The two fellowships are being commissioned under the strategic evidence fund, as part of the Food Standards Agency’s objective to protect consumers from unacceptable risks which may arise in connection with the consumption of food.
To support this important work, £120,000 per annum for four years has been allocated for each fellowship. We are looking for committed, capable and motivated scientists from UK universities and research institutions to apply.
Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Food Standards Agency said:
Over recent years, computational approaches have revolutionised biological research. These two exciting, four-year fellowships are now a fantastic opportunity for talented researchers to work jointly between FSA and academia to develop methods that will enable computational biology to directly impact on food safety in the UK. Together, the two appointed fellows will be able to drive ambitious research programmes in computational toxicology and microbiological bioinformatics, respectively, whilst being able to exploit the national-scale datasets and powerful analysis tools available through FSA and wider government departments.
Computational Toxicology Fellowship
We are looking at ways to integrate computational toxicology within our risk assessments and associated models and processes. We believe a fellow, splitting their time between academia and the FSA over a four-year term, would help us to understand the applicability of computational toxicology methods in streamlining and informing our risk assessment processes.
The bioinformatics fellowship will support the regulated products risk assessment team and the microbiological risk assessment team to better utilise bioinformatics data in our risk assessments.