We are now recruiting a European Affairs Executive to work on our European co-funded initiatives.

About SFI

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. SFI invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields ofscience, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). SFI’s investments in major research projects are focused on the areas of strategic national importance as outlined in the Government strategy, Innovation 2020. SFI also advances co-operative efforts and partnerships amongst industry, education, government and charities that support its fields of research and promote Ireland as a country of research excellence with impact. The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in, and engagement with STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and to the growth of the economy.

Job Description:

Through significant State-funded investment, SFI currently participates in multiple European joint transnational funding programmes, including European network ERA-NET Cofund actions, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), international Centres of Excellence actions, and Joint Technology Initiatives; all of which are coordinated through the European Affairs division. • The ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020 supports public-public partnerships coordinated by joint activities through Member States and are co-funded through European Horizon 2020 financial contributions. SFI participates in multiple ERANET programmes that present important collaborative initiatives for national engagement, support Irish researchers to build active collaborations with EU counterparts, and are platforms for the development of larger-scale pan-European collaborations in the future. • Joint Programming Initiatives aim to combine national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a few key areas. SFI engages in two JPIs, namely the Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative disease research and the Joint Programme Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life. The capital support from SFI into joint transnational initiatives is a multi-million euro investment that is proactively managed. The European Affairs Executive will coordinate SFI’s engagement in several joint transnational activities. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of SFI’s joint transnational programmatic engagements (including ERANets, and EU Joint Programming Initiatives).
  • Monitoring of potential joint transnational co-funding opportunities.
  • Cross functional/cross agency engagement with Ireland’s National Contact Point (NCP) and National Delegate (ND) network.
  • Administering SFI’s engagement with other European-facing bodies.
  • Review of SFI-funded EU related support mechanisms.

Key Expertise:

  • Scientific knowledge and skillset which will be respected by the academic community.
  • A solid understanding of the European framework programming scheme.
  • Strong capacity to acquire and evaluate information about new knowledge and opportunities in the relevant areas.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain a network of contacts, with intellectual and interpersonal skills that gain the respect and cooperation of the academic research community, and also of administrators and managers in universities, the Irish public sector and in relevant EU fora.
  • Ability to serve effectively as a member of the Directorate.
  • Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel in order to deliver effectively on your role. 

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Candidates holding a PhD or an MSc in a STEM discipline.
  • Proven track record ideally with at least 3 years’ experience post-PhD/Masters in either academia or industry.

Key Competencies:

  • Communications & Influencing
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Stakeholder & Client Service
  • Initiative and Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Project Management
  • Flexibility & Resilience
  • Problem Analysis & Resolution
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Respect & Integrity

Please submit your CV by email to recruitment@sfi.ie on or before close of business on Tuesday, 5 th of September 2017. 

Salary Scale:

This position will be a 3-year contract at Level D. €41,472 to €59,785 per annum contributory superannuation.

The salary for this position will be €41,472.