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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: agronomy, biotechnology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, food science and technology, human medicine, life sciences, public health, toxicology, veterinary medicine 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 fulfill all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.

II. Selection criteria

1. Experience and knowledge

i. Professional experience in at least one of the following topics:
• assessment of foodborne outbreaks;
• epidemiology of foodborne zoonoses at the pre-harvest and post-harvest level;
• foodborne zoonoses, including the areas of antimicrobial resistance, and molecular typing (incl. for example state of the art methods such as whole genome sequencing);
• food microbiology and food hygiene;
ii. Experience in providing scientific assistance and contributions to scientific bodies or working groups;
iii. Experience in drafting scientific and/or technical documents (e.g. peer reviewed scientific publications, reports,  meeting minutes, project plans and reports, Guidance documents, policies and procedures);
iv. Working experience in a multicultural environment, preferably with a multidisciplinary approach is considered an asset;
v. Knowledge of the EU framework in the area of foodborne outbreak detection and investigation is an asset.
vi. Knowledge in the area of next generation sequencing including whole genome sequencing is an asset.

2. Competencies

i. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English;
ii. Working with others: Ability to work co-operatively 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 politically sensitive environment;
vi. Priority setting and planning: Ability to plan, set priorities and to ensure standards and deadlines are met even under pressure.

Please note that for the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase (see a description of the selection process in Annex 1) 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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