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Statistician & Bioinformatician

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: EFSA - European Food Safety Authority
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date:

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Statistician & Bioinformatician
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy 
is looking for a 
and a 
(Temporary Agent, Grade AD6) 
Please send us your application by no later than 23 August 2021 at 23:59 (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 31/12/2022
. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.

Are you an analytical professional passionate about statistics or bioinformatics tools?
Are you attracted by the power of data and how it can be used to innovate and transform scientific organisations such as EFSA? 

If you are looking for an interesting and challenging opportunity in an multidisciplinary scientifically driven organisation, then do not hesitate and send us your application still today!  

This call aims to establish a talent pool for Statisticians & Bioinformaticians.

Your key responsibilities

Statistician – Profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic  and versatile (bio)statistician who will provide statistical hands on methodological support and insight into EFSA’s evidence based risk assessment.
The successful candidate together with colleagues will provide the statistical support to the different areas within EFSA  and will work in a multidisciplinary environment with scientific experts and colleagues from several EFSA units and with EFSA partners in the field (e.g. other EU agencies, the European Commission, EU Member State competent authorities). 

  • Establish and maintain data science/statistical practices and methodology  throughout the organisation; 
  • Carry out and review statistical analysis and modelling and present the results to different target audiences; 
  • Ensure activities of processing, cleansing, and appraising data used for analysis; 
  • Perform data and text mining using state-of-the-art methods; 
  • Extract non-trivial knowledge and insights from EFSA data and information to improve decision making. 
  • Develop guidance and methodology documents and contribute to scientific outputs;
  • Keep abreast of scientific and regulatory developments and provide information to EFSA units on methodological aspects in the statistics area;


Bioinformatician – Profile

We are looking for an experienced and versatile Bioinformatician who will steer the agency towards a concrete path to implement bioinformatics analysis in the scientific areas within its remit and strengthen capacity in bioinformatics at EFSA. 
The successful candidate will support 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). 

  • Coordinate the application of bioinformatics tools for the storage, analysis and visualisation of data; 
  • Implement and manage data analysis pipelines/tools/platforms for bioinformatics analysis, in particular of nucleic acids (e.g. next generation sequencing data) and proteins (e.g. predictive protein analysis);
  • Perform bioinformatics analysis and support users with the application of bioinformatics pipelines and interpretation of results from the analysis;
  • Contribute to defining long term storage and access solutions for datasets and bioinformatics tools used by EFSA scientific units and external collaborating experts; 
  • Develop guidance and methodology documents and contribute to scientific outputs;
  • Keep abreast of scientific and regulatory developments and provide information to EFSA units on scientific aspects in the bioinformatics area;
  • Support different stakeholders with the submission of data to EFSA from bioinformatics analysis e.g. next generation sequencing data.
You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 445 million EU citizens.
EFSA employs around 500 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.
EFSA’s standards and values are driven by ethics and integrity and all staff is expected to act in a manner consistent with its principles, including fairness, transparency and impartiality in work practices and conduct towards other people.
As an EFSA staff member, you will have the chance to make a difference to European food safety working in an international and dynamic environment. You will also be able to participate in several valuable networking opportunities across Europe.
Furthermore, you will be joining EFSA at an exciting time as we are implementing the Transparency Regulation: EFSA expanded its mandate and will grow considerably over the next few years.
To find out more about EFSA, visit us at
Life in Parma
Parma is a lively city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Italy. Its centre is rich in art, with architecture from different periods and plenty of parks. Parma is famous for its food, surrounding picturesque countryside and medieval castles. It is strategically located between major cities like Milano and Bologna and within reachable distance from ski resorts, seaside and mountains.
Salary and benefits
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 AD6 with the basic salary starting from € 5.524 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:
  • Various allowances to which the successful jobholder may be entitled, such as a household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt from national taxation.
  • Wide range of leaves (e.g. annual leave, parental leave, public holidays) and flexible working hours. Besides working in EFSA’s modern headquarter located in the heart of Parma, staff members are also offered the possibility to telework up to 50% of working time.
  • A comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance, and travel insurance. Further information regarding rights, conditions of employment and benefits can be found at the following links:
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, Iceland or Norway; 
•Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
•Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by laws concerning military service;
•Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post;[1]
•Have a thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language;
•Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma.[2]
In addition to the above, at least three (3) years of relevant and proven professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma.[3]

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

II.Selection criteria
The following competencies will be assessed throughout the different phases of the selection procedure. Candidates are also expected to demonstrate effective communication in both spoken and written English as well as strong motivation for the position.
1.Technical competencies (common to both profiles)
i.     Experience in enterprise storage in a cloud environment and high performance computing;
ii.    Experience in identifying, gathering, collating and analysing evidence and large sets of structured and unstructured data for further interpretation, including results reporting;
iii.  Experience in writing and reviewing scientific documents such as scientific reports, articles, opinions, guidance and methodology documents;
iv.    Experience in communicating complex and/or technical information to different target audiences;
v.     Experience in project management, ensuring on-time delivery of project outputs.
vi.  Experience in the use of data format languages such as XML, RDF or JSON or (statistical) programming languages such as SAS, R, Python, C/C++, Nextflow, Snakemake.
For the Statistician - profile

Vii. Professional experience in statistics/data science, in particular experience in developing statistical models, using state-of-the art data and text mining and machine learning tools;

For the Bioinformatician - profile

vii.    Professional experience in at least two (2) of the following scientific areas:
a.   Microbial genomics (e.g. taxonomic characterisation of bacteria/virus/fungi with WGS data, functional microbial gene profiling for toxin production, molecular typing, foodborne outbreak investigation with WGS, antimicrobial resistance);
b.     Plant genomics and transcriptomics (e.g. characterisation of genetic modifications and junction site analysis);
c.    Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics or metabolomics for toxicological risk assessment (e.g. integrated analysis of multi-omics data to identify novel biomarkers);
d.    Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics or metabolomics for environmental risk assessment (e.g. identification of potential target and non-target species in the context of RNAi applications);
e.    Signature based and structural protein analysis (e.g. receptor binding, prediction of allergenicity and toxicity potential of proteins);

2.Behavioural competencies
i. Deal with ambiguity: Able to work constructively within unexpected and unpredictable situations and show resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances; able to decide and act without having the total picture; accept constructive feedback in a positive manner;
ii. Demonstrate political savvy and strategic agility: Look beyond the current situation and visualise what the future can bring with a keen sense for arising opportunities and good understanding of how and when to best pursue them; able to think in a creative and innovative way;
iii. Focus on stakeholder needs: Committed to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders; establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and gain their trust and respect;
iv. Plan and measure for results: Set ambitious goals that exceed the targets and create plans to achieve them; ensure an efficient and responsible planning and management of resources;
v. Work with others: Work confidently within a group and contribute to achieve the common goals, understanding own role and how it supports the team and the organisation; able to cooperate, listen actively, manage conflicts and motivate colleagues.
Candidates are invited to read the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy and provides information on how to complete the application, the steps of the selection process and appeal procedures.
This vacancy is published as well internally at the grade bracket AD5 - AD7.
[1] 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.
[2] 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.
[3] 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.
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