Chief Toxicologist - Research Scientist 3

Minnesota Department of Transportation
Saint Paul, Minnesota
$63,162 – $93,918 Annually
Jul 10, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Field of specialization
Environmental, Toxicological
Job Type
Full time

As a Chief Toxicologist, you will serve as the primary source of expertise in the fields of chemistry and toxicology for the Department in order to assess human health and ecological hazards so that exposure by the Department to regulatory actions or liability resulting from these hazards in infrastructure projects is minimized.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing technical leadership and expertise for all Department toxicological and environmental hazard assessments and recommendations so that Department personnel are informed of regulations, while ensuring the recommendations are scientifically defensible and can be realistically implemented.
  • Serving as the Department expert regarding toxicological matters by acquiring and assimilating emerging environmental research information so that the Department becomes a trusted source of scientific information and practices to prevent the toxicological effects of discharges and emissions from transportation systems.
  • Interacting with citizens, other agency personnel, private business, and special interest stakeholders to understand their environmental concerns with transportation systems and explain the Department’s position on the same.
  • Leading technical toxicological data collection for the Office of Environmental Stewardship so that studies and hazard evaluations are performed to provide clear and concise conclusions for decision makers with recommendations that are technically defensible.

This position may travel up to 10% with possible overnight stays.

Why Work for Us

We offer excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage.  Other benefits include:

  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Up to 29 paid vacation days per year
  • 13 paid sick days per year
  • Defined pension plan
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short & long-term disability available
  • Training opportunities and more!

About MnDOT

We are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good.  You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota.  You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization.  MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in toxicology, chemistry, or closely related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of work experience in the degree fields listed above.
  • A minimum of three post degree publications in toxicology, chemistry, or closely related field of study. 

Note:  PhD in any of the above fields will substitute for one year of work experience.


Applicants who meet the above education/experience requirements will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Written communication skills sufficient to develop quality letters, reports, and work products.
  • Oral communications skills sufficient to deliver presentations and provide training.
  • Human Relations skills sufficient to effectively and diplomatically communicate and work cooperatively with individual and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Current Class D driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in toxicology, chemistry or closely related field.
  • Graduate coursework in biological sciences.
  • Computer modeling experience determining chemical fate and transport.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota environmental statutes and rules.

Apply Online by 8/9/2019

  1. Go to and click “External Applicants – Search for Jobs Now”.
  2. Using the keyword search box type in, 33847.
  3. Select the job title, review the posting, and then click “Apply” at the bottom of the posting to start your application.
  4. When prompted for your Referral Source, list "Other – American Chemical Society".


**Applications must be received on by 8/9/2019 to be considered** 

Questions? Contact Mao Lowe, MnDOT Recruitment Specialist at or 651-366-3383.

Equal Opportunity Employer