MUCF Job offers

3 months - from September 15th 2021

Internship Technical Research Intern

The MUCF team is looking for a motivated Technical Research Intern to join us from September 15, 2021 on full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) at our office in Paris, France for 3 months.

All necessary requirements for a COVID safe working environment are provided. If the COVID situation requires it, teleworking is an option.

About MUCF

The Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF) hosted by EPPO works in cooperation with the Member Countries and our stakeholders (growers organizations, industry associations, research institutes, regulatory authorities, governmental experts) to contribute to a sustainable European agriculture. The MUCF serves as an exchange platform to identify solutions for plant protection issues for specialty crops in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) framework.

Our vision: We work innovatively to ensure work is targeted to the most important minor use topics.

Our mission: To encourage and support sustainable production of specialty crops, which includes most fruit and vegetables, but also mushrooms, ornamentals, rice, seeds, hops, tobacco and fresh herbs, to maintain independent and diverse European food production. To keep food safety standards high and to counteract diminishing biodiversity, which impacts ecosystem functioning negatively.

About EPPO

EPPO is an intergovernmental organization responsible for cooperation in plant health within the Euro-Mediterranean region. Founded in 1951 by 15 European countries, EPPO now has 52 members. Its objectives are to protect plants, by developing international strategies against the introduction and spread of pests which are a threat to agriculture, forestry and the environment, and by promoting safe and effective pest control methods. EPPO has carried out work in support of minor uses since 1996.
For more information about EPPO please visit: https://www.eppo.int/

Job description

  • Are you a student, in the field of agriculture, agronomy, bioinformatics, biology, crop protection, environmental sciences, phytomedicine, plant science or related areas?
  • Are you familiar with scientific language, good at retrieving information and working on and with data, and able to summarize this data in an easily understandable way?
  • Are you self-motivated, hands on and a great team-player?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to do an internship within the framework of your university training, or gain first work experiences after graduation in the work set-up of an international organization?

Then the MUCF internship is meant for you!

WHAT WILL BE YOUR MAIN ACTIVITIES?

  • Support the work of the MUCF team (Coordinator, IT officer, and Administrator).
  • Gain insight into the work of individual working groups, minor uses projects and the EUMUDA database within the Minor Uses Coordination Facility.
  • Help in maintaining and updating the EUMUDA database by contributing to the work of the IT specialists by cross checking provided data from the Member countries on data gaps, spelling errors etc.
  • Work on relevant data, conduct the statistical analysis, plotting results, and writing conclusions.
  • Conduct database searches on crop protection solutions.
  • Depending on your background and interests, individual tasks can be agreed upon.

At the end of the Internship, the data analysis report may be published on the MUCF website.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION REQUIREMENTS?

You must satisfy the following eligibility requirements for submission of your application:

General requirements:

  • Be national of a Member State of the European Union or EFTA state.
  • Have a good knowledge of English language (at least C1 level according to CEFR). Knowledge of a second EPPO region language will be considered an asset.

Qualifications:

  • You should be enrolled in an under-graduate or graduate degree programme.
    Applicants pursuing their studies in a country where higher education is not divided into under-graduate and graduate stages must have completed at least three years of full-time studies towards the completion of a degree.

Skills:

  • You should be able to adapt to an international multicultural environment, have good communication skills and be knowledgeable in the use of computer and statistical programmes. You should show a high affinity and interest in data analysis, and data processing in the field of crop protection.

The following experiences will be an additional asset:

  • Experience in regulatory issues associated with registration of plant protection products.
  • Knowledge of EU procedures for assessment of active substances and plant protection products.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management and non-chemical solutions to pest problems.
  • Knowledge of specific problems associated with minor uses.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER?

For the duration of the internship, you will receive a monthly subsistence allowance/stipend of €1 650 to cover the cost of lodging, board and other basic expenses.
The intern will be responsible for arranging, at their own expense, their travel to and from Paris, as well as non-work related personal insurance (e.g. health insurance, travel insurance, third party insurance) during the duration of the assignment in France.
Disclaimer: For those moving to the Paris area, you will receive an additional half a-month allowance at the start of the internship, to help you settle in.


Ready to join our team?

If you are interested in this post please write to Barbara Edler, Coordinator of the MUCF, by using the button below "APPLY NOW" with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in this call, with your Curriculum Vitae and names of two referees.
Applications must be received before midday 12:00 (Paris time) on Tuesday 21st June 2021.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview and competence assessment with a panel comprising representatives of EPPO and the Coordination Facility.
If you would like first to have an informal discussion on the nature of the work, you may contact Barbara Edler at be@minoruses.eu.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
The MUCF team value diversity and strongly believe that it contributes to a broader collective perspective that lead to a better work environment. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Location

Paris (France) 21 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 75011 Paris

Grade

Technical Research Intern

Occupation categories

General support, science student or recent graduate, crop protection, data analysis

Starting date and duration

Sept 15th 2021 - for 3 months

Deadline for applications:

The deadline for applications is
21st June 2021, 12:00 (Paris time).