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Scientific Adviser: Foodborne Illness Reduction and Microbiological Food Safety

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Job summary

£31266 - £35813
Anywhere in Scotland
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
27 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an 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 • 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.

Qualifications Required
You must hold a BSc Honours degree in a relevant subject (microbiology biological, food science, or other related area) with at least 3 years post graduate experience in a relevant position (such as industry, academia or government) in microbiology, molecular biology, food science or a related scientific field.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be sifted out.

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 UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under 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

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

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 Emma Agnew at emma.agnew@fss.scot.

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.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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