We are currently seeking applications for Scientific Advisor - Microbiological Risk Assessment and Research Management within the Food Standards Scotland based anywhere in Scotland (with an expectation to travel to FSS Head Office in Aberdeen as required). This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.
The Scientific Advisor for Microbiological Risk Assessment and Research Management will be based in the Risk Assessment team of Food Standards Scotland. They will work under the direction of the Senior Scientific Manager. The Risk Assessment team provide evidence-based advice and assessments for FSS to allow robust risk management decisions to be made. The team also commissions and manages scientific research to plug evidence gaps in our knowledge of the safety of food. This is a fast-paced area of FSS work, and the team will be expected to work flexibly and responsively if and when urgent issues arise. The purpose of the role is to deliver risk assessment and technical support to ensure all policy development and operational delivery functions relating to the microbiological food safety are evidence-based. They will also manage research to deliver the evidence required to perform risk assessment. As a technical expert, the post-holder is required to make decisions with minimal supervision, and must work effectively on both an autonomous basis and collaboratively as part of a wider team of scientists.
Qualifications Required BSc Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject such as microbiology, molecular biology, food science, epidemiology or other related scientific field) and postgraduate experience in a relevant position (such as industry, academia or government) in microbiology, molecular biology, food science, epidemiology or other related area.
Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.
Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.
Essential Criteria 1. Effective written and oral communication skills, including experience in both technical writing and also translating and interpreting scientific concepts to lay audiences. 2. Experience in the analysis of data or information to draw out key conclusions to support decision-making. 3. Project management, planning and organisational skills, including the ability to balance competing demands to deliver outcomes. 4. Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to build effective relationships with people at all levels of seniority.
Important Information Regarding Interviews In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.
In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the Skype for Business application downloaded. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.
Further Information For further details and to apply online, visit our website at http://bit.ly/sgvacancies. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Marianne James at Marianne.James@fss.scot.
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