Project Officer - Sustainable Industry

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Jan 2024

18 Dec 2023
Job Information

European Commission - Joint Research Centre

Joint Research Centre
Research Field

Environmental science
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3)
Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

31 Jan 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

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Offer Description


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides independent, evidence-based knowledge and science, supporting EU policies to positively impact society. 

The current vacancy is with Unit B5 – Circular Economy and Sustainable Industry of the Directorate B – Fair and Sustainable Economy of the JRC in Seville.

The Unit:

• provides scientific support to EU environmental policy-making, pursuing green transition objectives;

• works in the areas of industrial sustainability, products’ environmental impacts, circular economy and waste management, environmental economics, and the sustainable finance taxonomy;

• assesses technologies and processes, economic and financial activities, and the use of products and services;

• applies analytical tools and modelling in order to assess social, economic and environmental impacts of EU environmental policies, and other EU policies with a strong environmental dimension;

• pursues robustness through scientific rigour and structured stakeholder outreach.

The current vacancy is in the team supporting the implementation of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive, known as the European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (European IPPC Bureau, EIPPCB) . The main task of the EIPPCB is to steer the exchange of information on Best Available Techniques (BAT) to draw up and regularly review BAT reference documents (the so-called BREFs ) for large agro-industrial installations. This includes drafting the environmental norms that such installations must comply with. In addition, the EIPPCB has been given the responsibility of setting up and operating the new EU INnovation Centre for Industrial Transformation & Emissions (INCITE). INCITE aims to accelerate the greening of industry through the identification and evaluation of emerging techniques for decarbonisation, depollution, resource efficiency and circular economy.

The EIPPCB is a growing multicultural and multinational team of 20 highly motivated talents.



The JRC offers a unique opportunity to support EU policies, in a vibrant and multidisciplinary work environment. Exchanges with experts from Member States, industry associations, environmental non-governmental organisations and other services of the European Commission are part of the day-to-day activities.

The selected candidates will be part of a multicultural, dynamic, very interactive and wellstructured team, but must have a high degree of self-organisation and be able to perform many tasks independently. Internet-based collaboration tools are provided, and are used extensively.

Working at the JRC is family-friendly.



We propose four (4) positions of Project Officers – Sustainable Industry to reinforce the European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Bureau (EIPPCB).

The selected candidates will steer the exchange of information on Best Available Techniques (BAT) in the framework of Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions2 (IED, currently under revision) to draw up and review BAT reference documents (BREFs) for large agro-industrial installations), including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • mining;
  • livestock rearing;
  • landfills;
  • batteries production in giga-factories;
  • energy-intensive industry (e.g. iron and steel, cement, chemicals, paper, glass).

The selected candidates will be in charge of a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • fostering technical discussions/exchanges within expert groups on issues of interest to the BREF development process in order to find consensus between stakeholders on a wide range of technical issues;
  • validating the information collected or provided by cross-referencing it with alternative sources of information, by organising peer reviews of information and by undertaking site visits to relevant agro-industrial installations;
  • drafting the BREF (including the ‘BAT conclusions’ which will become a binding environmental norm for the sector in question) based on the information collected as well as steering and leading the technical discussions in plenary or subgroup expert meetings;
  • preparing technical specifications of service contracts related to selected activities of the BREF-making process (including IT) and managing their implementation using direct interaction with (sub)contractors;
  • supporting data management, visualisation and analysis in the EIPPCB’s day-to-day activities using specific IT tools (e.g. Qlik Sense, BAT Information System);
  • contributing to the preparation of briefings, written consultations, responses to requests, presentations and policy notes as well as to the drafting and maintenance of working procedures;
  • presenting the research as well as broader work of the unit and/or of the JRC to the European and international scientific and/or policy communities, collaborating in scientific and policy symposia, workshops and conferences, and providing presentations to international audiences and at key events.

Research Field
Education Level
PhD or equivalent



Four new colleagues passionate about working at the forefront of science and EU industrial sustainability policy, with a solid technical background and experience in environmental assessment of technologies, industrial processes, or economic activities.

The ideal candidates should:

  • be analytical and have very good quantitative skills: be able to collect, analyse and synthesise information, make sense of large amounts of data and make decisions or recommendations based on solid analysis;
  • be well-organised, with strong self-motivation and organisational skills, resilient when working under tight deadlines;
  • be team players and proactive communicator: be able to work quickly, efficiently and collaboratively in response to ad-hoc requests and to interact with a range of stakeholders;
  • have very good drafting skills, being able to synthesise large amounts of technoeconomic information in a clear and comprehensive manner;
  • be confident, assertive, practical and innovative, open to working hands-on and independently on diverse challenges and topics in parallel.



The candidates must have completed a PhD or must have gained at least 3 years of professional experience in a relevant field, e.g. chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, energy and climate, industrial processes, after university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma.

Additionally, the candidates must have a very good level of written and spoken English (C1 level) and knowledge of at least one other EU language.


Highly desirable:

  • Job-related or research experience of at least 3 years in an agro-industrial sector covered under the Industrial Emissions Directive (e.g. cement, chemicals, metals, glass, paper production) or in mining, livestock rearing, landfills, batteries production in giga-factories. This includes: • experience in industrial, chemical and process engineering, environmental issues and regulation of industry and of environmental policy in the EU; • familiarity with the Industrial Emissions Directive and the concepts contained therein.
  • Knowledge and experience of at least 1 year in managing large projects, managing contracts and working with (sub)contractors.
  • At least 1 year of experience in a multicultural and international environment.

  • Languages

    Additional Information

    The JRC provides high-quality working conditions in a dynamic environment. Working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to support EU policies and contribute to JRC’s research agenda. The JRC encourages interactions with policy makers, academics and other leading stakeholders active in the field, including participation in (international) conferences and workshops.

    Indicative basic salary: 3943,39 - 5711,77 € (applicable as of 1st of January 2023) For more detailed information please consult: Working Conditions

    Eligibility criteria

    You can apply if:

  • You are a citizen of one of the EU Member States or from Associated Countries;
  • You have a level of education corresponding to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma and at least five (5) years of professional experience in one of the fields mentioned in sections II and VI of the call OR a doctoral diploma in one of these fields.

  • Selection process


    If you are already on a valid CAST FG IV reserve list, or you have already applied to one of the calls below, you can directly submit your application at with the reference 2023-SVQ-B5-FGIV-024456 .


    If not, before applying to this position, you must register for one of the two following:

    -  the Call for Expressions of Interest | EU Careers ( (CAST Permanent FG IV), which is used by a wide range of organisations (institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union), or

    - the specialised call for researchers (JRC Call COM/1/2015/GFIV –Research), which is mainly used by the JRC.


    Note that each of the calls above has different minimum eligibility requirements and different selection tests.

    Additional comments

    The JRC cultivates a workplace based on respect for other people and the environment, and embraces non-discriminatory practices and equality of opportunity. In case of equal merit, preference will be given to the gender in minority.

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