Managing Scientist (Ph.D. or M.S.)
Washington, DC 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
Managing Scientist (Ph.D. or M.S.)
ID 2024-1714
Location US-DC-Washington Practice Chemical Regulation and Food Safety Position Type Full-time
About Exponent

Exponent is the only premium engineering and scientific consulting firm with the depth and breadth of expertise to solve our clients' most profoundly unique, unprecedented, and urgent challenges.

We are committed to engaging multidisciplinary teams of science, engineering, and regulatory experts to empower our clients with solutions that create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world. For over five decades, we've connected the lessons of past failures with tomorrow's solutions to advise clients as they innovate technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability.

Join our team of experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities and extensive experience spanning a variety of industries. At Exponent, you'll contribute to the diverse pool of ideas, talents, backgrounds, and experiences that drives our collaborative teamwork and breakthrough insights. Plus, we help you grow your career through mentoring, sponsorship, and a culture of learning. Thanks for your interest in joining our team!

Key statistics:

    950+ Consultants
  • 640+ Ph.D.s
  • 90+ Disciplines
  • 30+ Offices globally
Our Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Managing Scientist in our Chemical Regulation & Food Safety Practice in Washington, DC. In this role, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of toxicologists, exposure scientists, health risk assessors, food scientists, nutrition scientists, and regulatory consultants providing safety reviews, conducting health risk assessments, and project management to support clients in the food and ingredient industries. This person will have opportunities to collaborate with other Exponent practice areas.

You will be responsible for
  • Managing and organizing pre-market approval projects, such as GRAS, FAP/CAP, NDIN, and FCNs
  • Providing strategic regulatory consulting related to food additives/ingredients, novel foods, botanical ingredients, and dietary supplements
  • Interacting with clients and FDA regulators
  • Preparing complex technical reports
  • Providing project management and project budget oversight
  • Mentoring and developing Scientist and Senior Scientist career goals and working collaboratively across the various Exponent practices
You will have the following skills and qualifications
  • Doctorate or Master's degree in biochemistry, biological sciences, nutrition, toxicology or related field
  • 10+ years of experience in food regulatory consulting
  • Strong background in Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Sound scientific principles, flexibility, and willingness to learn and be creative
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, adaptable, effective with time management, and capable of working independently and cooperatively in diverse teams
  • Strong ability to prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Exposure to sensitive information will necessitate considerable use of tact, diplomacy, discretion, and judgment

Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].

Life @ Exponent

To learn more about life at Exponent and our impact, please visit the following links:

Attracting, inspiring, developing, and rewarding exceptional people with diverse backgrounds and expertise are central to our corporate culture. Our diverse team allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment.
Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.

Work Environment

At Exponent, we have found that in-person interactions deepen employee engagement and are crucial for development, for realizing the full potential of our talented and diverse teams, and for building a more inclusive workplace where all have a sense of belonging. In our offices, you can expect a supportive culture and a collaborative, dynamic, multi-disciplinary work environment. Our consultants engage in-person in the office unless they are traveling for client work or other business activities.

We value the rich lives our colleagues enjoy outside of work and understand that work/life balance is critical to our employees and their well-being. Consultants have the autonomy to balance their work and personal schedules so you can meet with clients, visit inspection sites, attend conferences, and make time for priorities outside of work, too. It is this flexible, agile work style and working hours that allow our teams to drive innovation and results in their own ways, while meeting the needs of clients. #LI-Onsite

Benefits you will enjoy

Access benefits information on our Life@Exponent page:

Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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