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Researcher OSH & Climate Change

  • European Trade Union Institute
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: March 4, 2024
  • European Trade Union Institute
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: March 4, 2024
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The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is a leading applied research and training institute for the European labour movement. We use our expertise in research, training and workplace health and safety to advance workers’ interests and to support, reinforce and stimulate the European Trade Union action and identity.

The ETUI is seeking to recruit a full-time researcher on occupational safety and health consequences of climate change and green transition for the Research Department.

ETUI has a record of doing research on the many social and economic consequences of climate change and green transition for workers of around 15 years. Research on their occupational health and safety consequences, however, has started more recently (three years). Given the urgency and the relevance of the topic, ETUI wants to appoint a specialized researcher on the topic to set up a dedicated research program as well as a network of experts.


Within a dynamic international environment, you will work in a team of 7 researchers that covers a broad spectrum of occupational health and safety and working conditions issues from a European perspective. Your main task will be to design, conduct and manage – in cooperation with your colleagues and based on the work already developed – research on the consequences of Climate Change and the Green Transition for the health and safety of workers, and translate the evidence into policy recommendations.

An important element of your task will also be to set up and maintain a network of experts from trade unions, academia and other OSH professionals, for the purpose of regular exchange between EU and national level, and that will contribute to the development of conceptualizing and prioritizing the issue.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of occupational health and safety issues related to climate change and the green transition and their regulation at EU and national level. Because of the multifacetedness of the topic, you will be expected to engage with different discourses (including researchers, stakeholders, policymakers and practitioners), academic disciplines and regulatory fields.

You will operate in a political environment, and you will be expected to make the connection between your field of expertise on the one hand, and policy- and regulatory - measures on the other.

Furthermore, you are expected to represent ETUI at meetings in European occupational health and safety bodies and take part in international and European professional networks and to maintain contacts with universities and other research bodies. Importantly, you will provide expertise in support of European trade unions.

You will contribute to organising workshops, seminars and conferences, and publish the output of your research in ETUI publications and other media, also targeted at a broader public than the expert community.


  • At least a master’s degree in occupational health, or social or political sciences, or environmental studies;

  • Relevant experience in the field of OSH;

  • Relevant experience in climate change and/or green transition issues;

  • Demonstrable research ability;

  • Knowledge of the European trade unions;

  • Knowledge of the European Union and the European institutions;

  • Ability to work interdisciplinary and capability of connecting different discourses;

  • Good communication skills with a variety of audiences including the general public, OSH professionals and policy makers;

  • Good team-working skills;

  • Excellent knowledge of English (working language). Knowledge of other European languages is an additional asset;

  • Excellent writing skills, and the ability to ‘popularize’ thematics related to OSH, Climate Change and Green Transition;

  • Familiarity with standard computer applications;

  • Able to work independently and as part of a team in a multidisciplinary unit;

  • Reliable, dependable and proven sense of initiative;

  • Willing to travel to other European countries;

  • Experience of working in a transnational context is an asset.


The appointment will be for a full-time 3 year-period with possibility for renewal. The ETUI offers challenging and dynamic working environment, combining excellent professional and academic standards with close contacts to European policy makers. For further information visit: .

Only short‐listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Short-listed candidates will be provided with information on the relevant pay range and the method by which the pay for the job is established.

Furthermore, the ETUI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture and applies a policy of equal opportunities. Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of age, birth, disability, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, membership of a national minority, political (or any other) opinion, property, religion, gender or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

For any further questions regarding the vacancy, please contact Head of Unit for Health and Safety and Working Conditions Marian Schaapman:


Applications and supporting documents (cover letter, CV, list of publications, etc.) should be sent not later than 4 March 2024 by email to:
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To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to:

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