Research call: specialist adviser sought for food allergy and intolerance research programme

Last updated:
26 February 2014
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking to appoint a specialist adviser with expertise in the area of analytical flow cytometry to provide independent advice to the FSA’s Food Allergy and Intolerance Branch.


The Food Allergy and Intolerance Branch are responsible for all aspects of UK government policy on food allergy and food intolerance, except diagnosis and clinical management. Scientific evidence gathering projects concerning food allergy and intolerance are commissioned under the food allergy and intolerance research programme, which aims to investigate the causes and mechanisms underlying food allergy and intolerance.

In order to obtain an external perspective, the programme often appoints specialist advisers to provide independent, expert, scientific and technical advice on FSA-funded research projects. Advisers may also assist in monitoring and checking the quality and standing of the research being carried out.

About the role

The specialist adviser will play a critical role in helping the FSA to ensure that a research project funded under the current programme of work uses robust and rigorous mechanisms to monitor the conduct of analytical flow cytometry. They will also:

  • play a critical role in helping the FSA to ensure the interpretation of the analytical flow cytometry data is robust
  • be responsible for evaluating the scientific quality and delivery of the project against FSA Agency policy needs

This role represents an exciting opportunity to help shape FSA-funded research in the area of food allergy and intolerance.

The FSA is seeking a professional scientist with a PhD in a relevant area of life sciences, preferably in the fields of allergy and/or immunology, with a minimum of three to five years of laboratory experience. Knowledge and first-hand experience of analytical flow cytometry and data analysis platforms (particularly FlowJo) is essential. Applicants should be highly motivated with a demonstrable track record of working well in teams and independently. Applicants must also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to analyse and record data accurately.

The appointed specialist adviser will be remunerated based on a daily rate agreed with the FSA following his/her successful appointment. Reasonable travel and subsistence costs will also be reimbursed.

Further information

More information about the role and the FSA's food allergy and intolerance research programme can be found via the links towards the end of this page.

How to apply

You will need to register as a supplier on the FSA’s electronic tendering system, ePPS, via the 'External sites' link on this page. Applicants will need to submit a CV and a covering letter of not more than two pages (in total), as well as any other supporting evidence on ePPs, outlining experience relevant to the role, research outputs published in peer reviewed journals, and suitability to the post.

Applications should be submitted using our electronic procurement system by midday on Friday 11 April 2014*.

*Updated since this page was first published (the original deadline was Monday 7 April 2014).

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