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Keller and Heckman LLP
Washington D.C.
Dependent on qualifications
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Health / Safety
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm (with a focus on life sciences-related regulatory work) is seeking an experienced Ph.D. Toxicologist to work in their Washington, D.C. office for its food packaging practice group.  In this non-laboratory position, the individual will assist our attorneys and other in-house staff scientists with regulatory evaluations of food-contact materials marketed worldwide by reviewing and evaluating existing chemical safety data, performing structure-activity evaluations, conducting risk assessments, and advising on appropriate toxicity testing to support the safety of components of food packaging materials.  A minimum of 5 years of experience in food, food-contact, or chemical safety evaluations is required, with a strong preference for experience in evaluating data relevant to oral exposures (including feeding studies, genotoxicity data, and low dose exposure literature).  Experience with U.S. regulatory and risk assessment schemes (FDA, EPA, Cal EPA, etc.) is a plus, as is familiarity with the corresponding schemes in Europe (EFSA, ECHA, etc.).  

This is an opportunity to be part of a collegial and dynamic scientific staff that includes more than 20 other scientific professionals.  The successful candidate will enjoy assisting companies with new product introductions, partnering with non-scientific staff on legal and regulatory issues, and working in a team environment.  Occasional travel and speaking opportunities may be available.

We offer an excellent benefits package, bonus plan, and salary commensurate with experience. 

Send resume and cover letter to Jennifer Ireland, Human Resources and Recruitment Manager, Keller and Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001 to  E.O.E.


Keller and Heckman, founded in 1962, has a broad practice in the areas of regulatory law, litigation, and business transactions, serving both domestic and international clients. Our firm is a pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. Since 1971, we have had an in-house scientific staff that works closely with the firm's attorneys on matters of technical complexity. Many of our attorneys also have government experience and expertise in multiple areas of the law. Keller and Heckman represents a wide spectrum of companies and trade associations servicing a range of industries, including food and food additives, plastics, pesticides, industrial and specialty chemicals, drugs and medical devices, transportation, and telecommunications. The firm's practice covers the diverse regulatory areas that affect these industries, as well as business counseling and litigation issues. Our attorneys and scientists emphasize creative service to clients involved in the development of new products, services, and markets. Our attorneys and staff serve clients from offices in Washington, DC, Brussels, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Paris.

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