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Project Officer UAS Airspace Integration Research


Opening date
European Defence Agency
  • EDA - European Defence Agency
Vacancy Type
  • Public
Type of Contract
  • Temporary Staff
  • AD10
  • Brussels, Belgium

Target audience

To be considered eligible to take part in this selection procedure, on the closing date for the submission of applications candidates must satisfy all the eligibility criteria as specified below:

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties (extract from the “judicial record” or certificate of good conduct will be requested prior to recruitment);
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge (minimum level C1 oral and written) of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge (minimum level B2 oral and written) of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (SECRET UE/EU SECRET), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate;
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College; or where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

Only diplomas that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are the subject of equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration. In the latter case, the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment reserves the right to request proof of such equivalence.

For diplomas awarded in non-EU countries, a NARIC recognition is required:

Qualifications/diplomas awarded until 31/12/2020 in the United Kingdom are accepted without further recognition. For diplomas awarded after this date (from 01/01/2021), a NARIC recognition is required.

For native English speakers, your ability to communicate in another EU language will be tested during the selection process. To assess your foreign language levels, see:…


Only applications meeting all essential selection criteria will be assessed.

(1) Professional

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • a University degree (or equivalent academic degree);
  • at least 8 years of professional experience in the UAS and military aviation domains, and in particular relevant experience in the key responsibilities and domains mentioned in the duties section, acquired after the award of the qualification required as a condition of eligibility;
  • knowledge of EU bodies relating to aviation and their working process;
  • knowledge of Single European Sky related issues, particularly ATM, SESAR, R&T, and standardization in the field of UAS;
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
  • a very good knowledge of written and spoken English.

(2) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • ability to work in a team in an international environment;
  • ability to elaborate and manage larger projects;
  • strong conceptual, interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • effective management skills;
  • flexibility, tact and  a strong sense of duty and responsibility;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • accuracy and dependability;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.

B. Desirable

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • hold a (recognised) project management qualification;
  • experience of leading organisational and process change.

Why we are consulting

We are looking for a Project Officer UAS Airspace Integration Research.

Under the supervision of the Head of SES/SESAR Unit, the jobholder will be responsible for/contribute to the following activities:

  • identify, propose and support the development of military ATM, OPS and airworthiness requirements as well as requirements for research/development/implementation of UAS-related topics in the wider context of military aviation and particularly the integration of UAS in the airspace; 
  • monitor EU regulation for UAS (e.g. EASA), keep track of the military aviation implications of any EU initiative in the aviation domain related to ATM, OPS and airworthiness, develop and propose mitigation options in close coordination with Member States and relevant civil stakeholders; 
  • monitor and support all EU research initiatives in the wider context of military aviation, in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders (e.g. participating Member States, the European Commission, SESAR Joint Undertaking, SESAR Deployment Manager, Eurocontrol and NATO) and with a special focus on dual use solutions for UAS integration in non-segregated airspace; 
  • monitor all deriving safety implications and aspects with a specific focus on potential implications for the military aviation community (e.g. Risk Assessment methodology for UAS operations); 
  • ensure and support the continuous cooperation with national, EU and international aviation authorities in this context; 
  • support the harmonization of the Military Airworthiness Regulatory Framework requirements and the alignment with civil stakeholders, notably in relation to UAS integration in non-segregated airspace; 
  • contribute to a cross-cutting Agency approach on all ATM and OPS research activities, more specifically related to UAS; 
  • support activities in other international organizations, e.g. OCCAR, namely the aspects related to airspace integration of the EUROMALE;
  • contribute to the development of a Military Aviation Standardisation roadmap, by monitoring/participating to standardisation activities (e.g. EUROCAE);
  • contribute to support the EDA Single European Sky Military Aviation Board;
  • interact with international stakeholders in his/her/their area of responsibilities, chairing meetings and representing EDA in meetings, conferences and seminars; 
  • chair or act as secretary of, on behalf of Member States, international expert working groups related to UAS;
  • provide expert advice to military aviation policy makers.

Duties may evolve according to the development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management in the interest of the Agency.

Respond to the consultation

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight. Candidates are reminded that the on-line application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline.

When applying, candidates from Ministries of Defence or other governmental entities are encouraged to inform their national administration.

A selection panel will be appointed. Please note that the selection panel's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.

Each application will be screened based on the requirements of the job profile stated in the vacancy notice. The most suitable applicants will be called for an interview and a written test. Candidates may also be requested to take part in an assessment centre, participating in a number of individual and group activities related to the competences required for the post.

If recruited, you will be requested to supply documentary evidence in support of the statements that you make for this application. Do not send any supporting or supplementary information until you have been asked to do so by the Agency.

Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile. For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to recruitmentateda [dot] europa [dot] eu (recruitment[at]eda[dot]europa[dot]eu).

Additional information

The Project Officer UAS Airspace Integration Research will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period. Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent, grade AD10.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 10.211,93€ supplemented with various allowances, including as applicable expatriation or family allowances. The successful candidate will be graded on entry into service according to the length of his/her professional experience. Salaries are exempted from national tax, instead an Agency tax at source is paid. For further information on working conditions please refer to:

Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance certificate before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of the contract.

Candidates are advised that part of the recruitment process includes medical analyses and physical check-up with the Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establish a reserve list for the post of Project Officer UAS Airspace Integration Research at EDA. This list will be valid until 31/12/2025, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a post in EDA according to their competences in relation to the specific requirements of the vacant post. Inclusion on the reserve list does not imply any entitlement of employment in the Agency.

The Project Officer UAS Airspace Integration Research will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the Agency’s interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her/their independence.

EDA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons 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) 45/2001 and Decision No. 1247/2002/EC.

The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible pre-selection and recruitment at EDA. More information on personal data protection in relation to selection and recruitment can be found on the EDA website: