“Working in a multicultural scientific organisation such as EFSA was the logical next step in my career. I believe that EFSA is one of the most important organisations for food safety in Europe and beyond. Working in such an environment, learning from the best scientists and contributing to not only European but global food safety, is a great honour and responsibility. Also, it is a great platform to further strengthen the cooperation between EFSA and my home organisation, Croatian Food Agency, as well as other national bodies dealing with food safety.”

Leonard Matijević, Croatia

Seconded National Expert - Nutrition Unit

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Civil servants from national authorities can work in our scientific or administrative units as Seconded National Experts (SNEs) or Seconded National Experts in Professional Training (NEPTs).

SNEs and NEPTs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EFSA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment, fostering mutual exchange and strengthening cooperation between EFSA and its partners.

Applications are open to staff from public administrations of EU Member States, EFTA countries, public intergovernmental organisations and universities. Staff from third countries and international organisations may be accepted on a case by case basis and subject to the EFSA Executive Director’s approval.

Good communication in English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) and the ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential.

EFSA offers flexible working hours, wellbeing initiatives, training and development opportunities.

Secondment of SNEs can be from a minimum six months up to four years, while NEPTs can work at EFSA for between three and five months.