Vacancy - Researcher on (EU) Occupational Safety and Health Law and Working Conditions

Vacancy for a researcher (M/F) on (EU) Occupational Safety and Health Law and Working Conditions at the ETUI

About the ETUI:
The European Trade Union Institute is an international non-profit-making organisation established under Belgian law. Based in Brussels, it provides research and training support to the European Trade Union Confederation. The Institute has three main objectives:
• conducting research, producing studies and monitoring European issues of strategic importance for the world of labour while building bridges between the academic and research communities and the labour movement;
• promoting education and training activities, programmes and exchanges that strengthen a European trade union identity;
• providing technical support in the field of occupational health, safety and protection so as to promote a high level of health and safety protection for workers in Europe.

About the position:
Within a dynamic international environment, you will work in a team of around 7 researchers that covers a broad spectrum of occupational health and safety and working conditions issues from a European perspective. Your main task will be to design, conduct and manage in cooperation with your colleagues - research projects on (EU) Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law (including enforcement and litigation) and translate the evidence into policy recommendations and recommendations for regulatory processes. You have a broad vision of occupational health and safety, including the gender dimension, and are able to connect your field of expertise with all fields of OSH. To this end, you are expected to remain informed about developments in your fields of expertise and identify trends, anticipate future developments and propose initiatives. You are able to operate in a political environment. With respect to that, you are able to deliver relevant input to influence lawmaking processes at EU level, while at the same time having a strong connection to law in practice and a grassroot, bottom-up and activist approach to law. Further, you are expected to represent ETUI at meetings in European occupational health and safety bodies and take part in international and European professional networks and to maintain contacts with universities, other research bodies and trade unions. You will also organize workshops, seminars and conferences, and publish the results of your research and information linked with your field of activity in ETUI publications, external specialized journals and other media, also targeted at a broader public than the expert community. Additionally, you will provide expertise in support of European trade unions. You will also assist in the coordination of ETUI networks composed of trade unionists, researchers and health and safety practitioners.

- University degree in Law or related University degree, like e.g. Political Sciences, Public Administration, Policy Studies. Knowledge of and experience in OSH law, Labor law and EU law.
- The ability to combine ‘law in the books’ with ‘law in practice’ and the other way round.
- At least 5 years’ experience in occupational health and safety activities or research;
- Knowledge of the European Union and the European institutions;
- Knowledge of the European trade unions;
- Good communication and team-working skills; #
- Excellent knowledge of English (working language)
- Excellent knowledge of French is an advantage as is knowledge of other European languages.
- Excellent writing skills, and the ability to ‘popularize’ thematics related to working conditions, health and safety in texts easily accessible for a broader public is a plus.
- Familiarity with standard computer applications;
- Able to work independently and as part of a team in a multidisciplinary unit;
- Reliable, dependable and proven sense of initiative;
- Willing to travel to other European countries;
- Experience of working in a transnational context is an asset.

Conditions of employment
The appointment will be for a full-time 3 year-period with possibility for renewal. The ETUI offers a challenging and dynamic working environment, combining excellent professional and academic standards with close contacts to European policy makers.
The ETUI offers a challenging and dynamic multicultural working environment. For further information visit: ETUI is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members.
ETUI proposes a competitive salary package. Only short-listed candidates can request the salary grid. The position is open for bright juniors as well as experienced seniors.
Furthermore, ETUI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture, and applies a policy of equal opportunities. Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of age, birth, disability, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, membership of a national minority, political (or any other) opinion, property, religion, gender or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

For any further questions regarding the vacancy please contact Head of Unit for Health and Safety and Working Conditions Marian Schaapman: Applications and supporting documents (CV, list of publications, etc.) should be sent before 28 May 2020: Philippe Pochet Director of the Research Department ETUI Bd du Roi Albert II, 5 B-1210 Brussels Email :

Application: May 28, 2020
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