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Collaborating Expert - Scientific Publication Strategy

Type of position:  Expert
Shift Type:  25 July 2021 23:59 CEST

Organizational Unit: Stakeholders & Communication Division 

                                   Not applicable Public Engagement & Stakeholders Office

Proposed length: 6 months

Remote/on premises: Flexible mix of remote and on premises

Renumeration: Experts should be salaried by their employer or be a post-graduate student (financed by their educational entity or self-financed). The EMA will not provide any financial reimbursement.

The European Medicines Agency is a decentralized body of the European Union with all its offices and Headquarters based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its core responsibility is the protection and promotion of public health through the evaluation and supervision of medicines.


The Collaborating Expert Programme is addressed to scientists and professionals who can share their expertise in a particular area of European Medicines Agency’s activities or are interested in collaborative research projects related to EMA’s scientific work.


The aim is to provide a mechanism for EMA and external researchers to collaborate in identifying and tackling important research questions to support regulatory decision-making.


This will help ensure that regulatory science remains at the cutting edge so that EMA can deliver its fundamental mission of protecting human and animal health and facilitating the availability of medicines to patients.


This announcement is governed by the Policy 0080. For further information please visit our Collaborating Expert Programme website.



Strategic area/objective


Regulatory Science Strategy (RSS)


RSS Goal 3: Advancing patient-centred access to medicines in partnership with healthcare systems.
RSS Recommendation: Further develop external engagement and communications to promote trust and confidence in the EU regulatory system. 
RSS Underlying action: Enhance professional outreach through scientific publications & conferences.


Specific projects


Impact evaluation of EMA’s scientific publication strategy, including analysis of the manuscripts produced yearly, how these are reflected/taken up by the scientific, medical or research community.




•    Define metrics, performance indicators and methodology that reflect uptake and impact of EMA publications.
•    Explore the use of other reputational metrics.


Benefits for you


•    Contribute to a research project to analyse how EMA’s scientific output is taken up and acted upon by the medical and academic community.
•    Share your knowledge and your experience to contribute to the Agency’s objectives in public health, particularly to increase the impact of EMA’s scientific publication strategy.
•    Gain experience of working with an EU organisation and of EMA’s work and role in regulatory science communication.

Benefits for the collaborating institution


•    Exchange of knowledge and expertise 
•    Joint research undertaking, and if publication, joint publication
•    Building a personal and inter-institutional collaboration with EMA

Candidate profile requirements


Eligibility criteria:


•    Be an EU or EEA national.
•    Meet the requirements stated in the profile description.
•    Be a paid employee from European academia, research institutions, public sector or international organisations, or a post graduate student within such organisations. Proof of employment/student status and agreement in principle of employer/academic institution will be requested.
•    Have a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1). Good knowledge of another official EU language (at least B2) is an asset, as per the  Common European Framework for Languages.


Essential criteria:


•    Minimum of a university degree in life sciences, public health or science communication and desirably a higher degree in biomedical sciences (medical specialisation or PhD).
•    Proven experience in scientific publication, e.g. writing papers for peer review scientific articles.
•    Research and analytical skills.
•    Excellent written communication skills.


Desirable criteria:


•    Experience working or collaborating with reputed scientific journals or science editorial group.
•    Experience working on Open Science and Open Access initiatives.
•    Good knowledge of public engagement and communication’s impact evaluation research methods.


Behavioural competencies:


•    Communication skills
•    Interpersonal skills
•    Working with others
•    Adaptability
•    Learning and development



Domenico Scarlattilaan 6 - 1083 HS Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Telephone +31 (0)88 781 6000 - Email recruitment@ema.europa.eu


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