Scientific Officer – Molecular Biology – EFSA

Scientific Officer – Molecular Biology

Your key responsibilities

  • Search or obtain data and information, collect and collate them for preparing scientific materials;
  • Analyse and evaluate data for preparing working documents related to the scientific assessment;
  • Contribute to the drafting and reviewing of scientific outputs (through the provision of evidence-based risk assessment, if applicable);
  • Provide administrative and scientific support to the activities of the respective Panel and/ or Working Groups (i.e. preparation of working documents, scientific opinions, etc.);
  • Participate to the development of guidance and methodology documents when needed;
  • Provide technical support to manage contracts and procurement, including monitoring procedures;
  • Keep abreast of scientific and regulatory developments and provide information on legislative, policy and scientific aspects in the respective field;
  • Ensure coordination with European, national and international stakeholders within the scientific activities of the organisation;
  • Communicate and present scientific outputs by conveying the right messages and by making scientific concepts understandable to the public.

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;
  • 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;
Qualifications

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: veterinary medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, food science and technology, genetics, plant physiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biotechnology or related areas.

OR

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: veterinary medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, food science and technology, genetics, plant physiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, biotechnology or related areas and an appropriate professional experience of at least one (1) year when the normal period of university education is at least three (3) years.

Experience

In addition to the above, at least six (6) years of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma.

In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

Technical competencies
  • Professional experience, preferably gained in a multicultural environment, in one of the following areas;
    • Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and microbial genomics (including WGS and / or metagenomics) of foodborne pathogens or
    • Scientific areas relevant to the Molecular characterization of genetic modifications in plants (transformation process, molecular analysis and expression of inserted DNA, inheritance and stability of inserted DNA, bioinformatics analysis, Next generation sequencing).
  • Experience in generating, collecting and collating evidence in the areas indicated above.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and reviewing scientific documents such as scientific articles, reports, opinions and guidance documents using appropriate scientific terminology.
  • Ability to communicate scientific outputs by conveying the message in a transparent and understandable way for different target audiences.
  • Proven experience in analysing and interpreting data preferably gained in a scientific environment.
The following are considered an asset:
  • Experience with the risk assessment of genetic modifications;
  • Experience in the assessment of foodborne outbreaks at EU level by using whole genome sequencing data, and knowledge of the EU framework in the area of foodborne outbreak detection and investigation;
  • A PhD in a scientific area directly relevant to the job.
Closing date for applications 18 November 2019 before midnight.