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: 1
Remuneration: £300 attendance fee and £150 preparation fee + expenses
Time Requirements: 13 days

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/01/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Weeks commencing 24 January and 31 January 2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Rachel Mumba Added 17/11/2021

    Panel Chair

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

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  • Professor Bill Cushley Added 17/11/2021

    Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Rod Blackshaw Added 17/11/2021

    Deputy Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

ECP Aquatic Ecotoxicologist (one post) Ref: ECP 04/2021

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) is looking for one 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 March 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

Scientific essential criteria

• Considerable scientific or other relevant expertise in ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment.

• Experience in experimental aquatic ecotoxicology..

• Evidence of the ability to critically evaluate and interpret experimental data

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 ecotoxicology area.

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

General Qualities and experience

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:

• Knowledge of communication of risk issues

• Experience of working with a multi-disciplinary team

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

Email for an information pack which includes further details and requirements for each of the roles.

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

• Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest conduct and advertising form)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity 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 12 January 2021 Email to quoting the reference of the vacancy applying for.

For further information please

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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