The Association

Concawe is the science division of an international non-profit association (The European Petroleum Refiners Association – FuelsEurope) whose mission is to provide research and technical support to the EU downstream oil refining industry in the study of environmental, health, safety and testing issues relating to the refining of crude oil and the distribution and use of petroleum products, with the aim of improving the understanding of these issues by the industry, authorities, users and other interested parties.

The Association represents the interests of 41 Companies operating petroleum refineries in the EU. Members account for almost 100% of EU petroleum refining capacity and more than 75% of EU motor fuel retail sales.


The Context

Concawe is looking for a Science Associate to support the Health Management Group (HMG) and its activities and is looking for a highly organized individual with a good understanding of health issues relevant to the European petroleum refining industry and an in-depth knowledge in one or more specific subject areas of exposure or risk assessments, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, toxicology. Formal accreditation in one of these areas is desirable.

An understanding of the characteristics of petroleum products, their manufacture and distribution, and the regulatory requirements governing their marketing and use are also important (REACH, directives on chemicals and carcinogens at work, air quality directives).


The Responsibilities

Reporting to the Science Executive – Health, the Science Associate will perform the following:


General Duties:

  • Support the development and implementation of the annual technical research plan as agreed with the Health Management Groups (HMG) and the Science Director.
  • The scope of the work will be mainly focused on designing and conducting studies aimed at completing or updating the REACH registration dossier of Petroleum substances. These studies may directly result from decision issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) or be aimed at improving the hazard and risk assessment of petroleum substances or at investigating any specific hazard or risk associated with petroleum substances.
  • Although the scope of the technical work is mainly REACH related, there are also activities related to other aspects such as, e.g. air quality and health.
  • Together with the Science Executive Health, develop the scope, review proposals and manage projects (including cost control) related to the specific research areas.
  • Support the Science Executive and chair of the Concawe Health Management in the execution of their responsibilities.
  • Comply with the governance rules of the Association and ensure that the STFs are aware of these rules.


Specific research programmes and responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the STF-29 group (industrial hygiene) defining the research programme and conducting / leading the agreed projects, in collaboration with the Member Companies’ experts and the Science Executive.
  • Liaise with external consultants in the development of the research programmes. Report progress and inform the Health Management Group, Science Committee as appropriate on his/her activities.
  • Assist in the writing and editing of Concawe technical reports, briefing papers, articles etc., on topics related to the field of activity.
  • Assist in the regulatory compliance preparations based on scientific findings from research
  • Update the Chemical Safety Report in the registration dossier of petroleum substances
  • Follow-up on health research projects and report on the progress of findings.
  • Assist in organizing the work plan with specialised member company representatives and dedicated contractors.


The candidate may additionally be required to carry out tasks to support HMG Secretariat, such as:

  • Conduct surveys, set up a functional database, analyse results, apply statistical methods;
  • Record information in a clear and traceable manner, using different media;
  • Assist in preparing Concawe Reports and publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
  • Request quotations;
  • Attend and record the HMG meetings


The Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Academic degree (MSc, PhD – level) in biological sciences, industrial hygiene, toxicology, biochemistry, environmental science/engineering, an advantage or equivalent experience due to at least five years working in the Industry.
  • Familiarity with petroleum substances identification would be considered as an advantage
  • Familiarity with regulatory science would be considered as an advantage


Skills & Competencies

  • Highly organised individual
  • Proficiency in English (oral and written) is essential; other EU languages are an asset
  • Interest and understanding of environment-related topics/research on the following:
    • Industrial hygiene
    • Exposure sciences
    • Epidemiology
    • Toxicology
  • Excellent Excel skills
  • ECHA substance registration process and associated IT tools (IUCLID, CHESAR)
  • Excellent transcription skills
  • Good communication skills
  • EU citizen or permit to work in EU required


The Offer

  • Joining an organization at the intersection of science and regulatory affairs with a multicultural and collegial spirit
  • Shape the position and bring in your own viewpoint on industry priorities and future trends, as well as how the industry as a whole can develop into a more sustainable direction
  • Competitive salary package, including the following benefits:
    • Pension scheme (10% of annual salary)
    • Full-coverage DKV health and hospitalization insurance
    • Lunch vouchers
    • Transportation allowance
    • Teleworking allowance
    • 32 days of paid leave (20 days + 12 days of recuperation, as a working week is 40h instead of 38h)
    • Flexible income plan on how which part of the salary is paid out
    • Bonus scheme will be looked into


SectorHealth, Science, Energy