Junior Science Officer in the JPI Climate Central Secretariat (half time)

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JPI Climate is a partnership between 14 European countries to coordinate jointly their climate research and to initiate and support new transnational research initiatives. JPI Climate connects scientific disciplines, enables cross-border research and increases the science-practice interaction.

JPI Climate contributes to the overall EU objective of developing a European Research Area and interacts with the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme in support of excellent science, industrial leadership and the European response to one of the great societal challenges of our times - climate change.

The overall coordination and day-to day management of the initiative is supported by a Central Secretariat which is currently being built up inside the premises of the Belgian federal Science Policy Office - BELSPO in Brussels and which has the following main functions:

  • facilitating the transnational collaboration and  coordination of member state driven activities
  • ensuring communication and information flow between the different bodies of JPI Climate (Governing Board, Management Committee, Working Groups, Transdisciplinary Advisory Board, Expert Panels)
  • enabling the integration and communication of JPI Climate activities and developing a strategic liaison of the JPI Climate with European and international initiatives

For the new JPI Climate Central Secretariat we are currently looking for a

Junior Science Officer

to support the team in fulfilling its functions. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • to assist the Central Secretariat in its core activities (e.g. preparing and facilitating meetings of the different bodies of JPI Climate
  • to communicate outputs (e.g. website, annual reports, profiling materials and corporate branding)
  • to provide editorial support to JPI Climate publications
  • to support day-to-day secretariat operations including project management

Requirements and qualifications

  • Previous experience in project management and administration at European level, preferably in the field of research and science
  • Graduated at Master level
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • High standard working knowledge of MS Office systems
  • It will be an asset to be familiar/have experience with climate change related issues

Starting date: 1st of December 2014

Contract: 2 years half time contract under Belgian law with the possibility of extension


  • Compliant with the Belgian legislation and receivable seniority
  • The applied salary scales are those of the Belgian federal scientific institutions. Gross monthly salary (zero seniority) starts at 1.466 €/month (half-time).

Please send your complete electronic application with reference letters in English to secretariat(at)jpi-climate.belspo.be, until the 23th of October at midnight.

Requests for additional information can be send to the same address.


JPI Climate Secretary, Tuesday 23 September 2014