Food Standards Agency - Science Council

Body: Food Standards Agency is the Appointing Body and Appointing Department
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: These positions are not salaried but members may claim £300 per day and reasonable travel and other expenses for work on and for the Science Council.
Time Requirements: A minimum commitment is expected to be around 10 days per year including attendance at four one-day meetings, usually in London.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/01/2022 at 23:59

  • Panel Sift

    February 2022

  • Final Interview Date

    March 2022 TBC

  • Announcement

    May 2022 TBC

Vacancy Description

The Food Standards Agency are inviting applications from science experts to join our independent Science Council and are looking for committed, capable and motivated science and industry experts to provide independent advice. Members will help to ensure food produced or sold in the UK is safe and effectively regulated.

As an expert in the Science Council you will provide high-level, expert strategic insight and challenge. You will also advise our Chief Scientific Adviser, as well as the Board and FSA executive, on the use of science to deliver FSA objectives. Previously the Science Council has worked on projects looking at data usage and digital technology as well as food system risks and horizon scanning. You will work with colleagues from a range of scientific disciplines as well as non-scientific experts and lay members.

Person Specification

Applicants to the Science Council must provide examples and evidence that they meet the published selection criteria below.

Members should have a breadth of expertise and networks and experience of multidisciplinary working to tackle strategic challenges. Expertise and experience should be relevant to FSA’s role and strategic priorities and reflect the FSA’s broad definition of science.

Selection criteria

Essential experience, knowledge and skills criteria for members

  • Understanding how science can be used to influence and test policy and to achieve concrete impacts to benefit people
  • Evidence of effective contribution to multi-disciplinary groups advising on complex and/or strategic scientific or technical questions
  • Strong analytical and judgement skills, independent thinking and being open to challenge
  • Strong communication skills with well-developed interpersonal skills, the ability to work collaboratively

And at least two of the following criteria

  • A high level of expertise in one of the areas identified as evidenced by national or international impact
  • A breadth of expertise and networks with experience spanning disciplines relevant to the FSA
  • Informed perspective on the interests of consumers and citizens and experience of how these interests can be reflected in the work of the Council
  • Ability to engage and communicate with non-expert audiences

Additional Information


Members cannot hold any paid or high-profile unpaid posts in a political party, and not engage in specific political activities on matters directly affecting the work of this body.

Applications are welcome from existing members of government Scientific Advisory Committees; however, applicants must list relevant current appointments in the application to identify any cross-membership and assess any potential conflicts of interest.

Members of the Science Council cannot at the same time be members of another of FSA’s Scientific Advisory Committees (Opens in a new window)because this would conflict with the Council’s role in providing challenge on the FSA’s use of science, which includes the work of the FSA’s other committees.

How to Apply

For further details details on how to apply, please visit: Join our Science Council | Food Standards Agency

Please read the person specification before completing your application form.

Each applicant must complete and provide:

Submission closes on 30 January 2022 at 23:59.

Please email completed application forms to the SAC recruitment team.

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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