The EC's security advisor, ENISA, is trying to appoint an expert to head up its technical department, but Americans are excluded from applying

The European Commission is trying to recruit a technology leader for its IT security agency, ENISA.

ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) wants to recruit an information security expert to become the head of its technical department. ENISA advises the Commission on everything related to communications networks and information systems.

The successful applicant will lead teams devoted to three areas: security policy, risk management and security technology & architecture.

The Crete-based agency has set tough criteria. Applicants must already have 15 years of professional experience in IT security, including considerable work in European R&D, a degree, and must be bilingual in two EU languages.

They must be familiar with both the technology - encryption, public key certificates, firewalls, risk management and networks are all named in the job spec - as well as standardisation organisations.

They must also be able to prove their expertise by providing security publications and/or patents which they have written.

Applications must be made in two EU languages and the candidate must start "at the shortest possible notice".

As a final requirement, candidates must be a national of an EU state. Salary for the position, which will initially be for three years, was not advertised.

Experts who meet all these criteria have until 23 May to make their application.