Project Officer – Scientific – Space Data Economy

As the science and knowledge service of the Commission, the mission of DG Joint Research Centre is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.

The  JRC  is  located  in  5  Member  States  (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). Further information is available at: 

The Digital Economy Unit provides quantitative and qualitative socio-economic research in support to the Digital Economy, Digital Living and Digital Society. The Unit is located in Ispra and Seville.

The vacancy is for a place in Ispra (Italy) to support projects assessing the contribution of Earth Observation in general, and the Copernicus programme more specifically, to the Digital Single Market.

The candidate will focus in particular on assessing the contribution  of  the  Copernicus  Data  and  Information Access Services, being developed on behalf of the European Commission, to the increased access and use of Copernicus products and services, and their overall impact on the European data economy.
The candidate will also contribute to the analysis of the European space data economy and its evolution before and after the introducing of these new services, through web scraping, surveys, focus groups, and interviews.

The position requires a strong background on the economics of data and digital platforms, new business models in the information society, and data analysis. Familiarity with earth observation and/or spatial information and big data analytics will be an asset.
The candidate must have

  • a  PhD  (doctoral  Diploma)  in  a  relevant  field  or  a minimum of five years of relevant research experience on the economics of digital information.
  •  Excellent written and spoken English (C1)

The following will be considered as an advantage:

  • Background   in   economics,   business   studies,   or information studies.
  • Strong publication record in peer-review journals.
  • Strong  skills  in  developing  and  implementing  new ideas, in particular in multi-disciplinary fields.
  • Interested candidates should provide, with the application form, a curriculum vitae, with a list of publications.

Duration of contract

  • 12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 6 years
  • Preferred starting date January 2018

Deadline for application:

14/11/2017, 23h59 (Brussels time)

The candidate must be on a valid EPSO reserve list for Function Group IV contract staff or have applied to the permanent open call for researchers FG IV:

Auxiliary contract staff:

Please note that due to the high number of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

On-line Application

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