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All our current vacancies are also available on Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe online application system. Go to to create and submit your online application.

Director of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare   Grade: A6
Salary: from 148 000 EUR gross per annum 
Contract Type: Renewable fixed term contract
Location: Strasbourg (France) 
Reference: Vacancy Notice n° e1/2021
Deadline for applications: 2 February 2021


We are looking for a senior manager with a sound scientific background, able to provide vision and leadership to a flagship organisation in the field of quality of medicines and healthcare, both at a strategic and operational management level, with very good decision-making skills, including the capacity to take decisions in a complex political environment and in crisis situations.   

Main responsibilities of the job: As the Director of the EDQM, you will define the Directorate’s strategic orientation whilst leading about 400 staff members in their daily activities. You will provide high-level expert guidance in regulatory and scientific questions to the Directorate and work with other Council of Europe bodies and sectors as well as establish and maintain relations with national, European and international bodies.

Please consult the vacancy notice for more details.

What we offer:

  • an exciting and dynamic job, leading the EDQM’s future efforts to protect public health in Europe and beyond;
  • the responsibility for a team covering a wide variety of professions and scientific expertise;
  • the opportunity to work in a leading international organisation with a multinational/multicultural workplace – over 20 nationalities work at the EDQM which is situated in the European quarter of Strasbourg;
  • an attractive income tax-free salary  and benefits package, including health insurance and additional allowances such as family and expatriation allowances (as appropriate). Please consult the Conditions of employment page.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and have the nationality of one of the 47 member states, please submit your application using our online recruitment website. For more information about the EDQM see our institutional video.

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  Temporary recruitment

Short-term employment opportunities (up to 9 months in a calendar year) might become available to cover staff absences, periods of increased workload or to support specific projects. The contracts can be monthly or daily temporary contracts and can be an excellent way to gain experience or new skills. This type of contract cannot, however, lead to longer term employment - this is accessed through separate recruitment processes.

Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Environment (HSE) Support Assistant   Grade: B3 Salary: from €3 600/month (gross)
Contract Type: Temporary contract (maximum 9 months)
Location: Strasbourg (France) 
Deadline for applications: 22/01/2021
Applications: please send your CV and motivation letter in French to:

As HSE Support Assistant your role will focus on:

  • assisting with the review and revision of HSE measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic, on the basis of the Council of Europe recommendations, and ensuring their implementation in EDQM buildings (ensure availability of materials, organisation of practical aspects, follow-up of suspected/confirmed cases and related actions such as cleaning, etc.);
  • contributing to the HSE risk assessment of the EDQM’s new site near Metz and creating and updating relevant quality documents; taking part in the update of the “Document Unique d’évaluation des risques professionnels” ; ensuring that the associated preventive measures are effective;
  • following up on periodic inspections, waste management (including hazardous industrial waste), and HSE audit actions for Metz or Strasbourg;
  • organising HSE training for staff and external companies working in Metz or Strasbourg.

As a minimum, you must:

  • hold a higher education degree or qualification (equivalent to the first cycle of the Bologna process framework of qualifications for the European Higher Education Area) in an area related to the activities of the post (chemistry, biology, industrial hygiene, safety, environment, quality);
  • have a very good knowledge of one of the two Council of Europe official languages (French) and good knowledge of the other (English);
  • be a citizen of one of the 47 member States of the Council of Europe;
  • be under 65 years of age.

Asset: have relevant professional experience in the area of industrial hygiene, safety and environment.

Demonstrate to us that you have the following competencies:                                                             

  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • good computer skills of standard tools in office applications (Word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, databases, electronic document management systems, e-mail clients and internet browsers). 
  • ervice orientation

  • Planning and work organisation

  • Teamwork and co-operation

  • Concern for quality

  • Communication

Place of work: Your workplace will be based in Strasbourg. However, trips will be planned to Metz on a regular basis.  

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All our current vacancies are also available on Applications must be made in English or French using the Council of Europe online application system. Go to to create and submit your online application.

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We are happy to welcome trainees to the EDQM. For you it is a chance to gain valuable experience in a complex multi-cultural and stimulating work environment. For us, we benefit from the enthusiasm, motivation and skills that new graduates bring. To qualify for a traineeship, you should normally be in your final year of study in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or in a similar domain. Traineeships last for up to six months. We welcome spontaneous applications (CV and motivation letter) at We will get back to you in case a traineeship position matching your profile becomes available.

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