Temporary Agents may be employed to perform specific tasks in the field of research as either an AD (administrator) or an AST (assistant). Only when the JRC identifies a need in a particular area of expertise that cannot be found either in-house or on the EPSO reserve lists will recourse be made to the recruitment of a Temporary Agent. The relevant rules governing the recruitment of a Temporary Agent are available here:
Who can participate?
Any individual interested who satisfies the requirements listed below (a-e) and who possesses the qualifications and professional experience as listed in the vacancy notice.
- he/she is a national of one of the Member States of the Communities, unless an exception is authorised by the appointing authority, and enjoys his/her full rights as a citizen;
- he/she has fulfilled any obligations imposed on him by the laws concerning military service;
- he/she produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his duties;
- he/she is physically fit to perform his duties; and
- he/she produces evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Communities and of a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Communities to the extent necessary for the performance of his duties.
How to participate?
If the JRC should decide to publish a vacancy for a Temporary Agent, it will be announced on our Vacancies page.
Although the rules on the length of initial contracts and subsequent contract extensions vary, as a rule, Temporary Agents are recruited by the JRC for a maximum period of six years. Typically, the contract is awarded for an initial period of 4 years and may be renewed not more than once for a period of 2 years (AT 4+2).
- European Commission civil service portal - Temporary Agents
- European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)