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Environmental Exposure Modeller

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Sharnbrook, England
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Job Title:Environmental Exposure Modeller

Location: Colworth, UK


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace”.


At Unilever we make products that people love – and that make a difference. Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more. In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries. That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them. That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, built around the three core beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last and people with purpose thrive. Find out how our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (opens in a new window) is driving long-term growth while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.

Unilever is the place where you can bring your purpose to life through the work that you do, creating a better business and a better world. You will work with brands that are loved and improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us.

We want consumers to be confident that our products are safe for them and their families, and better for the environment. The scientists at Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) play a key role in ensuring that our products are safe and our business is environmentally sustainable. SEAC’s world-class reputation for safety ( opens in a new window) & sustainability science ( opens in a new window) plays a key role in Unilever achieving its purpose, by working across the business to build safety and environmental sustainability into everything we do. We are committed to safety without animal testing and are leaders in non-animal safety science. We strongly believe that we should #UseScienceNotAnimals. (link: opens in a new window) (BBC StoryWorks film: opens in a new window) (link


We are looking to recruit an Environmental Exposure Modeller within our SEAC team near Bedford, UK. SEAC is constantly looking to develop and apply new scientific approaches to underpin the safety assessment of chemical ingredients.

The job holder will work with teams to develop modelling solutions to better understand environmental exposure/ fate of our ingredients. They will look to develop novel approaches to understand emission and exposure pathways of our ingredients across relevant geographical areas and for relevant environmental compartments. They will develop both screening level and higher tier/ bespoke models that provide new understanding and insights where traditional approaches fail or are inadequate. The job holder will be required to apply these approaches to support environmental risk assessment and environmental safety decisions and make recommendations on future research needs. They will develop partnerships and collaborations

across academia, regulatory bodies and industry to facilitate a broader research agenda and knowledge sharing. The job holder will also lead projects where appropriate.


· Developing and implementing screening level and higher tier environmental exposure/fate models or approaches to support environmental risk assessment and safety decision making.

· To identify and lead on capability / research needs (focus on environmental exposure/fate modelling) to ensure delivery of the work programme and/or the strategic direction of the discipline.

· Communicate internally and to business partners on environmental risk assessment outcomes and provide guidance on risk management.

· Responsibility for leading designated SEAC projects as appropriate.

· To support SEAC and R&D project teams on environmental exposure considerations including supporting working with external key opinion formers

· Deliver transparent, well documented environmental safety prognoses and risk assessments to support SEAC project teams.

· Address industry issues and contribute to the Unilever position and responses to the external KOFs with a focus on environmental exposure.

· Actively participate in external activities/ fora to influence scientific developments.

· Advise SEAC and Unilever of emerging ecotoxicological/ environmental issues including environmental claims.


We are looking for someone with the right, mindset and competencies with some experience of developing models to understand the fate of chemicals in the environment.

Skills/ Experience/ qualifications:

· A Masters or PhD qualification in a relevant scientific/technical discipline (e.g. chemistry, geography, hydrology, mathematics, environmental science) and/or experience in relevant mathematical modelling, environmental exposure or modelling fate of chemicals in the environment.

· Some experience in programming/ coding.

· Strong problem-solving skills.

· Well-developed communication and decision-making skills.

· Strong team player as both a leader and a team member.


· Post graduate experience that may include a higher degree.

· An understanding of environmental risk assessment supporting chemical safety.

· An understanding of the physical-chemical properties of chemicals and how they relate to fate and exposure in the environment.

How you’ll work with us – our values:

· We COLLABORATE to build our networks to unlock creativity & deliver innovation

· We are open, honest & TRANSPARENT in our communications

· We take control over how, when & where we work to ensure we are HIGH PERFORMING

· Our personal, physical, mental & emotional WELLBEING always takes priority

· We EXPERIMENT & LEARN in a safe space to meet Unilever’s needs

· We are guided by our collective purpose & passion for PIONEERING new approaches to protect people & planet

· People come first; we are SUPPORTIVE, we embrace flexibility, jump in to help out & ask for help when we need it

· We are INCLUSIVE; every voice counts & trust, respect & kindness are part of all we do


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’  

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all. 

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self. To find out more, including about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Unilever | Unilever.

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How is Unilever tackling this?

Many of Unilever’s recruitment sites publish a warning to candidates about recruitment fraud. The Cyber Security team also proactively scan for signs of people setting up fake Unilever sites and act to close them down. 

What can I do?

If you become aware of potential recruitment fraud, spot fake Unilever recruitment adverts or fake LinkedIn profiles, report them via Una Live Chat. 

Unilever does not accept responsibility or liability for any candidates who are financially impacted by recruitment fraud. Your vigilance is key! 

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