Deadline: 05 Jun 2024

Published: 29 May 2024

Contact: EPB Secretariat

The European Polar Board (EPB) is recruiting an Executive Secretary to join their team.

The European Polar Board (EPB) is an independent organisation that focuses on major scientific, policy, and strategic priorities in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Current EPB membership includes research institutes, funding agencies, scientific academies and polar operators from across Europe. The EPB promotes multilateral collaborations between our Members and provides a single contact point for the global polar research community. The EPB advances the collective knowledge of polar issues, particularly in the context of European societal relevance.

The Executive Secretary works with the EPB Chair, the Executive Committee, and the broad EPB membership, to advance coordination in polar research effectively, foster multilateral collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Executive Secretary should initiate and maintain links with national and international organisations as required and will represent the EPB externally in major ongoing activities such as the IPY, ICARP IV, and other polar initiatives as deemed necessary.

The EPB is a partner in several large projects funded by the European Union (e.g. EU-PolarNet 2, Arctic PASSION, OCEAN:ICE, POLARIN, and others). The EPB’s work within projects includes communication with policymakers, organisation of events (both online and in- person) for a variety of audiences, and various other tasks related to policy advice and communications. The Executive Secretary leads the efforts at successful delivery of project responsibilities, leading Work Packages, Tasks and Deliverables on behalf of the EPB. From January 2025, the EPB will host the newly established European Polar Coordination Office (legacy of EU-PolarNet 2) within its Secretariat. From January 2025, the EPB Secretariat will be hosted by the University of Umeå, Sweden, where this position is based. At the start of their term, the incumbent will lead on setting up the new offices in Umeå, as well as the new Swedish legal entity for successful functioning of the EPB.

More information about the position, role accountabilities and application procedure can be found in the link below.

Last date for application: 5 June 2024