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European Research Executive Agency

Our staff, our agency

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) currently employs about 800 highly qualified colleagues from different backgrounds and nationalities across Europe. We are the largest Executive Agency of the European Commission and continue to grow. In 2021, we will welcome yet more staff, to support the EU’s research and innovation policy, as well as other Commission priority areas.  

Types of contracts

REA is located in Brussels. The agency offers different working contracts: 

  • Temporary agent (TA) contracts - (about 25% of the REA’s staff) 

TAs are recruited under Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants (CEOS) and in accordance with the agency’s General Implementing Provisions governing the engagement of Temporary staff

Temporary staff are predominantly recruited for specialised tasks. Typical job profiles include administrators in the following fields: research programme management, finance, legal services, and some management positions such as Heads of Sector and Deputy Heads of Unit. 

  • Contract agent (CA) contracts – (about 75% of the REA staff) 

CAs are recruited under Article 3(a) of the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants (CEOS) and in accordance with the agency’s General Implementing Provisions governing the engagement of Contract staff

Depending on the responsibilities and qualifications required, contract staff are recruited for a wide range of support and technical tasks and according to the relevant function group (FGI to FGIV). Typical job profiles include: Project Advisers, Project Officers, Legal Advisers, Financial Advisers, Financial Officers, HR Officers, Project Assistants, Financial Assistants, secretaries, etc. 

For updated information on CAST testing possibilities, please refer to the  EPSO website and FAQs

Interim agents 

REA may hire interim agents for short periods, to face peaks in workload or to compensate for long-term absences. 

To find out about short-term opportunities, please contact: 

Rue des Princes 8-10 
1000 Bruxelles 
Tel.: +32 (0)2/643 47 90 

You can also email your CV to

Recruitment procedure and reserve lists

Vacant positions for TA and CA staff are initially published within the agency in order to facilitate internal mobility. 

If the vacancy cannot be filled through internal mobility, reserve lists for the corresponding profiles can be consulted: 

If no suitable candidate is found on the reserve lists, the vacancy can be filled by: 

  • publishing the post in the inter-institutional mobility portal; or 
  • launching a new external selection. 

Please note that REA does not consider unsolicited/spontaneous applications or CVs. Only applications for published vacancies will be taken into consideration. 

TIP: Before completing the application form, make sure that you meet all the eligibility requirements specified in the vacancy notice. Applications that do not meet the requirements will not be evaluated further. 


External vacancies

Contract Agents (CA) selections 3(a)

No vacancies


Temporary Agents (TA) selections 2(f) 

No vacancies

For questions concerning the new Permanent CAST competitions, please also refer to the EPSO FAQs.  

Find out more information about EU careers and vacancies

Inter-institutional mobility 

Temporary staff 2(f) 

TA vacancies are published on a dedicated inter-agency mobility portal(only accessible to EC staff). These vacancies are open to internal applicants who are already employed within the EU Institutions as Temporary Agents with a contract type 2(f) Temporary staff

Temporary Agent - ‘Research Programme Administrator – Call Coordinator’ (AD5-AD12)

Make sure to fill in the application form.

Deadline to apply extended until 15 January 2022

Contract staff 3(a) and 3(b) 

CA vacancies are published in a dedicated inter-agency job market portal(only accessible to EC staff). These vacancies are open to internal applicants who are already employed within the EU Institutions, as specified in the Commission decision C(2017)6760 , as Contract Agents with a contract type 3(a). Some vacancies might also be open to Contract Agents with a contract type 3(b). 

Contract Agents FGIV – ‘Project Adviser’

Make sure to fill in the application form.

Deadline to apply extended until 15 January 2022


REA selection procedures – state of play 

Selection TypeProfileReference numberGradeReserve listStatus
Call for
Expression of Interest
Legal Officer, Financial Officer
and Information Technology and Data Management Officer
CA FG IIIn/aProcedure
Inter-InstitutionalAdministrative and Financial Officer - Departments A, B, CREA/INTER-
CA FGIIIn/aProcedure
Inter-InstitutionalProject Officer -Departments A, B, CREA/INTER-
CA FGIIIn/aProcedure
Inter-InstitutionalBudget Adviser - Unit C2REA/INTER-
CA FGIVn/aProcedure
Inter-InstitutionalProject Adviser -Departments A, B, CREA/INTER
CA FGIVn/aProcedure
CASTFinancial Adviser-VerificatorREA-CAST-
CA FGIV15Procedure
Inter-InstitutionalHR AdministratorREA/CAST/
CASTProject OfficerREA-CAST-

Traineeships at REA

We offer insightful and career-enriching traineeship opportunities, as part of the European Commission’s scheme for trainees - the Bluebook traineeships. There are two five-month internship sessions per year, starting on 1 March and 1 October respectively. 

In general, we are looking for trainees with a background in:

  • External and internal Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Project management (in particular with an expertise in the topics managed by the REA).

For more information and to apply, please visit the European Commission's Traineeship Office, and our organisation chart. We hope to welcome you soon to the REA family for an exciting and mutually rewarding time together!

Data Protection Notices

  • Data protection notice for the selection of Contract Agents (CA): PDF 
  • Data protection notice for the selection of Temporary Agents (TA): PDF 
  • Data Protection notice for the recruitment of Contract Agents (CA) Temporary Agents (TA): PDF   
  • Data protection notice for inter-Agency mobility of Temporary Agents and Contract Agents: PDF 
  • Data protection notice for the selection & recruitment of Bluebook trainees: PDF 
  • Data protection notice for the recruitment of Interim Agents: PDF