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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,500 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
To support the "Projects & International Relations" team, we are looking for a:

EU Consultant (f_m_x)

Reference Number 8448

In the international orientation of the GFZ, the European research area is of outstanding importance. Our strategic goal is to take advantage of the opportunities offered by European research programmes to initiate new projects and to place ourselves in international consortia. 

You will advise our scientists on all aspects of EU research funding and thus contribute to increasing the acquisition of European funds and successfully integrating the GFZ in European consortia. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Informing, motivating, advising and coaching of scientists during the whole time of EU projects – including budget calculation and contract preparation 
  • Continuous monitoring of suitable EU funding procedures and their target-group-specific preparation
  • Support for scientists throughout the entire duration of EU projects
  • Proof-reading and editing of grant applications
  • Representation of the GFZ in EU-relevant committees; contact person to Brussels
  • Development, implementation and realization of training and information events on EU research funding

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in geosciences or natural sciences 
  • PhD desirable 
  • excellent writing and communication skills in German and English (native speaker or level C1/C2)
  • Profound experience in the acquisition of EU funding and coaching of respective applicants
  • Extensive knowledge of European funding programmes 
  • Experience in submitting applications for scientific projects and coordinating complex consortia 
  • Experience in working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Readiness to work both within our service-oriented team and independently
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and to cooperate with people from different fields

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus 

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of a permanent contract (permanent contract for applicants currently working in a permanent position)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 8thNovember 2023. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Ludwig Stroink either via email at ludwig.stroink@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-6264-1070. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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