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Scientific Adviser: Chemical contaminants in food and animal feed

Job summary

Salary
£29759 - £34087
Location
Aberdeen
Hours
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
07 January 2020 at midnight
Reference
IRC78869E
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

FSS Logo 2Food 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.

We are currently seeking applications for a Scientific Adviser within the Food Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen. 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 Adviser for chemical contaminants is based in Food Protection Science and Surveillance (FPSS) branch, providing specialist scientific advice on the chemical safety of food and feed.

The post-holder will provide chemical expertise in food and feed safety to support colleagues in policy development, operational delivery and incident response, ensuring that FSS functions are evidence based. This will include procuring and interpreting chemical risk assessments and maintaining procedures to ensure the FSS risk management process is effective. They will need effective written and oral communication skills to convey complex scientific information to both technical and non-technical audiences including other scientists, consumers and Ministers. They will make technical decisions with minimal supervision, and will work collaboratively as part of a wider team of scientists and co-ordinate chemical contaminants project work across FSS. They will represent FSS on a range of Scottish and UK Government technical groups to ensure monitoring and research activities take full account of the food and feed chain in Scotland. They will maintain an up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of chemical food safety including emerging issues and engage effectively with colleagues, scientists, senior government officials and industry stakeholders.

Qualifications Required
BSc Honours degree in a relevant subject (environmental science, chemical/radiological sciences or other related area) with some evidence of related post graduate experience or equivalent.

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. Proven effective written and oral communication skills including demonstrable experience in translating scientific concepts to a lay audience
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. Demonstrable experience in presenting scientific/technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences

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. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Will Munro who can be reached at will.munro@fss.scot or 01224 285161.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0131 244 5739 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

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