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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Junior Scientific Officer – Dietary Exposure
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Most of EFSA’s work is undertaken in response to requests for scientific advice from the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member States.
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Published: 1 month ago
Application deadline: Oct 29
Location: Parma, Italy
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Junior Scientific Officer – Dietary Exposure

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

is looking for a

Junior Scientific Officer - Dietary Exposure Assessment

Junior Officer

Temporary Agent AD5

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

Please send us your application no later than 29 October 2018 at midnight (local time), following the instructions in the ANNEX to the vacancy.

The purpose of this call is to establish a talent pool (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 talent pool may be extended.


Are you passionate about data, innovative and results driven with experience in exposure assessment? Do you want to play an active role within a dynamic team monitoring the effectiveness of food safety programmes?

EFSA is looking for scientists with excellent skills in data collection and analysis, an innovative and results driven mind and experience in performing scientific assessments.

The successful candidate will contribute actively to the assessment of dietary exposure to chemical hazards in the European Union.

This is a transversal scientific role which primarily encompasses the following responsibilities:

  • Collecting and collating data and information aimed at preparing scientific materials;

  • Analysing and evaluating data for preparing working documents related to scientific assessments;

  • Drafting and reviewing scientific outputs through the provision of evidence-based risk assessment, in particular related to dietary exposure assessments and/or nutrient intake assessments;

  • Providing administrative and scientific support to the activities of EFSA's Units, Panels, Working Groups and Scientific Committee (i.e. preparation of working documents, scientific opinions, etc.);

  • Contributing to the development of guidance and methodology documents related to dietary exposure assessment and/or nutrient intake assessment;

  • Communicating and presenting scientific outputs by conveying the right messages and by making scientific concepts understandable to the public.


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.


Life in Parma

Parma is a lively city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Its centre is rich in art, there are parks and architectures from different periods. Parma is famous for its food, wine and its varied surrounding landscape with small villages, rich in history, medieval castles, and pituresque countryside. Parma is strategically located between major Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, and also within reachable distance of 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 Temporary Agent in grade AD5 with the basic salary starting from € 4.707,34 per month, 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 household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of the 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

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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]

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 evidence and data collection, management and statistical analysis in particular related to chemical occurrence, food composition and/or food consumption data, preferably at international level;

ii. Basic experience in the use of statistical software and code development in R or in SAS;

iii. Perform dietary exposure assessments and/or nutrient intake assessments;

iv. Write scientific and/or technical documents (e.g. scientific publications, reports, project plans and reports, guidance documents);

v. Communicate scientific outputs to different target audiences;

vi. Knowledge (by training or experience) of any of the following subjects is considered an asset:

a. Epidemiological and statistical analysis;

b. Dietary survey;

c. Nutrition;

d. Food composition and categorisation;

e. Risk assessment methodologies, preferably in the area of food safety.

2. Behavioural competencies

i. Communication and English: strong ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written English, at all levels;

ii. Working with others: Works co-operatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respects differences between people;

iii. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develops 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] 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.

Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience up to a duration of maximum 3 years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience.

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