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Senior Human Health Toxicologist - Risk Assessor (Location Flexible)

Company: ABT Associates
Location: Rockville
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Organization Overview

This is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the Abt team! The Division of Health and Environment (DHE) is rapidly growing our domestic health and environment portfolios as we expand our footprint in these thriving markets. As we race into the years ahead, we will continue to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients in providing innovative, evidence-driven solutions that contribute to a healthier environment and the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities. We are market leaders in providing policy and regulatory support; advancing public health and clinical epidemiology; providing environmental science, natural resource management, and ecosystem restoration; shaping healthcare policy and health services delivery; responding to mental health and substance use disorders; and studying the criminal justice system. If you want to work in a dynamic and collaborative work environment that fosters professional growth and promotes a culture of innovation, thought leadership, technical excellence, and collaboration, Abt is the right place for you!

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Senior Associate/Scientist join our interdisciplinary team conducting novel and required research in support of national-level environmental programs. Projects encompass support of various environmental regulations, toxicology profiles of chemical contaminants, human health risk assessment, exposure assessment/modeling, and methods development in these areas

The successful candidate will conduct research, literature reviews, including systematic reviews, and statistical and other quantitative analyses including dose-response modeling to support the above-mentioned projects. The successful candidate will develop new business and direct and manage the planning, design, and implementation of technical project protocols and procedures. The position holder will serve as the primary client contact and translate client needs and/or objectives into specific deliverables.

Federal government agencies, such as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as state agencies and foundations call on us to conduct policy-driven research and evaluate their key programs.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Direct and manage complex components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for budget management, project deliverables, client relations, and staff supervision. Set priorities to ensure the completion of projects in an accurate, timely and cost efficient manner. Candidates direct and manage complex scientific/technical components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for the application of advanced methods and techniques in a particular field of specialization
  • Assume significant business development responsibility for identifying new markets and sales opportunities while maintaining current clients; direct sales and proposal efforts in accordance with the Division's business development plan. Candidates assume significant leadership role in business development by providing technical expertise. Make significant scientific/technical contributions to sales and proposal efforts in accordance to the business development plan
  • Direct and establish policies and protocols to carry out research and provide technical guidance to less senior staff through application of advanced techniques, concepts, and methods related to a particular field of specialization. Direct and serve as the subject-matter expert in the preparation of complex statistical and methodological reports and findings with responsibility as the senior technical writer. Serve as the primary reviewer of the analytical and technical writing of less senior staff
  • Maintain an industry presence as a subject-matter resource by publishing regularly in peer reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings. Has name recognition.
  • Collaborate with peers to identify new research approaches and potential markets for those services
  • Identify and recruit senior staff and actively participate in the mentoring of Associates and less senior staff
  • Take lead responsibility for employing a substantial number of staff members at varying level
  • Present and speak at client and professional meetings

Preferred Qualifications

  • The preferred candidate will have an outstanding academic record and work experience in the field. Training and experience in one or more of the following areas: toxicology, risk assessment, quantitative methods, epidemiology, biology, physiology, microbiology, physical and/or environmental sciences is desirable
  • Excellent oral communication, writing, and analytical skills are essential
  • Experience with human health risk techniques and EPA risk assessments frameworks
  • Familiarity with PBPK models, dose-response modeling including benchmark dose software, and NHANES data analysis. Must have proven technical expertise.
  • Experience in business development, project management, client relationship management and supervision/staff development is preferred.
  • DABT is preferred but not required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this position will be based as a telecommuter for the foreseeable future. Only when Abt reopens offices to all employees will there be an expectation that new hires return to the geographical office to which they were hired.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.


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