Research and Innovation Manager

SolarPower Europe is a member-led association representing the European solar PV sector. SolarPower Europe’s aim is to ensure that more energy is generated by solar than any other energy source by 2030 and lead our members to make solar the core of a smart, sustainable and inclusive energy system. We are an award-winning association and have over 250 members spanning 35 countries. We produce thought-leading energy market, business and policy analysis and support our members through creative and successful advocacy campaigns. We offer a dynamic working environment within a close-knit and multicultural team in Brussels.


Brussels, Belgium


30 June 2022

International Cooperation Department

Full time, permanent position


We are seeking a highly motivated professional to lead SolarPower Europe’s contribution to the Secretariat of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV). ETIP PV is a platform that mobilises all stakeholders sharing a long-term European vision for PV, helping to ensure that Europe maintains and improves its industrial position, in order to achieve a leadership position within the global PV market. The Research & Innovation Manager will be in charge of several key tasks of the ETIP PV Secretariat, including the update of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, and the coordination of ETIP PV Working Groups.


This position is a perfect opportunity for an ambitious and talented individual to work for a continuously evolving technology key to the energy transition, and make a change by coordinating research and industry efforts to scale up solar PV in Europe and beyond.

The Research & Innovation Manager will report to the Director of Global Affairs.


Main tasks

  • Leading SolarPower Europe’s contribution to the ETIP PV Secretariat, including:
    • support to the ETIP PV governance bodies, 
    • coordination of working groups,
    • supporting the organisation of events,
    • Drafting the update of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the ETIP PV Vision,
    • Community building of research and industry stakeholders,
    • Project management of the ETIP PV Secretariat project on SolarPower Europe’s side.
  • Prepare briefing notes, presentations and relevant materials in relation to ETIP PV, solar energy research & innovation.
  • Create, maintain and extend a strong network in the field of solar energy research & innovation.
  • Contribute to the content of ETIP PV’s communication channels such as the newsletter, social media, website.
  • Disciplinary responsibility for a junior project officer supporting the ETIP PV Secretariat.
  • Performing any other tasks or duties required as applicable.
  • Contributing to SolarPower Europe’s other research projects, including contribution to proposal preparation as well as implementation.



  • A passion for the energy transition, and a hardworking, result-oriented individual. 
  • A university degree in a relevant discipline such as Engineering, Material Science, Renewable Energy, Political Science, Economics.
  • At least 6 years of relevant work experience in solar energy research & innovation.
  • Knowledge of the European research and innovation policy framework for energy.
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in project management, ideally with Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe projects.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multi-stakeholder projects and working groups.
  • Good communication skills and good public speaking skills.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Fluency in English.



 A CV (maximum 2 pages) and motivation letter (maximum 1 page) should be sent to by 30 June 2022 COB quoting ‘Research & Innovation Manager 2022’ in the subject line. 

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Only candidates with a valid EU work permit will be considered.


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