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Computer Scientist

Type of position:  Contract agent
Shift Type:  15 June 2021 at 23.59 CET

Job grade: FGIV 

Internal/Interagency job grade: FGIV 

Type of position: Contract agent 

Selection procedure reference: EMA/CA/5204 

Job title: Computer Scientist 

Deadline for applications: 15 June 2021 at 23.59 CET 



About this role


The European Medicines Agency (EMA), also referred as ‘the Agency’, is looking to recruit a computer scientist to create, design and implement software and hardware systems for the advancement of scientific research and regulatory decision-making.


This is an exciting opportunity for a computer scientist, with excellent math, computer and technology knowledge and skills, to join EMA’s dynamic team in its public health mission. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to:


  • identify and solve complex scientific and regulatory problems by applying state of the art technology and computing solutions;
  • apply a wide range of standard technologies and application development platforms to design, develop and configure business solutions;
  • work closely with subject matter experts and business users to document business requirements and user stories;
  • develop detailed project plans to ensure the agile delivery of user-centric solutions. 

Job description

The incumbent of this position will:
•    support development and deployment of EMA’s next generation data management, collaboration and analytics platforms;
•    work closely with stakeholders in scientific and regulatory operations to identify and execute current and emerging user needs;
•    design, develop, and deploy secure solutions that ensure data integrity and quality;
•    maintain advanced knowledge of cloud / hybrid architectures and development best practices to scale solutions supporting users across the entire European medicines regulatory network;
•    build and maintain integrations with other business applications and external systems;
•    build scalable services that enable the operation of modern applications. Weave hardware and software components together and integrate cloud-based resources;
•    identify and solve complex technology problems relevant to the activities of the Agency; 
•    research on existing and new technologies (e.g. cloud, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, advanced data analytics) used in medicine and scientific research and perform experimentation and modelling;
•    collaborate closely with industry experts-such as computer scientists, software engineers and scientific staff of the Agency to solve complex computing problems and to determine the best way to customize a new software or hardware program for the Agency, the regulatory network or pharmaceuticals industry convenience and advancement;
•    perform as an integral member of our multidisciplinary team and help modernize and develop mission critical systems;
•    utilise abstract concepts of computer science for the development of modular and reusable functions and micro-services;
•    engage with end-users and subject matter experts to ensure the end-to-end relevance of provided solutions and services

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for consideration for this position, you are required to:


  1. enjoy full rights as a citizen of a European Union Member State, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway;
  2. possess a university degree in minimum of three years in computer science, computer engineering, applied informatics or related field, that must have been obtained by the closing date of this vacancy notice;
  3. have a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2);
  4. have fullfilled any obligations imposed by applicable laws concerning military service.

For criteria 1 and 2 you will be required to provide proof in the application form and at the interview stage. Failing to present these documents may result in the disqualification from the selection procedure.

Essential Criteria


•    Proficiency with object-oriented design, data structures and algorithms, software optimization and debugging.

Desirable criteria


•    Experience in solving complex technical problems and automating business processes.
•    Master’s degree in computer science, software engineering or relevant field.

Technical Competencies


  • Application Design – level 1: contributes to the design and general functional specification and interfaces.
  • Technology trend monitoring - level 2: exploits wide ranging specialist knowledge of new and emerging technologies, coupled with a deep understanding of the business, to envision and articulate solutions for the future. Provides expert guidance and advice, to the leadership team to support strategic decision making.
  • Innovating - level 2: applies independent thinking and technology awareness to lead the integration of disparate concepts for the provision of unique solutions.
  • Component integration - level 2: accounts for own and others actions in the integration process. Complies with appropriate standards and change control procedures to maintain integrity of the overall system functionality and reliability.
  • Documentation production - level 2: determines documentation requirements considering the purpose and environment to which it applies.
  • Needs identification - level 2: exploits wide ranging specialist knowledge of the customers business to offer possible solutions to business needs. Provides expert guidance to the customer by proposing solutions and supplier.

European e-Competence Framework 3.0

Behavioural competencies


  • Analysing and problem solving: able to tackle difficult problems/tasks. Evidence-based approach gathers information from a wide range of sources and viewpoints, analyses and evaluates it to reach sound conclusions. Proposes constructive solutions.
  • Communicating: presents a professional image of self, team and Agency. Conveys information clearly and concisely, adjusting style according to purpose and audience. Able to persuade and challenge diplomatically.
  • Delivering quality and results: manages own time effectively, responding flexibly, meeting objectives and quality standards. Demonstrates the financial and resource management expertise necessary to achieve results. Professional, focused on delivering quickly and effectively. Takes well-judged risks within own delegated authority.
  • Prioritising and organising: organises own work effectively to meet demanding objectives. Uses basic project management techniques to monitor delivery. Aware of resource implications and need to keep internal / external customers and stakeholders of the wider Agency informed. Strong focus on developing and maintaining efficiency in own and team’s working practices.
  • Resilience: as effective in times of normal business as in times of great pressure. Recognises some organisational frustrations are a feature of working life, but remains upbeat and persists, to deliver despite them. Supports organisational resilience by offering own or team’s support where there is pressure elsewhere. Tackles organisational frustrations within own area of control and is able to mitigate impact of difficulties or frustration originating elsewhere. At this level, demonstrates use of basic change management approaches to introduce change in own area, and has a strong focus on identifying changes which offer improvements in own area.
  • Learning and development: open and curious approach to new ideas, drawing on them and on experience to improve performance. Enthusiastic about personal development. Contributes to and supports corporate policies.

Selection procedure timelines



Deadline for applications

15 June 2021 at 23.59 CET (extended)

Preliminary assessments


Final assessments


Decision expected

Mid July 2021

Selection Process


Only eligible candidates (see eligibility criteria) will be assessed by the selection committee. 
Suitability and qualifications of eligible candidates will be assessed against the assessment criteria in different steps of the selection procedure. Before the start of the selection procedure, the selection committee decides which assessment criteria will be used at each stage of the process. Certain criteria will be assessed / scored only for shortlisted candidates during interviews (and / or tests).


All eligible candidates will be invited to preliminary assessments (cognitive ability tests). As a result of the preliminary assessments, highest scored candidates will be assessed further against criteria of the position. To allow selection panel to carry out this assessment, work experience, education and technical skills sections of the application will be considered.

Only the candidates with the highest total marks at the shortlisting stage will be invited to the next stage.

Next steps of selection will include a final assessment (Skype, remote test, etc.) and / or an interview and a test in EMA premises. Please note that due to current travel restrictions the assessment may be conducted remotely. All assessments are based on the assessment criteria listed in this vacancy notice. 

Reserve list and job offers
As a result of the assessments, the selection committee will recommend a list of most suitable candidates for the vacant position. Non-selected, but qualified and suitable candidates may be placed on a reserve list until the end of the next full calendar year (the validity period may be extended) for future recruitments.
Each interviewed candidate will be notified in writing whether they have been placed on the reserve list. Candidates should note that the placement on the reserve list does not guarantee an offer of employment.
More information about selection and recruitment at EMA is available at: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/about-us/careers.


Conditions of employment


In principle, the Agency offers a five-year renewable contract. Contracts of a shorter duration may be offered to the candidates placed on the reserve list.
The monthly basic salary, including the local weighting[i]  which adjusts salaries to the cost of living in the Netherlands compared to Brussels, is €3,935.91. Note this salary is subject to deductions of community tax, health insurance and pension contribution. 
EMA offers a final salary pension scheme and a world-wide medical insurance.
In addition to the basic salary, the jobholder may be entitled to various additional allowances, including family allowances, such as education allowance for dependent children of school age, and expatriation allowance. Relocation and / or resettlement allowances may also be available upon entry into employment.


[i] [i] The current weighting for the EMA's location in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is 113.9. Please consult the Eurostat and Commission websites for more information on weightings.


Domenico Scarlattilaan 6 - 1083 HS Amsterdam - The Netherlands

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

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