Working at CETAF

Jobs & internships at CETAF's General Secretariat

CETAF aisbl is recruiting a:                                                                                                           

Project Assistant


The Project Assistant will be joining our team at the General Secretariat, in Brussels. The candidate will be primarily tasked with supporting the General Secretariat in running the ICEDIG project ( on Innovation and Consolidation for large-scale Digitisation of natural heritage. In this project, CETAF ( takes on different tasks, the main of which are to organise the communication and dissemination activities.

The successful candidate will furthermore support the General Secretariat in other projects as well as in the general activities involved in managing the CETAF network and providing services to its members. She or he will be supervised by and work closely with the General Secretary, as well as in collaboration with the rest of the CETAF team.

Specific Tasks: 

  • Assist with the implementation of the ICEDIG project, a project under the Horizon 2020 framework. This may include, among other tasks:
    • Project administration tasks, attendance of meetings, keeping minutes etc.
    • Design of surveys and more in-depth social research methods
    • Implementation of the Communication and Dissemination Strategy
    • Contribution to final reports
    • Organisation of events
    • Management of the project website
    • Provide content for the participation of CETAF in collaborative European and international projects and initiatives, from proposal writing to implementation and project management
    • Support in the organisation of CETAF meetings, events, General Assemblies, etc.
    • Other administrative tasks for the adequate functioning and development of the General Secretariat office and/or the Consortium


  • University degree, preferably in social sciences or biodiversity-related fields
  • Thorough knowledge of EU institutions and decision making processes
  • The ideal candidate will have the following specific competencies:
  1. Good knowledge of the EU structure and funding programmes (Horizon 2020 in particular)
  2. Experience in project development and proposal writing
  3. Experience in social research; qualitative and quantitative methods
  4. Computer skills including of the Microsoft Office tools
  5. Able to work well in an international environment
  6. Well-organised with an eye for detail
  7. Excellent writing skills
  8. Collaborative in nature and works well as part of a team
  • Languages: English is CETAF’s working language. Good knowledge of French and/or Dutch valuable. Other European languages an asset.
  • Knowledge of the CMS Drupal as well as of design programmes (Photoshop, InDesign or others) would be valued.


  • Start date: 14 May 2018
  • Work pattern: Part time (3 days/week, 24 hrs/week)
  • Contract: until 30 April 2020
  • Workplace: CETAF General Secretariat

       c/o Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

       Rue Vautier, 29

       1000 Brussels, Belgium


If you are interested, please send your CV and motivation letter in a single pdf file to the CETAF General Secretary, Ana Casino (, with subject line “ICEDIG Project Assistant” by 30 April 2018, 12 PM. Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of May 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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Jobs @ CETAF's member institutions & other organisations of interest

The Natural History Museum, London is looking for a Curator of Insects, particularly of social insects or beetles. 

  • Management of a collection of over a million insect specimens, ensuring best practice in collections care and providing access to natural history specimens in their taxonomic area.
  • Specimens are to be acquired, curated and made available to facilitate research, teaching, training, reference and exhibitions.
  • An emerging expert in their field of collections-based science, the curator will demonstrate ability in scholarship science (e.g. taxonomy, systematics, organismal biology) and have proven expertise in taxonomy and identification of either ants, termites or beetles.
  • The curator works with other curators within either the Hymenoptera, Small Orders or Coleoptera sections within the Insects division.

Application deadline: 2 May 2018

Click here for more information about this vacancy at the Natural History Museum, London.




The Finnish Museum of Natural History invites applications for the permanent position of CURATOR specialising in the systematics and biogeography of either vertebrates or invertebrates (excluding insects). At the moment, the Zoology Unit would especially like to strengthen its vertebrate expertise. The appointment will begin on 1 January 2019, or as mutually agreed.

  • The curator will be part of the Metazoa Team of the Zoology Unit (
  • Duties will include independent research in collection- and specimen-based systematics, zoogeography or anatomy - at any taxonomical level, and including genomic approaches.
  • The curator will have scientific responsibility for a part of the zoological collections, and take part in managing and enhancing them together with the team members.
  • As an expert in the field, the curator will support the development of the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (, and participate in the museum’s tasks related to teaching and societal interaction.
  • The curator is expected to be active in obtaining external funding, forming and leading his/her own research group, and supervising students and junior colleagues.


Application deadline: 6 May 2018

Click here for more information about this vacancy at the Finnish Museum of Natural History.



The University Museum of Bergen (University of Bergen, Norway) is inviting applications for the position of Associate Professor in Systematics (permanent position) at the museum's Natural History Department. The applicant would be working in one of the fields of lichenology, phycology, bryology or mycology. The position is tied to the herbarium BG, which houses the collections of lichens, algae, mosses, fungi and vascular plants and comprises a total of around 700 000 specimens.

  • A productive and innovative academic who will be a dedicated researcher in the systematics of one of the groups lichens, algae, bryophytes or fungi
  • Excellent track record in systematics and taxonomy of one of these groups
  • Conducts research on phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy, species diversity, biogeography, and/or evolutionary processes underlying past and present diversity patterns
  • Competent in both molecular and morphological methods of phylogenetics and taxonomy
  • The research should fall within the research strategy of the Department of Natural History, and is expected to have a global perspective but preferably be focused on a group that is present in the Nordic countries
  • The University of Bergen has a strong marine profile and therefore a focus on marine algae is of strategic interest for the museum and will be regarded as particularly interesting
  • A focus on an organismal group in which competence in systematics is lacking at the university museums at a national level is of higher priority than groups where there already is taxonomic expertise in Norway
  • The position includes curatorial responsibility for the scientific collections of lichens, algae, bryophytes and fungi, a total of around 200 000 specimens. The museum hopes to recruit a systematist with experience from curation of collections and other museum work and with a sincere dedication to collection development

    The selected candidate will take part in the production of exhibitions and other outreach activities at the museum. It is also expected that the employee will teach in his or her area of expertise and contribute towards a successful development of the research school in biosystematics (ForBio).

  • The new employee will be an active partner in the systematics research group at the department and is expected to submit extramural grant applications.

Application deadline: 23 April 2018

Click here for more information about this position.


CETAF regularly publishes Job opportunities.

You can also go to our members' page and visit CETAF institutions official websites for vacancy announcements.