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Position open: Project Officer – Scientific - Global Earth Observation System of Systems

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As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at:

The Digital Economy Unit provides quantitative and qualitative socio-economic research in support to the Digital Economy, Digital Living and Digital Society.

The Unit is located in Ispra and Seville. The vacancy is for a place in Ispra (Italy) to support a project strengthening the European contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
In particular, the candidate will contribute to the evolution of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure, in the light of technological change, the emergence of regional nodes of GEO in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa, and new infrastructures for data analytics such as data cubes. The candidate will also contribute to characterising the evolution of the European EO market and to demonstration projects leveraging GEOSS services, data of the Copernicus programme, in particular coming through the new Data and Information Access Services (DIAS), and applications developed through Horizon 2020 EO projects to foster the EO market.

The position requires a strong technical background on the interoperability of large scale infrastructures in both European and global contexts (such as INSPIRE, GEOSS and DIAS), of data cubes and cloud computing platforms. As most of the added value for European economy and society is likely to come from the integration of both space and non-space data, experience in multi-disciplinary interoperability is essential. Familiarity with global EO initiatives and infrastructures will be an asset.

The candidate must have

  • a PhD (doctoral Diploma) in a relevant field or a minimum of 10 years of relevant research experience in interoperability of digital data infrastructures, engineering, computer science (or a related discipline).
  • Demonstrated experience in research on digital information technologies, interoperability, and cloud computing.
  • Excellent written and spoken English (C1).

The following will be considered as an advantage:

  • Background in engineering, computer science, earth sciences.
  • Strong publication record in international peer-review journals strong skills in developing and implementing new ideas, in particular in multi-disciplinary fields. Interested candidates should provide, with the application form, a curriculum vitae, with a list of publications.


  • 12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years
  • Preferred starting date January 2018


Deadline for application: 

  •  14/11/2017, 23h59 (Brussels time)

The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:

Auxiliary contract staff:

Please note that due to the high number of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

On-line Application