Specialist members sought for the ACMSF

Last updated:
13 January 2014
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The Food Standards Agency Chair Tim Bennett invites applications for two new specialist committee members. The posts for an expert in microbiological risks and food processing and a veterinarian will become vacant from Tuesday 1 April 2014. The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) is the independent expert committee, which advises the FSA on microbiological food safety.

Committee members are not paid. They receive remuneration for attendance at meetings and reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

About the vacancies

The vacancies are for an individual with expertise in assessing microbiological risks associated with food processing, and a veterinarian with veterinary public health experience. Applicants should have a proven academic or professional track record of expertise and should be educated to degree level in a relevant scientific discipline.

Applicants should have the ability to work in a team environment and possess strong analytical, problem-solving, negotiation and influencing skills. They should be able to demonstrate sound judgement in dealing with complex scientific and technical issues, with the ability to weigh issues outside their own specialist area.

Experience of operating within a committee structure and of participating in meetings of multi-disciplinary groups advising on complex scientific, technical or medical questions is desirable.

Appointments to the ACMSF are made strictly on merit by a fair and open process in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice, taking account of equality and diversity. The FSA operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities who meet the essential published criteria.

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for this post, you can get an information pack and application form from:

Ms Sarah Butler
ACMSF Secretariat
First Floor, Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NH
tel: 0207 276 8947
fax: 0207 276 8910
email: sarah.butler@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 14 February 2014.

Information about the ACMSF can be found on the committee’s website via the link below.