The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy is looking for a Senior Scientific Officer: Bioinformatician (Temporary Agent, Grade AD8).
Please send us your application by no later than 28 January 2019 at midnight (local time), following the instructions in the ANNEX.
The purpose of this call is to establish a talent pool (reserve list) that may be used for the recruitment of staff when a position becomes available and will be valid until 31/12/2019. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.
EFSA aims to use bioinformatics tools/analysis pipelines to support its risk assessments of food and feed products and the environment.
Therefore we are looking for an experienced and versatile Bioinformatician who will steer the agency towards a concrete path for implementation of bioinformatics analysis in the scientific areas within its remit and build in house capacity in bioinformatics at EFSA.
The successful candidate will integrate and lead the implementation of bioinformatics tools and data analysis pipelines at EFSA. You will work in close collaboration with colleagues in several EFSA units and with EFSA partners in the field (e.g. EU Reference Laboratories, other agencies, the European Commission, EU Member State competent authorities).
The successful candidate may also be asked to contribute to other activities within the remit of EFSA’s mission.
Working under the responsibility of the Head of Unit you will be responsible for building up and maintaining bioinformatics services to support users (i.e. EFSA science units and affiliated external experts), including the following tasks:
You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs approximately 450 staff members, and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.
Read more about EFSA Strategy 2020.
Find out more about EFSA, visit us at www.efsa.europa.eu.
Parma is a lively city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Its centre is rich in art, there are parks and architecture from different periods. Parma is famous for its food, wine and its varied surrounding landscape with small villages, rich in history, medieval castles, and picturesque countryside. Parma is strategically located between major Italian cities like Milano and Bologna, and also within reachable distance of ski resorts, natural parks, seaside and mountains.
EFSA can offer the selected candidate a contract of 5 years with the possibility of renewal.
The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD8 with the basic salary starting from € 6.934,02 monthly, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations.
In addition to the basic salary, EFSA offers a range of benefits:
Please note that the ANNEX represents an integral part of this vacancy and should be consulted before completing your online application form.
You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:
In addition to the above, at least nine (9) years of proven professional experience acquired after having obtained the qualifications mentioned in point 2.
In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.
i. At least 4 years of professional experience in bioinformatics of next generation sequencing data and/or protein analysis (in microbes and/or higher organisms);
ii. Professional experience in at least three (3) of the following scientific areas:
a. Microbial genomics (e.g. taxonomic characterisation, functional microbial gene profiling for toxin production, molecular typing);
b. Outbreak investigation through whole genome sequencing of microbial food borne pathogens;
c. Antimicrobial resistance (e.g. molecular epidemiology, genes/mutations detection, prediction);
d. Plant genomics and transcriptomics (e.g. characterisation of genetic modifications and junction site analysis);
e. Genomics, transcriptomics or proteomics for toxicological risk assessment (e.g. identification of novel biomarkers);
f. Genomics, transcriptomics or proteomics for environmental risk assessment (e.g. identification of potential target and non-target species in the context of RNAi applications);
h. Signature based and structural protein analysis (e.g. receptor binding, prediction of allergenicity and toxicity potential of proteins);
iii. Experience using specialised software development tools and languages commonly used in bioinformatics; demonstrated proficiency in using queries and performing data management and analysis for the purpose of bioinformatics;
iv. Experience in enterprise storage in a cloud environment and high performance computing;
v. Experience in planning bioinformatics services and supporting life scientists with bioinformatics expertise;
vi. Experience in writing and reviewing scientific documents such as scientific reports, articles, opinions, guidance and methodology documents;
vii. Experience in managing and coordinating national, European or international research projects.
i. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate and inform and effectively in both spoken and written English;
ii. Working with others: Ability to work on a service oriented basis co-operatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people;
iii. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions, taking into consideration future consequences;
iv. Drive for Results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;
v. Negotiating: Ability to negotiate skilfully in tough situations and to settle differences with minimum noise in a direct and forceful as well as diplomatic way.
Candidates are invited to read the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy and should be consulted before completing the online application form.
In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any of the other linguistic versions of this publication, the English language version shall prevail.
 Before appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by an institution’s medical officer in order that the European Food Safety Authority may be satisfied that he/she fulfils the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.
 Any academic qualification mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. diplomas, certification, etc.) Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted. In instances where diplomas are obtained from a non-EU Member State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.
 Any professional experience mentioned in the application form shall be duly supported by evidence (original or certified copies of e.g. contracts, payslips etc.). Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfils the minimum qualifications for engagement. In order for your professional experience to be taken into consideration, it must be supported by relevant documents attesting an actual work relationship defined by the following elements: real, genuine work; on a paid basis; as employee (any type of contract), or provider of a service. Any given period may be counted only once (in order to be calculated as eligible, years of studies or professional experience to be taken into account shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience). Professional activities pursued part-time will be calculated pro-rata on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked. Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience up to 3 years. Paid traineeships are counted as working experience. Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate(s) will need to provide original versions of documents proving the candidate’s work experience.