Internal applicants who are currently working within the Civil Service please email for an internal application pack.
Please read through the following documents prior to applying for any vacancies.
Our current vacancies and their associated job descriptions are listed below.
If you wish to apply for a vacancy, please refer to the 'How to apply' section below which gives guidance notes on completing an application and the necessary forms.
Please note: Macintosh users must use Adobe Reader to complete the application forms to avoid compatibility problems. Adobe Reader is available as a free download from the Adobe website
Please note: Fera runs a competency based recruitment scheme, therefore please refer to the competencies on the job description and Fera's full competency framework.
How to apply
Information on how to complete your application and where to send it to is available below. We have also provided some useful information for applicants with a disability and on the pre-employment checks we carry out. You should read the useful information section to check you satisfy the nationality requirements before you complete your application form.
It is important that you read all of the application guidance before completing the application form.
The Fera application forms above have been set up as interactive pdf documents and can be completed on screen. You will need to save a copy of the form to your computer before completing.
If you require a copy of the application form in an alternative format, please contact the Fera Organisation Development team
CSP Reference and Job Title
Please clearly indicate the CSP reference number and job title of the position you are applying for on the application form and in any correspondence.
The closing date given is the date by which your completed application form must be received by the Fera Organisation Development team. If there is a postal strike please contact the Organisation Development team for advice.
If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the advertised closing date we regret that you have not been selected for interview.
Where to send your application
Fera would prefer to receive your application via email. Please send your completed application and forms to . However, hard copies of the application form can be submitted by post to:
The Food and Environment Research Agency
Please ensure you have the correct postage stamp on your application; failure to do so will cause a delay in us receiving your application. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The application process
Candidates whose applications best match our requirements will be invited to attend an interview. It is therefore essential that your application provides full yet concise evidence that you meet the criteria for the post.
If selected for interview you will be asked to provide your original qualification certificates and proof of identity such as a passport, or birth certificate with other photographic ID. For some posts you may be asked to complete a practical skills test or give a presentation as part of the interview process.
Results of interviews
The outcome of interviews will normally be given within 10 days of an interview being held.