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Trainee (InfoCentre)

Type of position:  Trainee
Shift Type:  20 Jun 2021 23:59 CET

Selection procedure reference: EMA/TR/4948 

Deadline for applications: 20 Jun 2021 23:59 CET 


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a decentralised agency of the European Union (EU), located in Amsterdam. It began operating in 1995. It is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU.


The 2021 Traineeship programme is now open for applications 20 Jun 2021 23:59 CET, with an intake on 1 October 2021.


1. About the traineeship programme

The Agency is looking for motivated, qualified recent graduates or students on an Erasmus+ or other programme or PhD students, who are interested in gaining experience and contribute to the Agency’s work for every patient in Europe. The purpose of a traineeship at the Agency is to perform tasks that are predominantly in the interest of the trainee’s training and principally serve to increase the trainee’s knowledge and to gain relevant experience.


Placement description

We are looking for a trainee to support the Stakeholders and Communication Division/Communication Department (Information Centre).

Specific objectives and projects:

During your traineeship, you will participate and contribute to the following projects:


  • Performing research to aid the development of a collection development policy reflecting emerging scientific needs in line with EMA’s strategic priorities
  • Analysing the InfoCentre’s usage metrics and propose additional metrics to streamline the measuring of output of the InfoCentre’s services
  • Developing a set of bitesize information sessions as part of the InfoCentre’s information literacy programme provided to the Agency
  • Consolidation and update of the InfoCentre catalogue records and other datasets to ensure the data is in line with the newest cataloguing standards and that interoperability of data across various integrated library systems is guaranteed

Learning outcomes:

We will help you to:


  • Improve educational skills in the field of library and information science
  • Increase knowledge in collection management and cataloguing
  • Gain knowledge of innovative literature resources and information services including electronic databases in the field of medicine and life sciences
  • Increase experience in a customer-oriented role in an EU institution

Eligibility criteria

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

  1. enjoy full rights as a citizen of a European Union Member State or Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway;
  2. possess a university degree in Library and Information Science or similar (minimum of three years or more) that must have been obtained within the last 12 months (graduated between 01 May 2020 and 31 May 2021) or be a university student on an Erasmus + or a similar programme or a PhD student.
  3. a thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1) and good knowledge of other official EU language (at least B2) of the Common European Framework for Languages

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 procedure.

Behavioural Competencies

You will demonstrate the following behavioural competencies:

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

Selection timelines

Deadline for applications

20 Jun 2021 23:59 CET

Assessments (remote)

From mid-June 2021 to mid-July 2021

Decision expected

By end of July 2021

 Placement start

1 October 2021

Conditions of traineeship

The traineeship is offered for 10 months (1 October 2021 – 31 July 2022) and takes place at the Agency’s premises in Amsterdam. Traineeships are offered for either full-time or part-time (80% or 50%) combined with university studies.

The Agency pays a monthly stipend of €1,361.17 for a full-time traineeship (reduced accordingly for 80% or 50%) and a travel contribution upon joining and leaving the Agency.

Each trainee will have a mentor at the Agency who will guide the trainee through the programme.

The conditions of employment are stated in the Executive Decision on rules governing the traineeship programme at the EMA available here.



Domenico Scarlattilaan 6 - 1083 HS Amsterdam - The Netherlands

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


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