REA staff

The Research Executive Agency employs 689 people from 25 countries. It is the largest executive agency of the Commission.  

Temporary agents (about 25% of staff) 

Temporary agents are recruited for specialised tasks on fixed-term contracts, which may be renewed.

Typical job profiles include Administrators in the following job families: Research Programme Management, Financial, Legal, and some management positions such as Head of Sector and Deputy Head of Unit.

Contract agents (about 75% of staff) 

Contract agents are recruited for a wide range of support and technical roles. Depending on the responsibilities and qualifications required, they are divided into four function groups (FGI to FGIV). Contract agents are recruited on fixed-term contracts, which may be renewed.

Some typical job profiles in the REA include: Project Advisers, Project Officers, Finance Officers, Project Assistants and Financial Assistants.

Recruitment principles

REA hires its staff through an open recruitment procedure, in line with the Staff Regulations of Officials and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (related links below).

Terms of recruitment 

  • staff regulations and specific decisions of the agency's steering committee apply to REA staff members
  • remuneration is based on the community scale of salaries
  • pay is subject to community tax and other deductions laid down in the staff regulations
  • remuneration is exempt from any national taxation 
  • salaries depend on personal circumstances and whether the candidate has left his/her EU country to take up the position
  • salary deductions are made for medical insurance, pensions and unemployment insurance, where applicable
  • staff receive allowances for their children, where applicable
  • medical insurance and a pension scheme are provided
  • annual leave entitlement, in addition to EU holidays, begins at 2 days per month (24 days per year)

Personal data protection ​ 

Job opportunities

REA offers job opportunities to:

  • temporary agents
  • contract agents
  • interim agents
  • trainees

Temporary agents are recruited through calls of expression of interest. Contract agents are selected from databases after passing a CAST competition. The calls for trainees open twice a year and are processed by the European Commission.

Temporary staff

Vacancies open to Internal Applicants (Inter-Agency mobility)

Please note that these calls for applications only concern current Temporary Agent AD 2(f) contract holders:

  • HR Planning, Selection and Recruitment Coordinator - Temporary Agents 2(f) – AD 5/AD12. Apply by 02 February 2018, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time (please check the time zones).
  • Research Programme Administrator for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks - Temporary Agents 2(f) – AD 5/AD12. Apply by 16 February 2018, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time (please check the time zones).
  • Research Programme Administrator for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: European - Temporary Agents 2(f) – AD 5/AD12. Apply by 16 February 2018, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time (please check the time zones).
  • Research Programme Administrator for Sustainable Resources for Food Security and Growth - Temporary Agents 2(f) – AD 5/AD12. Apply by 23 February 2018, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time (please check the time zones).

Please consult the inter-agency mobility platform for other current vacancies (accessible by internal staff only).


Vacancies open to External Applicants


By the end of January, REA (with the assistance of EPSO) will publish a new selection procedure for Temporary Agents 2(f) Research Programme Administrators AD6 in the 3 following scientific profiles:

  • Research Programme Administrators in Engineering, ICT, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Space Science
  • Research Programme Administrators in Biology, Environment and Geoscience and/or Satellite imagery, Life Sciences
  • Research Programme Administrators in Human and Social Science and/or Economics

Further information will follow shortly.

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Interim agents

For short periods of time, the REA may hire interim agents to face peaks in workload or to compensate for long-term absences.

To find out about short-term opportunities, contact:
Rue des Princes 8-10
1000 Bruxelles
Tel.: +32 (0)2/643 47 90

You can also email your CV to

Contract staff

Please note a change in the recruitment procedure in REA:

Spontaneous applications are no longer accepted in the REA selection procedure.

In January 2017, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) launched an open-ended selection procedure to create a pool of candidates from which the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union can recruit contract agents.

Following this open-ended EPSO CAST Call, the use of the REA SPONTANEOUS APPLICATIONS DATABASE has been discontinued. CVs which were submitted to the REA in the past are no longer considered.

All persons interested in applying for Contract staff positions at the REA must be registered in the EPSO CAST database .

How does it work concretely?

The selection of contract staff in REA can be launched through one of the following means:

  • A direct search in the EPSO database of registered candidates within the EPSO CAST call.
  • A publication of a call for expression of interest for one or several posts, or for the establishment of a reserve list of candidates. This type of call aims to promote the mobility of contract staff across EU bodies and therefore only persons that are already recruited as contract staff in other EU institutions are eligible. The calls are published in the Intracomm (intranet) vacancy portal.
  • For the two means above, the selection of new candidates is done exclusively via selection panels, which search for candidates to be interviewed in the recruiter portal made available by EPSO. The search focuses on candidates who best match the requirements of the vacant post(s) to be filled.
  • Those candidates retained by the panels that have not yet passed a CAST test will be invited by EPSO to sit a test.
  • It is necessary to have passed a full CAST test (competency test included) in order to be invited for an interview.

If you would like to find out which executive agencies/institutions/bodies can invite candidates for an interview, please click here.

We would also like to inform those whose names feature in one of the databases of eligible candidates listed below that the validity of the databases has been extended until 31/12/2018, except EPSO/CAST/25/05 which is valid only until 30/06/2018.

EPSO/CAST/1-6/07 (CAST 27)
EPSO/CAST/02/2010 (with successful competency test)

In order to have the possibility to participate in a future selection at the REA, potential candidates must apply for the open-ended EPSO CAST calls:
EPSO/CAST/P/[1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17]/2017 as soon as possible.

Only candidates who have successfully passed a CAST competency test and/or are included in one of the databases listed above can be considered for an interview by the REA selection panel.

Successful candidates will be called for an interview with a selection panel composed of staff from REA or other executive agencies/institutions/bodies.

For questions concerning the new CAST, please also refer to the EPSO FAQs.

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