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Junior Scientific Officer
Nutrition/Food technology/Chemistry/Toxicology

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 
is looking for a 
Junior Scientific 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 25 July 2018 at midnight (local time), 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.

Are you an enthusiastic scientist with experience in risk assessment of foods and food ingredients? Have you gained experience in chemical characterisation and do you have the know-how required for handling food consumption data? Are you passionate and motivated to contribute to EFSA's mission in ensuring food safety in Europe?

We are looking for a motivated and talented scientist with a background in nutrition, food technology, chemistry or toxicology. You will contribute to the work of EFSA primarily in the area of the assessment of novel food applications and traditional foods from third countries. The successful candidate may also be asked to contribute to the evaluation of chemical substances added to food.

Your key responsibilities

The successful candidate will work under the responsibility of the Head of Unit and will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Contribute to drafting and reviewing scientific outputs through the provision of evidence-based risk assessment, in particular of foods and food ingredients;
  • Provide administrative and scientific support to the activities of EFSA's Panels and Working Groups (i.e. preparation of working documents, scientific opinions, etc.);
  • Contribute to the collection, collation, analysis and evaluation of data for preparing working documents related to the scientific assessment;
  • Contribute to communicating and presenting scientific outputs by conveying the right messages and by making scientific concepts understandable to the public;
  • Liaise with the relevant stakeholders within the remit of the relevant scientific activities;
  • Keep abreast of scientific and regulatory developments and contribute to providing information on legislative, policy and scientific aspects, in particular in the area of foods and food ingredients.

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.
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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:

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.[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. Professional experience in at least one of the following areas:
a. Nutrition;
b. Food technology;
c. Chemistry;
d. Toxicology;
ii. Perform scientific assessments, including risk and/or benefit assessment and chemical characterisation, preferably in the area of foods/food ingredients;
iii. Generate, collect and collate evidence and perform statistical analysis of data, preferably food consumption data and/or data from toxicity studies;
iv. Write scientific documents such as scientific reports, articles, opinions, guidance documents;
v. Communicate scientific outputs to different target audiences.

Following competencies are considered an asset:
vi. Experience in dietary exposure assessment;
vii. Manage projects by selecting and using appropriate project management techniques and tools;
vi. Knowledge of the EU regulatory framework in the area of foods/food ingredients.

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 cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people;
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.     Resilience and composure: Ability to deliver effectively under high workload and adapt to a changing work environment.


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

For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase (see a description of the selection process in the ANNEX) the applications' screening will be carried out using solely the information provided by candidates in the section "Job specific questions" of the online 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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