Careers in the European Union
Europe has an enviable reputation in the world of research, thanks largely to its highly qualified research personnel and their rich intellectual capacity and know-how. The European Union is responsible for producing one-third of the world's scientific knowledge and boasts world-class expertise in areas such as environmental science, medical research, transport, aerospace and telecommunications. To ensure that researchers reach their full potential, it is essential that they have access to the best possible training and career development opportunities at all stages of their professional life. Mobility of researchers is fundamental to successful science.
In the 6th Framework Programme the Marie Curie actions had a budget of Euro 1.580 billion for the financing of training and mobility activities for researchers. The 7th Framework Programme assigned more than 4,7 billion Euros for these activities. Known as the Marie Curie Actions, training and mobility programmes for researchers are aimed at the development and transfer of research competencies, the consolidation and widening of researchers' career prospects and the promotion of excellence in European research. These actions are open to researchers in all fields of scientific and technological research from all over the world. Eligibility for the various schemes is based on research experience and expertise, not age. All levels are covered: from researchers at the start of their career to world-class researchers with well-established scientific expertise. The actions are also open to business, universities and institutions active in research.
If you are a researcher planning your next career move, this portal provides links to information on career and grant opportunities in science and technology in European countries.
EURAXESS Services: the European Services Network
EURAXESS Services is a network of more than 200 centres located in 35 European countries. These centers assist researchers in all matters relating to their professional and daily lives in European countries, including practical information on housing, schooling, day-care or language courses.
EURAXESS Rights: the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment
European Researchers' Charter and Code of Conduct for Researchers
The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
European Commission Needs for Experts and Specialists