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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: 

Research Officer (m/f)

Economic and Social Affairs, Energy and Environment

The Martens Centre is currently looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative individual with academic credentials to fill the position of Research Officer - Economic and Social Affairs, Energy and Environment based in Brussels. This is a temporary position with a two years contract under Belgian law. Starting date is November 2017.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assisting in planning, developing, co-ordinating and managing the research and analysis programme of the Centre;
  • Developing the progress and the quality of the research and analysis 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;
  • Managing and complementing the outsourced research;
  • Active involvement in the communication of the results of the Martens Centre’s research and analysis;
  • Participating in developing the network of external research associates of the Centre;
  • Contributing in the development of the academic policy journal of the Centre, “European View”;
  • Compiling databases and collecting relevant publications and studies from all areas of European politics;
  • Monitoring European political developments and summarizing and analysing data, relevant publications and studies for further use in research
  • Contributing to the management and administration of the Martens Centre Research Team.

Candidate requirements:

  • University degree in economics, political science, social sciences, law or related disciplines;
  • Several years of professional experience in academic research, in a think tank or a comparable institution;
  • Good knowledge of macroeconomics and political economy, good general knowledge of energy and environment policies.
  • Post-graduate level fluency in English, with proven writing skills; knowledge of additional languages is welcome;
  • Excellent analytical as well as organisational 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.

Submission of application: applicants should forward a detailed CV and a cover letter by e-mail to to the attention of Tomi Huhtanen, Executive Director of the Martens Centre, by 8 October 2017.  When applying, please mention “Research Officer - Economic and Social Affairs, Energy and Environment” in the subject-line of the email message. 


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.