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Project Adviser in Ethics

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  • Ville : Brussels
  • Statut : Available
Date d'arrivée à l'ITMO : Mardi 30 Avril 2024

Project Adviser in Ethics


reviewing, ethics, neuroscience






Working place:  The European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)

The European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), located in Brussels, Belgium, supports the work of the European Research Council, the first pan-European funder of excellent frontier researchin Europe. The ERCEA is dedicated to selecting and funding the excellent ideas that have not happened yet, and the scientists that are dreaming them up. The ERCEA is establishing a Reserve List of qualified candidates (′talent pool′) from which to hire for the position of: Project Adviser in Ethics.

ERCEA Project Advisers in Ethics are part of the Ethics Review and Expert Management Unit of the
Scientific Management Department of the ERCEA, which defines and manages the processes for
ethics review and monitoring, redress and expert management. The Ethics Review and Expert
Management Unit counts around 45 highly committed and qualified staff members in three sectors.


ERCEA Project Advisers in Ethics implement the first step of the ethics review and support the work of external ethics experts (“Ethics Reviewers”) in reviewing the complex proposals for ERC grants. In
addition, they monitor the implementation of the ethics deliverables of ERC-funded projects, under the supervision of Ethics Call Coordinators. Key strengths needed to establish trust-based relationships with different stakeholders (mainly ERC applicants and Principal Investigators) and to manage demanding situations include effective organisational, analytical and communication skills, as well as outstanding drafting and presentation skills. ERCEA Project Advisers in Ethics need to demonstrate the capability to drive independent work forward in the context of a broader team effort. While not being directly involved in scientific research, the position requires an excellent knowledge of the state of the art in the scientific field and related ethics domains, and the ability to leverage this knowledge for project monitoring and portfolio analysis.

ERCEA Project Advisers in Ethics would be entrusted with the following tasks and duties:

  • Project management
  • Perform the ethics pre-screening of proposals; participate in the ethics screening and ethics assessment activities;
  • Send out requests for additional information to ERC applicants after panel meetings and follow-up on replies from the applicants; draft reports;
  • Responsible for the full organisation of ethics panels together with colleagues;
  • Assign proposals to ethics experts based on their expertise; prepare the documents for the ethics experts;
  • Draft guidelines for the applicants and the panel members...


On the closing date for applications, candidates must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a national of a member state of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen.
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws regarding military service.
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved.
  • Be physically fit to perform their duties.
  • Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma.
  • Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Union to the extent necessary for the performance of duties.
  • Have successfully passed an EPSO CAST in Function Group IV (that is still valid)1 OR be registered in a CAST Permanent Call for Expression of Interest in Function Group IV2.





Contract Agent, Function Group IV (full-time)


Between 3.943,39 EUR and 5.711,77 EUR depending on the length of the professional experience


27 MAY 2024

If you are interested in joining the ERCEA, please follow these steps:

? If you do not have yet a valid and successful EPSO CAST in Function Group IV,
create, or update, an application for the Permanent CAST profile (EPSO CAST) at FG
IV level.

  • Register for the Permanent CAST profile here. You can register in any profile at FG IV level.

? Submit a 2-page CV and ERCEA Application Form by Monday, 27 May 2024 by 12:00
(midday) Brussels time to ERC-SELECTION@ec.europa.eu

  • Download the application form here and follow the instructions and rules listed in the Application Form.