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Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: Science Policy Fellow

7 April 2015

The EGU ( is a non-profit geosciences organisation dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The Union has more than 11,000 members and organises a General Assembly that attracts over 12,000 scientists each year as well as a number of thematic meetings, and education and outreach activities. It publishes a diverse portfolio of 17 scientific journals that use an innovative open-access format.

EGU fellows are strategically deployed to develop new initiatives and capabilities for long-term use by the EGU. Fellowships last one year and are subject to a probation period of six months.

In 2015, we intend to appoint a fellow to develop the Union’s science policy programme, which is aimed at building bridges between geoscientists and European policymakers, engaging the EGU membership with public policy, and informing decision makers about the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The fellow will be tasked with mapping out policy opportunities for the EGU, setting up a pairing scheme between EGU researchers and members of the European Parliament, writing information briefings, and developing training and networking events for scientists to engage with policy making.

The successful applicant will have a postgraduate degree (e.g. MA, MSc), preferably in the geosciences or related scientific disciplines or in public policy, experience in communicating with policymakers, and knowledge of policymaking at the European level. Candidates should have an expert command of English, excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Non-European nationals are eligible to apply, provided they have some knowledge of the European decision-making system.

The fellow will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany (with short stays in Brussels), and will work under the direction of the EGU Media and Communications Manager, the EGU Executive Secretary and the EGU Policy Working Group starting in July or August 2015. Remuneration is according to the German public service pay scale and can be up to E13 TV-L, depending on expertise and experience.

Application materials

  • Letter of motivation (1 page)
  • CV (2 pages)
  • Two writing samples that demonstrate the candidate’s ability to communicate with policymakers

Please note that only complete applications, with all required materials in English, will be accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be asked for a 1-page statement of vision for EGU science policy activities and contact details of two referees.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to the Media and Communications Manager, Bárbara Ferreira (, +49-89-2180-6703). Applications should be addressed to Bárbara Ferreira and Philippe Courtial and be submitted by e-mail in a single file to by 3 May 2015.


Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
EGU Executive Office
Luisenstr. 37
80333 Munich, Germany

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