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Scientific Adviser: Foodborne Illness Reduction and Microbiological Food Safety

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Job summary

Food Standards Scotland is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment. Food Standards Scotland is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements. For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.
£31266 - £35813
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
16 November 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Scientific Adviser: Foodborne Illness Reduction and Microbiological Food Safety within Food Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen or Edinburgh. 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.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is the public sector food body in Scotland, established by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 as a non-ministerial corporate body, part of the Scottish Administration but separate from the Scottish Government. The key functions of FSS are to help protect the public from risks to health which may arise through the consumption of food  and to advise on how what we eat will promote good health.

The Scientific Adviser on Foodborne Illness Reduction and Microbiological Food Safety is based in the Food Protection Science and Surveillance (FPSS) branch. It provides scientific advice and coordinates research and surveillance projects on foodborne illness control and microbiological contaminants in the food chain. The key purpose of the role is to support the development and implementation of FSS strategy for reducing the risks of foodborne illness to the Scottish population; to ensure interventions, consumer engagement, educational resources and communications activities are based on scientific evidence.

The role will focus on the use of science to inform the development of targeted consumer advice on foodborne disease control, but will also apply technical expertise to support scientific risk assessment for incident management and policy development relating to microbiological food safety. As part of a small, multidisciplinary team, the role is required to be flexible, with the ability to support senior colleagues in delivering scientific objectives across other areas of FSS’s food protection remit when required. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential, as the role is required to present FSS science and evidence to both non-technical and technical audiences ranging from consumers to scientists, board members and Ministers. In order to deliver effectively, the post is required to engage effectively across FSS, and with Local Authorities, scientists, government officials and industry stakeholders.

Essential Criteria
1. Proven effective written and oral communication skills including demonstrable experience in presenting scientific concepts to technical and lay audiences.
2. Demonstrable experience in collating and analysis of data/analytical information to draw out key conclusions to support decision-making.
3. Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently to deliver specific outcomes.
4. Experience in managing projects with proven planning and organisational skills.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Emma Agnew by email at emma.agnew@fss.scot

Provisional Dates for Sift and Assessment
Sift - w/c 22nd November.
Assessment - w/c 6th and 13th December.

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 interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. 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.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.


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