The European Spallation Source recruits from all over the world. Vacancies are advertised on our web site, as well as in various media over the world, and always in Europe. The aim is to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of ability and the requirements for the job. No applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. We find the diversity of our teams as a great asset, and characterize the exciting spirit of our workplace.
Selection of candidates
The selection of candidates is usually done 1-3 weeks after the deadline of applications. When selecting candidates we consider the candidate's knowledge (education, experiences), skills (ability to do the work, performance) and attitude (motivation, suitability for the position, behavioral competences).
Once your application has been examined, we will contact you either to invite you for an interview, or to inform you that you are not one of the successful candidates.
We always conduct two interviews. The first interview is focusing on the technical requirements and competences of the position, while the second interview is focusing more on the behavioral competences essential for the position. We will ask you for concrete examples of situations in the past where you may have had to demonstrate these competencies.
The first interview is either conducted in the ESS office in Lund, or in a video meeting. An interview panel, of 2-4 persons, will carry out the first interview, which lasts for about 1-1,5 hours. Sometimes the candidate will be asked to prepare a short written presentation of himself/herself and his/her career.
Second interview and visit to Lund
Candidates selected from the first round of interviews will be invited for a second interview, which will normally be carried out over a two-day period. The candidates´ family is also invited to visit Lund. ESS will cover your travel expenses and accommodation. Before the actual interview, you will meet someone from Human Resources, who will inform you about the ESS relocation package. Then we will conduct the interview, which last for about 2 hours. The interview will be with an interview panel of 2 or 4 members, including a representative of the Human Resources and one or more of the managers from the division which has the vacancy. Depending on the vacancy concerned, other staff may also take part. The interview is sometimes followed by a visit of the installations and/or the department with the vacancy. In certain cases, it may be followed by tests.
In addition to the second interview, the candidate, and family where applicable, will be guided around Lund and other surrounding cities by a relocation agency. This tour can also includevisits to potential schools and visits to different residential areas. The candidate will also be scheduled for consultations with our external tax consultants and pension/insurance advisors, to learn about the Swedish tax-, pension- and insurance system. In the second interview, you will be informed about the salary level for the position. The consultants have also been informed about the salary level, to be able to give you a good financial estimation. We think it is very important to give you as much information as we possibly can during this visit, for you to be able to decide about a potential employment offer and relocation.
If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment you will receive your employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by HR and the relocation agency. We will do our best to make your relocation as smooth as possible.
If your application is not successful
It is important for us to have a good communication with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.