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SNE/Infectious disease and vaccine expert

Type of position:  Seconded National Expert
Shift Type:  28 June 2021 at 23:59 CET

Type of position: Seconded National Expert 

Job title: SNE/Infectious disease and vaccine expert

Deadline for applications: 28/06/2021 at 23:59 CET


The European Medicines Agency is a decentralised body of the European Union with all its offices and Headquarters currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its core responsibility is the protection and promotion of public health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines.


We are looking for National experts on secondment. This means staff from other European public-sector bodies can work at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for short periods of time through the national expert on secondment (SNE) programme. The aim of this programme is to enhance and develop the relationship between European public administrations. 


SNEs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EMA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment. SNEs remain in the service of their employer. Secondment is not equivalent to employment, nor does it lead to employment by EMA. Periods of secondment may last between six months and two years. This is renewable once or more, up to a total of four years.


This announcement is governed by the Rules governing the secondment of national experts.


For further information please visit Careers section on our website.

About this role


As an infectious disease and vaccine Seconded National Expert at the European Medicines Agency, you will contribute to the development and operation of EMA’s Emergency Task Force, and in particular, you will be responsible for clinical input in the context of specific biological health threats from basic science to medical countermeasure development, evaluation and monitoring. Contributing to EMA’s leading role with regards to declared or potential public health threats, you will be supporting the development and evaluation of medicinal products including vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. You will also take part in cross-agency groups in the areas of vaccines and/or therapeutics for infectious diseases and act as EMA reference point for the defined products/disease area and promote a coherent regulatory strategy while supporting clinical development and medicines assessment throughout the product lifecycle.


Job description


Contribute and actively support scientific evaluation of emerging medicinal products including one or all of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics with regards to declared or potential public health threats. 
•    Contribute to Emergency Task Force (ETF) activities including scientific presentations, data and study protocols assessments and drafting minutes.
•    Act as advisor to Rapporteurs and product team.
•    Contribute to development of strategy and guidance with expert groups at European and Global level, including with European Institutions and Agencies, international regulators and scientific bodies.
•    Contribute to developing and implementing strategy and analysis of medical countermeasures and epidemiology of emergent pathogens in conjunction with EMA, ECDC and international expert groups.
•    Contribute to the objectives of the regulatory science strategy and EMA/EU network strategy in the area of competence.
•    As appropriate, ensure that the objectives of the Council recommendations on vaccines are implemented including contribution to the EMA/ECDC platform on monitoring of vaccines B/R post-approval, especially on effectiveness studies.
•    Related to product-specific development and licensing strategies, provide pro-active guidance on clinical and regulatory science aspects to internal and external stakeholders.
•    Provide leadership and motivation to the product teams and technical contribution as required by the business processes in a matrix environment with respect to advice and evaluation of anti-infectives and/or vaccines.
•    Foster quality of content through peer review (from pre-submission to post-decision) for scientific advice and marketing authorisation procedures.
•    Responsible to lead the contribution to early scientific activities including literature review and interaction with developers.
•    Perform horizon scanning activities for defining portfolios of medical countermeasures in the context of emerging health threats.
•    Contribute to the scientific support of working parties in the area biological health threats and vaccines strategy, and scientific advisory groups; this includes acting as scientific secretary of such group if assigned.
•    Contribute to scientific projects or workshops with particular relevance for biological health threats and vaccines strategy.
•    Coordinate and provide, when appropriate, training of assessors in the area of biological health threats and vaccine strategy. 
•    In accordance with the Agency’s strategic objectives, engage with academic societies of particular importance for the therapeutic area.


Essential requirements for admission


Eligibility requirements for admission

•    enjoy full rights as a citizen of a European Union Member State or Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway;
•    a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2);
•    be currently employed in the public sector (such as a university, research institute, public hospital or regulatory body) in a European Union (EU) Member State.

Essential Criteria (at least one of these)


•    experience in clinical/non-clinical research and development of vaccines and/or antivirals; 
•    epidemiology research related to infectious diseases or vaccines;
•    medical practice in the context of treatment of infectious diseases. 

Such experience could have been obtained in a capacity of for example:


•    medical doctor handling cases with emergent pathogens;
•    epidemiologist with experience in vaccines studies for effectiveness;
•    virologist with surveillance and diagnostics expertise;
•    role in public health protection agencies;
•    any other appropriate function/post with scientific knowledge on vaccines/infectious diseases.



Domenico Scarlattilaan 6  -  1083 HS Amsterdam  -  The Netherlands

Telephone +31 (0)88 781 6000

Email recruitment@ema.europa.eu


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