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European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.

Giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the European Union should help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its scientific potential.

The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.

The European Charter for Researchers covers amongst others:

  • Recognition of the profession

  • Career development

  • Value of mobility


The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit: Merit should not just be measured on the number of publications but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.

The Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers covers amongst others:

  • Recruitment principles

  • Selection criteria

  • Postdoctoral appointments


OGS has endorsed the Charter & Code in 2005 and has implemented the principles in its policies and practices following the “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers” mechanism.

Download here the OGS action plan that presents the main activities to be implemented to improve alignment with the Charter & Code principles


OGS has obtained from the European Commission the “HR Excellence in Research” logo, becoming the first National Research Institution to get this recognition


Five reasons to choose an institution which has signed the charter and code:

  1. Your rights as a professional are recognised

  2. Your mobility experience is valued

  3. Your work-life balance is respected

  4. Recruitment transparency is guaranteed

  5. You will join a truly pan-European network consisting of research organisations and researchers


To learn more about the Charter & Code and the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers visit EURAXESS Rights