The EOSC brings together institutional, national and European stakeholders, initiatives and data infrastructures to develop an inclusive open science ecosystem in Europe. This will lead to new insights and innovations, higher research productivity and improved reproducibility in science. The European Open Science Cloud Association was established earlier this year, and is recruiting a Secretary General.


The responsibilities

The Secretariat advises and supports the President, the Board and the General Assembly and coordinates the implementation of their decisions. Based in Brussels, the Secretary General will be responsible for setting up the office, finding the appropriate staff, dealing with the day-to-day management, leading the Secretariat and serving as Secretary to the General Assembly, Board of Directors and President according to the Statutes. Tasks include:

  • Facilitating evolution and alignment of strategy, biennial work plans, annual reports, terms of references of bodies and planning and their adoption;
  • Facilitating admission of new Members and Observers, organising active membership management, overseeing maintenance of the Members’ archive and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the EOSC Association;
  • Serving and advising the President and the Board;
  • Participating in events of Members and delivering specialised services (i.e. answering questions, giving presentations and speeches and organising visits);
  • Delivering a “State of the Association” report;
  • Coordinating the development of FAIR methodologies that can be adopted by Members;
  • Facilitating progression toward a sustainable and carbon-neutral organisation;
  • Preparing the budget;
  • Ensuring compliance with legal and fiscal obligations.


The Requirements

The role requires a multi-cultural, politically savvy individual, with strong diplomatic abilities and good technical awareness, as well as an understanding of the diverse environment the EOSC Association operates in. Possible candidates should have a pioneering background and should be capable of setting up an office from scratch. Key requirements include:

  • Ten years of relevant experience or equivalent;
  • EU national or resident with legal entitlement to work in the EU;
  • Fluent in English, preferably also a good knowledge of French and knowledge of any additional European languages would be a plus;
  • Knowledge and experience in the European research environment.


  • Proven track record of day-to-day management of Secretariat offices for medium to large organisations (preferably not for profit) and experience with the organisation and timely execution of executive tasks;
  • Excellent relationship-building and networking skills as well as strong team-working and leadership skills;
  • Sound writing skills and a track record in writing and editing reports, publication and position papers;
  • Knowledge of and experience with European research performing organisations;
  • Documented track record in and knowledge of European research, education and innovation landscapes and related advocacy;
  • Experience in working with membership-based organisation, senior university leaders, research infrastructures, EU-project coordinators, senior academics and policymakers in the international context;
  • Experienced and attractive public speaker with an ability to inspire and excite;
  • PhD or academic level of thinking;
  • Knowledge of European and international affairs and EOSC member organisations.

Candidates should be willing to travel within Europe and beyond, be prepared to work outside of regular office hours should the need arise and be able to work flexibly when there are conflicting demands.

The compensation package comprises a competitive salary – commensurate with experience and similar Brussels-based positions – and additional benefits, which along with the type of contract and terms of employment will be fine-tuned with candidates at the relevant stage in the process.

The closing date for applications is January 25th, 2021.


SectorDigital, Technology