ICES is seeking applications for the role of Professional Officer in the Science Department. You will join a dynamic and collaborative international team in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is committed to providing a welcoming, high-impact, and rewarding work environment, serving ICES network, and advancing the scope and impact of ICES science and advice.​​

The contributions of the Science Professional Officer will span our departments of advice, data, and science. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of the European project landscape. They will be competent in science programming and research strategies, research administration, and project management, having coordinated one or more large projects in the European Union framework programmes, and have extensive experience in coordinating proposal writing for a whole project. They will be able to demonstrate previous working experience within a strong network of international project collaborators, particularly from ICES member countries, and they will play a critical role in shaping ICES project strategy and its subsequent delivery.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead and complete ICES project strategy, including ACOM/SCICOM initiatives and communicating at all levels
  • Identify project opportunities that correspond with ICES strategy and lead on project proposals
  • Develop and coordinate the overview of pipeline and project opportunities
  • Develop and maintain an overview of staff commitment and budget utilisation in ongoing projects
  • Coordinate project processes with other project-related staff in the Secretariat
  • Lead ICES project contributions and complete project-related activities
  • Track activities in the EU Project Portal as the ICES Legal Entity Appointed Representative
  • Lead and support relevant ICES symposia
  • Perform tasks as directed by the Head of the Science Department, including supporting ICES network as needed

Qualifications and experience

We seek a Professional Officer who is motivated, organized, collaborative, and flexible.  Further requirements for this position are:

  • A higher university degree in marine science, environmental sustainability, economics, social science, mathematics/statistics, or similar qualifications
  • At least five years of professional experience, from relevant marine science research and/or an international organization
  • Experience in project management, budgeting, and delivery
  • Expertise in science-related management
  • Knowledge of the main international maritime, environmental, fisheries, and ecosystem-related policies
  • Background in interdisciplinary science, working effectively with multidisciplinary teams comprised of people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds is an advantage

Terms of appointment

The appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week, including lunch breaks), for a four-year contract period starting in February 2024, or as soon as possible.  The salary will be at the “P2″ grade, which is based on the United Nations common salary system.

ICES Secretariat staff enjoy privileges and immunities pursuant to the Host Agreement between the Government of Denmark and ICES. The salaries of ICES staff are exempt from Danish income tax and are based on, but not identical to, UN salary grade scales.  Benefits similar to those paid by the UN organization are also available for eligible staff members (e.g., installation/repatriation, dependents’ education, and home leave allowances). Furthermore, a tax-free pension scheme is available, to which both the employee and ICES contribute. ICES Staff Rules set out the conditions of employment and the responsibilities of Secretariat staff.

When it comes to recruitment and employment of staff at ICES, our goal is securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. ICES is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. We welcome candidates without bias towards gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Members of underrepresented groups in our science network are also encouraged to apply.


If you feel you have the personal and professional qualities and potential we are looking for, please submit your application (CV and cover letter) via the following link: Science Professional Officer​

​The deadline for application submission is 23:59 CET on Sunday 19 November. Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 27 November.

Questions about the Professional Officer position can be directed to Jo Foden, Head of the Science Department, to whom the chosen candidate will report.​​

Read more about the opportunity here.

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