Chief Scientific Adviser
The Scottish Government
Aberdeen, GB
7h ago

Food Standards Scotland is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment.

Food Standards Scotland is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements.

For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.

We are currently seeking applications for a Chief Scientific Adviser within the Foods Standards Scotland based in Aberdeen.

This is a 36 month Fixed Term and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range.

Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is an independent public body working for consumers in Scotland. It was established on 1 April 2015 by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 to ensure that information and advice on food safety and standards, nutrition and labelling is independent, consistent, evidence-based and consumer-focused.

It is a non-ministerial office, part of the Scottish Administration, alongside, but separate from, the Scottish Government.

It has taken on the functions that had previously been carried out in Scotland by the Food Standards Agency, together with a broader role in nutrition.

The primary concern of FSS is consumer protection - making sure that food is safe to eat; ensuring consumers know what they are eating and improving nutrition.

With that in mind, our vision is to deliver a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits, protects and is trusted by consumers.

We do this by developing policies, providing advice, keeping consumers informed, and ensuring the enforcement of food regulations.

FSS commissions research and is responsible for co-ordinating all relevant diet and nutrition Scottish Government funded research relating to nutrition.

The principal roles for science within FSS are in :

  • Identifying, interpreting, evaluating and utilising available evidence upon which decisions (including risk assessment), and advice will be based.
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and assessing the need for further research in terms of the anticipated costs and benefits.
  • Collaborating with research bodies, academics, other government departments and funding councils with a view to ensuring the most efficient and effective use of public funding for research.
  • Where applicable, ensuring that the scientific and risk elements of advice provided by FSS are communicated in ways that are understandable useful to consumers.
  • Qualifications Required

    For this post you must possess a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

    Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

    Please note : If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

    Essential Criteria

    1. Demonstrable research experience in a relevant field such as public health, medical, pharmaceutical, food, environmental or biological sciences.

    2. A scientist with a substantial publication history, active research profile and an acknowledged national and international reputation for scientific leadership.

    3. Excellent communication skills both in speaking / presentation and the written form, including the ability to communicate complex issue to a range of stakeholders.

    4. Strong influencing and relationship management skills at the senior leadership level.

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