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Science Officer

The International Dairy Federation is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. Representing the worldwide dairy sector, IDF engages at international level, by providing the best global source of expertise and scientific knowledge in support of the development and promotion of quality milk and milk products, to offer consumers nutrition, health and well-being.
Date: September 13, 2021
Insights type: News
Categories: News

The position offers an excellent experience to those with an interest in international standard setting and the linking of policy and technical work. We offer an interesting, dynamic and international work environment and insight into the functioning of an international federation. The successful candidate will work within our Science and Standards Programme department.

The placement could be in our office in Brussels, within a cross-functional and international team and provides a unique opportunity to engage with a dynamic sector.

Position Purpose and responsibilities

Main purpose

The Science officer shall be responsible for assisting the Science & Standard Programme managers (PM) in the developing, implementing, monitoring, following-up and reporting on the IDF Programme of Work.

 Principal responsibilities

The Science officer shall be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitor, analyse and evaluate the impact of standards and policy developments of identified Codex Committees,
  • Coordinate position papers, reports and other publications,
  • Inform IDF members, support and steer the activities of our related working groups,
  • Monitoring activities from relevant international organizations to identify adequate action within IDF in consultation with the relevant Programme manager,
  • Communicating developments on an on-going basis to other IDF staff colleague


Knowledge and experience

The Science officer shall have the following education and skills:

  • 1-3 years of professional experience,
  • Dairy engineer or food scientist or equivalent qualification and experience,
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English (other languages are a further asset),
  • A background or knowledge in food / health science, or in national food regulatory entities or international organizations would be preferred,
  • Knowledge of information technology and MS-Windows based applications (Office),
  • Good organisational and analytical skills, ability to prioritise, respect tight deadlines and work well under pressure,
  • Flexible and dynamic team player.



The Science officer shall report to the Scientific and Standards Programme managers.


This is a one-year contract position (Belgian CDD 38 hours a week- if based in Belgium). Extension possible. Starting date: January 2022.


The position could be based at the IDF Head Office in Brussels, but this is open for discussion. For interested candidates, please submit your curriculum and motivation letter by October 18, 2021 to: [email protected]


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