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European science jobs at the JRC in Belgium

As a leading reference material producer, expert adviser in food safety and bioanalysis, and valued provider of reference measurement data, the JRC-IRMM offers stimulating science jobs in chemistry, physics and biology. There are interdisciplinary research vacancies for post-docs and PhDs, as well as fixed-term and permanent research positions.

As a research centre of the European Commission, JRC-IRMM is a modern employer and staff benefit from excellent working conditions, such as flexitime, family allowances, healthcare, parental leave and a competitive salary.

Life in Geel

JRC-IRMM is located in Geel, which is a vibrant town of 34,000 inhabitants located in the tranquil surroundings of the Flanders countryside. In the town centre, the lively markt is surrounded by traditional Flemish brasseries serving hearty fare. The cities of Antwerp and Brussels are easily reachable by train.

The area offers opportunities for pleasant walks, and cycling is also popular. Many roads have separate lanes for bikes and there are kilometres of bicycle paths along canals, from town to town, or from cafés to restaurants. The numerous lakes (a total area of 700 ha) in nearby Mol are excellent for water sport activities.

A wide range of clubs are organised within JRC-IRMM - always in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. These include athletics, bowling, football, golf, horse riding, ski, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The nearby research centre, SCK/CEN, offers additional facilities including sailing, fishing, table tennis, diving, and clay pigeon shooting.

Work-life balance

For working parents, the JRC-IRMM is located beside the European School in Mol.

The European School in Mol welcomes children from many European or overseas families who live in the region, and provides a multilingual and multicultural education that leads to the prestigious European Baccalaureate Diploma - recognized worldwide. The school boasts beautiful, calm outdoor play areas surrounded by trees and nature and extensive sport facilities - both indoor and outdoor. There are four principal language sections: Dutch, English, German and French. For more information, visit the website of the European School in Mol and the general homepage of the European schools.

A presentation of the European School in Mol.

JRC-IRMM also has its own crèche for children of staff members. The crèche welcomes children between 0-3 years old and is located at the premises of the European School. This modern facility provides a safe and stimulating environment for your children, allowing parents to achieve an optimal work-life balance.

Settling in

JRC-IRMM has a list of several studios and apartments, either in the neighbourhood of the Institute, or in the centre of Mol. Some of these studios and apartments are furnished/fully equipped and are foreseen with TV and telephone. Laundry facilities can be available.

To ensure a smooth installation, JRC-IRMM's social assistant is on hand to provide practical assistance for you and your family.

At the recruitment phase

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Latest update 11 March, 2010

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