INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Position open: Research on methods, approaches and architectures for data interoperability


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 provides the technical coordination of the INSPIRE Directive developing the European Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for sharing data, information and knowledge and leading to the development of the next‐generation of SDI (Digital Earth).

The Unit is located in Ispra and Seville.
The vacancy is for a place in Ispra (Italy) to help developing methods, tools and applications to support Better Regulation, the development of data value chains and data-driven innovation.
The candidate will do:

  • Research into methods, approaches and architectures for interoperability of data from different sources addressing technical, semantic, operational and legal aspects.
  • Analysis and comparison of data interoperability standards, approaches and architectures from different domains (e.g. geospatial, statistics, environment, economics) and contribution to relevant standardisation activities.
  • Analysis of costs and benefits of implementing data interoperability standards and approaches.
  • Contribution to communication activities, the drafting of scientific papers and technical annexes for procurements and the supervision of contractors


  • Doctoral degree (or equivalent) in computer science, mathematics, geographic information science (or a related discipline). As equivalent is considered a university degree giving access to doctoral studies and 5 years of professional experience in a field relevant to the position.
  • Knowledge of standards for data interoperability is essential.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English (B2) are essential, knowledge of other languages an asset.

In addition, the following

  • Ability to work in a team and multi-cultural environment.
  • The candidate is expected to be creative and work independently.

Duration of contract

  • 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

Code: 2017-IPR-B6-FGIV-9209 - ISPRA


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