Science writer (internship)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 6 months

Job Description
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the most highly ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The EMBL Administration is responsible for providing administrative services to 1,600 members of personnel from over 80 nations based at the headquarters in Heidelberg (Germany) as well as those at its sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Monterotondo (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain). The official languages of EMBL are English, French and German.

We are looking for a passionate and creative writer to help explain, promote and advocate the work of EMBL, a world leader in molecular biology research and service delivery.

In this role you will work closely with other writers and communicators to produce content to inform and engage EMBL’s key audiences.

Content you produce will be used across a variety of channels including scientific journals, reports, websites, magazines, social media and within multimedia content.

Day-to-day activities will include:

  • Interviewing, fact checking, researching
  • Synthesising and repackaging content for specific audiences
  • Writing, editing and subediting content
  • Developing and applying standards for language, format and style
  • Managing content online

Qualifications and Experience

  • Excellent English writing and general communication skills
  • Ability to understand complex scientific concepts and articulate these in engaging ways appropriate to a variety of target audiences
  • Excellent analytical skills, eye for detail
  • Ability to respond positively to critical feedback
  • Scientific background is a plus

The team
You will join writers, designers, web producers and communicators in the Strategy and Communications team. We’re an international, friendly and supportive team, with ties to scientists and professionals throughout EMBL and beyond.

Employment conditions
This is a training position suitable for a masters-level graduate looking to gain experience in science writing and communications. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Experience working in an international, collaborative environment in one of the world’s most respected centres for basic life science research.
  • Experience of the entire editorial cycle of corporate communications, from planning to delivery. You will build a portfolio of work that can include news pieces, features, social media posts, backgrounders and printed content.

This is a six month position with the possibility to extend for a further six months on mutual agreement. The position is based at EMBL’s site in Heidelberg, Germany. The position comes with a stipend and accommodation is provided.

Application Instructions
Please apply by contacting Adam Gristwood on and providing a CV, a cover letter and the contact details of two referees. Samples of your writing or other communications activities would be much appreciated.

Deadline for applications is 17 June 2017. The start date is negotiable and no later than the beginning of September 2017.

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