We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC offers a stimulating, multicultural and multi-disciplinary research environment for trainees. Traineeship scheme is governed by rules. There are two types of traineeship:
The duration may not be for less than 3 months. The maximum duration is 5 months.
Opportunities for trainees (ESRA)
Trainees are selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Union (EU), from candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy and from other countries contributing financially to the Framework Programme. A limited number of other nationals may also be accepted. A derogation based on nationality from the Director-General is required for every non-EU national.
General eligibility criteria are provided in Article 2 of the rules.
The JRC publishes each traineeship profile on the JRC's online web application system (ESRA). The profile typically includes:
Applications are made through the ESRA website.
Trainees can benefit from a monthly basic allowance. Those whose place of recruitment is less than 50km from the JRC site will receive half of the basic allowance. The monthly basic allowance is equivalent to 25% of the basic remuneration for an official at grade AD5/1 (Commission decision C/2007/1221) adjusted by the correction coefficient applicable to the JRC site where the traineeship takes place.
There are specific language requirements to participate in the scheme (see article 2.3 of the rules).
JRC in-service training contract: English
The European Commission also operates an Administrative and Translation traineeships programme which is launched twice a year to cover traineeships from 1 March - 31 July and from 1 October - 28 February.
The JRC recruits several trainees each year through this programme to work in the JRC's Brussels headquarters. Any interested individual must apply through the European Commission's Traineeships Office website.