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12309451865?profile=RESIZE_710xThe modern food industry is a rapidly evolving sector with complex supply chains that utilises a wide variety of analytical tools to support food integrity and authenticity.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based approaches represent an emerging analytical technology that is growing within the food sector, providing  the potential to not only screen and test input materials, but also the production process and end products. 

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This questionnaire is part of a UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) funded project tasked with reviewing the application of NGS technology to food authenticity testing and supporting harmonisation and the development of standards for NGS approaches applicable to the verification of food authenticity. The questionnaire is targeted at individuals involved in the food and associated diagnostics sectors, including technology developers, suppliers and official controls.

Your participation in this questionnaire will directly help inform the direction of the project and contribute to guidance within the sector.

Please do not provide any information that could be used to identify you. Thank you for participating in our questionnaire which should only take around 15 minutes to complete. Your feedback is important.

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We would be very grateful if you could complete the questionnaire by 5 January 2024.
Thank you for participating in this questionnaire.

UK National Measurement Laboratory at LGC

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12293087460?profile=RESIZE_584xThe last decade has witnessed significant advances in analytical technologies with the capabilities to support food integrity and authenticity testing within the rapidly evolving food industry. Devices that allow diagnostic tests to be performed at or near the point of need, often termed Point-of-contact (POC), represent a growing area within the food sector with the potential to provide real-time monitoring of input materials and production process. POC devices can range from handheld spectroscopic devices such as Raman and FT-IR instruments to desktop portable systems inclusive of compact mass spectrometry, NMR and next generation sequencing (NGS) systems.

The National Measurement Laboratory at LGC are leading on an UK Food Standards Agency funded project investigating the utility and potential of POC technologies in the food sector and have devised this questionnaire to support the evidence building phase of the project. The questionnaire is targeted at individuals involved in the food supply and allied sectors, including primary production, supply, manufacturing and enforcement/regulations.
Your participation in this questionnaire will directly help inform the direction of the project and contribute to guidance within the sector:
The questionnaire should only take around 15 minutes to complete - please do not provide any information that could be used to identify you.
We would be very grateful if you could complete the questionnaire by 4 December 2023.
Thank you for participating in this questionnaire.

UK National Measurement Laboratory at LGC

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Job Title:

Network Co-ordinator


Permanent full time (37.5 hours/week)



Business Unit:

National Laboratories and Science


LGC Teddington (noting that due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role may be temporarily homebased or a hybrid set-up)

Salary and Benefits:

The successful candidate can expect a salary ca. £27.5-30K (dependent on skill and experience) and a range of excellent benefits, including:

  • 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Healthcare scheme 
  • Free onsite parking
  • Access to PerkBox rewards platform
  • Cycle to work scheme

Reports To:

Stakeholder Coordinator

  1. Job Purpose

LGC’s National Laboratories, based in Teddington, deliver a range of expert science functions and services in partnership with the UK Government, business and academia. The business unit manages and operates several national laboratories on behalf of government agencies, as well as hosting the unique function of the ‘Government Chemist’.

 As home to many world-leading scientists, LGC’s National Laboratories provide a wide range of expert analytical science services and subject matter expertise to a broad spectrum of customers, stakeholders and global forums.

 This role is an exciting full time opportunity to work across several externally facing networks; including the Community for Analytical Measurement Science and the Food Authenticity Network. Both are membership based communities aimed at promoting world-class analytical measurement science training, research and innovation by bringing together a network of industrial and academic partners with interests in these fields.

  1. Key Responsibilities
  • Delivery of network co-ordination activities, ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of virtual communities.
  • Organise and facilitate virtual and in-person events.
  • Co-ordinate Secretariat activities.
  • Support note taking, recording meeting actions and decisions.
  • Co-ordination of network finances, liaising with Legal and Financial Leads, as well as network members.
  • Prepare stakeholder updates and digital content.
  • Facilitate marketing, website and social media channel activities.
  • Actively support network growth, championing activities in-keeping with networks’ strategic aims. 
  1. LGC Values

The job holder will be able to demonstrate the following behaviours in line with LGC’s values:

  • Passion: desire to promote and champion network aims and activities.
  • Integrity: a deep seated belief in the importance of customer satisfaction and providing a professional and valued service.
  • Curiosity: always striving to improve ways of working and delivering efficiencies that benefit both individual members and the broader network/community. 
  1. Person Specification - Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

LGC is seeking an organised and personable individual, with a strong work ethic and self-motivation. The individual must have a can-do attitude, taking ownership and responsibility for driving outcomes.

As the successful candidate you will be able to demonstrate evidence of having/being:

  • Prior experience (ca. 3 years) of network and/or project co-ordination.
  • Able to engage professionally with a wide range of members and stakeholders.
  • Comfortable working as part of an in-person and virtual team.
  • Well organised with an excellent eye for detail.
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise work to meet deadlines when required.
  • Strong IT (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and communications skills – both written and verbal.
  • Experience of arranging and hosting events (both virtual and in-person).

Also desirable: Experience of web/social media design, editorial skills and producing various forms of digital content for professional purposes.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed in this role, and are excited by the opportunity, we’d welcome your application. Please submit a 2 page CV and covering letter - outlining why you would like to join the team - via the LGC recruitment portal: https://lgcgroup-jobs.sabacloud.com/Saba/Web_spf/EU2PRD0129/jobs-careers/career/home/

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3549856866?profile=RESIZE_710xRachel Gullaksen, Sean Daly and Malcolm Burns (from left to right) looking at multispectral imaging applications for food authenticity

The Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) aims to help protect businesses and consumers from fraudulent supply chains through building relationships with industry, delivering crime prevention initiatives and conducting thorough, proportionate investigations where necessary. This is to support the Food Standard Agency to deliver its overarching strategy that “food is safe and is what it says it is”.

Following an increase to its budget, the NFCU has seen significant extension of the unit’s capabilities and remit in terms of its investigation and crime disruption capabilities and the prevention of food crime. As part of its outreach programme and as a follow-up to a meeting between Darren Davies, Head of the NFCU and the Government Chemist, Julian Braybrook and Selvarani Elahi in May 2019, colleagues from the NFCU visited LGC.

Selvarani Elahi gave a presentation on the Food Authenticity Network, highlighting the benefits of closer collaboration between this growing global network and the NFCU, both of which were created by the UK government to address the recommendations of the Elliott Review.

NFCU colleagues were taken on a tour of LGC’s National Measurement Laboratories where LGC staff demonstrated research on a range of technologies from point-of-use screening to confirmatory methods capable of combating food crime or food fraud .


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