In view of the possible opening of a position of Sustainability Expert for the Horizon Europe-funded project Einstein Telescope Preparatory Phase (GA No. 101079696) the European Gravitational Observatory is seeking expressions of interest by potential candidates interested in joining our community.

We are looking for a candidate who, while being in the early stages of her/his career, has a good expertise in carbon footprinting and environmental modelling.

Interested individuals should submit their expressions of interest by email at , using ET-PP sustainability expert in the subject line, and including: a cover letter motivating their interest in the call (1 page maximum) and  a CV with a complete list of previous achievements and experiences relevant for the call.

TIMELINE: We will start reviewing expressions of interest on 1/06/2024, and then continue our evaluation throughout the summer – with additional monitoring cut-offs tentatively set for 01/07/2024 and 30/08/2024.

All correspondence and expressions of interest will be kept strictly confidential. Knowledge of the Italian language is preferable but not required, excellent knowledge of English is mandatory.

The European Gravitational Observatory guarantees equal opportunities in recruitment and career to women and underrepresented minorities.

DISCLAIMER: this is not yet a job vacancy advertisement. Based on the expressions of interest collected through this call, the European Gravitational Observatory will determine whether and when to open a public competition for this position. We target the recruitment before the end of September 2024.



Open Call for Expression of Interest

Profile sought. The ideal candidate must have expertise in carbon footprinting analyses, preparation of decarbonisation strategies, and environmental modelling.

She/He will also have expertise in one or more of the following areas: strategic sustainability plans; identification and assessment of sustainability risks; sustainability reporting system; definition of scenario analyses on climate change through the use of tools/research about internationally-recognised scenarios (e.g. IPCC); identification and quantification of the financial impacts of the risks and opportunities of climate change.


The ideal candidate must have:

  • extensive knowledge of the main sustainability and climate change topics, with at least two years of specific experience in sustainability reporting system and quantification of the impacts of sustainability risks;
  • extensive knowledge of the main guidelines for the preparation of sustainability reports, international standards and sustainability operating models;
  • excellent knowledge of English, preferably with study and/or work experience abroad.

Activities to be performed. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the ongoing ET-PP project, and specifically to the design of a sustainable research infrastructure. This includes: the assessment of the CO2 footprint of the future RI and the definition of a mitigation strategy to minimize its environmental impacts. She/He is also expected to provide inputs for the elaboration of a Sustainable Development Strategy.

Education: Master’s degree with excellent grades in economics, statistics or engineering disciplines and solid quantitative knowledge.

Closing date for applications

May 31st 2024