REA staff

The Research Executive Agency employs 625 people from 24 countries. It will become the largest executive agency of the Commission by 2020.

The main categories of staff are: 

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: research programme officers, legal officers, and some junior-management positions such as heads of sectors.

Contract agents (about 75% of staff) 

Contract agents are recruited to do a wide range of support or technical jobs. Depending on the responsibilities and qualifications required, they are divided into four function groups (FG I 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 any 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
  • deductions are made for medical insurance, pensions and unemployment insurance, where applicable
  • staff receive allowances for their children, where applicable
  • medical insurance and pension scheme are provided
  • annual leave entitlement, in addition to EU holidays, begins at 2 days per month (24 days per year)

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Job opportunities

REA offers job opportunities to:

  • Temporary Agents
  • Contract Agents
  • Trainees

Temporary agents are recruited through calls of expressions 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

Inter-Agency mobility

We are looking for  Research Programme Officers - Temporary Agents 2(f)-AD5/AD12

Please note that this call for applications only concerns current Temporary Agent AD 2(f) contract holders.

Candidates must submit a complete application (in English or French): motivation letter (maximum one page), curriculum vitae in Europass  format ONLY, and a completed eligibility grid (dated, signed and scanned). You will find it at the end of the vacancy notice. Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications must be submitted by email  ONLY to, quoting the reference of the call for applications, at the latest by 15 December, 12:00 (midday), Brussels time (please check the time zones).

Candidates will receive an acknowledgment of receipt for their application. Any questions or requests for clarification should be sent to


Contract staff

A special call for expression of interest is now open for two different profiles and function groups:

Under this new selection procedure, candidates can submit applications via their EPSO account. There is no deadline.

Shortlisted candidates will be tested by the European Commission's recruitment office, and those successful will be called for an interview with a selection panel composed of staff from REA or other executive agencies.

If EPSO decides to close the present call for expression of interest, candidates will be informed via the EPSO website. In general, contract agents are recruited by selection panels. Candidates are found by searching the CAST databases.

Only candidates who passed a CAST competency test, and are included in one of the databases listed below, can be considered:

  • CAST25
  • CAST27
  • CAST Secretary 2008
  • CAST02/10 competency-tested candidate
  • EPSO/CAST/S/5/2013
  • CAST Research S/5/2013
  • CAST/P1,2,3,4/2015 

If listed in one of these CAST databases, you can send your CV and letter of interest to REA SPONTANEOUS APPLICATIONS. Mention the CAST profile and your candidate ID number in your e-mail.

If there is a vacancy which matches your profile, you may be invited for an interview before a selection panel.

To check the state of current and former vacancy notices (stage in the recruitment process, period of validity of reserve lists, etc.), consult the recruitment status below.

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