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Research Scientist - Environmental (Teleworker)


Last Updated: 11/19/22

Job Description

As a leading global animal health company, Elanco delivers innovative products and services to improve the health of pets and farm animals around the world because we believe making animals' lives better, makes life better. Since 1954, we have provided solutions that support veterinarians, farmers and pet owners to advance our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life. Elanco's promise to employees: Together, we foster an inclusive culture where everyone can make a difference, encouraging ownership, growth and well-being.

The Environmental Research Scientist will prepare (author) Environmental Risk Assessments for global product approval (Primarily US and EU). This role will also entail commissioning, monitoring, protocol preparation and approval of contract research at external partners to support ecotoxicity study requirements for environmental dossiers

Functioning as project team member for innovation/development project teams representing environmental safety needs

Serving as corporate expert for environmental issues related to product exposure and use.


  • Compilation and initiation of international study programs to assess the environmental safety of veterinary drug candidates considering regulatory guidelines and project requirements
  • Independent and self-responsible planning and initiation of external (contracted) ecotoxicity studies (in vitro/in vivo) of veterinary drugs during development up to approval and during market phase: design of GxP studies, timing, monitoring, CRO selection and contracting, budget allocation and control
  • Independent authoring and editing of study protocols, study reports and resulting regulatory documents; evaluation of the studies, ecotoxicological assessment of the results, creation of graphics and presentations and drafting of environmental risk assessment (ERA) and effective communication of outcomes with Project Teams and leadership
  • Assessment of study information and its relevance to development projects and products on the market taking into account the project objectives, benefit/risk ratio concerning environment and product safety
  • Representation of the Team/department in international project teams and - where required within the projects – leading of cross-functional global teams working on specific tasks concerning environmental issues and environmental safety
  • Independent and self-responsible representation of the Team/department in decision-making bodies and, respectively, Elanco Animal Health with regulatory authorities, in scientific working groups (national, international), international regulatory working groups (e.g. VICH), international industry working groups (e.g. PIE, AIE), at partner companies, and in in-licensing/out-licensing initiatives; global scientific network activities
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within the Non-clinical Development Team and across various Project Teams

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD or master’s degree (environmental science, environmental toxicology, biology, biochemistry, analytical residue chemistry, ecology, or other relevant scientific discipline)
  • Experience in aquatic and/or terrestrial ecology and conduct of environmental toxicity studies

Other preferences:

  • High level of experience in the field of environmental safety (including terrestrial/aquatic toxicity testing, and environmental fate and chemistry studies); ideally experiences in working in international scientific and/or regulatory working groups and industry associations
  • In-depth knowledge of various computer programs, such as word processing and presentation programs, graphics/statistics, tools for literature searches
  • High level of experience in project work in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry; ability to effectively work in teams under changing workloads
  • Ability to successfully perform different and diverse tasks in a reasonable time and to maintain oversight in this cross-functional complexity to meet priorities
  • Experiences in leading cross-functional global teams working on specific tasks
  • Ability to constructively question the status quo, to initiate/take on changes, to accompany them and to establish them successfully
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Work location may vary and remote work (telework) is possible. Salary and job title dependent on experience

Additional information:

  • Travel: Approx. 10 – 20%

Notification of Drug testing and Background Checks

Elanco conducts urinalysis drug testing as a mandatory part of its pre-employment application and background check process after acceptance of a conditional offer of employment by an applicant. The drug testing will be conducted by a certified laboratory/testing service selected by Elanco, in accordance with the procedures required by applicable state and federal law. Additionally, Elanco requires successful completion of a urinalysis drug test if it has reasonable suspicion that an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect the employee's job performance as allowed by applicable law. Tested applicants will be given a copy of any positive test result. All test results shall be considered confidential and shall not be disclosed by Elanco, other than to those persons for whom such disclosure is necessary. Positive test results, or a refusal to consent to and participate in pre-employment drug testing, shall be grounds for denial of employment. Cooperation in scheduling the testing is important for processing an application for employment. By signing your acceptance to an offer of employment, you consent to be drug tested and acknowledge you have thoroughly read the foregoing notice and policy, and you understand and agree that in order to be considered for employment with Elanco, you will be required to comply with Elanco's drug testing policy. Elanco's background check requirements also include but are not limited to an acceptable criminal background check, educational verification, job history verification and motor vehicle report (if required to drive a company vehicle). If appropriate for the role, as outlined on the job posting, successful completion of Post Offer Exam, Work Simulation and/or Administrative Skills Testing may also be required.

Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status

Company Details

Greenfield, Indiana, United States
Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health...