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/2017/020 - Legal Affairs – Unit B2

The Unit for Legal Affairs provides legal advice and support to the Executive Director and to the operational Directorates on all issues having legal implications. It verifies that ECHA's regulatory and administrative procedures and decisions are legally sound and consistent. It is in charge of defending ECHA in appeal or court proceedings. It ensures that ECHA's intellectual property rights are respected, as well as managing procedures in which a review by the Executive Director is requested.

 

Trainee Assignment

In this traineeship you will have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Legal affairs unit while being assigned specific tasks such as:

  • conducting research in legal journals and case-law
  • providing summaries and analysis of legal texts
  • performing ad hoc tasks according to the needs of the Unit

 

Profile

  • A background in law
  • Knowledge of EU law
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Sense of commitment and responsibility

 

Starting Date: 16 January 2018

Duration: 6 months

Deadline for applications: 27 August 2017 at midnight 00:00 Helsinki time (23:00 p.m. CET)

 

ECHA/TRN/2017/021 - Dossier Submission and PIC - C1 Unit

The Dossier Submission and PIC Unit within the Directorate of Registration is responsible for managing the registration process under the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), assessing confidentiality claims under the REACH and Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR) and for coordinating ECHA’s work on the Prior Informed Consent regulation (PIC). The Unit also manages the reception, processing and dispatch of dossiers and notifications for all legislations under ECHA’s remit (REACH, CLP, BPR, PIC). This includes the provision of advice and support to stakeholders, and the contribution to the development of IT systems used for dossier submission.

In 2018, the unit will face a major milestone of the REACH Regulation: companies need to register all chemical substances they manufacture or import into the EU/EEA between 1 and 100 tonnes per year, by the deadline of 31 May 2018.

 

Trainee Assignment

In this traineeship, the trainee will have the unique opportunity to be involved in the unit’s work handling the submissions from this last and largest registration deadline for chemical companies, involving many SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and inexperienced registrants.

The work will include:

  • Contribute to processing data submissions according to instructions and within strict timelines;
  • Contribute to company support: replying to email questions and contacting companies whose submissions are failing;
  • Contribute to identifying needs for further support of SMEs and inexperienced registrants.

 

Profile

  • Completed degree or diploma of university studies in a relevant discipline;
  • Interest in chemicals regulations, and preferably some knowledge of the REACH Regulation as part of the education or other documented work experience in implementing REACH in practice;
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders both in verbal and written form;
  • Aptitude for team work;
  • Good English skills both written and spoken, as this is the working language of the Agency.

 

Starting Date: 16 January 2018

Duration: 6 months

Deadline for applications: 27 August 2017 at midnight 00:00 Helsinki time (23:00 p.m. CET)

 

ECHA/TRN/2017/019 - The Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat - A2 Unit

The Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat Unit - in the Directorate of Cooperation of the Agency - coordinates the development of ECHA guidance, gives advice to industry on the BPR, CLP, PIC and REACH regulations, provides the Secretariat to the BPR, CLP and REACH Helpdesks' Network (HelpNet) and manages the Secretariat of the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement to facilitate harmonised enforcement activities by national authorities throughout the EU/EEA. It also provides the ECHA Information Desk which acts as a front desk for mail and phone calls to the Agency.

 

Trainee Assignment

The trainee will work in the Support, Forum and HelpNet Secretariat Unit, more specifically in the Regulatory Advice Team. The trainee will assist the Team in the following tasks:

  • Maintenance and possible development of a competence map, including languages, of the members in the team and Unit A2;
  • Replying to external questions from non-EU based companies regarding their obligations under BPR, CLP and REACH;
  • Assistance in the organisation of HelpNet events and provision of support for the HelpNet Secretariat communications;
  • Provision of administrative support to the team, for example: sending holding replies, sending reminders internally, sending out final replies drafted by the Team members, minute taking;
  • As time allows: replying to questions from EU-based companies on the BPR, CLP and REACH regulations (depending on the trainee’s profile).

 

Profile

  • Completed or undergoing university studies;
  • Knowledge on requirements under the BPR, CLP and REACH regulations;
  • Experience in using MS Office tools;
  • Fluency in English both written and spoken (as this is the working language of the Agency);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Aptitude for collaborating with different stakeholders.

 

Asset

  • A good command of additional EU languages

 

Starting Date: 16 January 2018

Duration: 6 months

Deadline for applications: 27 August 2017 at midnight 00:00 Helsinki time (23:00 p.m. CET)