Traineeship positions

The open trainee positions are described in the table below, if you cannot find a matching opportunity now, you are encouraged to submit an open application. You may apply to several services but do note that each one requires a separate application. Only candidates selected for telephone interviews will be contacted.

You may find more information about the eligibility criteria as well as the rights and duties of the trainees in the Rules governing the traineeship scheme of the European Chemicals Agency. We recommend you to read them carefully before submitting your CV.

In order to enable as many European citizens as possible to familiarise themselves with the European bodies, traineeships will not be offered to applicants who have already received more than eight (8) weeks of any kind of in-service training within a European institution or body or who have ever been employed by European institution or body in any capacity, or who have worked for European institution or body as an interim staff member, researcher or intra-muros expert for more than eight (8) weeks.


ECHA/TRN/2016/18 – Committees Secretariat Unit (B1)

The Committees Secretariat Unit ensures that the Agency's three technical and scientific Committees operate in an independent, efficient, transparent, and consistent manner and can deliver high-quality scientific opinions or agreements.

The Committees Secretariat provides the Secretariat for the three ECHA Committees (Member State Committee – MSC, Committee for Risk Assessment – RAC, Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis - SEAC) and plans, prepares, organises and follows up their work.


In the Member State Committee Secretariat 6 plenary meetings are held per year. The planning of the meeting agenda includes an estimation of the number of debating days required, which is dependent on parameters such the number and complexity of evaluation and risk management related cases that need to be decided upon. The assignment for the trainee is to analyse the approach currently used, and identify proposals for improvement in terms of accuracy, effectiveness and efficiency around the estimate. Furthermore, the approach is to be further developed to include a possibility to provide estimations for the number of debating days several meetings in advance.

The tasks include (but are not limited to):

  • detailed, and if feasible, quantitative analysis of the parameters driving the MSC-workload;
  • analysis of the workload estimation tools used in several of the other ECHA committees;
  • a written report of the work performed, including an updated workload estimation tool;
  • ad-hoc support for the MSC-team in preparation for MSC-meetings during peak-workload times, including uploading of specific files to S-CIRCABC, preparation of the written procedure spreadsheets, preparation of draft emails in relation to informal interactions with Registrants.


  • Completed university degree;
  • Knowledge in EU administration;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Capacity to interact with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Expert experience in MS Office (specifically Excel) and data analysis tools;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Aptitude for team work as well as cooperative and service-oriented attitude;
  • Good English skills both written and spoken (as this is the working language of the Committee).

Starting Date: 1 September 2016

Duration: 6 months

Deadline for applications: 1 June 2016 at midnight 24:00 Helsinki time (23:00 a.m. CET)