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A wide-ranging ecotoxicological role within a global organization

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and we are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers.

Our HSE Department provides business support and promotes operational excellence across the supply chain, while guarding on governance issues. The department consists of several expertise groups including Ecotoxicology and Environmental Testing (EET).

EET performs the highest standards of ecotoxicological, fate (a.o. biodegradation) studies and biocidal efficacy studies. It also conducts research into the specific properties of substances and/or product development.

As such, its main activity is substance profiling including classification and labeling, registrations, notifications and assessments. EET also contributes to Safety Data Sheet (SDS) production.

To reinforce its expertise, the EET group currently seeks an experienced and expert


This is an important and specialized role in which you support our business units and customers regarding all ecotoxicological aspects of preparation of regulatory dossiers and in consortia.

You will be joining a multinational and multicultural network of almost 300 highly skilled technical professionals as well as a larger technical community in AkzoNobel. You can therefore look forward to a fascinating career in which you learn a great deal from your colleagues, just as they will expect you to contribute to the growth of their knowledge and expertise.

The position is based in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Key responsibilities
Within this context you are involved with a wide variety of activities. Among them is the monitoring and validation of studies to be used for hazard assessments. Based on this information, you give advice on the safe handling of hazardous substances in production and use, or in the event of an accident.

You also perform environmental exposure calculations with appropriate models (e.g. EUSES), and you are responsible for independently carrying out environmental risk assessments. Based on your findings, you give advice on the environmental profile of a substance or product.

Beyond this, you critically analyze, contribute to, and write reports and scientific papers. Ideally, you also act as Study Director for acute and chronic guideline studies in the GLP compliant research laboratory.

At all times you liaise with customers, other scientists, technicians and regulatory authorities at an international level to build a network that informs and enables your work.

Working together with other members of the group and department, you guide junior ecotoxicologists and participate in the team’s general HSE activities.

Candidate profile
This is a position for a motivated self-starter with significant proven expertise in the field of environmental fate as well as exposure, hazard and risk assessments.

To apply, you should have an academic background in biological science/environmental chemistry/ecotoxicology, with an MSc.or PhD in Environmental Toxicology. With this comes at least 3-10 years working experience in the chemical industry in regulatory ecotoxicology. This will encompass laboratory experience of standard test methods used in ecotoxicology. Ideally, you are a registered toxicologist.

You must be able to perform exposure calculations and have a good working knowledge of the EU Technical Guidance Document (TGD). Knowledge and understanding of regulatory requirements (REACH, GHS) is also essential, along with a (developing) understanding of QSARs, their creation and application.

Above and beyond these technical attributes, you possess project management skills and you are an enthusiastic team player, still keen to adapt your analytical mindset to new challenges.

Good communication skills are therefore important, including fluency in written and spoken English.

Further information and how to apply
To find out more about this interesting position, please contact Karin Hoetmer, Recruiter, on +31 (0)88 010 6789.

To apply online, please visit, reference 2012-445254-02.

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Toxic Chemicals, Ecology, Toxicology Laboratory, Researcher.
Contact:      Karin Hoetmer
Velperweg 76
Arnhem, Gelderland 6824 BM
Phone: +31 (0)88 010 6789

Deadline: Contact employer

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