The Research Executive Agency currently employs about 700 colleagues from different backgrounds and nationalities across the world. We are the largest executive agency of the Commission, and continue to grow. In 2018, we will welcome more dedicated staff to assist the Commission in achieving the objective of fostering growth by supporting research and innovation.
Type of contracts
The REA offers 2 type of working contracts:
Temporary agents (TAs) contracts - (about 25% of the REA staff)
TAs are recruited under Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants ('CEOS') and in accordance with the Agency General Implementing Provisions ('GIPs') governing the engagement and use of Temporary staff
Temporary staff are mainly recruited for specialised tasks. Typical job profiles include Administrators in the following fields: Research Programme Management, Finance, Legal Services, and some management positions such as Heads of Sector and Deputy Heads of Unit.
Contract agents (CAs) contracts – (about 75% of the REA staff)
CAs are recruited under Article 3(a) of the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants ('CEOS') and in accordance with the Agency General Implementing Provisions ('GIPs') governing the engagement and use of Contract staff
Depending on the responsibilities and qualifications required, Contract staff are recruited for a wide range of support and technical tasks and according to the relevant function group (FGI to FGIV). Typical job profiles include: Project Advisers, Project Officers, Legal Advisers, Financial Advisers, Financial Officers, HR Officers, Project Assistants, Financial Assistants, secretaries, etc.
Vacant positions for TAs and CAs staff are first published within the Agency in order to facilitate internal mobility.
In case the vacancy cannot be filled by internal mobility, pre-existing reserve lists for the corresponding profile can be consulted:
If no suitable candidate is found on the reserve lists, the vacancy can be filled by:
- publishing the post in the inter-agency mobility portal; or
- launching a new external selection.
Inter-Agency mobility (only for applicants already employed within the EU institutions)
Temporary staff 2(f)
TA vacancies are published in a dedicated inter-agency mobility portal. These vacancies are open to internal applicants that are already employed within the EU Institutions as Temporary Agents with a contract type 2(f).
There are currently no REA vacancies open for TA staff.
Contract staff 3(a) and 3(b)
CA vacancies are published in a dedicated inter-agency job market portal These vacancies are open to internal applicants that are already employed within the EU Institutions as Contract Agents with a contract type 3(a). Some vacancies might also be open to Contract Agents with a contract type 3(b).
There are currently no REA vacancies open for CA staff.
External selections (open to external applicants)
Temporary Agent selections 2(f)
There are currently no REA vacancies open for TA staff.
The call for expressions of interest to establish reserve lists of Temporary Agents 2(f) Research Programme Administrators (AD6) was closed on 8 March 2018.
Below the number of applications received by profile:
Contract Agents selections 3(a)
Three CA selections were launched in January 2018 in the following profiles:
HR Officer – Contract Agent FGIII
Project Adviser – Contract Agent FGIV (Engineering, ICT, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and/or Space science)
Project Adviser – Contract Agent FGIV (Biology, Environment and Geoscience and/or Satellite imagery and Life Sciences)
How to apply
Candidates are pre-selected by the Selection Committee established for the purpose of each REA CA selection via a search amongst applicants who have registered their application in one or several permanent CAST published by EPSO.
Candidates pre-selected by the Selection Committee may either already have passed a full CAST competition or not. Those candidates pre-selected by the Selection Committee who have not passed a CAST competition will be invited by EPSO to sit the EPSO tests. EPSO Computer-based testing (CBT) is composed of verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests as well as a field-specific competencies' test linked to the chosen profile.
Pre-selected candidates who have passed the full CBT tests will be invited for an interview with the Selection Committee. If shortlisted, candidates may be offered a contract CA 3a within the REA.
Following the new EPSO permanent CAST published by EPSO, spontaneous applications are no longer accepted within the REA selection procedure. Spontaneous applications previously submitted to the REA are no longer considered.
The validity of the following EPSO CAST reserve lists has been extended until 31/12/2018, except EPSO/CAST/25/05 which is valid only until 30/06/2018.
For questions concerning the new Permanent CAST competitions, please also refer to the EPSO FAQs.
Find out more information about EU careers and vacancies.
The Agency offers traineeship opportunities, as part of the European Commission scheme for trainees. The calls for trainees open twice a year and are processed by the European Commission. No application will be processed directly by the REA. For more information and to apply please visit the European Commission's Traineeship Office website.
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:
You can also email your CV to REA-INTERIM-AGENTS@ec.europa.eu.
If you have high level of expertise in your field and would like to evaluate project proposals that are competing for research funding, you can become an independent expert.