Jönköping University has adopted the EU Commission’s Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as part of the work aimed at increased internationalisation and increasing internationally competitive research at the seat of learning. Systematic work is now being undertaken with the aim of implementing the Charter and Code and apply for HR certification.

– the European research is to become the world’s most competitive

In 2005 the European Commission put forward a recommendation regarding the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The background was the wish for European research to be strong and to support and structure the EU's research policy.

In order to the European Comission's aim to strengthen Eurpoe to become the world’s most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy,  the Charter and Code aim to 

In accordance with the European Comissions's ambition to strenghen Europe to be the world's most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy, the Charter and Code aims to improve the conditions for free research, promote the open labor market for researchers by increased mobility, combat discrimination in all forms, promote access and exchange of knowledge as well as promote continuous quality work at European universities.

The HRS4R work at JU is governed by the Strategic Committee for Research, led by the Vice President for Research. The work is followed up by the JU management team.

– the Charter for Researchers and the Code for the Recruitment of Researchers

The Charter and Code consist of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as employers. The Charter and Code comprises a framework for researchers and employers which encourages them to act in a professional and responsible manner and with insight into the recruitment process and the equal treatment of all applicants. The Charter and Code are aimed at all researchers within the European Union at all stages of their career and covers all areas of research within the public and private sectors.

Employers who join up to the Charter and Code signal their undertaking to act in a responsible and respectable manner and to provide fair conditions for researchers, with a clear intention of contributing towards the development of the European research area.

– a distinction for employers for a good working environment for researchers

The HR-strategy HRS4R is a support and tool for the employer in regard to the work on implementation of the Charter and Code. The HR certification 'HR Excellence in Research' can be awarded by the EU Commission following a thorough analysis of the employer’s work to meet the intentions of the Charter. That is, to have a staff policy and other conditions through laws, agreements and other guidelines that ensure a stimulating and good working environment for researchers.

Questions about the 'HR Excellence in Research' work at Jönköping University?

Please contact Chief HR Officer Ingrid Estrada-Magnusson