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Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: Science Policy Officer

24 October 2016

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.

We are looking to hire a Science Policy Officer to continue developing the EGU’s 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 officer will be tasked with mapping out policy opportunities for the EGU, setting up links between EGU members and European decision makers, and developing training and networking events for scientists to engage with policy.

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 officer will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany, and is expected to do occasional trips to Brussels. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the EGU Media and Communications Manager, the EGU Executive Secretary and the EGU Policy Working Group starting in January or February 2017 for two years with a possibility of renewal. 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 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 EGU 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 15 November 2016.


Bárbara Ferreira
EGU Media and Communications Manager
Munich, Germany
Phone +49-89-2180-6703


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