Project Officer - Sustainable Products

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

7 Dec 2023
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European Commission - Joint Research Centre

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31 Jan 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
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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 EU sustainable products policies, known as the Product Bureau (

The main policies supported are: Ecodesign for Sustainable Products, the EU Ecolabel, Green Public Procurement, and the Energy Label.

The main tasks of the Product Bureau are: 

  • developing the methodologies that are used for setting environmental criteria for products in European legislation;  
  • carrying out bespoke research and coordinating research work, providing the technical, economic and environmental information needed for the setting of environmental criteria for products;
  • elaborating science-based proposals of environmental criteria for products;
  • organising and carrying out consultations with stakeholders from Member States, industry and NGOs;
  • where relevant, preparing the draft legal texts for the consultation within the European Commission (Interservice Consultation) and/or for the voting by the Member States in the relevant Regulatory Committee. The Product Bureau is made of an interdisciplinary team of experts dealing with a broad range of product groups.

We offer:

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 and other services of the European Commission are part of the day to day activities. Working at the JRC is family friendly.

The candidate will be part of a multicultural, dynamic, very interactive and well-structured 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.



We are looking for a Project Officer – Science for Policy for Sustainable Products. The selected candidate will carry out research and analysis in support of policy making in the field of sustainable products policy. The selected candidate will be in charge of a wide range of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • carry out scientific research on the environmental, economic and societal impacts of existing and emerging products and technologies, and respective policy implications;
  • collaborate in the development of methodologies and tools for the integration of sustainability concerns into EU policy;
  • contribute to research on the development of resource efficiency aspects of products with particular focus on the use of these methods in the context of environmental product policies;
  • help manage expert groups and more generally engage with international scientific expert networks;
  • provide science-based policy support, such as “translating” scientific findings in the language of policy makers;
  • present 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;
  • collaborate in scientific and policy symposia, workshops and conferences, provide presentations to international audience and key events.
  • publish scientific results in EU/JRC reports as well as peer-reviewed journals and other professional publications.


Research Field
Education Level
PhD or equivalent



A new colleague passionate about working at the forefront of science and EU sustainability policy, with a solid technical background and experience in environmental assessment of products, technologies, economic activities or organisations.

The ideal candidate 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 a team player 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;
  • be confident, practical and innovative, with openness to working hands-on and independently on diverse challenges and topics in parallel.


  • have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the field of environmental analysis and/or techno-economic evaluation acquired after completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma;
  • have a very good level of written and spoken English (e.g. C1) and knowledge of at least another EU language.

Highly desirable:

  • have a finalised PhD degree (equivalent to 3 years of professional experience);
  • have international experience (e.g. having studied and/or worked in different countries);
  •  have knowledge of life cycle assessment


Research Field

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 vacancy code 2023-SVQ-B5-024360

    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.

    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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