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9 Julio 2008


Traineeships at the ESPON Coordination Unit - Luxembourg

The ESPON Coordination Unit is looking for two trainees for a period of 5 months to join our international team.
We would like you to start preferably by 1 September 2008.

The ESPON 2013 ProgrammeESPON is a network providing European observation and evidence on territorial development and cohesion. The activities will be implemented as a programme under Structural Funds 2007-2013 and the objective of European territorial cooperation. The strategy is to enhance European knowledge, data and indicators on territorial structures trends, perspectives and impacts of sector policies which can meet policy demand and be useful for policy makers and practitioners around Europe. The ESPON 2013 Programme is the second generation of ESPON.
Applied research projects and targeted analysis based on ESPON results will be carried through until the end of 2013 by contracting Transnational Project Groups composed of scientists and consultants. The scientific platform for the European applied territorial research shall be further developed, including the ESPON Database and territorial indicators. The awareness and capitalisation of comparable information on European regions shall be boosted through events at European and transnational level. The budget of the ESPON 2013 Programme amounts to around 47 million euros in total.
All 27 EU Member States as well as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein are partners in the programme, which is managed by the Ministry of Interior and Spatial Development of Luxembourg. The European Commission is playing an active advisory role during the programme implementation.
You can find more detailed information about the ESPON 2013 Programme and the existing ESPON achievements and results on

The ESPON Coordination UnitThe ESPON CU will during 2008 reach a number of 12 permanent staff members and 2 trainees.
The CU is located in Esch-sur-Alzette, 15 km south-west of Luxembourg City. Access is easy by car or by train. The station is only 5-10 minutes walk away.

The job for the traineesThe ESPON CU offers a five-month period of training for young academics in the final stage of their university's degree or for Master students in spatial development and planning, geography, regional economics, European studies, political science and/or other fields related to territorial development.
The job will include a variety of tasks related to the ESPON 2013 Programme, both content oriented tasks (i.e. involvement in the launch of calls for proposals for applied research activities and targeted analysis) and management, financial or administrative tasks (i.e. involvement in project and programme monitoring from the financial and administrative perspective).

The work may as well include participation in communication activities, the map collection and other issues related to applied research projects and the reorganisation of files related to ESPON projects for public web access.
The work in the ESPON CU is organised in three clusters each dealing with a key area of the implementation of the ESPON 2013 Programme. During autumn 2008, one of the trainees will work on tasks related to the cluster related to project development and coordination. The second trainee will be involved in tasks from both the cluster related to programme, finance and budget and the cluster on capitalisation of ESPON results including elaboration of publications and analysis.
Please note that an allowance of 1.000 Euro per month will be available and it should be treated as an indemnity to support your living expenses during the traineeship.

Your profile You are a student registered at a University during the traineeship period and carry a passport from Member States of the European Union or from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein (full partners in the ESPON programme).

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Motivation and some knowledge in relation to European cooperation in the field of Structural Funds, regional policy and/or spatial development and planning
  • Excellent skills in speaking and writing English and preferably good communication skills in other languages (knowledge of the French language will be an asset)
  • Ability to become a strong team player, open and capable of working in a complex multicultural environment
  • Strong capacity to build networks as well as writing skills will be an asset
  • Acquaintance with the Windows Office applications (Word, Excel and Access). Experience with Corel Draw, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator and ArcMap would be considered an advantage.

How to applyYour application shall include a motivation letter, your Curriculum Vitae and copies of university diplomas (including the registration at your University) and other diplomas or certificates (in chronological order).
All the above mentioned documents shall be sent by e-mail to with the subject "LAST NAME FIRST NAME - ESPON TRAINEESHIP APPLICATION".

Deadline for submitting an application is Friday 18 July 2008, at 15.00 CET.

You will as applicant be informed at the beginning of August 2008 on the selection of trainees made.
The ESPON Programme applies the principle of equal opportunities between men and women.

Further informationYou can get further information about the job and the ESPON Coordination Unit by contacting:
-    Nuno Madeira (e-mail:, Tel.: +352 54 55 80 691) or
-    Klementyna Gąsienica-Byrcyn (e-mail:, Tel.: +352 54 55 80 692).


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