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Scientific Officer

Position number A0070
Position title Scientific Officer
Position classification APS5
Section Food Data Analysis
Location Canberra
Status Ongoing, Non-ongoing
Immediate Supervisor: APS6/EL1

About us

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory authority established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991. FSANZ develops food standards for Australia and New Zealand covering food additives, processing aids, novel foods (including genetically-modified foods), irradiated foods, commodity standards and contaminants (such as chemicals and naturally-occurring toxins). FSANZ is also responsible for food labelling, including specific mandatory warnings or advisory labels.

FSANZ is highly regarded both nationally and internationally as a world leader in: risk assessment and management, dietary modelling and analysis of food composition, and behavioural research into food choices. The role of FSANZ is to help ensure a safe food supply, support industry innovation and competitiveness, facilitate informed consumer choice and support broader public health goals.

Within the Science and Risk Assessment Branch, the Food Data Analysis Section (FDAS) is a team of scientists that supports the work of the agency by generating and reporting food related data and contributing to the evidence base for food regulatory measures. We undertake dietary modelling to estimate intakes or exposures to a range of food chemicals, maintain Australia's food composition databases and undertake a range of associated activities to support this work.

FSANZ has offices in Canberra, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand. It is governed by a Board with a wide range of expertise and experience in food matters, with members drawn from Australia and New Zealand.

FSANZ values diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress.

FSANZ is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees and has a work health and safety management system that incorporates a wellness program.

We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and an attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.

All employees are required to adhere to APS and FSANZ policies on these and other workplace matters.

Further information about pay and conditions can be found in the Enterprise Agreement 2016-19.

Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply. We aim to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities.

The Opportunity

The FDAS has an opportunity for a suitably qualified and/or experienced person to work in a dedicated team to become proficient in a range of skills, including manipulation and assessment of scientific food related data in order to enhance the evidence base for food regulatory measures.

To be successful in the role you will have the ability to, under direction and as a part of team, undertake dietary exposure assessments for nutrients and food chemicals and/or update food databases and provide technical assistance related to these activities, as required.

What you will do

In this role you will:

  1. Achieve results by assisting in the collection, collation and evaluation of food nutrient, chemical concentration and consumption data, including research and analysis of information from food analytical surveys and the development and use of food composition databases.
  2. Utilise specialised computer programs for undertaking population dietary exposure assessments for use in risk assessments that underpin the development of food regulatory standards.
  3. Communicate clearly and effectively on interpretation of data and when reporting results associated with food composition activities and dietary exposure assessments.
  4. Take responsibility for the management of contracts.
  5. Support other scientific food data related tasks related to the activities of the Food Data Analysis Section, as required.

Our Ideal Candidate

The position would suit those passionate about food science or nutrition with skills in data integration, linkages and analytics, with good attention to detail and an ability to learn new analytical tools and methods and apply all these skills to the development of food composition databases and dietary modelling.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian citizen at the time of applications closing and be able to obtain and maintain (or currently hold) Australian citizenship.

You must also hold a recognised degree or diploma in science from an Australian or New Zealand tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, preferably with some units in one or more of the following subjects: nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, information technology, computer science, statistics, food technology, or fields of study related to foods, food chemicals or scientific databases.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  1. Demonstrable research, analytical and conceptual skills.
  2. Experience in the compilation and assessment of large scientific data sets using standard tools (such as Microsoft Excel/PowerPivot, SQL, R, Stata, SPSS) and ability to learn new analytical tools and methods.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge in the area of food science, nutrition, food technology or food chemicals such as food additives, contaminants or agricultural/veterinary chemicals.
  4. Developed oral communication and writing skills, particularly those relevant to a scientific environment.
  5. Proven ability to work effectively within a team and with limited supervision, including well-developed liaison skills.
  6. A recognised degree or diploma in science from an Australian or New Zealand tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, preferably with some units in one or more of the following subjects: nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, information technology, computer science, statistics, food technology, or fields of study related to foods, food chemicals or scientific databases.

Desirable

  1. Understanding of database structures, principles and practices of data management.
  2. Knowledge of food related regulatory issues.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience

It is a requirement of this position to hold a recognised degree or diploma in science from an Australian or New Zealand tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, preferably with some units in one or more of the following subjects: nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, information technology, computer science, statistics, food technology, or fields of study related to foods, food chemicals or scientific databases. Applicants who can demonstrate knowledge to tertiary level that was acquire through other training (such as on-the-job training) may also be considered.

Conditions of engagement

Conditions of engagement include a three-month probation period, health and character clearances (including police records check and security clearance).

To be eligible for engagement, applicants must be Australian citizens, unless special approval is given by the CEO. An agreement between the Australian and New Zealand Governments provides opportunities for New Zealand citizens to apply for FSANZ positions that are located in the New Zealand office.

To Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide a statement (up to two pages) outlining how your skills, knowledge, experiences and qualifications make you the best person for the job.

Position contact: Tracy Hambridge on (02) 6271 2219

For assistance call the Recruitment team on (02) 6271 2629 or email hrmanager@foodstandards.gov.au

Applications close 10 November 2017.

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