Recruitment procedures

The SatCen follows an independent and separate recruitment process from other EU institutions or other EU agencies. The SatCen is currently staffed by contracted agents recruited through open selection procedures.

The successful applicants of a SatCen vacancy will be offered contracts in accordance with the SatCen Staff regulations (Official Journal of the European Union No. L 123/7 of 16 May 2017). These Regulations still shows traits of the Western European Union (WEU), of which the Satellite Centre has been part of from its creation in 1992 to its Integration to the European Union on 1st January 2002.

When a post is vacant and cannot be filled internally, the vacancy notice shall be advertised stating the duties to be performed and the qualifications for the post.

The Director appoints the staff on the basis of merit and through fair and transparent competition procedures. The recruitment policy of the SatCen is to attract a high level of expertise and professionalism in order to fulfil the Centre’s mission. These highly qualified people come from all the Member States of the European Union.

The SatCen announces vacant posts on its Webpage. Notices of selection procedures may also be advertised on EPSO’s web page.

The notice of open selection procedure will provide information on the conditions and essential requirements needed for the post. Vacancy notices are advertised only in English.

Recruitment of staff members is limited to nationals of the Member States of the European Union. Staff members shall be engaged at the lowest step of the grade of the post for which they are selected. However, the Director may grant a higher step where this is justified.

Candidates invited for an interview or examination shall be entitled to a flat-rate contribution towards their travel and accommodation costs.

Staff member categories

The Staff are composed of Staff Members with international status governed by the SatCen Staff Regulations in force; Local Staff is governed by Spanish labour legislation, Trainee and National experts on secondment are subject to specific provisions.

1. Staff members

Staff members occupy budget posts listed in the table of staff annexed each year to the SatCen’s budget. The table of staff members differentiates between permanent posts and temporary posts. Permanent posts are posts relating to activities of the SatCen having a permanent nature. Temporary posts are posts attached to projects or activities of limited duration.

The grade assigned to posts within the SatCen is determined on the basis of the duties and responsibilities associated with each post, as well as the minimum level of formal qualifications normally required to competently carry out the duties.

Posts are classified in accordance with the categories and grades of the Coordinated Organisations (A, B or C grade):



The duration of appointment depends on the nature of the post held by the staff member:

Permanent Post: Staff members in permanent posts are appointed for an initial period of four (4) years. The staff member, not later than by the end of the third year of their appointment, will be informed either:

  • (i) that their appointment will not be extended; or
  • (ii) that their appointment will be extended for an indefinite duration; or
  • (iii) that their appointment will be extended for a fixed period, which shall not exceed four years if the Director considers it inappropriate to grant an indefinite appointment at that stage. Not later than one year before the expiry of this extension, the staff member concerned shall be informed either that his appointment will not be extended, or that his appointment will be extended for an indefinite duration.

Temporary Post: Staff members recruited in temporary posts cannot be appointed for more than four years. They may be renewable, for a maximum period of four years. Temporary posts will automatically be withdrawn if funding ceases to be available. This is in accordance with staff regulations, which include the end of the contract if no comparable other post is available for the staff member.

2. Local staff

Local staffs are auxiliary personnel recruited for short periods. They do not have the status of international staff and are entirely subject to the laws and regulations of the host State (Spain) where they are employed.

3. Trainee

In the frame of external projects, the European Union Satellite Centre may offer traineeships. For specific tasks, the SatCen seeks young university graduates with a specialisation in different areas of interest for the SatCen. The number of trainees depends on needs, available capabilities and budgetary possibilities.

The training enables the trainee to acquire professional experience by means of his/her work and to put into practice the knowledge he/she has acquired during his /her studies. (Training takes place within the fields of activity of the SatCen) The candidate for traineeship must be a national of an EU Member State. The normal period of training is 6 months.

The training period is unpaid however the trainee shall benefit from a monthly subsistence allowance.

4. Seconded national expert

The Satellite Centre recruits National experts depending on available capabilities and budgetary possibilities. The presence of National experts on Secondment at the Satellite Centre encourages the exchange of professional experience and knowledge in the field of Imagery Analysis. The Satellite Centre benefits from the high level of their knowledge and professional experience. National Experts must be nationals of an EU Member State or third States having signed the provisions on the association of third States with the European Union Satellite Centre’s Activities.

For open vacancies, the candidate should send his/her application to the Centre through the concerned Member States' Permanent Representation in Brussels. Secondment will be effected by an Exchange of Letters between the Director of the Centre and the Permanent Representation of the Member State concerned. Please read carefully the eligibility criteria, working conditions and the Rules on the Secondment of National Experts.

Please read carefully the eligibility criteria, working conditions and the Rules on the Secondment of National Experts.


How to apply

Please note that the Satellite Centre will only consider applications in response to published vacancy notices.

Please use the SatCen e-recruitment platform by following the link of the reference of the vacancy.

No applications can be accepted by any other means.

Do not send supporting documents with your application (i.e.: copies of your ID-Card, educational certificates, evidence of previous professional experience etc). Candidates invited for an interview will be requested to present for verification all original documents supporting every educational achievement and work experience they have referred to in the application.

Data protection policy

The Satcen collects and processes all personal data in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (the ‘EU Data Protection Regulation’).

Although you can browse through SatCen web pages without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to apply for a vacancy notice. The purpose of the processing of the data you submit is to manage your application(s) in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment at the Agency.

It shall be processed solely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. Should the Applicant have any queries concerning the processing of his/her personal data, these can be addressed to the delegated controller of the data in Human Resources or to the Data Protection Officer at the following e-mail:

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The complete Privacy Statement on the processing of personal data in Recruitment procedures can be consulted here.