Job: The EU’s Joint Research Centre is looking for a geothermal FG IV Scientific/Technical project officer

EU Commission, Brussels (source: flickr/ Andrew Gustar, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 11 Feb 2016

"The Contract Agent will contribute to the analysis and assessment of geothermal energy prospects in the power, heating and cooling sectors including research and innovation aspects."

Position for: FG IV Scientific/Technical project officer @ The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service.

The Joint Research Centre’s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Further information is available at:

The Energy Technology Policy Outlook Unit of the Institute for Energy and Transport, comprising of about 50 staff, supports the development, implementation and monitoring of the Energy Union’s policy priorities through techno-socio-economic assessments and modelling and by leading the Commission’s Strategic Energy Technologies Information System (SETIS). The Contract Agent will contribute to the analysis and assessment of geothermal energy prospects in the power, heating and cooling sectors including research and innovation aspects. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with colleagues within the Institute and other Institutes of the JRC. The tasks will include:

Contributions to the assessment of the current state of geothermal energy including technological issues, resources and socio-economic aspects as well as barriers towards further deployment.

  • Follow-up developments in energy policy related to geothermal energy technologies in the power and heating/cooling sectors
  • Contributions to collection and validation of technosocio-economic data and market developments with direct relevance to the geothermal energy
  • Contributions to the dissemination of scientific research, including the preparation of reports and publications for peer-reviewed journals.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a completed university degree in engineering, economics or geosciences of at least three years attested by a diploma and at least five years of professional experience in energy/power research and/or analysis. Alternatively, the candidate should have a PhD degree preferably with research experience in relevant fields. Prior knowledge in geothermal energy and/or techno-socio-economic assessment of energy technologies is considered an advantage. Good knowledge of the MS Office suite, GIS-based systems and data management and visualisation skills would be also an advantage.

Very good command of English and writing skills (supported by a publications list), are essential.

We look for a person with strong interest in energy issues, who will have a good aptitude of taking initiative, developing new concepts and be a strong team player. This position offers a number of varied and interesting tasks in a friendly and well integrated unit to a motivated, flexible and reliable colleague.

Institute/Directorate Unit – Institute for Energy and Transport Energy Technology Policy Outlook Further information:

Indicative duration – 12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years

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.

Source: European Commission – JRC