FSA Scientific Advisory Committee

Body: Food Standards Agency is the Appointing Body and Appointing Department
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 18
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 up to 6 one-day meetings, usually in London.

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    13/02/2022 at 23:59

  • Panel Sift

    February 2022 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    April 2022 TBC

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Chair, Susan Jebb, the Chief Executive, Emily Miles and the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Robin May are inviting applications from science experts to join our independent Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs).

We are looking for committed, capable and motivated science and industry experts to provide independent advice, helping to ensure food produced or sold in the UK is safe and effectively regulated.

The work of the Scientific Advisory Committees is highly valued by the Government as it is fundamental to ensure excellent safety standards and effective, proportionate regulation of food and feed in the UK.

As a Science Advisory Committee member, you will provide independent expert assessment and advice on microbiological, chemical and other risks in food and feed, and in new food and feed products, additives, processes and packaging. Your work will contribute directly to ensuring the safety of food, benefiting UK consumers and the effective, evidence-based regulation of food.

You will work with colleagues from a range of scientific disciplines as well as non-scientific experts and lay members and will be fully supported by an administrative and scientific secretariat.

Person Specification

We are looking for experts to fill 18 expert roles, across four committees and expert groups. Applicants to the SACs must be able to demonstrate the following:

Required general skills

  • Experience and evidence of effective contribution to multi-disciplinary groups advising on complex scientific or technical questions
  • Strong analytical and judgement skills, with independent thinking and being open to challenge
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with a collaborative style and an ability to engage and communicate with non-expert audiences. Excellent command of written and spoken English

Required expert skills

For each committee we are recruiting persons with specific expertise, as outlined below. Candidates must demonstrate a high-level of expertise in one or more of these areas, evidenced by a strong record of achievement at a national or international level, with strong networks in the field. For scientific roles this can be evidenced by publication in high profile peer-reviewed journals and/or presentation at international meetings.

Areas of Expertise

We are looking for expertise in a wide range or areas across the different committees and groups covered in this recruitment, detailed below. For more detail on the work of each of the committees for which we are recruiting, please see The Work of the Committees and Science Council.

Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment  (COT)

  • Dietary exposure assessment
  • Allergy
  • Pathology

The Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food  (ACMSF)

  • Food microbiology
  • Human epidemiology
  • Public sector catering
  • Food virology
  • Food animal parasitology
  • Risk assessment methodology
  • Public health medicine and communicable disease control

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP)

  • Lay member with an interest in consumer affairs
  • Diet and nutritional toxicology
  • Microbiologist with fermentation expertise
  • Clinical Microbiology/mycology
  • Genetic modification and genome editing techniques in animals
  • Two experts in genetic modification and genome editing

The Animal Feed and Feed Additives Joint Expert Group (AFFAJEG)

  • Animal health and nutrition

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.

We welcome applications 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.

How to Apply

Please read the person specification before completing your application form.

Each applicant must complete and provide:

Submission closes on 13 February 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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