Graphic Designer (Print and Digital)

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

Job Description
EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences. We enable the best science by supporting talented researchers, stimulating scientific exchange and advancing policies for a world-class European research environment.

EMBO is seeking an experienced Graphic Designer to create and update digital and printed materials for a number of EMBO activities. The Graphic Designer reports to the Head of Marketing & Communications and is an integral member of the communications team, engaging the various external and internal target groups. This is an ideal position for a motivated design professional with a keen eye for appealing and target group-oriented design in the setting of an international life science organization.

The EMBO Graphic Designer

  • Works closely with the Head of Marketing & Communications, the other communications team members and the EMBO Programme teams to further advance EMBO’s visibility and reputation in the scientific community
  • Works on all stages of the design process, from concept through to production, including of printed and online ads, brochures, posters, flyers, certificates, printed and online banners, the EMBO newsletter, e-mail campaigns, illustrations, covers, and collateral materials
  • Works closely with the EMBO web designer to produce key visuals and layouts for digital communications
  • Creates slide presentations to represent the organization’s activities and its communities
  • Helps to ensure consistent branding across communications channels
  • Drives the further development of the corporate design, defines and updates design guidelines, and implements them across EMBO
  • Performs additional tasks as required by the EMBO Director

This position will occasionally require working outside of the normal working hours, in the evenings and/or during the weekend during programme meetings / other events.

Qualifications and Experience
We are looking for an experienced Graphic Design professional with a strong design aesthetic. A diverse portfolio showing outstanding conceptual skills and proficiency in typography, illustration and layout are a must. An interest in the field of molecular biology and an ability to analyze information and derive and create design concepts are crucial.

The ideal candidate has 3 to 5 years of design experience with technical and professional training. Experience in working in a service- and goal-oriented environment is desirable. The ideal candidate should have the following skills:

  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel).
  • A good understanding of current web technologies and interface design, including proficiency in editing HTML/CSS and understanding responsive web design.
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and excellent organizational skills in order to administer a range of activities in parallel.
  • High quality- and result-oriented working habits with a desire to innovate in design.
  • A team player – engaged, flexible, positive and enthusiastic.
  • As the working language is English, excellent written and spoken English is required.

Application Instructions
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Additional Information
EMBO is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

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