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Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee: Recruiting new members now!

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is pleased to announce that it is now recruiting new committee members for the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC), a non-statutory, independent scientific advisory body.

HSAC provides expert advice on how to protect the environment, and human health via the environment, from potentially hazardous substances, articles and wastes, including nanomaterials.

HSAC plays a vital role in assisting Defra in identifying, analysing, assuring and challenging the evidence that we use in policymaking. The HSAC advises Defra on a broad range of topics, what constitutes ‘good’ evidence, contentious chemicals, prioritising the key chemical issues for the UK, defining evidence gaps and scoping exploratory work on emerging challenges.

We are recruiting the following roles:

  1. Chair (x1 role)
  2. Members (x4 roles)
  3. Early career researcher (x2 roles)

The recruitment will close on Friday 5 November.

Please visit the Cabinet Office website for full details and application forms using the following links:

Chair’s role

Member’s role

Early career researcher’s role



For anyone who would like to learn more about these roles, HSAC are offering an opportunity for potential candidates to join a live webinar on Monday 25 October from 14:00 to 15:00 hrs with a combined Defra and HSAC panel. The link to register is within the links above.

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