Category: Seconded National Expert
Location: Ispra (IT)
Duration: Initial contact duration of 1 year (possible starting date 3rd quarter 2014)
(Deadline is established intenally by the Commission/DG HR. Please check with your Permanent Representation / Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country / the EFTA Secretariat / IGO Administration to see if an alternate date preceding this date has been set)
Reference: JRC/F3: Institute for Energy and Transport - Energy Security Unit
Senior expert in Offshore oil and gas safety
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Key policy areas include: environment and climate change; energy and transport; agriculture and food security; health and consumer protection; information society and digital agenda; safety and security, including nuclear; all supported through a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach.
The current vacancy is in the Institute for Energy and Transport in Ispra, in Unit F.3
The Institute's mission is to provide support to European Union policies and technology innovation to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use and to foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe. The vacancy is in Unit F.3 – Energy Security. The Mission of the Unit is to provide the EU policy makers with scientific and technical support on the security of energy supply, integrated systems and sources, by developing and using innovative analytical tools and experimental facilities. One of most important policy areas is security of energy supply, in particular the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.The recently adopted Directive 2013/30/EU on safety of offshore oil and gas installations and Commission’s activities towards high safety standards in offshore operations are components of that policy. The JRC is supporting the policy DG’s – notably DG ENERGY – and the implementation of existing and forthcoming legislation with activities on reliability and risk assessment of applied safety measures and systems, as well as with analysis of current safety practices and technologies, both in fixed and in mobile drilling installations. This is the area where the expertise and the specific experience of the National Expert are required.
The tasks to which the Seconded National Expert is expected to contribute are:
- Research and identification of established safety technologies and risk management practices in the offshore oil and gas industry.
- Research and inventory of basic types of equipment and related safety systems for fixed and mobile drilling installations for offshore exploration and production.
- Analysis of the applicability of EU product safety legislation (including APEX Directive, machinery Directive and pressure equipment Directive). Critical analysis of the results and discussion with the stakeholders with the purpose to identify best available technologies and practices. Dissemination of best practices.
- Analysis of standardisation initiatives and pre-standardisation work.
The following eligibility criteria are to be fulfilled by the candidate in order to be seconded to the Commission. Consequently, the candidate who does not fulfil one of them will be automatically eliminated from the selection process.
- Professional experience: at least three years' experience in administrative, legal, scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions which can be regarded as equivalent to those of function groups AD;
- Seniority: at least one year by your employer, that is having worked for an eligible employer (as described in Art. 1 of the SNE decision) on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before the secondment;
- Linguistic skills: thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU official language to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties. An SNE from a non-member country must produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one Community language necessary for the performance of his duties.
- diploma: it is required at least a university degree giving access to doctoral studies covering a relevant engineering or physical sciences area. A Master’s degree or a Ph.D. in an area related to offshore oil and gas safety or industrial safety is an advantage.
- professional experience: at least five years’ professional experience related to the technical subject of safety of offshore exploration and production of hydrocarbons or safety of related industrial systems; knowledge and previous work on standardisation of offshore oil and gas equipment and/or the product safety legislation (ATEX; machinery; pressure equipment Directives) applied in the offshore industry is a clear advantage.
- language(s) necessary for the performance of duties: A good knowledge of spoken and written English is required (at least B2 level)
- Cultivates a workplace based on respect for other people and the environment.
- Embraces non-discriminatory practices and equality of opportunity. In case of equal merit, preference will be given to the gender in minority.
- Encourages learning and development possibilities.
How to apply
Please contact your Permanent Representation / Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country / the EFTA Secretariat / IGO Administration.
NO APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE JRC