Regulatory (Eco)Toxicologist

CEFIC - European Chemical Industry Council

Regulatory (Eco)Toxicologist

CEFIC - European Chemical Industry Council

Brussels, Belgium

Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded in 1972, is the voice of large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which provide 1.2 million jobs and account for about 17% of world chemicals production.

Cefic strives to be the best respected and most trusted business association in Europe. Based in Brussels, it is a committed partner to the European Union, interacting on behalf of its members with European institutions, non-governmental organisations, the media, and other stakeholders. As an active member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Cefic seeks to strengthen existing cooperation with global organisations such as UNEP and the OECD to improve chemicals management worldwide.

Cefic is devoted to promoting a thriving chemical industry that is broadly recognised to provide sustainable, safe and resource efficient solutions, foster prosperity, growth and investments in Europe and Provide safe and resource efficient solutions to meet the challenges for future generations.

The Association’s mission is to:

  • Serve its members by generating and aggregating scientific knowledge that fosters the purpose of the Association in critical areas;
  • Offer services and expertise to its members in regulatory, scientific and technical matters;
  • Engage, advocate and represent the industry in order to create the right support and policy frameworks in Europe and beyond;
  • Add value as a collective compared to individual companies’ activities.

For its Product Stewardship department, Cefic is looking for a (m/f/d): Regulatory (eco)Toxicologist.

Mission of the role:

In this role, you will work with industry, external scientists and stakeholders (academia, governments, EU institutions) for advising, designing and driving solutions in the area of chemical safety and regulatory developments (e.g. REACH), focusing on the actions announced in the 2020 EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.

Reporting to the Director, Product Stewardship and with the support of experts from members companies, you will represent the industry externally (e.g. vis-à-vis authorities industry) and steer technical and scientific strategies and/or programs to address regulatory developments in the area of human health and environmental safety.

Areas of activities include (non-exhaustive): new data requirements under REACH (polymers, low volume substances), endocrine disruptors assessment, criteria and methodologies to address environmental persistence and mobility, approaches to take into account combined effects of chemicals (‘mixture effects’) in chemical risk assessment, alternatives to animal testing, predictive toxicology

Are you inspired by these responsibilities?

You will:

  • Steer development of state-of-the-art scientific solutions to strengthen the generation of chemical safety data and risk assessment while minimising animal testing;
  • Monitor science-policy developments, coordinate your activities with regulatory and policy developments, pro-actively define and advocate solutions to external stakeholders via written contributions to consultations, position papers, dialogue and effective communication;
  • Manage expert groups of toxicologists and ecotoxicologists from member companies;
  • Support Product Stewardship colleagues on (eco)toxicological issues, focusing on the priorities from the Chemicals strategy for Sustainability;
  • Ensure coordination with other Cefic groups, academia and regulators working on related topics (e.g. strengthening risk assessment, endocrine disruptors, animal welfare, intelligent testing and assessment, fate of mobile and persistent substances in the environment);
  • Represent Cefic and the European Chemical industry in Expert Committees, and in relevant external conferences and workshops;
  • Liaise with Cefic Sector Groups, other industry associations and stakeholders;
  • Link with related activities at member state, European and global level to ensure high quality of research and interpretation of research results.

Can you make the difference?

The successful candidate will be a highly experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience, competencies, and personal qualities:

  • A master’s degree in Environmental sciences, chemical engineering a science related field with a proven track-record in research activities;
  • A strong background in toxicology and/or ecotoxicology is a must;
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in (eco-) toxicology or R&D management in industry, trade associations and/or research institutions (academia or contract research organisations);
  • Deep knowledge of REACH and other EU chemical legislation with practical experience of applying legislative requirements;
  • Strategic thinking and experience in managing complex chemical safety issues of regulatory relevance;
  • Ability to prioritise projects and leverage research results in the context of the evolving regulatory/policy environment at the science/policy interface;
  • Strong project management skills, service and results-oriented and able to work under pressure and to prioritize whilst managing multiple tasks;
  • Excellent communication, including the ability to translate complex scientific concepts and results into layman language;
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to network and build relations in an international context;
  • A team player, with ability to work in a multifunctional team setting (technical and non-technical) and multicultural environment;
  • Full professional proficiency in English (written and oral) additional European languages are a definite asset;
  • Prepared to live in Belgium (Brussels).

Are you interested?

Please send your application with full curriculum vitae, quoting the reference TOX-01, before March 4th, 2021 to: Cefic, Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Assistant, Rue Belliard 40, b15, 1040 Brussels.
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