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Jobs at the JRC

The JRC offers an enriching multi-cultural and multi-lingual work environment with lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.

Our research aims to positively impact society, by informing political decision-making with scientific evidence.

We are a department of the European Commission. We work closely with European research and policy organisations, agencies and institutions such as the European Parliament, and with international scientific partners, including the United Nations.

We stand for scientific excellence.

As an independent source of science and knowledge, we ensure scientific integrity and transparency. We are committed to provide high-quality research to standards that set us to scientific excellence.

We anticipate new challenges.

Our approach is future-oriented. We look at what is coming next to be prepared for complex societal challenges, and to grasp opportunities for better-tailored policymaking.

We connect the dots.

We are no islands: relying on our strong networks in policy and scientific communities, we are able to map, review, analyse and synthesise the best available evidence in support of EU policies.

Why join us?

From within the heart of Europe, you will contribute to evidence-based policymaking to improve our society.

Trust, collaboration and transparency are our core values. They represent the way we work with each other and with our partners.

You will experience a diverse and enriching environment where we nurture innovation and creativity, offering rich learning and development opportunities for you to grow professionally.

As a JRC employee, you will enjoy:

  • a flexible work environment for a good work-life balance;
  • dedicated support for you and your family, including relocation, childcare, schooling, transport and more;
  • health insurance coverage for you and your family;
  • learning opportunities, including language classes;
  • leisure activities and sport clubs to connect with colleagues.


Join our researchers at JRC sites across Europe. We offer vacancies for various career profiles in different positions on our external staff recruitment application (ESRA).

Find vacancies on ESRA

What are you looking for? Our career opportunities

We offer many career profiles in various staff categories.

Want to do research for policy?

  • as a researcher up to 6 years contract as Contract Staff FGIV*;
  • as a research assistant or lab technician up to 6 years of contract as Contract Staff FG III*;
  • as a Grantholder / PhD student check out our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme (CDP);
  • as a Seconded National Expert (SNEs) up to 4 years.

Not a researcher? We have other opportunities!

  • as an administrative / auxiliary staff in fields such as finance / budget, communication, security, safety, legal affairs, ICT and more up to 6 years contract as Contract Staff FGII-IV.

Want a taste of working for EU institutions?

  • as a JRC Scientific trainee in Geel, Karlsruhe, Ispra, or Petten with a 5 months contract.
  • as a European Commission (EC) Bluebook trainee in Brussels or Seville with a 5 months contract.

Want to build a career in the EU institutions

  • as a civil servant of the European Union to become a permanent civil servant for the JRC and the European Commission, apply for open competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office Our portfolios will adapt and evolve over time in response to new priorities, challenges and opportunities to best serve policy needs.

Visit EPSO to find out how to apply for open competitions

Staff categories

Discover more about the various opportunities and staff categories available at the JRC.

Information for JRC newcomers

HR for JRC Welcome Office is there to help successful applicants and newcomers with administrative procedures, if needed. For example by:

  • facilitating the relocation to the hosting country;
  • providing inductions programmes upon arrival.

See further details in the guides below:

16 JUNE 2023
Soon in Ispra
19 JUNE 2023
Soon in Brussels


EPSO and EU Careers

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) provides the EU institutions with the workforce that best matches their needs. This is accomplished by deploying high quality, efficient and effective selection procedures, together with an innovative approach.

For more information, including upcoming competitions

Visit the EU Careers website.

Learn more about different career options, how to apply for vacancies and the tests you may need to pass in order to get a job with the EU institutions.

See also Jobs at the European Commission for an overview.

Contact our Human Resources Unit

Human Resources for JRC

Human Resources for JRC
HR-JRCatec [dot] europa [dot] eu

Human Resources for Contract Agents

Human Resources for Contract Agents
HR-JRC-CONTRACT-STAFF-RECRUITMENTatec [dot] europa [dot] eu

Human Resources for Seconded National Experts

Human Resources for Seconded National Experts
HR-JRC-ENDatec [dot] europa [dot] eu

Human Resources for Officials & Temporary Agents

Human Resources for Officials & Temporary Agents
HR-JRC-OFFICIALS-TEMPORARY-AGENTSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu

Information for newcomers (successful applicants), JRC ISPRA

Information for newcomers (successful applicants), JRC ISPRA
HR-JRC-ISPRA-WELCOMEatec [dot] europa [dot] eu