Traineeships and Short-Term Study Visits in the European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Agency of the European Union responsible for the risk assessment regarding food and feed safety in Europe, offers the opportunity of undertaking a paid traineeship as well as an unpaid short-term study visit, depending on your motivation and objectives.

Traineeships

Deadline for applications: 23/03/2015 (17.00 hrs Parma local time)

What’s in it for you?

An opportunity to young university graduates to have their first professional experience related to their field of specialisation in a European organisation committed to assess food and feed safety in Europe. A trainee would have the opportunity to familiarise with EFSA’s role and work, useful for professional development. As a trainee, you’ll take on a responsible role in supporting a project, and benefit from a training adviser through a challenging experience in a scientific and active multicultural environment. 

What is the work like?

The content of your traineeship depends on the Unit/Team you are assigned to. You may select up to two different areas of interest related to your studies in the field of Plant Health, Food Ingredients, Pesticides, GMO, Emerging Risks, Legal affairs, Communication, HR, etc.

To get a better overview, consult EFSA’s organisational structure or the Single Programming Document.

Short-term Study Visits (STSV)

Open call throughout the year

What’s in it for you?

An opportunity to PhD researchers, young graduates and students to have their first experience in a European organisation committed to risk assessment regarding food and feed safety in Europe.

EFSA is interested in helping young researchers to conduct interesting scientific projects.

Depending on EFSA’s availability and opportunities, you could have the occasion to develop your expertise in a scientific and active multicultural environment.

What is the work like?

The content of your short-term study visit depends on the Unit/Team you are assigned to. You may do your research in the field of Animal and Plant Health, Food Ingredients, Pesticides, GMO, Emerging Risks, Nutrition, Methodological support etc.

To get a better overview, consult EFSA’s organisational structure and EFSA’s Scientific Panels and Units or the Single Programming Document .

You may also be interested in the project that EFSA has launched for the EXPO 2015, the “Young researcher initiative” addressed to scientists and early career researchers.

What are the terms and conditions?

Nationality: We welcome applications from nationals of EU Member States, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and of candidates’ countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy. A limited number of nationals of non-Member States are also accepted according to available resources and in accordance with the operational priorities of EFSA.

English: An important eligibility criterion is a good knowledge of English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR).

Degree:

  • Traineeship: you should have a full university degree by the closing date for applications.
  • STSV: you should be a PhD researcher, a young university graduate or a University student.

Duration:

  • Traineeship: the programme starts in the period June to December, depending on the opportunities of EFSA’s Units, and it lasts a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 months.
  • STSV: the programme starts at any time of the year and lasts a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 months.

Remuneration:

  • Traineeship: trainees would receive a monthly grant of €1,071.19.
  • STSV: this programme is unpaid; EFSA suggests you to check with your University about the possibility to obtain a fellowship for funding your research or project.

How to apply?

The applications forms should be completed in English and saved with your surname.  

How is the selection procedure done?

Depending on the budget, once your application is assessed as eligible, you might be required to undergo a telephone or online interview to discuss reciprocal expectations and to check availability prior to the final decision.

EFSA is committed to avoid any bias in delivering its mission by ensuring full compliance with Articles 11 and 11a of the Staff Regulations and EFSA’s Policy on Independence. This is why candidates will be required to complete a Declaration with reference to conflict of interest and a Declaration with reference to relatives employed by EFSA, in case they are selected.

The Executive Director takes the final decision on the basis of the unit/team’s recommendation and successful candidates will receive the offering letter by e-mail stating the starting date and duration of the traineeship or the short study visit, as well as a copy of the rules and any relevant information.

Due to the high number of application forms received, EFSA is not in a position to reply to unsuccessful candidates. Only short-listed candidates are contacted and required to undergo a telephone or online interview. Candidates who are not contacted in one month after the phone interview can assume they have not been selected.