Traineeship on environmental sustainability assessment in the Directorate Banknotes

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Banknotes
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General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme (see further information section)

Grant The trainee grant is €1,070 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 27.08.2021

Your team

You will be part of the New Banknotes Section in the Directorate Banknotes. Our Directorate’s mission is to ensure the integrity of euro banknotes as an efficient means of payment and protect them against counterfeiting. The New Banknotes Section coordinates the development of new banknotes, from early research and development to the final banknote design.

The New Banknotes Section works together with third parties to ensure that our money remains secure and durable, and can easily be authenticated by citizens and automated devices, such as vending machines. It also develops new products and processes to improve the environmental sustainability of euro banknotes.

In your role as Trainee, you will be part of a team responsible for assessing the environmental impact of any change to the euro banknotes, working closely with the team in charge of the development of future new euro banknotes and the team responsible for the production of the current euro banknotes.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Trainee focusing on environmental sustainability, you will:
  • support the New Banknotes Section in all activities related to environmental sustainability;
  • develop models to assess the environmental impact of any variations in the design of euro banknotes, using the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method developed by the European Commission;
  • develop process datasets compliant with the International Reference Life Cycle Data System entry-level requirements and with the Environmental Footprint requirements;
  • contribute to the compiling and processing of environmental data related to euro banknotes;
  • support other activities related to the development of new banknotes.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to work closely with experts on the development of new banknotes, including research and development on new technologies, and to apply the PEF methodology to the development of future euro banknotes. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

Essential: 
  • a bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental sciences or in another relevant field such as chemical engineering, chemistry or biology, with a focus on the environment;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Desired: 
  • a master’s degree in environmental sciences or in another relevant field such as chemical engineering, chemistry or biology, with a focus on the environment;
  • experience in environmental impact assessment, in particular using life cycle assessment or similar techniques;
  • experience in data processing and assessment;
  • experience in developing models for environmental impact assessment using the PEF methodology;
  • experience in developing datasets that are compliant with the International Reference Life Cycle Data System entry-level requirements and with the PEF requirements.

You are curious and eager to learn and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe. You are keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Further information

For reasons of confidentiality, work carried out during the traineeship may not be used in any publication, thesis, external research, etc. without specific prior written permission.

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 months in total.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to join us is available on our website.

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview.