Communications Officer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 Years

Job Description
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is looking for a Communications Officer to join its External Relations Team. The team of five is part of EMBL’s Strategy and Communications team, which includes writers, designers, web producers and analysts working across EMBL’s five sites in Europe. We are an international, friendly and supportive team, with ties to scientists and professionals throughout EMBL and to the broader science communication community.

This role calls for an energetic, enthusiastic writer with experience in media and building relationships with journalists. As our Communications Officer, you would work closely with leadership, staff and international collaborators to identify opportunities and deliver high-quality, engaging content on a variety of channels: digital, print and face-to-face. 

Collaborating with EMBL’s Head of Media Relations, you will develop and deliver EMBL-EBI’s press and media engagement activities, building constructive relationships with journalists, broadcasters and other key stakeholders. This includes production, coordination and distribution of press releases, reaching out to individual journalists and monitoring and evaluating resulting press coverage.
An important part of your role will be to support the creation of content that can be repurposed for many different platforms. You will also oversee the production of all of EMBL-EBI’s printed publications, which entails gathering and distilling information from teams throughout the institute. Ultimately, you will become a hub for information about the organisation and its innovators.

The wide remit of the External Relations team means you will be involved in a very broad range of projects covering communications, branding, events and public engagement. 

Qualifications and Experience
Our ideal candidate will be educated to degree level, but more importantly will be naturally curious and enthusiastic about building their existing knowledge of technology, innovation and the life sciences. We are looking for a person who will bring several years of hard-earned writing and press experience to this role, possibly from a journalistic background. Your demonstrable experience in handling press and media and your ability to write engaging content matter more than formal science writing qualifications.

We are looking for a sociable person who is happy to work as part of a team. Your interest in technology and innovation, excellent interpersonal skills and natural ability to connect with scientists, engineers, writers and media professionals will be invaluable in communicating complex science to the public and funders. Crucially, your flexibility will help you adapt to shifting priorities in a busy office, where no two days are alike.

You will need to be able to work independently, on multiple simultaneous projects, seeing them through from inception to completion, transparently and in conjunction with colleagues and stakeholders.

We hope you will also be well organised, a self-starter with excellent time-management skills and ability to prioritise. An excellent command of spoken and written English is necessary; knowledge of other languages is an asset. Experience working internationally would also be desirable, though not required.

Application Instructions
Please apply online through If you are shortlisted for the role you will be asked to supply examples of your work and to complete a short practical exercise.

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