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Direct Contact

European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements

The Director of the Institute
Prof. Dr. Thomas Fanghänel
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Tel.: +49 (0)7247-951-0 E-mail

Working at ITU

The JRC-ITU employs scientists in nuclear chemistry, engineering, physics, materials science, mathematical modelling, robotics and radiation protection and also technical/administrative staff on permanent positions.
Furthermore, a certain number of temporary contracts guarantee specific excellence in scientific domains and a well-trained next generation of scientists and technicians.

The following contracts exist:


Around 80% of JRC-ITU staff are permanent officials with civil-servant status, with an absolute majority in the scientific and technical field.

The procedure for recruitment of permanent officials is centred on what are called “open competitions”.

New staff is recruited through these competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) for all the European Institutions.

For further information about these open competitions: or


For any question, please do not hesitate to contact us by email



Temporary Staff

For specific requirements in the research sector, including where competition reserve lists for officials have been exhausted or are not yet available, and for specialised or temporary tasks, JRC-ITU can offer a contract as a "Temporary Agent”. Required condition for recruitment: the application must be registered in the EU CV online data base.

Temporary agents occupying permanent posts in the JRC can have a maximum contract of 6 years.

For further information seeEU CV online

or contact us by email



Contract agents

Contract agents can be employed for a fixed period of not less than 3 months up to a maximum of 3 years, subsequently replacing the former Auxiliary staff in the Institute.

Required condition for the recruitment: 




Seconded national experts

In the frame of an agreement between his/her employer of origin and the Commission, a seconded national expert may be seconded to JRC-ITU for a period ranging from 6 months to 4 years. This expert can be a scientist/technician/administrator from national, regional or local public authorities of the Member States – or from an international civil service, the private sector or the non-profit/voluntary sector – who will continue to receive his/her salary from his employer of origin during the entire duration of his/her secondment.For further information, please contact us by email



Research fellows

In order to increase and reinforce the European Commission´s scientific capacity in all its areas of involvement in the Research and Technological Development Framework Programmes, and to encourage scientists to enhance their experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is launching calls for interest for scientific fellowships.

The JRC-ITU offers fellowships for PhD-students and senior scientists (with a proven reputation in the field of science). Interested scientists are particularly welcome under this scheme, whereby fellowships are funded from our own budget. Potential applicants should respond to calls for interest published on the ITU website.

Further information JRC-recruitment

The time limits are as follows:

  • Category 20
    The minimum duration of the research project shall be 6 months and the maximum 36 months.
  • Category 40
    The minimum duration of the research project shall be 3 months and the maximum 24 months.

For further information, please contact us by email

open-calls for Karlsruhe



In-Service Training

In-service training is a period spent at the Joint Research Centre, in accordance with the rules set out in the Internal Directive of the Director-General of the Joint Research Centre on the acceptance of young trainees for in-service training period.

For more information and for open calls please consult  our open calls website  or visit JRC training information

In-service training enables trainees to acquire personal scientific experience by means of their work and to put into practice the scientific knowledge they have acquired during their studies or professional careers. In-service training takes place within the fields of activity of the Institute. The minimum duration is two months and the maximum is normally twelve months. The call is open to trainees, in principle not older than 29 years of age at the date of the starting of the training period, from EU Member States, or Associated Candidate Countries, Associated States and Developing Countries. The concerned scientific activities of the Institute for Transuranium Elements take place in the following units:

There is also a possibility to make a training period in the Management Support Unit.

For any question, you can contact us by email