Current Vacancies

Science Europe is an association of major public European Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) and Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). Based in Brussels and established in 2011, the organisation’s mission is twofold: active advocacy and collaboration. The organisation has established itself as a recognised and respected ‘third voice’ in the European Research Area, alongside national governments and the European institutions, in order to impact political decisions concerning science and research. The organisation also promotes exchange and co-operation between its 43 Member Organisations (MOs) in terms of both policy and activities. The Science Europe Office is composed of a very multicultural team (at present 14 staff members).

We are currently looking for the following roles:

with strong leadership & capacity to generate impact for the association


  • You will develop the strategy and policy for Science Europe, taking into consideration the input of the MOs and the Governing Board (comprising Heads of MOs);
  • You will translate the Association’s approved strategy into an action plan and will lead its implementation through the organisation of work in groups, task forces, or high level networks;
  • As a real ‘spokesperson’, you will represent Science Europe towards different stakeholders such as the MOs, European institutions, and other bodies (Representation of Member States, research organisations, European universities, academies, etc.);
  • You will advocate and promote Science Europe’s vision, strategy, and policies while shaping a common vision among the different MOs;
  • You will identify the most effective interventions (cross-border collaboration, benchmarking, etc.) to influence policy for science and research in Europe, in line with the agreed interests of Science Europe;
  • Together with the Science Europe Office, you will proactively monitor European and international developments in science and research policy, and provide policy expertise to the Governing Board (GB) and the MOs;
  • You will be responsible for the overall management of the Science Europe Office, within an approved annual budget;
  • You will be appointed by the GB for a 6-year term.


  • Your strong leadership & charisma, your ability to be visionary, your networking skills while federating and having an impact on people, will be the keys for your success.
  • You have at least a Master’s degree education level or equivalent.
  • You have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience, preferably within research at national level and/or in public research policy at European level. An experience within the academic research area is an asset.
  • You are familiar with the funding policies/programs of the European Union and member state institutions.
  • You have experience in budget and people management.
  • You have an excellent level of English (spoken and written). Operational knowledge of one or more EU official languages is a plus.
  • You have already developed strategies and implemented them operationally.
  • You are recognised for your strong organisational skills, and efficient capacity to drive operations & decision making processes.


  • The possibility to work for an organisation at the heart of science and research policy at European level, with a valuable impact on research and the scientific community as a whole.
  • A challenging, highly skilled, and multicultural working environment including contact with several countries (in and outside Europe) and international institutions.
  • High level of autonomy in the position and strong external visibility.
  • An opportunity to benefit from your leadership, and your capacity to inspire and federate several stakeholders.
  • An attractive compensation package.


This recruitment is exclusively conducted by Hudson. Please send your application including CV and motivation letter (max 2 pages) to Hudson, attn. Paul-Etienne Siegrist, Marcel Thirylaan 75 – 1200 Brussels, tel. 02/610.27.39, email pauletienne.siegrist [at], Do not forget to mention reference BE752622. Replies will be dealt with swiftly and in strictest confidence.

View this vacancy for Secretary-General in PDF format.

Policy Officer

In order to support the policy activities of Science Europe, we are currently looking for a Policy Officer. The successful candidate will be part of a team that is responsible for supporting collaboration among the Member Organisations, for developing advocacy strategies on key issues for scientific research in Europe, and for advising the Science Europe governance on policy developments. To do so, the team works closely with experts from the Member Organisations, with the Scientific Advisory Committee, with the rest of the Science Europe Office and with relevant external partners.


  • You will support the senior officers of the Policy and Research Affairs team with the monitoring of European and global developments in specific research policy areas;
  • You will organise, or contribute to organising, events, publications and other activities related to Science Europe’s priorities;
  • You will draft reports, minutes, policy briefings on policy developments and provide summary and/or detailed analysis of documents issued by the EU and other stakeholders;
  • You will maintain up-to-date knowledge of European science and research policies;
  • You will liaise with European Institutions, stakeholder organisations and the wider policy community as necessary;
  • You will actively develop and maintain a network of contacts, and you will use contact management tools such as contact databases;
  • You will fulfil other responsibilities and tasks as directed by the Secretary-General and the senior officers of the Policy and Research Affairs team.

Your profile


  • You are educated to at least master’s level;
  • You have some experience (1 or 2 years) or a strong interest in policy at EU level;
  • You have good knowledge of policy-making processes at the European level and of the EU Institutions;
  • You have the ability to work across a wide range of policy topics and the capacity to learn and acquire knowledge quickly;
  • You have excellent research, analytical and organisational skills;
  • You have excellent verbal communication skills and a demonstrated ability to write well in English, including analysis papers, briefings, and other written outputs;
  • You perform effectively in environments with frequent workload/file changes and competing demands while delivering strong results to strict deadlines;
  • You have a proven ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • You have the ability to work independently and in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships;
  • You are highly motivated and have a pro-active, flexible and ‘hands on’ approach to work;
  • You are willing to travel in Europe occasionally.


The following skills and experience are additional assets to your application:

  • Knowledge of other European languages;
  • Some knowledge of or experience working in policy areas that are relevant to Science Europe, such as:
    • The EU Framework Programme;
    • The societal impact and value of research;
    • The European Research Area;
    • Open Science; and
    • EU legislation and regulations related to research.
  • Experience working in a research funding or performing organisation, or a similar work environment.

Salary and Benefits

This position is full-time for three years and is based in Brussels.

Science Europe offers a competitive salary, in the range of €2,514 to €3,591 gross monthly salary, as well as benefits such as chèques repas (meal vouchers), 13th month (additional salary payment in December), hospital and group insurance. The salary offered within this range will be dependent on level of experience.

Please note that Science Europe is established under Belgian law, and that employment is within the Belgian tax and social security system.

Secondments from Science Europe Member Organisations are possible and encouraged.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to careers [at] Your cover letter (maximum two pages) should outline your suitability and motivation for the post. Please also include with your application the names and contact details of two people (line manager or supervisor) who could provide a reference if you are short-listed for interview. The references should include your latest employer or company you worked for.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 August 2017.


Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the week of 28 August 2017. If you know in advance that you will not be available in that week, please clearly indicate this in your cover letter.

View this vacancy for Policy Officer in PDF format.


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