Expert Committee on Pesticides - Toxicology 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: 1
Remuneration: £300 attendance fee and £150 preparation fee + expenses
Time Requirements: 13 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/09/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 19 September 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    20 and 21 of October 2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

ECP Toxicologists (one posts) Ref: ECP 01/2022

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) is looking for one new member to provide scientific advice to UK Government and the Devolved Administrations on the safe and effective use of pesticides and other pest control methods. This position will become available from November 2022.

Applications are welcomed from individuals at all career stages, candidates are required to have evidence for each of the scientific essential criteria to apply.

Person Specification

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.

Desirable Criteria:

• An understanding of the procedures involved in 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 risk assessment of toxicology

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

General Qualities and experience required

Essential criteria

Applicants should have:

• An ability to weigh issues outside 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, judgement and influencing skills.

• An ability to communicate clearly 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. Currently meetings are being held virtually

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

How to Apply

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

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of interest conduct and advertising Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)

• Further details and requirements for of each of the roles

• Guidance notes

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 14 September 2022 Email to quoting the reference of the vacancy applying for.

For further information please email:

1_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of interest conduct and advertising Questionnaire)
2_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)

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

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