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Data Officer



The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 

is looking for a 


Data Officer

 (Contract Agent, Function Group IV) 


The text of this call is available in all EU official languages [here]. 


Please send us your application by no later than 22 June 2018 at 23.59 (CET), following the instructions in the ANNEX


The purpose of this call is to establish a reserve list that may be used for the recruitment of staff, when a position becomes available, and will be valid until 31/12/2019 (the validity of the reserve list may be extended).




Evidence management lies at the very heart of the risk assessment process. In the context of further developing the excellence of scientific assessments, enhancing transparency and openness, EFSA published “Principles and process for dealing with data and evidence in scientific assessments”.


EFSA is looking for scientists who wish to use their skills in an information-rich environment or data managers who are familiar with working in the scientific data ecosystem and can tailor IT solutions to support the scientific risk assessment process.


We are looking for pioneers in the use of technology and proponents of open data for science and government.


Your key responsibilities 

  • Define methods and implement (or coordinate the implementation of) tools for data collection/collation/integration and data analysis for scientific assessment.
  • Support the development of a standardised framework for data collection, management and analysis (process and procedures).
  • Work closely with Member State data providers, statisticians, working group experts and researchers to collect/collate data from a wide range of sources that is fit-for-purpose for risk assessment. Support the development and maintenance of suitable technical environments, liaising with IT service providers, for hosting the data collection, management and analysis framework. Prepare data visualisations to provide insight into aspects of food and feed safety for risk managers, scientists and/or consumers.
  • Participate in working groups developing interoperability standards in food and feed safety.
  • Support scientific data governance in alignment with the vision of data management in the organisation.




You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.

EFSA employs approximately 450 staff members, and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.

Read more about EFSA Strategy 2020.

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Life in Parma


Parma is an elegant city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Its centre is rich of art, parks and treasures from different ages. Parma is famous for its food, wine flavours and its variable surrounding landscape with small villages, rich of history and liveliness, medieval castles, and picturesque countryside. Parma is strategically located between major Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, and also within reachable distance to ski resorts, natural parks, seaside and mountains.


Salary and benefits


EFSA can offer the selected candidate a contract of 5 years with the possibility of renewal. 

The successful candidate will be recruited as Contract Agent Function Group IV with the basic salary starting from € 3.404,15, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations.


In addition to the basic salary, EFSA offers a range of benefits:


•        Various allowances to which the successful jobholder may be entitled, such as a household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt from national taxation.


•        A comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance, and travel insurance. Further information regarding rights, conditions of employment and benefits can be found at the following links:


Staff Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions



You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:


I.          Eligibility criteria

1.         General requirements 

  • Be national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway; 
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by laws concerning military service;
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post;[1]
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved. 

 2.         Qualifications


A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: science, informatics, statistics, mathematics or related areas. [2]

3.         Experience

In addition to the above, at least one (1) year of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma. [3]


In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.


II.       Selection criteria

1.         Technical competencies

i. Collect, collate, validate, manage and perform statistical analysis of data in a scientific environment.

ii. Support the definition of data quality criteria and rules for data validation and assessment, contributing to the development of standards for data collection and related standard terminologies.

iii. Apply methodologies for the appraisal, analysis and integration of evidence.

iv. Draft clear, concise and structured manuals, guidelines, technical specifications and scientific reports.

v. Communicate scientific messages and provide training to different target audiences.

vi. Knowledge of open data principles and IT tools (such as SAS, R, XML, RDF, JSON).

2.         Behavioural competencies

i. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;

ii. Working with others: Ability to work with others harmoniously and towards a common goal to obtain best results in the interest of EU citizens;

iii. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions;

iv. Drive for Results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;

v. Customer Focus: Ability to meet the expectation and requirement of internal and external customers.





Candidates are invited to read the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy and should be consulted before completing your online application form.


For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase (see a description of the selection process in ANNEX) the applications’ screening will be carried out using solely the information provided by candidates in the section “Job specific questions” of the on-line application form. Candidates are invited to carefully complete their application.





In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any of the other linguistic versions of this publication, the English language version shall prevail.


[1] Before appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by an institution’s medical officer in order that the European Food Safety Authority may be satisfied that he/she fulfils the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.


[2] Any academic qualification mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. diplomas, certification, etc.) Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted. In instances where diplomas are obtained from a non-EU Member State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.


[3] Any professional experience mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. contracts, payslips etc.). Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfils the minimum qualifications for engagement. In order for your professional experience to be taken into consideration, it must be supported by relevant documents attesting an actual work relationship defined by the following elements: real, genuine work; on a paid basis; as employee (any type of contract), or provider of a service.  Any given period may be counted only once (in order to be calculated as eligible, years of studies or professional experience to be taken into account shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience). Professional activities pursued part-time will be calculated pro-rata on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked. Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience up to 3 years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience. Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate(s) will need to provide original versions of documents proving the candidate’s work experience.

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