances, interviews are likely to be held virtually.

How to Apply

Email for an information pack which includes the following which all candidates are required to complete:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Email to quoting reference:ECP 01/2021.

For further information please email:

1_Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and CoI Questionnaire)
2_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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