The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy . Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. The research carried out by JRC contributes to jobs and economic growth, a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility, consumer protection and safety and nuclear safeguards.

The JRC employs over 3000 people, from EU countries and candidate countries. The JRC offers various temporary and permanent work opportunities and training for scientific and technical staff. Over two thirds of the staff work on scientific projects to help resolve current and future scientific challenges. Other staff members carry out administrative or support activities.