Open position: Head of Strategy and International Cooperation

25 September 2020

ICOS has a strong observational network producing reliable, high quality data. It is well positioned in the European Research Area and is the European pillar of a global information system on greenhouse gases. Thus, ICOS cooperates with other research infrastructures and global institutions - such as WMO, UNFCCC, IPCC and GCOS - that coordinate operations. The Head Office supports the Director General in the overall management of the ICOS research infrastructure. We are now seeking a new

Head of Unit, Strategy and International Cooperation

The person will be heading the Unit ‘Strategy and International Cooperation’ at the ICOS Head Office, leading a team of currently 2 persons. He or she will report to the Director General of ICOS ERIC. The position is full-time and until further notice, at the ICOS ERIC, the legal coordinating body of ICOS research infrastructure, and located in Kumpula, Helsinki. 

The main responsibilities related to this role are: 

•    Overall responsibility for the work of Unit ‘Strategy and International Cooperation’
•    Support the Director General in coordination of the overall strategic planning 
•    Coordinate the procedures towards cooperation agreements
•    Manage existing cooperation frameworks, e.g. the ENVRI community 
•    Establish new cooperation frameworks
•    Coordinate the extension of the networks and liaisons with new members
•    Coordinate the mapping of users and stakeholders, and stakeholder liaison   

To succeed in this role

A successful candidate should have a background in science; a university degree, preferably a PhD or similar experience. Diplomatic skills and experience in international negotiations are essential. We appreciate experience in working together with international organisations such as WMO or UNFCCC. She or he should also have excellent managerial, process, and prioritizing skills. Moreover, the position requires not only an ability to see the bigger picture, but also outstanding leadership and negotiation skills, for example, in support of global cooperation towards a sustained observation system for carbon and greenhouse gases. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are useful, as well as independent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The role also contains some report writing and preparation of presentations. Fluently spoken and written English is required. Additional language skills may be an added value. 

We offer you

This is a key position in ICOS, offering a significant possibility to develop and make an impact on the direction of the whole ICOS research infrastructure. You get to work as a part of small yet international Head Office team, with very good working atmosphere and highly motivated colleagues. Additionally, you will work together with a broad international community of colleagues within ICOS and beyond. 

The starting salary in this position will be around 5000-5200 euros, but own ideas can be expressed. ICOS ERIC also offers extensive health-care and wellbeing related benefits.  The contract includes a six-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Please apply no later than 18th of October 2020 through this form.  When applying, please include your salary expectation.

In questions about the position, please send email to ICOS Director General Werner Kutsch, For further information about ICOS, please visit  

About ICOS: 
The Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS, is a European Research Infrastructure that facilitates science by providing standardised data on greenhouse gases, which is essential in understanding and mitigating climate change. ICOS measures in over 130 stations across 12 European countries, and our data is being used by scientists as well by governments and international organizations in their efforts to tackle challenges caused by climate change. ICOS research infrastructure is funded by its European member countries, and has its Head Office of ca 15 persons in Helsinki.