Career opportunities with Scymaris

Scymaris offers a range of career opportunities at its base in Brixham, Devon, UK.  These range from part-time seasonal assignments, to permanent posts.  Scymaris places great emphasis on technical, management and training and development of its employees, and experiences strong loyalty and low turnover as a result.

Scymaris are interested to hear from experienced scientists with expertise in Ecotoxicology, Environmental Fate and Analytical Chemistry.


Please select the job you are interested in from the list below to learn more.


To apply for any of our current roles, please send a CV and covering letter to: [email protected]


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Environmental Fate Scientist (Study Director)

Role: Environmental Fate Scientist (Study Director)

Type: Full-Time

Organisation: Scymaris Ltd

Location: Devon, South West England

Salary: Competitive


Scymaris Ltd are based at the Brixham Laboratory site located in Devon, England where specialized laboratory services have been provided for over 65 years.  We provide high quality aquatic (marine and freshwater) ecotoxicology, environmental fate and analytical chemistry services to the global pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industries.  Our goal is to help our clients understand the lifecycle of chemicals in our environment and the impact this has on the ecosystem.


The job holder will work as part of a highly adaptable and trusted team; within the environmental fate department. Key accountabilities and responsibilities within the role:


  • As a GLP Study Director at Scymaris you will be responsible for the successful delivery of projects, on time, within budget and in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Utilising your technically sound and proactive communication skills, you will foster close working relationships with our sponsors, and internal stakeholders, ensuring laboratory staff are aware of project timelines and requirements.
  • Working in a talented, trusted and highly adaptable team, your responsibilities will encompass the entire study process from sample preparation all the way through to final report.
  • Study Directors are expected to author and technically review study plans, SOP’s and reports.
  • Assist teams during client visits, external audits / inspections.
  • Work independently and communicate effectively as part of a successful cross functional team.
  • Take ownership of CPD by tracking and understanding emerging technologies and practices; participating in educational opportunities and professional organisations; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks.


The ideal candidate would possess the following:


  • Desired qualifications; BSc / MSc / PhD in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related subject.
  • Minimum of 2 years study direction in a GLP facility.
  • Experience of computer system validation, having practical knowledge of how to apply the principles of data integrity to day-to-day lab activities.
  • Enthusiasm in science with a motivation of making contributions in a multi-discipline team environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of working with radiochemicals (14C and 3H), and working with a range of instruments relating to radiochemicals (e.g. LSC, radio-HPLC, radio-TLC, TopCount, sample oxidisers).
  • Experience of a variety of matrix extraction techniques (LLE, SPE, QuEChERs, general solvent extractions).
  • Extensive hand-on experience and trouble-shooting proficiency in running related OECD environmental fate studies (higher and lower tier) i.e. OECD 209, 301, 314B, 307, 308 & 309.
  • Knowledge of LCMS and GCMS advantageous, but not essential.


We offer candidates:


  • Competitive salary, with significant opportunities for career development.
  • Team environment, collaborative and supportive culture with personal interest in individual development.
  • World class facilities with the latest analytical instrumentation and laboratory equipment. 
  • Challenging and varied projects, where you can significantly contribute to solving real world issues.


This Job Description provides an overview of the principal accountabilities of the post and accountabilities will include but will not be limited to those detailed.  It is anticipated that the content of roles will evolve and change over time and such the balance of duties within the job description will change within the broad remit of the post.

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