Location: UK office-based/remote

Salary: Competitive Salary (negotiable)

Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA) provides strategic support for chemical registrations across Europe, encompassing agrochemicals, biocides, veterinary medicines and other chemical products. We specialise in higher-tier risk assessments, developing novel solutions for complex risk assessment problems.

The role

To join our established risk assessment team in delivering ecotoxicological risk assessments for plant protection products and other related chemicals, with an emphasis on higher tier solutions and novel approaches.

The majority of the work delivered by the regulatory risk assessment team is problem solving, working with clients to address challenging issues that they are facing with their wildlife risk assessments where standard approaches are inappropriate or insufficient. We also undertake bespoke projects for clients, such as the preparation of manuscripts and opinion papers on particular topics. We do deliver some dossier projects, but these tend to be for active substances that we have been heavily involved with in terms of resolving aspects o wildlife risk assessments.

Our projects range in size from being delivered mainly by one person to those being delivered by multiple experts, either within the regulatory ecotoxicology team, or across other CEA expert teams (aquatic ecotoxicity testing; efate and exposure; toxicology), or indeed with 3rd parties (contract research organisations, independent consultants, academics). There is opportunity to take ownership of your own projects and manage them end to end, including drafting quotes and managing the budget, liaising with clients and other experts to deliver the project, and meeting with regulators to discuss particular issues.

We encourage our experts to develop client relationships and grow their network of contacts, through directly working with clients on projects, and also attending and presenting at external events e.g. SETAC. There is the opportunity to prepare journal articles, based on our own R&D work or in collaboration with clients. You can find examples of the past presentations and journal articles in the CEA library.

The main CEA office is in Boxworth, Cambridgeshire, UK; however, the wider business group has offices nationally and therefore there may be an opportunity for hybrid home/office working. The current regulatory ecotoxicology team are all home-based in the UK. The role reports to the head of Regulatory Risk Assessment (Dr Amy Brooks).

Though we prefer someone who can work full time (40 hours), we will consider part-time hours for the right candidate. Working hours are flexible.

Examples of recent projects delivered by the team:

  • Reviewing existing chronic aquatic invertebrate studies with the aim of designing and monitoring Daphnia modified exposure studies based on predicted exposure profiles from FOCUSsw.
  • Conducting bird and mammal risk assessments, designing and monitoring field studies to refine exposure estimates for EU renewal of a granular fungicide.
  • Preparing a manuscript reviewing the EFSA opinion on bat risk assessment.
  • Deriving ecologically relevant endpoints for wild mammal reproductive risk assessments, in collaboration with our toxicology experts.
  • Acting as lead ecotoxicology expert for a herbicidal active substance for a major PPP company, including active substance renewal and formulated product authorisations.
  • Preparing the ecotoxicity sections for a GB renewal dossier, reflecting UK GAP and exposure models.
  • Reviewing non-mammalian endocrine studies, preparation of position paper.

Successful candidates will:

  • Have experience in regulatory ecotoxicology, either gained within industry, consultancy or a regulatory agency, preferably within the EU PPP framework.
  • Have good problem solving skills and a willingness to learn new approaches.
  • Be able to work autonomously.
  • Have the ability to work on multiple projects and manage associated budgets.
  • have good attention to detail.
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be client focused.
  • Be willing to attend and participate in client meetings and external events (when safe/appropriate to do so).

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary (negotiable).
  • Flexible approach to working hours and locality.
  • Working within a small, collaborative team.
  • Regular training and career development.
  • Increasing annual leave entitlement with length of service.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme.
  • A flexible benefits program including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care.
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g tastecard, Gym membership, holidays and entertainment).
  • Access to mental health support and professional financial advice.

To apply, please visit the RSK Careers Portal.


About us

CEA is part of ADAS, a large independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. With over 75 years’ experience, ADAS has an enviable track record of providing environmental consultancy and research expertise to a range of clients both in the private and public sector. We are recognised and highly respected as leaders in the environmental and rural sectors. ADAS was acquired in 2017 by the RSK Group Ltd, one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary environmental consultancies.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining ADAS, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that’s consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join.

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.