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The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies - the political foundation/think tank of the European People’s Party (EPP, the largest European-level political party of the centre-right) - conducts activities on a wide range of policy-oriented, EU-related issues. Established under the EU Regulation (EC) No. 1524/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, the Martens Centre is an organisation that offers the unique opportunity to join an energetic team which lays the groundwork for the foundation’s ambitious plan of action. Currently, the following openings are available: 

IT Administrator (m/f)

The Martens Centre is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative individual to fill the position of IT Administrator (m/f) based in Brussels. Starting date is September 2017. This is a temporary position with a two years contract under Belgian law, with the possibility of extension. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure the maintenance of all IT and multimedia equipment in the office (computers, tablets, mobile phones, meeting room equipment and other display devices)
  • Install new or rebuild existing servers and workstations and perform daily backup operations; repair and recover from hardware or software failures
  • Update existing software on workstations and servers and perform daily monitoring of hardware and server resources
  • Manage and maintain firewall and perform regular security monitoring
  • Managing Office 365 Admin Centre and Intune system
  • Coordinate the livestream of the Centre events, including setup and maintenance of required hardware and software; suggest new tools and strategies to increase reach, video and sound quality, number of views, etc.
  • Assist with website maintenance and updates by liaising with website providers for bug checking, improving SEO and user experience
  • Assist with monitoring and improving the performance of the online activities of the Centre (website plus social media), including key performance indicators (KPIs), trimester reports and other ad-hoc tasks
  • Assist with email marketing, including campaign optimisation, growth of subscribers, segmentation of email lists
  • Support users on hardware and software issues and organise IT training sessions if needed 

Candidate requirements:

  • Proficient knowledge of English; knowledge of French and/or Dutch considered an advantage 
  • Higher degree in related disciplines and 2 years of professional experience in IT user support
  • Good command of Microsoft Office, Windows7/10 and Windows server 2012, Drupal CMS, MailChimp, Google Analytics, TCP/IP network environment, Microsoft Office365 platform, Salesforce and graphic design software
  • Committed and flexible team player, able to work in a multi-national environment 

Submission of application:

Applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail to for the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director of the Martens Centre, by 3 September 2017.  When applying, please mention “IT Administrator” in the subject-line of the email message.


Visiting Fellow (m/f) - Economic Policy

The Martens Centre is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative individual with academic credentials to fill a position of 8 months as Visiting Fellow, based in Brussels. The contract is not renewable. The position of visiting Fellow is offered for a period of 8 months, starting autumn 2017. The interviews will be held after the summer break.

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing at least one major research project in the Economic field
  • Improving the quality of the research and studies of the Centre in accordance with academic standards;
  • Assisting in building relations and enhancing the standing of the Centre within the academic and research community
  • Assisting in planning and structuring future research projects as well as the Centre’s in-house research projects
  • Active involvement and participation in the communication of the results of research projects

Secondary responsibilities:       

  • Assisting in the management and organisation of the joint activities together with the Member Foundations
  • Contributing to the development of the academic policy journal of the Centre, the European View
  • Assisting in the development of the Martens Centre publications
  • Compiling databases and collecting relevant publications and studies from all areas of European politics
  • Planning and management of seminars and events
  • Contributing to the Martens Centre online initiatives
  • Monitoring political developments in Europe and analysing data, relevant publications and studies for further use in the research of the Centre

Candidate requirements:

  • University degree in political science, social sciences, law, economics or related disciplines
  • Good knowledge of macroeconomic and financial policy
  • Fluency in English, with proven writing skills; knowledge of additional languages is welcome
  • Excellent analytical as well as organizational skills
  • Good knowledge of European and international politics and familiarity with the history and the tradition of the Christian Democrat, Conservative and like-minded political parties of the EPP family
  • Committed and flexible team player, able to work in a multi-national environment
  • Preference will be given to the applicants familiar with the Martens Centre Research work and/or activities of the Martens Centre with its Member foundations

Submission of application:

Applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail at  to the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director, by 20 August 2017. When applying, please mention in the subject-line of the email message “Visiting fellow – Economic Policy”.

Internship (m/f)

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies offers internships of three to six months for university graduates and young researchers from Europe and world-wide. The internship programme is intended to provide the trainees with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of European affairs and to have close insights into the daily work of the European institutions in Brussels.

Therefore, it constitutes an excellent experience for young graduates aspiring to pursue a career in the area of European politics and related fields. The added value of an internship with the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the possibility to be involved in political activities and in the creation of new policy concepts at the European level. As the Centre is a young and evolving organization, the traineeship gives a unique opportunity for the trainees to test their capacities and to see their ideas have a real impact in a dynamic environment.

The internship is focused on immersing the successful candidates in the short-term and long-term policy research and other activities of the Centre: organizing meetings and conferences, preparing reports and analysis, editing publications including the “European View”, updating the website, blog and databases, communicating with the European People’s Party in policy research and other activities, and liaising with officials from the European Institutions.

The programme is open to all young graduates with an academic background in European affairs and related fields holding a university degree, fluent in English, fully computer and internet literate and with good knowledge of European politics. Additional educational qualifications, experience in policy research in policy research and adequate knowledge of one or two more languages are considered assets.

Internships are remunerated on a level comparable to the internship programmes offered at the European institutions. There is no application deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and internships are granted depending on demand throughout the year.

Interested applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail at to the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Director. When applying, please mention in the subject-line of the email message “Internship”.

Please note that for all of the positions advertised above and due to the high number of applications we receive, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.