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Scientific Officer - Food Microbiology and Incidents (SO)

Summary Information for vacancy - reference SO/1178


Food Standards Agency


£22272 - £28890 Per Annum


W2CB 6NH, City of London, Greater London, London

Closing Date

05 July 2011

Interviews start

Not specified





Pay frequency


Appointment Terms


Working Arrangement

Full time,Part time,Job share

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Operational Research

Brief Description

The Microbiological Food Safety (MSF) branch provides scientific advice, risk assessments and manages research projects to underpin strategy and policy development, as well as providing support for incident response. Whilst the primary customers for this advice are within the Division, in the Strategy and Policy Units, there are also calls for advice from elsewhere in the FSA and externally.

Vacancy description

Work in MFS branch is arranged in 3 work streams led by SSOs covering 1) Foodborne Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance, 2) Food Surveillance, Research and domestic hygiene and 3), Food Microbiology and Incidents. This post will be part of the team dealing with Food Microbiology and Incidents.

This is an exciting and challenging post that involves assisting with the day-to-day handling of a range of microbiological food and on-farm incidents notified to the Agency both from within the UK and other Member States. The post will involve liaising with colleagues across the Agency and externally with Local Authorities, the Health Protection Agency, other Government departments and industry. Duties will also include providing support in food defence and emergency planning, exercises and the development of training resources. The postholder will also be expected to to act as a project officer for research projects and to provide technical input on a wide range of food microbiological and hygiene issues.



You will need a degree in microbiology or a related science together with the ability to assess scientific information from a range of sources to draw out key findings and proposed actions. You will also need to communicate complex information, both orally and in writing, in a clear and succinct way to a variety of audiences including fellow specialists and lay people. Well developed organisational and collaborative working skills are also essential. 

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further information.


Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

When submitting your application form please email to, quoting the reference number: SO/1178.
Please ensure that you complete the application form fully.  Please note that CV's will not be accepted.

14061131125_1c. External Application Form 0610.docx
14061131204_2. Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form 1010.doc
14061131251_FSA Core Competency Framework Refreshed 2011.pdf
14061131239_4. Guidance for use in filling out Competency Based Application Forms.doc
14061131217_3. Equal Ops form 1010.doc

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