Senior Scientist

Senior Scientist

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Since 1993, the Environmental Working Group has shined a spotlight on outdated legislation, harmful agricultural practices and industry loopholes that pose a risk to our health and the health of our environment.

Whether it’s on Capitol Hill or in communities across America, we make our voices heard, changing the debate over environmental health and putting the most important people – you and your family – at the center of the conversation.

EWG’s Health Living Team analyzes a wide variety of data on personal care products, home cleaning products, processed food and pesticides. We do this to identify risky practices and products to collaborate and innovate with manufacturers and industries directly, challenging the status quo to protect public health.

The Senior Scientist will work with the Healthy Living team to provide innovative research on consumer products focused on the environment and public health protection.


  • Provide advanced scientific support and assessment of safety of ingredients in cosmetics, food, cleaning products, sunscreens, and other consumer products.
  • Compile, analyze and manage data on toxicity and chemical regulations of product ingredients and environmental contaminants. You will be a leading member of the team that builds and maintains the EWG VERIFIED programs alongside EWG’s popular online databases rating the safety of common sources of chemical exposures.
  • Lead toxicological hazard and risk evaluations to support certification and consultancy program needs, with coverage of raw material, formulation, and final product safety and ecological assessments.
  • Research and advise on best practices, or identify new, testing methodologies for products, ingredients and contaminants.
  • In collaboration with our Science teams, propose and implement stringent public health-based standards and criteria.
  • Provide toxicological summaries and guidance documents and advise internal and external stakeholders on complex problems.
  • Anticipate emerging impacts and remain up-to-date on new toxicology and environmental health issues relevant to EWG project areas.
  • Help EWG transform company practices and national policies to reduce people’s exposures to chemicals that pose risks to health.
  • Develop and maintain consumer education resources about the health effects of chemicals in consumer products.
  • Supervise, mentor and develop staff; currently one direct report (associate scientist).
  • The position requires ability to work in a fast-paced setting, efficiency with transitioning to new projects and commitment to the mission of the organization
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Environment Working Group
Deadline: April 17, 2022
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