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Document C2022/025A/01

The European Commission Joint Research Centre – Publication of a vacancy for the function of Director ‘Nuclear Safety and Security’ (grade AD 14) (Article 29(2) of the Staff Regulations) – COM/2022/10411


OJ C 25A , 18.1.2022, p. 1–5 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

CA 25/1


Publication of a vacancy for the function of Director ‘Nuclear Safety and Security’ (grade AD 14)

(Article 29(2) of the Staff Regulations)


(2022/C 25 A/01)


We are

As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the mission of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC is located in five Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at

The JRC scientific work in the nuclear safety and security area addresses key scientific and technological aspects associated with present and future societal needs and challenges. It is built upon the three reference dimensions of the JRC Strategy 2030: fairness, resilience and competitiveness. It is recognised that the JRC’s scientific work in the nuclear field is widely recognised to be of the highest standards driven by its skills, competences and facilities that are unique worldwide.

We propose

We propose the position of Director to lead the JRC Nuclear R&D Directorate — Dir G Nuclear Safety and Security. This is a high visibility position with the potential to influence the direction of Euratom research in the coming decades.

The main mission of JRC-Directorate G is the implementation of the JRC Euratom Research and Training Programme and the maintenance and dissemination of nuclear competences in Europe to support all EU Member States. A strong cooperation and complementarity with the research policy of the Member States of the European Union and national organisations is of key relevance. JRC Directorate G provides support to EU services in nuclear-related policy and scientific diplomacy initiatives through independent, technical and scientific expertise and knowledge management. Directorate G is also an active key partner in international networks and collaborates with international organisations and prominent academia, research institutes and other stakeholders.

The Director G reports to the Deputy Director-General (DDG.1). The Directorate G consists of nine Units, two of which are directly under the supervision of the Director; the other seven Units are organised within two thematic departments (Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security and Safeguards). Directorate G is present in four different sites, Karlsruhe (DE), Ispra (IT), Petten (NL) and Geel (BE).

The Director is also responsible for managing the Karlsruhe Site, acting as the nuclear licence holder and employer as defined by of the host country legislation. The Site Director takes all measures necessary to ensure the safety of persons and installations on the site, establishing a harmonised policy for the safety at work for all staff and acts as Site Emergency Director related to the management and coordination of emergencies of the site. The Director of the JRC Karlsruhe is responsible to comply with all safety and security measures related to the nuclear licence. The Site Director stimulates cross-Directorate cooperation of all services present on site and maintains an open and constructive relationship with local staff representation. The Site Director represents the interests of the Commission/JRC in external and internal events, with particular emphasis on the relationship with local authorities and the European School.

The Director will provide strong and effective leadership ensuring that all teams in the Directorate are engaged, productive and aligned with the nuclear strategy of the JRC to implement the Euratom work programme in a collaborative spirit. The Director should also contribute to the long-term vision for the tasks of the Directorate, contributing to the overall implementation of the JRC strategy.

We look for (selection criteria)

Candidates should fulfil the following selection criteria:

Management skills

Proven capacity to manage relevant financial resources in the public service context.

Good strategic thinking and capacity to translate it into practical proposals for action, set priorities and objectives.

Proven capacity to steer, motivate and develop teams to the best of their potential, both locally and remotely.

Ability to lead international teams and/or expert groups in technical or applied research projects would be an asset.

Specialist skills and experience

Professional experience linked with the domains managed in the Directorate, particularly Nuclear Safety, Security or Safeguards.

Experience within, or in connection with, EU institutions and Commission services, particularly in the area of science-policy interface.

Ability to build and sustain a professional network within the nuclear policy and research communities.

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with the German national/local authorities as required by the site management role.

Background in the field of nuclear science or engineering would be an asset.

Personal qualities

Proven ability to build trusted working relationships with stakeholders and capacity to adequately represent the Commission in all contacts with internal and external stakeholders, including EU national authorities and the general public.

Excellent communication and negotiation skills.

Excellent organisational skills and ability to solve conceptual and operational problems via a results-oriented approach.

Ability to share information and cooperate with peers and colleagues.

Candidates must (eligibility requirements)

Candidates will only be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal requirements to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:

Nationality: candidates must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union.

University degree or diploma: candidates must have:

either a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is 4 years or more;

or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least 1 year when the normal period of university education is at least 3 years (this 1 year’s professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate professional experience required below).

Professional experience: candidates must have at least 15 years’ postgraduate professional experience (1) at a level to which the qualifications referred to above give admission. At least 5 years of that professional experience must be in a field relevant for this position.

Management experience: at least 5 years of the postgraduate professional experience must have been gained in a high-level management function (2).

Languages: candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union (3) and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these official languages. Selection panels will verify during the interview(s) whether candidates comply with the requirement of a satisfactory knowledge of another official EU language. This may include (part of) the interview being conducted in this other language.

Age limit: candidates must not have reached regular retirement age, which for officials of the European Union is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66 years (see Article 52(a) of the Staff Regulations (4)).

Selection and appointment

The selection and appointment will be conducted according to the European Commission’s selection and recruitment procedures (see: Document on Senior Officials Policy (5)).

As part of this selection procedure, the European Commission sets up a pre-selection panel. This panel analyses all applications, proceeds with a first eligibility verification and identifies candidates having the best profile in view of the selection criteria mentioned above, and who may be invited for an interview with the pre-selection panel.

Following these interviews, the pre-selection panel draws up its conclusions and proposes a list of candidates for further interviews with the European Commission’s Consultative Committee on Appointments (CCA). The CCA, taking into consideration the conclusions of the pre-selection panel, will decide on the candidates to be invited for an interview.

Candidates who are called for an interview with the CCA participate in a full-day management assessment centre run by external recruitment consultants. Taking account of the results of the interview and the report of the assessment centre, the CCA establishes a shortlist of candidates it considers suitable for the function.

Candidates on the CCA shortlist will be interviewed by the relevant Member(s) of the Commission as well as by the Members of the JRC Board of Governors.

Following these interviews, the European Commission takes the appointment decision.

The selected candidate must have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service, produce appropriate character references as to their suitability for the performance of their duties and be physically fit to perform their duties.

The selected candidate should hold, or be in the position to obtain, a valid security clearance certificate from his/her national security authority. A personal security clearance is an administrative decision following completion of a security screening conducted by the individual’s competent national security authority in accordance with applicable national security laws and regulations, and certifying that an individual may be allowed to access classified information up to a specified level. (Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a security clearance can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate).

Until the personal security clearance has been granted by the Member State concerned and the clearance procedure completed with the legally required briefing from the European Commission’s Security Directorate, the candidate will not be able to access EU Classified Information (EUCI) at the level of CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above, nor attend any meetings at which such EUCI is discussed.

Equal opportunities

In accordance with Article 1d of the Staff Regulations, the European Commission pursues a strategic objective of achieving gender equality at all management levels by the end of its current mandate and applies an equal opportunities policy encouraging applications that could contribute towards more diversity, gender equality and overall geographical balance.

Conditions of employment

The salaries and conditions of employment are laid down in the Staff Regulations.

The selected candidate will be recruited as an official at grade AD 14 (6). He/she will be classified depending on the length of his/her previous professional experience in step 1 or step 2 within that grade.

The selected candidate should note the requirement under the Staff Regulations for all new staff to complete successfully a 9-month probationary period.

The place of employment is Karlsruhe, Germany, where the Directorate is based.

The post is available from 1 November 2022.

Independence and declaration of interests

Before taking up his/her duties, the selected candidate will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to declare any interests, which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.

Application procedure

Before submitting your application, you should carefully check whether you meet all eligibility requirements (‘Candidates must’), particularly concerning the types of diploma, high-level professional experience as well as linguistic capacity required. Failure to meet any of the eligibility requirements means an automatic exclusion from the selection procedure.

If you want to apply, you must register via the internet on the following website and follow the instructions concerning the various stages of the procedure:

You must have a valid email address. This will be used to confirm your registration as well as to remain in contact with you during the different stages of the procedure. Therefore, please keep the European Commission informed about any change in your email address.

To complete your application, you need to upload a CV in PDF format, preferably using the Europass CV format (7), and to fill out, online, a letter of motivation (maximum 8 000 characters). Your CV and your letter of motivation may be submitted in any of the official languages of the European Union.

Once you have finished your online registration, you will receive an electronic mail confirming that your application has been registered. If you do not receive a confirmation mail, your application has not been registered!

Please note that it is not possible to monitor the progress of your application on-line. You will be contacted directly by the European Commission regarding the status of your application.

If you require more information and/or encounter technical problems, please send an email to:

Closing date

The closing date for registration is 15 February 2022, 12.00 noon Brussels time, following which registration is no longer possible.

It is your responsibility to complete your online registration in time. We strongly advise you not to wait until the last few days before applying, since heavy internet traffic or a fault with your internet connection could lead to the online registration being terminated before you complete it, thereby obliging you to repeat the whole process. Once the deadline for the submission of registrations has passed, you will no longer be able to introduce any data. Late registrations are not accepted.

Important information for candidates

Candidates are reminded that the work of the selection panels is confidential. It is forbidden for candidates to make direct or indirect contact with their individual members or for anybody to do so on their behalf. Any query has to be addressed to the secretariat of the respective panel.

Protection of personal data

The Commission will ensure that candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council (8). This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.

(1)  Professional experience is only taken into consideration if it represents an actual work relationship defined as real, genuine work, on a paid basis and as employee (any type of contract) or provider of a service. Professional activities pursued part-time shall be calculated pro rata, on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked. Maternity leave/parental leave/leave for adoption is taken into consideration if it is in the framework of a work contract. PhDs are assimilated to professional experience, even when unpaid, but for a duration of 3 years maximum, provided that the PhD has been successfully completed. A given period may be counted only once.

(2)  In their curriculum vitae, candidates should clearly indicate for all years during which management experience has been acquired: (1) title and role of management positions held; (2) numbers of staff overseen in these positions; (3) the size of budgets managed; (4) numbers of hierarchical layers above and below; and (5) number of peers.



(5) (only exists in English).

(6)  The correction coefficient applicable to the remuneration and pensions of officials and other servants of the European Union for Karlsruhe is set at 98 % as from 1 July 2020. This coefficient is subject to an annual revision.

(7)  You can find information on how to create your Europass CV online at:

(8)  Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 39).