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The European Research Council is dedicated to excellence in research and in all aspects of its work, and seeks to attract excellent, highly-motivated people with the right qualifications and expertise. This is achieved through robust and fair selection procedures to fill all vacancies.

Current Vacancies

Call for Expression of Interest

The European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) is looking for Seconded National Experts for the following profiles (ERCEA/SNE/167/2018):

  1. Neuroscience
  2. Ecology and/or evolutionary biology
  3. Human geography and/or environmental social sciences
  4. Demography and/or linguistics
  5. Condensed matter physics
  6. Computer Science and informatics
  7. Management and analysis of scientific evaluation and peer review processes

The interested candidates should contact their Permanent Representations, who should then send all applications to the mailbox at the latest by Monday, 6 August 2018 at 12:00 (midday) Brussels time.

Inter-agency mobility vacancy notices

Deadline for applications: 02/07/2018.


Staff categories

 The ERC can recruit individuals on a temporary basis using the following contractual possibilities:

Temporary Agents

There are two types of Temporary Agents:

  1. Temporary Agents Seconded from the Commission (TA-S)
    These Temporary Agents are engaged in high responsibility positions in management or related areas. These posts are reserved for officials of the European Communities.
  2. Temporary Agents externally hired (TA-E)
    These Temporary Agents are selected and engaged in responsible positions in key scientific, operational and administrative posts.

Recruitment of Temporary Agents is done only via calls for expressions of interest which are advertised on this website.

General information and conditions of employment can be found here

Contract Staff

There are four types of Contract Agents:

  1. Contract Agents in Function Group IV (CA-GFIV)
    They perform administrative, audit, advisory and equivalent technical tasks of supervisory nature, under the supervision of senior Temporary Agents.
  2. Contract Agents in Function Group III (CA-GFIII)
    General information and conditions of employment can be found here.
    They perform executive, drafting, budgeting, accountancy, control and other equivalent technical tasks, which are under the supervision of Temporary Agents.
  3. Contract Agents in Function Group II (CA-GFII)
    They perform clerical, secretarial, recurrent accountancy, office management and other equivalent tasks, which are under the supervision of Temporary Agents.
  4. Contract Agents in Function Group I (CA-GFI)
    They perform manual and administrative support service tasks, under the supervision of Temporary Agents.

Recruitment is done on the basis of interviews with a selection panel. To be recruited as Contract agent, interested individuals need to participate in open competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). If you would like more information on the availability of these competitions, and to register on-line, please visit the EPSO website.

Contract agents in the ERC Executive Agency are offered a '3a' type of contract. General and conditions of employment for Contract Agents for this particular category can be found here.

Seconded National Experts

Seconded National Experts (SNEs) are national or international civil servants who are working temporarily for the ERCEA under the rules applicable to such experts. They will assist, through their expertise, in the execution of high level tasks.
If you are interested in working as a SNE, our vacancies are published on this website

Blue book Trainees

Similar to the traineeship offered by the European Commission, the ERC provides five-month in-service training for young university graduates to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work at the ERCEA.

The pre-selection of candidates for a traineeship is carried out exclusively by the European Traineeship Office. Personal data of preselected candidates are stored in a database (Virtual Blue Book, "VBB") under the responsibility of the Traineeship Office. The ERCEA can only recruit candidates included in the Virtual Blue Book.


Interim positions are sometimes available to meet specific temporary needs related to the functioning of the Agency.

The ERCEA employs staff on a temporary basis on short term contracts exclusively through temporary employment agencies.

Spontaneous applications

Should you be interested in working with the European Research Council Executive Agency and have your name listed in the EPSO database please submit your application / CV to the functional mailbox.

Conditions of employment

The ERC is an Executive Agency of the European Commission. Therefore, staff conditions are covered by Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities. The ERC will be adopting implementing rules for these regulations.

Protection of personal data

The ERCEA ensures that applicants' personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies.

Candidates are invited to carefully read the Specific Privacy Statements, as it provides useful information about the processing of their personal data and relevant rights.