VACANCY: Science Officer at the KDM office and JPI Oceans secretariat in Brussels

Deadline for application: 20 December 2018

Through a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) and the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) are looking to recruit a science officer to work in both the European office of KDM (40%) and the JPI Oceans Secretariat in Brussels (60%).

KDM is a non-profit association made up of twenty institutions, universities and federal agencies of Germany in the field of ocean, coastal and polar sciences. With over 2,500 scientists of basic and applied marine research, KDM provides comprehensive expertise to meet global challenges related to the marine environment. KDM was founded to be an interlocutor between science and policy at regional, national and international levels as well as enable the German marine research community to speak with “one voice”.
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JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries who invest in marine and maritime research and innovation.  Currently 20 countries are participating in JPI Oceans represented by their national ministries, research funding agencies or government-mandated marine institutes. JPI Oceans aims to make better use of Europe's R&D resources and increase the impact of investments by fostering alignment, coordination and co-production of scientific knowledge and innovation. JPI Oceans provide a unique forum for science-policy interactions within which marine and maritime research and innovation are implemented at national and European levels.

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The JPI Oceans secretariat is located in Brussels, with seconded staff full/part-time from across member states. The working language is English.

 At JPI Oceans you will:

  • Have Secretariat responsibility for developing and driving forward 2-3 actions, working closely with the lead countries, Board members and Secretariat team as well as with external experts and stakeholders relevant to these actions. 
  • Contribute to the organisation of Board meetings, events, workshops and networking activities and to Communications and outreach. (website, reports, minutes, newsletter, etc.)
  • With other staff members, maintain strategic oversight of relevant developments in national, European and international policy developments where JPI Oceans may contribute or be impacted and contributing to consultations or related inputs.
  • Contribute to the Secretariat’s work, including providing advice, supporting actions and team members as needed.
  • Undertake other specific tasks at the request of the Director.

At KDM you will:

  • Be the national contact point for German researchers wishing to participate in JPI Oceans activities and actions.
  • Help to disseminate research results and scientific information to the policy-makers, civil society, industry and other relevant stakeholders, by organising meetings, workshops and science-policy briefings
  • Contribute to European and global marine research programme and policy development such as the UN Decade for ocean science for sustainable development and the G7 Future of the Ocean initiative.



  • MSc or higher academic degree in Marine Sciences or Engineering.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in German and English. Knowledge of other European languages would be an asset.
  • Excellent organizational skills; capacity to deliver on allocated tasks and to meet deadlines;
  • Good team player with a constructive and flexible attitude, able to exercise discretion, diplomacy and tolerance;
  • Good communication skills, including ability to summarise and communicate complex information for a variety of audiences;
  • Experience of research programme or project management in a national public administration such a ministry and/or research funding or performing organisation would be a plus. 
  • Computer literacy (particularly Office applications).


KDM and JPI Oceans offer:

  • The opportunity to work in European and multicultural environment with;
  • To be part of a dynamic working environment engaging with policy-makers, ministries, research funders, the academic community and other stakeholders;
  • Opportunities to attend international conferences and meetings and build networks with colleagues from across Europe and beyond.



  • The availability of this position is conditional on the approval of a project submitted and subject to approval by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • The science officer is recruited to work in the Brussels offices of KDM (Blvd St. Michel 80) and JPI Oceans offices (Rue du Trône 4). The science officer will be hired by a member organisation of KDM, GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and seconded to the two Brussels offices.
  • The science officer will be hired under a German contract for up to 36 months. The pay will be based on the Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst - TVöD EG 13 and include an expatriation allowance.
  • Earliest possible date of recruitment is 1 January 2019.

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to Dr Jan-Stefan Fritz: ed.gnuhcsrofsereem-ehcstued@ztirf
by 20 December 2018, 12:00 (mid-day).