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Job Opportunities at IES

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability is constantly looking for excellent staff, offering a stimulating multicultural, multilingual work environment close to European policy-making. IES staff comes from all EU Member States and Candidate Countries, bringing their skills and talents to help resolve multidisciplinary challenges in environmental research. Equal opportunities and in particular gender equality in its working environment are guiding principles.


Candidates who wish to pursue a research-oriented career are encouraged to consider the following options:


- Statutory Staff: Permanent Officials, Temporary Agents, Contract Agents;


- Non-statutory Staff: Seconded National Experts, Grantholders, Trainees.



Open Calls for Grantholders and Trainees


Permanent Officials

The procedure for recruitment of permanent officials of the European Commission is centred on 'open competitions', which are organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).


Temporary Agents

In order to satisfy IES temporary needs (e.g. posts for which no internal candidates are available), IES can hire Temporary Agents to perform various specialised and scientific tasks. They will be recruited on a short-term contract of maximum 6 years.


If a Directorate-General wants to recruit a temporary agent for a highly-specialised job or temporary task, they will send the job notice and the profile of the person they are looking to recruit to the Permanent Representations of the Member States and also publish on the EPSO website. They may also publish the vacancy on their own DG website; so it is worth checking these sites regularly if there is a particular DG where you would particularly like to work.


You can also apply to be a temporary agent by introducing your details into the EU CV online database (or the ELSA database, if you are interested in the research field).


Contract Agents

IES has the possibility to hire Contract Agents Function Groups II, III and IV for a short-term duration of maximum 3 years. The sources of candidates for this type of contract are lists, prepared by EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office), of those who have been successful in the EPSO Test for Contract Agents.


The Function Groups are defined as follows:

- Function Group IV: Scientific and Technical tasks.

- Function Group III: Executive tasks, drafting, accountancy and other equivalent technical tasks.

- Function Group II: Clerical and secretarial tasks, office management and other equivalent tasks.

Detailed information on the administrative rules applicable to the recruitment of researchers and administrative staff, including information on salary and grading, can be found here.

Seconded National Experts

This scheme is applicable to national experts on secondment to the Commission from a national, regional or local public authority, from an international civil service as well as from the private sector and the non-profit/voluntary sector. The seconded national scheme is open to nationals of Member States of the EU but it is also open to national of other states as specified in Commission Decision C (2006) 2033 (laying down rules on the secondment of national experts to the Commission).


The expert shall remain in the service of his/her employer throughout the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer. The Commission shall pay the compensation for the extra costs of living and working abroad. For information about the allowances please consult the Commission decision SEC (2008) 121. The duration of secondment ranges from 6 months to 48 months.


The Commission usually recruits Seconded National Experts from EU countries via their Permanent Representations to the EU. Therefore, applicants for a SNE position can only apply in response to a specific vacancy notice published at the national permanent representations.



In order to increase and reinforce its capacity, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability can launch calls for interest for Grant holders for Doctoral, Post-Doctoral and Senior Research Positions.


The grants are aimed at developing training and mobility opportunities for researchers throughout their careers and at encouraging them to enhance their experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. Applicants for a grant holder position at IES can apply only in response to a specific call for interest.



In-service training is a period spent at the Joint Research Centre which enables trainees to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies and professional careers or to prepare a thesis for a university degree, a Master or a PhD. This is a unique opportunity to experience the professional world, to gain a first hand experience of the workings of the JRC and of the European Commission and to acquire personal experience in an international, multicultural and multi-linguistic environment.


Applicants for a traineeship at the IES can apply only in response to a specific call for interest.

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