ESS Recruitment Process

The European Spallation Source recruits from all over the world. Vacancies are advertised on our web site, as well as in various global media outlets, and always in Europe. The aim is to ensure that staff is 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 to be a great asset, and an essential element in the exciting spirit of our workplace.

Selection of Candidates

The selection of candidates is usually done 1-2 weeks after the application deadline. 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, behavioural competences). 
Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you either to invite you for an interview, or to inform you that you are no longer being considered for the position.


We always conduct two interviews. The first interview focuses on the technical requirements and competences of the position, while the second interview focuses more on the behavioural 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.
First interview
The first interview is either an online questionnaire session, or conducted in a video meeting, or it will take place in the ESS office in Lund. An interview panel of 2-4 persons will carry out the first interview, which lasts for about one hour. 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. ESS will cover your travel expenses and accommodation. The interview will be with an interview panel of 2-4 members, including a representative from Human Resources and one or more of the managers from the division that has the vacancy. Depending on the position, other staff may also take part. The interview is sometimes followed by a visit to the installations and/or the department with the vacancy. In certain cases, it may be followed by tests.
In addition to the second interview, you will be guided around Lund and other surrounding cities by a relocation agency. You will also be scheduled for consultations on tax, pension and insurances to receive more information about the Swedish tax system. 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.

Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment you will receive your employment agreement and all other relevant documents. At this time you will also receive our Code of Conduct, which you can find and read here. 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 maintain good communication with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.