Senior Policy Officer (m/f/d)

Science Europe 5<y Senior Level  Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium 23 Aug 2019

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced Senior Policy Officer who will be responsible for coordinating activities on various research policy files, including Open Access to Publications and other priority areas of Science Europe.

If you have a proven track record in Open Access related policy developments and initiatives, please highlight this both in your CV and cover letter.

The Association

We are an association of major public European Research Funding Organisations (RFO) and Research Performing Organisations (RPO) from 28 countries. We promote the collective interests of our Member Organisations, through advocacy and we support them in their efforts to foster European research by offering a platform for collaboration. We contribute to the development of robust research policies in Europe and to the European Research Area through engagement with key partners.

Science Europe aisbl is based in Brussels (Belgium). Our offices are ideally located in the so-called EU area and easily accessible by public transport.

The Position

You will be part of a team that is the leading force in supporting collaboration among our Member Organisations, for developing advocacy strategies on key issues for scientific research in Europe, and for advising the Science Europe governance on policy developments.  To do so, you and your colleagues work closely with experts from our Member Organisations and with relevant external partners.

Senior Policy Officer (m/f/d)


As a Senior Policy Officer, you will oversee a portfolio of policy files relevant for the Member Organisations of Science Europe. Within that portfolio, that evolves over time, you will:

  • manage and co-ordinate collaboration and advocacy activities on priority research policy areas, in close co-operation with the Member Organisations (at expert and decision making levels), with colleagues in the Science Europe Office and with external contacts. Priorities are allocated in line with the Science Europe strategy and work plan (including Open Access workstreams);
  • be responsible for monitoring, providing sound analysis and timely advice to management and governance  on European and global developments in a broader range of research policy areas;
  • organise, or contribute to organising, events, publications and other activities related to Science Europe’s work plan; and
  • liaise with European Institutions, stakeholder organisations and the wider international community to represent Science Europe and advocate for its messages.

Key requirements for the role include:

  • Education to at least master’s level or higher;
  • Minimum eight years of relevant experience in research policy;

Previous experience working in and/or a solid understanding of:

  • Science Europe policy areas of activities, including Open Access (see our website);
  • publicly-funded scientific research systems, at national and/or EU-levels;
  • an international membership organisation or association;
  • EU policy-making processes, EU public affairs and advocacy work;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent command of English (native or near-native level) and advanced writing and editing skills in the language;
  • Service-oriented mind-set and strong focus on meeting the needs of Member Organisations;
  • Proven capacity to deal with stakeholders and broker common positions;
  • Strong inter-personal, external networking, negotiation and persuasion skills;
  • Strong organisational skills, and the ability to manage time and to work to deadlines;
  • Pro-active, flexible and ‘hands on’ approach to work.

What we offer?

We offer a three years fixed term contract as well as a competitive salary, in the range of €4022 to €4597 gross monthly salary. The salary offered within this range will be dependent on level of experience. We also benefits such as chèques repas (meal vouchers), 13th month (additional salary payment in December), hospital and group insurance and extra vacation days.

The position can also potentially be filled on a secondment basis (for example, a secondment from a Science Europe Member Organisation).  If you are currently employed by a Member of Science Europe, we encourage you to enquire about the possibility of a secondment with your employer.

How can you apply?

You can apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to Your cover letter (maximum two pages) should outline your suitability and motivation for the post. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above. Please also include with your application the names and contact details of two people (ideally a current or former line manager or supervisor) who could provide a reference in case you are short-listed for interview.

The position is open until filled. Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is selected, at which time the recruitment will be closed.

Further Information

Please direct any questions to; telephone + 32 (0)2 226 0300. More information on Science Europe can be found on the website at

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