Work with us

The team of the European Audiovisual Observatory is characterised by a passion for the audiovisual sector and dedicated work in a multi-cultural environment. If you would like to work with us, we invite you to periodically check our website for permanent or temporary positions. The Observatory also takes in graduates as trainees.

Permanent employment

Vacancies for permanent posts with the European Audiovisual Observatory are announced below and on the Council of Europe jobs website. Please note that all applications must be submitted via the Council of Europe online application system.

Temporary employment

The European Audiovisual Observatory currently has a temporary vacancy for a System Administrator – IT maintenance and development (Grade B4) to join us in Strasbourg as soon as possible

As system administrator you would contribute to the running of the IT Asset Management (chiefly Linux servers), the network, relations with other entities (mainly the Council of Europe’s IT Department) and maintenance of business applications (databases and on-line services) under the authority of the Executive Director and the Head of the IT unit of the European Audiovisual Observatory.

As system administrator, you would perform all or a combination of the following key activities:

  • Manage day-to-day tasks: provide user support, documents support/maintenance (third-party maintenance) procedures, monitor system alerts and take the required action, both corrective and preventative, monitor back-ups, update the servers and installed, software etc.;
  • Handle maintenance for the data scraping application for VOD services (project listing European films available on VOD) and keep the application in operational condition;
  • Play an active role in consolidating and improving the IT system, including by making suggestions for enhancing processes such as: containerisation of applications (Docker), devops, migrating SVN (Subversion) repositories to Git, securing web services and applications;
  • Report to your hierarchical superior on the situation and progress of activities and point out any problems;
  • Take part in projects to develop new applications and redevelop existing ones, particularly the Observatory's databases, where applicable in conjunction with outside companies.

The following competencies are required:

  • Professional and technical expertise:
  • Sound IT development skills: knowledge of web-oriented Open Source languages (Python, PHP, etc.) and scripting (bash), development environment (IDE), experience of associated frameworks and use of a collaborative development platform (Github);
  • Experience of system and Linux network administration;
  • Knowledge of web technologies : HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery;
  • Very good knowledge of one of the official languages (English or French) and good knowledge of the other.
  • Planning and work organisation
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Teamwork and co-operation
  • Concern for quality
  • Service orientation

It would be a plus if you had, in addition, the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of SQL language (preferably PostgreSQL) and RDBMS; notions of BI (Business Intelligence);
  • JavaScript React Framework (or equivalent MVC, e.g. Angular);
  • Project management;

and could bring with you adaptability and general communication skills.

Expressions of interest:

You are invited to express your interest, in English or French, by sending an application to applications.obs @ by 7 December 2018 at the latest.

Your application should include:

  1. A complete CV indicating which of the above competencies and possible additional skills you possess;
  2. A brief letter of motivation;
  3. Contact details allowing us to reach you easily;
  4. Information on your earliest availability.

You may also include the contact of a reference person if you so wish.

Whereas this position is limited to nine (9) months, the Observatory will be strengthening its IT Unit in the near future.
For any questions concerning this position, please contact Cyril Chaboisseau on + 33 390 21 6009

If this opportunity is not of interest to you, the European Audiovisual Observatory occasionally has other temporary employment opportunities for a maximum duration of nine months. Depending on the requested profiles, these positions may be published on the Observatory website and are open for direct applications. Alternatively, the Observatory may also resort to the Council of Europe pool of applications; you may therefore send a speculative application for temporary employment to the Council of Europe via its online application system.


The European Audiovisual Observatory is currently offering two traineeship opportunities.

  • Legal research traineeship in the field of media law;
  • Communication traineeship involving presswork, PR and social media.

If you are currently studying law or communication, and are looking to apply your knowledge in an international environment, then this opportunity might be for you.

If you are interested in either of these traineeships, please send your CV and a motivation letter stating which dates would suit you to: applications.ob[at] Please specify in your application which of the two opportunities interest you. 

The European Audiovisual Observatory welcomes graduates with a background in audiovisual media as trainees. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have the nationality of one of the Council of Europe member states;
  • Have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in one of the areas corresponding to the Observatory’s activities;
  • Have a very good knowledge of one of the three Observatory official languages (English, French or German) and good knowledge in one of the other official languages.

If neither of the current opportunities interest you, but you wish to be considered for traineeships in other fields please follow the general guidance below.

In order to apply, you can either send a spontaneous application to the above email address (flexible dates) or participate in the Council of Europe traineeship scheme,which comprises of two official traineeship sessions each year (beginning in March and September). For your online application with the Council of Europe, please specify your wish to work with the Observatory by selecting the following department:

  • Directorate General Human Rights and rule of Law (DGI)
    • Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime
      • European Audiovisual Observatory

Council of Europe traineeships last from eight weeks to five months. Irrespective of the way you apply, please note that traineeships are not remunerated.