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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 a 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]

II. Selection criteria

1. Experience and knowledge

i. Experience in the risk assessment of pesticides or risk assessment of similar areas preferably gained in an international / EU environment in at least one of the following topics:
  • Physical/chemical properties of active substances (including micro-organisms) and plant protection products, analytical methods and efficacy assessment;
  • Mammalian toxicology and non-dietary risk assessment;
  • Pesticides residues, metabolisms in plants, dietary risk assessment and setting Maximum Residue Levels;
  • Environmental Fate and Behaviour;
  • Ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment;
  • Management and coordination of scientific projects.
ii. Experience in providing scientific assistance and contributions to scientific working groups or bodies;
iii. Experience in drafting scientific documents (e.g. peer reviewed scientific publications, reports, meeting minutes, project plans and reports) and the development and implementation of guidance documents, policies and procedures;
iv. Basic knowledge of the EU regulatory framework in the area of food, feed or consumer safety, environmental protection or public health is an asset;
v. Knowledge of the regulatory risk assessment of pesticides 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.


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 fulfills the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

[2] 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 State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.

[3] Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfills the minimum qualifications for engagement. 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. In the case of a doctorate/PhD the actual duration of the studies shall be taken into account, subject to an upper limit of three years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience.

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