Junior Officer position open at the ICOS ERIC Head Office

26 June 2017

ICOS RI (Integrated Carbon Observation System Research Infrastructure) is a distributed Research Infrastructure providing data on atmospheric concentrations, emissions and sinks of greenhouse gases, biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems, oceans and atmosphere and related research (http://www.icos-ri.eu/). ICOS RI is coordinated by a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ICOS ERIC) with statutory seat in Finland. The Head Office of ICOS ERIC, located in Helsinki, supports the central aims of ICOS ERIC to coordinate, develop, monitor and integrate the activities of ICOS RI under the lead of the Director General. Furthermore, ICOS ERIC is supporting the international cooperation of European Environmental Research Infrastructures in several H2020 projects such as RINGO, ENVRIplus, RISCAPE and SEACRIFOG, as well as cooperation between global networks initiatives in the field of greenhouse gas research and Earth system sciences.

RINGO, 'Readiness of ICOS for Necessities of Integrated Global Observations' is a 4-year H2020 project, started in January 2017 and coordinated by ICOS ERIC. RINGO has 43 partners in 19 countries and has a specific emphasis on the further development of the readiness of ICOS RI to foster its sustainability.

GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative (GEO-C) is an initiative within the framework of GEO (Group on Earth Observations) to promote interoperability and provide integration across different parts of the Earth system, particularly at domain interfaces. The initiative is part of GEO Work Programme 2017-2019 and coordinated by ICOS ERIC together with the CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change).

Junior Officer for supporting the RINGO project and the GEO-C initiative

To support the work in the RINGO project and GEO-C initiative, ICOS ERIC Head Office is looking for a Junior Officer in Operations for a full-time, temporary position until 31st December 2019. The position can be filled immediately.

Junior Officer position is placed in the Operational Unit of the Head Office, and is based in Helsinki. The Operations Unit focuses on managing the operations of ICOS RI, scientific usage of ICOS products, implementation of new developments, and management of externally funded projects supporting further development of ICOS RI.

Tasks of the Junior Officer include document preparation, background research, meeting organisation and support, general coordination tasks to support the RINGO project activities and the ramping up phase of the GEO-C initiative, as well as other tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor.


The successful candidate should hold a university degree (preferably PhD) and have expertise in the field of environmental sciences, preferably in greenhouse gas research. Experience in the field of research infrastructures and managing projects (especially European Union funded projects, e.g. H2020) is considered beneficial. 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, organising and prioritising tasks in order to meet tight and compelling deadlines, ability to work in a team, as well as autonomously and manage own workload.

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 English is a mandatory requirement.

The salary range will be 3800 – 4000 Euros. There is a four-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal opportunity employer. Applications should be in English and should be addressed to the Head of Operations Unit:

ICOS Head Office
Eija Juurola, Head of Operations Unit
Erik Palménin aukio 1
FI-00560 Helsinki

To apply for Junior Officer position, visit here.

Further information on the position can be acquired via email to the address recruitment@icos-ri.eu.

Further information about ICOS in general can be obtained from the ICOS RI website.

The closing date for applications is 30 July 2017 at 15.45 local Helsinki time.