Established in November 2019, Lungs Europe allows two important European organistions – European Lung Foundation (ELF) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) – to work in partnership and with all stakeholders in the respiratory field to drive policy and the regulatory environment in support of lung health at the European level. Lungs Europe is well placed to play a significant role in EU funding programmes and projects related to respiratory health and disease.

ELF is a patient-led organisation that works internationally to bring patients and the public together with healthcare professionals to improve lung health and advance diagnosis, treatment and care.

ERS is the largest scientific and clinical organisation in respiratory medicine in Europe. Its members are scientists, clinicians, allied healthcare professionals and other experts from around the world.


Job description

Lungs Europe is looking for an engaged, enthusiastic and independent-minded individual to work on a portfolio of seven European funded projects (IHI, H2020, EU4HEALTH and Horizon Europe) and possibly other projects in the future. The Projects and policy assistant will also support the policy activities of Lungs Europe by providing a high-level and proactive organisational and administrative assistance to the team.

The candidate will be involved in a range of activities, including but not limited to producing communication and dissemination materials, stakeholder interactions, sending and managing communications and organising events.

The successful candidate will report to the Lungs Europe Co-ordinator and will work in close collaboration with a 3-person team in Lungs Europe, but as well in a wider network (>80 employees) of ERS and ELF employees spanning three offices (Brussels, Lausanne, Sheffield).

The Projects and policy assistant should be prepared to travel for work several times per year and to organise and host multiple events per year online, in Belgium or other locations across Europe.

Location of employment: Lungs Europe office in Brussels (49-51 Rue de Tréves, BE-1040, Brussels, Belgium) with a possibility to combine with working from home (3 days per week). Lungs Europe as an employer encourages a personal and professional life balance and invests in trust relationships for its employees.

Job content

– Support a portfolio of seven IHI, H2020, EU4HEALTH and Horizon Europe projects and possibly other projects in the future: including:

  • DRAGON – COVID-19 and AI
  • OPTIMA – on lung cancer and AI
  • UNITE4TB – new TB clinical trials
  • FRESHAIR4LIFE – youth advocacy for reducing tobacco use and air pollution
  • COCOS-IPF – patient reported outcomes for pulmonary fibrosis
  • INTERACT – training for lung cancer
  • EURESTRISE – assessing usage of different tobacco product

– Roles within the projects include:

  • Reporting internally on project tasks and making any connections with ERS and ELF networks as needed.
  • Keeping accurate time records of your work, write meeting minutes and ensuring the deliverables are produced as required.
  • Liaising with relevant partners and stakeholders.
  • Facilitating, organising and coordinating events and workshops.
  • Contribute to the production of high-quality communication and dissemination materials and/or reports (including simple design and layout).
  • Prepare surveys and polls.
  • Working on social media channels
  • Any unforeseen tasks arising from the needs of the projects/Lungs Europe office.



– At least a bachelor degree or equivalent in experience
– Experience with project management
– At least 1 year of working experience
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
– Excellent IT skills, including in standard office software and in database management and online communication tools (Zoom, MS Teams)
– Experience in working in a team and with communities and multiple stakeholders
– Experience with deadlines
– Excellent soft skills/people skills
– Talent for organisation and eye for detail
– Able to work independently and as part of a team in an international context


– Experience of Adobe Creative Cloud or other design packages, and simple design and layout
– Experience of working with social media (including Tik Tok)
– Experience with European associations
– Experience in organising events
– Experience of working with patients
– Experience with the academic sector
– Experience in managing EU projects and specifically EU framework programme projects
– Experience in engaging with and/or starting a community
– Other language skills


– 100% position as an employee of Lungs Europe
– A long-term temporary contract (dependent on continued external funding)
– A gross monthly salary of between 2.000-2.300 euro
– Meal vouchers (standard Belgian system)
– Number of holidays: 24 days (if legal conditions in the previous year were met)- plus bank holidays and festive shut down
– The chance to work and network in an international environment of motivated and passionate staff and volunteers.
– The chance to contribute to a non-profit with an excellent reputation and to help science and society in your daily work.
– The chance to attend project meetings and events in Brussels or abroad several times per year (costs reimbursed).

Lungs Europe also offers depending on the relevance

– Office equipment including laptop
– Hospital insurance (DKV) and pension – after probation period
– Reimbursed public transportation

Selection Procedure

Applications should be sent by email to Pippa Powell

Applications can be submitted up to and including 31 November 2022, but please submit your application as soon as possible. We will evaluate on a rolling basis.

Applications should contain “Application: Projects and policy assistant” in the subject and contain:

– A cover letter (motivation letter) not longer than 1 A4 page.
– An extended cv (publication list not required)

Interview procedure

– Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a first interview by videoconference.

– Second interviews will be held at the Brussels office if necessary.

No travel costs will be covered by Lungs Europe.

Lungs Europe will not cover any relocation costs for the successful applicant.

Lungs Europe aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, gender, marital status, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, disability or chronic illness.