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We are looking to recruit a

Delegate for the Research Field Information


The Helmholtz Association pursues the long-term research goals of the state, society, and the economy. To this end its 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers conduct top-level research in six research fields. With more than 45.000 employees, the Helmholtz Association is Germany`s largest scientific organization. The Brussels Office of the Helmholtz Association provides information and support in all aspects of European research funding for both the scientists and the executive boards of the Helmholtz research centers. Its goal is to facilitate their participation in EU research programs. It also represents the interests of the Helmholtz Association at European level and prepares Helmholtz positions and input on European science policy. In cooperation with Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Helmholtz Association is looking for a Delegate for the Research Field Information at its Brussels Office to start as soon as possible. The recruitment will take place at the Forschungszentrum Jülich with a secondment to Brussels.

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Your Job:

  • You represent Helmholtz and its individual research centers in the research field of Information in Brussels and support their strategic positioning in Europe, for example by drafting position papers and statements. You build networks with relevant EU institutions (Commission and Parliament) and inform the Helmholtz Center and the Association about relevant science policy developments and decisions
  • You inform and advise the Helmholtz Centers and their scientists on European research funding and other European activities relevant to the Research Field Information. You analyze the profiles of research programs and activities for opportunities for centers to apply for funding. You will also support the centers in preparing applications
  • You build networks with the Helmholtz Centers active in the Research Field Information through regular information, training, and consultation events

Your Profile:

  • You have a postgraduate degree, preferably doctorate / Masters`s degree or equivalent, in a relevant field of natural sciences or engineering
  • You have strong knowledge of European research funding and research policy issues such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, computational sciences and the political process
  • You have experience with the preparation and implementation of European research projects and the desire to contribute to the development of Information within Europe
  • Experience in positioning scientific topics in a political context
  • You have conceptual and strategic thinking capabilities (for example, preparation of position statements) and the ability to absorb new, complex information quickly and efficiently
  • You are highly flexible and are able to prioritize competing demands in a complex, rapidly changing environment
  • You have outstanding communication skills, the ability to work both independently and in a team as well as strong relationship management capabilities
  • You have an excellent command of German and English
  • Some knowledge of French and the German research landscape is a plus
  • A strong network of contacts in Brussels is a plus

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the opportunity to actively help in shaping change. Here is what we can offer you:

  • Developing the potential of our employees is important to us, which is why we offer individual professional development opportunities
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position (39 hours/week) with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
  • Capital-forming benefits and an employee pension scheme

You will be initially employed for a fixed term of 2 years with the prospect of longer-term employment. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund), pay group 13-14, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

Place of employment: Brussels

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 17.04.2024