Open position: Junior Officer, Operations, Network Development

27 August 2018

ICOS has a strong observational network producing reliable, high quality data. As a highly distributed research infrastructure, the operations and network coordination require continuous development of processes and best practices. At the same time a full management plan of ICOS research infrastructure (RI) is under development, forming a major additional task for the Head Office.  For this transition phase, we seek a fixed-term

Junior Officer,  Network Development

to establish, maintain and develop the network management processes.

Junior Officer, Network Development will work in Unit 2 – Operations and support the Head of Unit in the network coordination and development tasks.

The role includes:

  • Supporting the coordination and development of the operations
    • Drafting background and process documents for developing the network categorisation, upgrading stations, integrating new stations etc.
    • Supporting the process for introducing  new elements in ICOS RI
    • Drafting process documents for decision making, network changes, supporting and developing methods for change control
    • Fact finding and benchmarking
    • Archiving
  • Maintaining and developing the station network meta-database, and maintaining contacts such as email lists.
  • Supporting the compilation of the management plan on national networks management processes
  • Communicating with the stations
  • Assisting in potential projects related to the National Networks

The position is a full-time, fixed-term position until December 31, 2019, and it can be filled immediately. The position is located in Helsinki, Finland.

To succeed in this role

A successful candidate should hold a university degree and have basic knowledge and some experience on research infrastructures, and measurement networks. He/she should have good skills to work within an international community, flexible approach to varying tasks, good organisational and administrative skills.  Ability to work under pressure, and to organise and prioritise tasks in order to meet tight and compelling deadlines is appreciated. Ability to work in a team, as well as independently, and to manage own workload are also necessary skills. A successful candidate should have a high degree of motivation and ability to work towards a common long-term goal and experience in planning and organizing meetings and workshops. Fluency in written and spoken English is a mandatory requirement.

The salary in this position will be 3800 euros, but own ideas can be expressed. There is a six-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal opportunity employer.

We offer you

This position is a good lookout place on the operation of an international science related organization. For a development-minded person this position offers lots of possibilities to make a lasting impact. You will work in a small yet international team based in Helsinki, while being in contact with colleagues across Europe.

To Apply

Send in your application and CV to, no later than Monday 10th of September at 9:00 EET.  Please address it to Eija Juurola at ICOS, and include your salary expectation as well as your preferred starting date.

In questions, please contact Eija Juurola, Head of Operations (, +358 50 4154833). 

ICOS in short

Climate change is one the most crucial challenges mankind is facing. The warming is caused by the constantly rising amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: the emission sources are mostly human-induced, but also caused by nature’s own processes.

The Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS, produces standardised data on greenhouse gases, which is essential in understanding and mitigating climate change. ICOS measures at over 130 stations across 12 European countries, and our data is being used by scientists as well by governments and international organisations in their efforts to solve challenges caused by the global warming. ICOS research infrastructure is funded by its European member countries, and has its Head Office of ca 15 persons in Helsinki, Finland