EFSA European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme 2020

EFSA - European Food Safety Authority

EFSA European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme 2020


EFSA - European Food Safety Authority

Parma, Italy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling candidates for its European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship Programme 2020 - 2021 (EU-FORA).

Please send us your application by no later than 31 January 2020 at midnight (local time).


Are you an early to mid-career scientist with less than 15 years of experience in the field of food safety1? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to boost your professional development and get hands–on experience at leading European organisations in the food safety area? Then this opportunity may be for you!


The EU-FORA Fellowship is a unique, 12–month paid programme for highly motivated professionals who want to contribute to food safety1 in Europe.

EU-FORA Fellows will start a challenging journey in different hosting sites across the EU.

With the “learning-by doing” approach of the fellowship programme, you will gain extensive knowledge of many scientific aspects related to food safety risk assessment; you will discover:

  • how to select and apply risk–assessment methodologies;
  • how to collect and analyse relevant data;
  • how to use computer models in risk assessment;
  • how to provide effective risk communication.

In addition, you will benefit from several high–level trainings; a 3- week induction training at EFSA and further training modules spread over the 12 months of the fellowship at several leading European food safety institutions.

At the end of the fellowship, the technical report of your work will be published in a special issue of the EFSA Journal.


During the Fellowship, you will receive a monthly net subsistence allowance of € 2,200 (multiplied by the yearly revised correction coefficients reflecting the cost of living in the country of the hosting site) for the 12-month duration of the fellowship.

To help you settle in, you will also receive an additional one-month allowance at the start of the programme.

You will be responsible for all other costs.

Please check the FAQ for further information.


You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:

I. Eligibility criteria

1. General requirements

  • Be national of a Member State of the European Union or EFTA state;
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Have a good knowledge of English language (at least B2 level according to CEFR);
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

2. Qualifications

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: agriculture, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biometrics, biotechnology, chemistry, dietary exposure, environmental sciences, epidemiology, food science, food technology, genetics, health and food safety, human medicine, life sciences, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology, natural sciences, nutrition, pharmacy, public health, statistics, toxicology, veterinary medicine or related areas.

3. Experience

Less than 15 years of experience in food safety (including risk assessment, risk communication, risk management) related jobs.

In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.

II. Selection criteria

1. Technical competencies

i. Experience in performing scientific work or tasks related to food safety preferably in a multicultural environment;

ii. Practical knowledge of IT tools relevant to food safety (e.g. assessment tools, modelling tools, statistical packages, toxicological tools, EFSA tools, etc.);

iii. Scientific publications (authorship or co- authorship) in a topic relevant to food safety.

The following are considered assets:

iv. Current employment, including also fellowship, traineeship or other types of placement, in an Article 36 Organisation (list of competent organisations);

v. Experience in a multicultural environment;

vi. Post-graduate degrees in a scientific area directly relevant to food safety1.

2. Behavioural competencies

vii. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;

viii. Working with others: Ability to ensure a productive exchange of information and ideas and listens effectively and will fully attention others.

ix. Priority setting and planning: Ability to quickly focuses on the critical tasks and to work flexibly, to organize own work efficiently and to develop schedule.

x. Analysis and problem solving: Identifies critical facts in difficult issues.

1 ”Food safety” is to be understood as a comprehensive expression including risk assessment, risk communication and risk management in any fields under EFSA’s remit.

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