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Scientific Officer - Ecotoxicology/Plant Protection Products Residues

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EFSA/X/AD/2019/15 Requisition #
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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.[2]

3. Experience

In addition to the above, at least three (3) years 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.    At least 3 years of professional experience in one or both of the following fields:

a. Ecotoxicology, in particular, aquatic/terrestrial ecotoxicity testing, environmental risk assessment of regulated products, effect models, assessment of endocrine disrupting properties;

b. Pesticides residues: consumer dietary risk assessment performed in the framework of the peer review under Regulation (EC)No 1107/2009, e.g. metabolism of pesticides in plants and in livestock, assessment of the supervised residue field trials. Setting of Maximum Residue Levels in the framework of Regulation 396/2005.

ii. Experience in performing scientific risk assessment; 
iii. Experience in drafting clear, concise and structured scientific reports, opinions, guidance documents using appropriate scientific terminology;
iv. Experience in managing scientific projects e.g. plan the time sequence of milestones and activities, as well as the work of project team members; monitor the project progress and results (on time and quality); ensure on-time delivering of the project outputs; 
v. Ability to generate, collect and collate evidence (data and information) from various sources, using relevant methodologies;
vi. Ability to communicate scientific outputs to different target audiences.
2. Behavioural competencies

vii. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;
viii. Working with others: Ability to work with others harmoniously and towards a common goal to obtain best results in the interest of EU citizens;
ix. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions;
x. Drive for Results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work.


For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase, 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, following the instructions in the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy.


[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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