Any European Union member state national may work in any of the Union’s institutions, bodies and agencies. There are four main types of jobs, which include civil servants, temporary and auxiliary agents, seconded national experts and trainees.
In addition, there is also an option for collaboration with the European Union within the Research Framework Programme, through the Research Openings service. This service is intended to provide details on number of different Calls for application for experts and specialists in various aspects of the EU Research and Technological Development policy and to give information on opportunities within research fellowship.
Collaborating within the Framework Programme
The Research Openings service provides information on Calls for application for experts and specialists in different aspects of EU research and technological development policy and information on research fellowship opportunities.
One outstanding option is to join the Commission’s database of prospective independent experts for the evaluation of proposals received in response to calls within the Framework Programme. It is open to any individual or organisation.
Other options are: personnel for the Framework Programme, research fellowships and assorted other openings.
Working in the European Union
Seconded national experts (SNEs)
SNEs are personnel from the authorities (state, regional or local), companies, NGOs, universities and international organisations, who are temporarily transferred to work mainly at the European Commission and, to a lesser extent, at the Council or one of its agencies.
SNEs have very interesting contract types because their association with their original job is not severed. They may also gain significant professional experience that will be of benefit to them personally, to the place of work and to their country of origin. Further information.
Staff engaged under contracts to work in European institutions
In addition to competitions for officials, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) select personnel from highly specialised fields to work with European institutions on a contractual basis.