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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is hiring a

Data Officer

  • Parma
  • full-time

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), based in Parma, Italy is looking for a Data Officer (Contract Agent, Function Group IV).

Please send us your application by no later than 31 March 2020 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 31/12/2021. The validity of the talent pool may be extended.

Is this job for you?

Are you passionate about data and would you love to work in a scientific data ecosystem?

EFSA is looking for scientists who wish to use their skills in an information-rich environment or data officers who are familiar with working in the scientific data ecosystem and can tailor IT solutions to support the scientific risk assessment process from data acquisition to data analysis and data publication.

In addition you will support the implementation of the requirements of the new Regulation on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain to ensure more transparency in EFSA’s scientific assessments for example through the establishment of a register of studies and proactive publication of studies used in EFSA’s assessments.

Curious to find out more about evidence management and the risk assessment process? You can discover how EFSA wants to further develop the excellence of scientific assessments, enhancing transparency and openness in “Principles and process for dealing with data and evidence in scientific assessments”.

Your key responsibilities

  • Define methods and implement tools for data collection/collation/integration and data analysis for scientific assessments;
  • Support the development of a standardised framework for data collection, management and analysis (processes and procedures);
  • Work closely with Member State data providers, statisticians, working group experts and researchers to collect/collate data from a wide range of sources that is fit-for-purpose for risk assessments;
  • Support the development and management of suitable technical environments for hosting the data management and analysis framework, liaising with IT service providers;
  • Prepare data visualisations to provide insight into aspects of food and feed safety for risk managers, scientists and/or consumers;
  • Participate in working groups developing interoperability standards in food and feed safety;
  • Support scientific data governance and open data initiatives in alignment with the vision of data management in the organisation;
  • Define and manage/supervise contracts and procurements including monitoring procedures.


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.

You will be joining EFSA at an exciting time as we are preparing for the implementation of the Transparency Regulation: EFSA will expand its mandate and grow considerably over the next few years.

To find out more about EFSA, visit us at

What can we offer you?

Life in Parma

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.

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 Contract Agent Function Group IV with the basic salary starting from € 3.531,26 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.
  • 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:

Staff Regulations
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the selection requirements?

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

I. Eligibility criteria

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

II. Selection criteria

Technical competencies
  1. Professional experience in evidence and data collection, validation and management, as well as statistical analysis of data, preferably gained in a scientific environment;
  2. Professional experience in defining, developing and maintaining methodologies on data collection and management, i.e. identify, review and analyse existing methodologies and perform gap analysis; draft clear and concise guidance documents, manuals, technical specifications; maintain the data management framework;
  3. Professional experience in defining data quality criteria and rules for data validation and assessment, contributing to the development of standards for data collection and related standard terminologies;
  4. Professional experience in the use of statistical programming languages such as R, SAS or Python and data format languages such as XML, RDF and JSON.

The following is considered a plus:

  1. Experience in managing scientific projects ensuring on-time delivery of project outputs.
Behavioural competencies
  1. Communication and English: Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both spoken and written English;
  2. Working with others: Ability to work with others harmoniously and towards a common goal to obtain best results in the interest of EU citizens;
  3. Analysis and problem solving: Ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions;
  4. Drive for Results: Ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;
  5. Resilience and Composure: Ability to remain effective under pressure, coping with change and comfortably handling risk and uncertainty.

Your application

For the purpose of shortlisting candidates to be invited to the assessment phase, the applications’ screening will be carried out using the information provided by candidates in the section “Job specific questions” of the online application form. Candidates are invited to carefully complete their application, following the instructions in the ANNEX that represents an integral part of this vacancy.

Interested in this position?

We are happy to get in touch with you! You can send your application by using the “Apply” button.


[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.

Data Officer EFSA/F/4/2020/02