Whom are we looking for 

Based in Barcelona, you will work full-time in quality of junior consultant. With a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and, ideally, some professional experience, you are looking for the opportunity to bring your insights and methods to the world of research and innovation policy

You come from any discipline, but you have an interest in regional development, research and innovation in Europe, industry, higher education, societal challenges and public policy. Although our team members can and do participate in projects in all topics, the current offer is looking mainly for candidates with interest and knowledge in regional science and innovation policy, industrial policy, analysis of sectoral and technological R&D portfolios, science to business collaboration, etc.

Perfect working knowledge of English and Spanish is required and professional level communication skills in Catalan would be a great plus. French, Italian and other European languages would also be welcome. Capacities in data analysis (spreadsheet-level) are essential. Advanced skills in quantitative methods / data science would be a plus. 

As a member of project teams, you will gather evidence to build a case, review literature, realise surveys and interviews, make proposals, travel with other consultants to meet clients or moderate participatory workshops. With high standards when it comes to writing a report, defending an argument, or looking for data, you like dialectics. With good communication skills, you feel comfortable interacting with senior management of institutions, and with multidisciplinary project teams at SIRIS.  You will regularly travel to meet our clients (twice or thrice a month, 1 or 2 day trips).

We will provide the possibility for you to explore different themes and aspects of the work of a consultant and will appreciate initiative and independence. In a few months, you are expected to be autonomous and take on a project-management role.


Selection process and calendar

  1. August 16th. Deadline for applications. Applications should include:
    1. An updated CV
    2. A cover letter
  2. August (depending on availability) and September. Sequential selection phases
    1. First interview (in person or via conf call)
    2. Written test (a short multilingual written test with project-inspired exercises to demonstrate skills in evidence gathering, analysis and communication of insights)
    3. Final round of interviews for selected candidates (in person; travel and accommodation covered by SIRIS)
  3. Final selection.



CV and cover letter must be addressed to jobs@sirisacademic.com with “Junior consultant – July 2019” in the email subject line.



Full time position (40 hours/week).  Our hiring model includes a trial period of 6 months, the extension of which is confirmed in a feedback and assessment session. After 2 years at most, the contract becomes permanent. Twice a year, both salary and career development are discussed during a joint assessment session. More regular feedback sessions take place whenever the employee feels that it is useful.   



  • Salary depends on experience and is in line with industry standards (more info).
  • All work related expenses will be covered by SIRIS Academic.
  • Workstation in a shared office + Laptop.
  • Relocation/moving budget as a contribution to cover part of the related expenses.
  • According to our internal policy, SIRIS Academic may distribute a fraction of the yearly profits among all employees in the form of a salary bonus.
  • A beautiful and lively office in downtown Barcelona, with 360º views and nice perks.


Context: who we are and what we do

What? We are a consulting firm. We work with decision makers in the public or non-profit sector, and provide them with insights, processes and tools, which challenge them to think and enable them to accomplish their mission better.

Our services can take many forms: a strategic or analytical report, a business intelligence tool, interactive data visualisations, a participatory workshop, a coaching session, the moderation of a discussion, a strategic recommendation, etc.

But if the form varies, the core is always the same: what matters to us is to help leaders and stakeholders make better, more informed and more accountable decisions for the benefit of society.

How? We approach problems as researchers would: questioning systematically, proposing models, looking for evidence. We never defend a position which we have not tested as deeply as we can. We provide decision-makers with the tools and arguments to take decisions but we also understand that their job involves political compromises and that the ideal decision is not always either possible or optimal.

Who? Born from research, our team of 22 people is a colourful mix, with specialties ranging from archaeology to physics, and philosophy to biology. Together, we represent 7 nationalities and speak many languages. Our team is held together by a strong ethical vision, based on the respect of the contribution of everyone, the belief in collective wisdom, and a deep curiosity.

Where? Based in Barcelona, we work mostly in Europe, with a strong base in Spain, France and Italy, and activities in the UK and Germany.

With whom? Our clients are leaders and managers in regional governments, ministries, universities and research organizations, not-for-profit foundations, etc.

In which sectors? Currently, most of our activity focuses on the sectors of higher education, science & innovation policy, regional development and social impact. 

And…. why? Deep down, we want to make the world a better place by improving public policies. We are strong believers in the power of science-based evidence, participative approaches and accountability processes to improve the way public policies are designed and decisions taken, day after day.