Job advertisement Executive Director of the European Plate Observing System European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EPOS ERIC)

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Executive Director of the European Plate Observing System European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EPOS ERIC)

Executive Director of the European Plate Observing System European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EPOS ERIC)


European Plate Observing System European Research Infrastructure Consortium (EPOS ERIC)

Brief Description of EPOS ERIC

EPOS (European Plate Observing System) is the pan-European research infrastructure aimed at ensuring sustainable use and re-use of multidisciplinary solid Earth science data and products fostering state-of-the-art research and innovation. EPOS is committed to establishing and underpining sustainable and long-term access to solid Earth science data and services integrating diverse European research infrastructures under a common federated framework.

EPOS ERIC is the legal entity established by the European Commission on October the 30th 2018 to coordinate and integrate national and international research infrastructures forming the EPOS Delivery Framework. Based in Rome, Italy, EPOS ERIC is currently constituted by 12 Members: Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, and one Observer: Switzerland. The governing body of EPOS ERIC is the General Assembly (GA). EPOS ERIC is an important player within the international research infrastructure landscape. It builds on the achievements of past European projects that have engaged more than 138 diverse research institutions, universities, and organisations from 25 European countries as well as 5 international organisations.


Rome,. Premises of the EPOS ERIC Statutory Seat - Via di Vigna Murata 605, 00143, Italy


Relevant divisions
Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)

Full time


€ 130.000 to € 170.000/annum depending on qualifications and seniority. The gross salary will include general social benefits.

Required education

Application deadline
20 September 2020

2 July 2020

Job description

The EPOS ERIC Executive Director is sought as an outstanding scientist with proven managerial experience who will act as the legal representative of EPOS ERIC.

The mission of the Executive Director is to move EPOS from pre-operations to fully mature and operational services across the EPOS Delivery Framework. The Executive Director shall carry out the day-to-day management of EPOS ERIC with due diligence and in accordance with the EPOS ERIC Statutes and Implementing Rules, the instructions and resolutions of the General Assembly and applicable laws.

The Executive Director will lead the Executive Coordination Office (ECO) and they will be directly responsible to the General Assembly for all aspects of the EPOS ERIC activities.

The Executive Director is responsible for preparing and submitting to the General Assembly strategic, technical, scientific, legal, budgetary and administrative assessments and for preparing and submitting the annual activity plan and activity report.

A detailed description of the duties and responsabilities of the Executive Director can be found in the EPOS ERIC Statutes and in the EPOS ERIC Implementing Rules, available upon request.

How to apply

EPOS ERIC selection and recruitment process is transparent and non-discriminatory. EPOS ERIC provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants.

Applications should be addressed to the Chairperson of the EPOS ERIC General Assembly, Mr Michał Rybiński, and submitted via email to the EPOS ERIC Executive Coordination Office ( as a single pdf file, including:

– a covering letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position and how they could contribute to the undertaking; – the Curriculum Vitae of the applicant; – the names and contact details of three persons willing to write a letter of reference, if requested.

More information in the vacancy notice in the EPOS website, in OPEN Career position:

There you can download the vacancy notice.