Aquatic Ecotoxicologist

Closing Date - Open

Fixed-term 18-month contract
Location: Boxworth, Cambridgeshire
Salary: £23,000

Cambridge Environmental Assessments is part of RSK ADAS.  With over 75 years’ experience, ADAS has an amazing track record of providing environmental consultancy and research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector.  We are a recognised and highly respected leader in the environmental and rural sectors.

CEA and the wider ADAS are supported by parent company, RSK Group, a leading provider of engineering and environmental consultancy and technical support services and ranked number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK.  There has never been a more exciting time to join.

CEA specialises in designing and conducting higher tier studies, modelling, effects and fate and regulatory environmental risk assessments for chemicals, toxicology and REACH compliance. CEA provides strategic and dossier support for chemical and product registrations across Europe encompassing agrochemicals, biocides, veterinary and human pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food additives, novel foods and general chemicals.

The ecotoxicology team provide consultancy and research for both commercial and government clients in the areas of aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology. This role sits within the aquatic ecotoxicology sector of CEA, where we specialise in the design and conduct of bespoke aquatic (mesocosm) field studies, laboratory studies with many species of aquatic invertebrates and plants, the taxonomic identification of aquatic organisms and statistical analyses of study data.

Aquatic Ecotoxicologist

Fixed-term; 18 months (with the potential for a permanent role)

The role

To help deliver novel and innovative higher tier aquatic studies, primarily mesocosm studies, to GLP, within a varied, dynamic and supportive environment.                     

This will involve

  • Ensuring all duties are carried out in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • Assist in the conduct of outdoor mesocosm and laboratory-based studies, including single and multiple species studies on standard and non-standard test organisms.
  • Taxonomic identification and enumeration of aquatic organisms (phytoplankton, zooplankton and macroinvertebrates) using basic microscopy techniques and relevant identification keys.
  • Assisting laboratory management in the day-to-day laboratory/mesocosm maintenance; including culturing of standard and non-standard organisms for testing.
  • Sampling of water systems using various techniques and traps.
  • Generate accurate statistical ECx and MDD reports.
  • Concisely writing and updating standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
  • Perform all field and laboratory work, data analysis and report writing in a timely manner, to a high standard and in accordance with relevant study protocols and SOP’s.
  • Providing quality control (QC) of data to ensure its integrity, from manual keying to electronic records.
  • Assist in the development of novel approaches. Help to provide solutions to problematic test designs and target species.
  • Maintaining and building CEA's reputation and relationship with clients and regulators by taking part in face-to-face meetings, conference calls and presentations, as required.

Successful candidate will

  • Have Experience working in field-based and/or scientific laboratory environment.
  • Generate ideas to effectively solve problems.
  • Have the ability to work well individually and as part of a team.
  • Have working knowledge of basic statistical analysis.
  • Key Attributes: Keen, proactive, detail-oriented, well organised, good timekeeping.
  • Have knowledge of aquatic testing with a good grasp of general ecotoxicology and risk assessment strategies.
  • Ideally hold a graduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Have a willingness to work flexibly.
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills, good organisational and planning skills, and good interpersonal and team working skills

What can you expect from us?

We recognise that staff are our most valuable asset and that their integrity, commitment and loyalty is vital to how we conduct our business, and to the long-term success of the company.  In addition to a competitive salary, you can expect an open and relaxed management culture.  We also offer a flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care and regular training and development opportunities.

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.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, 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. 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. 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. 

How to apply

To apply for this position please visit the RSK Group careers portal and click ‘apply’.  A personal online account will be set up so you can review the progress of your application.  If you require any additional information about the role please contact Lisa Hallington, HR Advisor on 01623 848341 or email are being reviewed as received and successful candidates invited for interview.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter. 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

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