Category: Seconded National Expert
Location: Ispra (IT)
Duration: Initial contact duration of 24 months (possible starting date 3rd quarter 2013)
(Deadline is established intenally by the Commission/DG HR. Please check with your Permanent Representation / Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country / the EFTA Secretariat / IGO Administration to see if an alternate date preceding this date has been set)
Reference: JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection - Systems Toxicology Unit
Scientific support to chemicals mixtures and combined exposure
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Key policy areas include: environment and climate change; energy and transport; agriculture and food security; health and consumer protection; information society and digital agenda; safety and security, including nuclear; all supported through a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach.
The current vacancy is in the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection. The Institute provides scientific and technical support to the EU policies for the protection of the interests and health of European citizens in the areas of food, consumer products, chemicals and public health. The vacancy is within the Unit Systems Toxicology. The mission of this Unit is to develop, evaluate, harmonise and promote innovative methods for the regulatory safety assessment of chemicals. To provide support to a broad range of policy areas including industrial and household chemicals, cosmetics, food, plant protection products, endocrine disruptors and chemical mixtures. The research focus is on the integration of advanced computational and experimental (in vitro) techniques to inform on the mode of toxicological action and to predict safety thresholds required for effective risk management, without relying on the use of animal tests.
The post includes a wide variety of tasks such as: support the activities of the expert group on combined exposure of chemicals/chemicals mixture, which is currently set up to support the Commission within this policy area, assist in developing case studies to be discussed by the expert group and lead the drafting of guidance document on safety assessment related to combined exposure/ mixtures of chemicals. All tasks will be closely related to other projects and research activities within the Systems Toxicology Unit and the IHCP.
We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Seconded National Expert (SNE). The successful candidate is able to work in a team and has a proven capacity in risk/hazard assessment of chemicals and EU chemicals legislation. He/she also has a relevant scientific background in toxicology/chemistry/biology. In addition, the candidate possesses strong communication skills and some experience in the use/application of alternative methods, in vitro testing and/or in silico modelling is of advantage.
In addition to his/her mother tongue, the SNE should have an excellent command of English (speaking and writing).
- Cultivates a workplace based on respect for other people and the environment.
- Embraces non-discriminatory practices and equality of opportunity. In case of equal merit, preference will be given to the gender in minority.
- Encourages learning and development possibilities.
How to apply
Please contact your Permanent Representation of the European Union / Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country / EFTA Secretariat / IGO Administration.
NO APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE JRC