Senior Toxicologist – Smithers Avanza


Job Title: Senior Toxicologists


PhD in toxicology or related field.  Two years of experience in an academic, government or industry position that included in vivo biological evaluations. Experience in behavioral/neurotoxicity and/or reproductive biology is very desirable.   Knowledge of study design and execution also desirable.
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as email, MS Word and Excel.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Scientific publication or poster presentation is required
Achieve eligibility or be eligible for DABT certification
Able to work independently and participate in multiple pre-clinical research studies concurrently.  Able to work closely with technical staff.

Position Reports to Director, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology


Corporate Responsibilities:

  • Adherence to laboratory health and safety procedures
  • Adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Adherence to applicable company policies and guidelines
  • Adherence to federal and/or local regulations as applicable


Essential Position Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Toxicologist will perform Study Director responsibilities for general and reproductive toxicology studies:

    • Prepare study protocols/amendments and assure that protocols and changes are followed
    • Review and approve all study activities, including animal orders, formulation procedures, randomization, data collection and timeframes.
    • Observe animals throughout study cycle.
    • Review study data for scientific quality, animal welfare and protocol compliance.
    • Address unforeseen circumstances and ensure appropriate corrective actions are taken and documented.
    • Monitor study conduct.
    • Respond to Quality Assurance audits.
    • Interpret study data and prepare final reports.
    • Regularly communicate with study Sponsors.
    • Host client visits.
  • Manages several complex pre-clinical studies
  • Responsible for training and guidance to technical staff and clear communication with senior management
  • Prepare manuscripts and/or presents at scientific meetings.
  • Recognizes potential training needs in preparation for new business/techniques and coordinates with appropriate staff to assure training is implemented.
  • Reviews and develops new procedures, technologies, and SOPs as required.
  • Serves as a professional resource to other departments.


Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to accurately interpret and communicate scientific and organizational information with internal and external clients.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively interact with clients and regulatory personnel.
  • Ability to produce high quality data while working under the pressure of strict deadlines.
  • Weekend and holiday work as required.
  • Work requires entrance into the Vivarium areas. Demonstrate immunological tolerance as necessary to be present in animal areas. 
  • Work requires passing annual physical and the use of other PPE (personal protective equipment)


Professional Responsibilities: (if applicable)

  • Attends at least one of the following national meetings, ACT, SOT, Teratology
  • Attends continuing education courses, as appropriate.
  • Maintain an active involvement in professional organizations. e.g., local SOT sections.
  • Establish working knowledge of regulatory requirements within 6 months.

Contact: Dr. Caitlyn Murphy 

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