Current vacancies on the ACNFP

Last updated:
25 January 2016
The Food Standards Agency wishes to appoint five new members to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).

 The five vacancies are for experts in the following fields:

  •  allergy - one expert with clinical experience and one with expertise in plant science
  •  microbiology with particular emphasis on the gut
  •  molecular biology
  •  toxicology

Essential skills/experience required

1. Demonstrable expertise in one of the scientific areas specified. This might be by providing, for example, details of publications, or roles in other organisations or advisory bodies.

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

3. Excellent analytical skills with the ability to critically assess and interpret scientific data.

4. Strong team worker able to work with other committee members to arrive at sound, balanced and timely decisions.

5. Ability to provide constructive challenge outside of own specialist scientific area.

(In the event of a large number of applicants, the first sift will be solely on the basis of criterion 1 - scientific expertise.)

About the appointments

Appointments are for a one to three-year term. The Committee meets up to six times a year in London, normally on a Wednesday or Thursday.  Appointments are made on an unsalaried basis. However, an attendance fee will be available and all legitimate expenses will be fully reimbursed.

Appointments will be made strictly on merit in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments guidance on appointment to public bodies. and taking account of equal opportunities. Successful candidates will be required to declare any interests that may be relevant to the work of the Committee.

We are intending to interview candidates in the week of Monday 14 March 2016.

Further details and an application form can be found on this page. Alternatively, you can email or apply in writing to:

ACNFP Secretariat
Food Standards Agency
Room 1B Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NH

Please return completed application forms and associated interest declaration and monitoring forms by the closing date of Monday 22 February 2016.