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Scientific Project Officer – EU JRC

EUROPEAN COMMISSION – JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE have just published a vacancy for a Scientific Project Officer – Analysis of the role of data spaces for the ‘twin’ digital and green transitions.

The European Commission’ science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), offers a vacancy for a Scientific Project Officer. The jobholder will be carrying out analyses of the role of data spaces for the ‘twin’ digital and green transitions. S/he will study the incentives for different actors to participate in European data spaces as well as organisational, economic, legal, and/or technical barriers to data sharing and reuse.  The candidate will interact with a wide variety of stakeholders in the private and public sector, civil society organisations and academia and should be able to represent the European Commission effectively in these discussions, showing sensitivity to shifting political priorities and competing agendas. The selected candidate will act as bridge between science and policy, and should be able to contextualise research findings within the policy priorities related to the use of data for public good.

The current vacancy is in Ispra (Italy), within the Digital Economy Unit (within the Directorate for Growth and Innovation) – responsible for quantitative and qualitative techno-socio-economic research targeting the impacts of the Digital Transformation on the economy and society. The successful candidate will be part of the ENABLED project, which is investigating the actors, incentives, barriers, and enablers in data ecosystems in order to understand the creation of value, and the advantages and disadvantages of different organisational and technical approaches for data sharing. In addition to the horizontal aspects of data spaces, specific support is dedicated within the project to the establishment of the Green Deal, agricultural and smart communities data spaces

The tasks of the successful candidate will be:


Contribute to the unit’s research activities on the analysis of the demand for data to be made available through the foreseen sector-specific data spaces
Conceptualise approaches based on quantitative and qualitative methods for the scoping and prioritisation of data needs
Document and analyse good practices for scalability and spreading of data-driven innovation
Investigate emerging phenomena such as data marketplaces, data altruism, personal data spaces, and data cooperatives.
Internal coordination, consultation and information within the Unit, but also with partners, DGs, Member States and thematic/expert networks

Policy analysis
  • Understand and propose approaches for strengthening the role of the Recovery and Resilience Facility as a catalyst of data-driven innovation
  • Follow up the organisational aspects, emerging trends and / or developments in the area of Data and Digital Transformation, including existing EU policies and / or legislation
  • Analyse and / or assess relevant data and information in order to support or monitor European policy-making
  • Analyse new Commission Priorities and propose measures to better explore synergies with Member State implementation of policies related to data.
  • Draft and update comprehensive analysis reports, synthesis reports and / or briefings
Project / process management
  • Contribute to the project strategies, organisation, planning of schedules, tasks, deliverables and priorities and ensure their implementation
  • Implement project work-packages within fixed criteria and planning
  • Carry out quality controls, risk analysis and review of deliverables
  • Track activities against the plan and provide status reports.
  • Draft technical annexes for procurements
  • Take part in contract management (including review of deliverables) under the authority of the responsible superior
Scientific outreach
  • Reply to requests for information from other European Institutions, Member States and the public
  • Explain the activities of the unit, in the assigned policy area to Member States, third parties, and the public, through presentations at conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Communicate scientific results in line with the EC/JRC rules
  • Publication of research results in peer-review journals and conference proceedings.
JRC is looking for:
  • A scientist with a keen interest in EU policies and a good knowledge about demand-driven data innovation
  • A candidate holding a PhD or Master’s degree (if combined with at least 3 year of relevant research) in the field of social/political sciences, data/computer science, digital technologies, legal data processing, legal informatics, law, or another field relevant to the position
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of digital transformation, data sharing, data governance or other areas relevant to the position
  • Very good (C1) command of English language

In addition, the following qualifications are considered as an advantage:

  • Very good writing and communication skills to address scientific, policy, and business audiences, as well as the general public
  • Familiarity with data spaces and related concepts aiming at making more data available for use in the economy and society.
  • Experience with data policies aimed at leveraging the full potential of data sharing, including data governance, as well as infrastructural and technological related aspects
  • Academic track-record in the areas relevant to the position
  • Experience with co-creation and co-design of digital innovation
  • Experience in EU policy support in the area of data and digital technology
  • International experience, incl. coordination of stakeholder working groups, collaboration with/leading communities
  • The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff.

Interested candidates can apply here.

Application deadline is the 9 September 2021.

(Fonte: JRC)

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