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Science Officer – 1 year, Full time

The Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences is seeking a science officer for biodiversity science-policy communication, 1 year (replacement) contract, full time


The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is a science-policy interface providing services to scientists engaged in biodiversity research and policy makers. We are presently seeking to hire a full time science officer to work on communication activities for a 1-year period (replacement employment contract),


She/He will be engaged for implementing the Platform communication strategy, developing related scientific communication tools/activities, and providing support to the Platform science-policy and networking activities such as its communities of practice.

More specifically:

  • Assisting in developing and editing Platform outreach and scientific publications including the elaboration of layout and design (policy briefs, meetings reports, press releases, articles, websites...)
  • Producing, disseminating and updating the Platform main communication tools and media: 'Biodiversity Newsflashes', news section, Twitter account, etc.
  • Supporting the organisation and facilitation of scientific meetings and events
  • Elaborating a presentation of the Platform in collaboration with the Platform team to be presented to Belgian scientists in universities and research organisations
  • Creating templates and internal procedures to enhance the efficiency of the Platform secretariat and contribute to an effective internal communication
  • Advising the Platform team on outreach opportunities, how to improve Platform activities’ visibility and efficiency of its communities of practice
  • Creating press relations by updating the existing press file contacts and by elaborating press releases on Platform activities and organising press conferences when relevant
  • Maintaining and updating the website contents using the CMS developed by the Platform webmaster


Degree: MSc in science, biology, communication, public relations, or journalism.

Technical competences:

  • Provable experience in scientific communication
  • Knowledge of environmental and biodiversity policy
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English; and having one of the three official languages (Dutch, French or German) as mother tongue
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills
  • Ability to create and design engaging communication tools
  • Computer skills and knowledge of web-based content management systems, mailing systems, databases and social media
  • Skills in design softwares (Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign-Photoshop-Illustrator)

Generic competences:

  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for biodiversity research and policy
  • Flexibility, ability to adapt quickly to new issues, proactive attitude.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, take initiative and to exhibit self-motivation

We offer:

  • A short-term contractual position of 1 year (replacement employment contract, starting 1st October) based at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
  • Salary and conditions according to the conditions applicable at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences for a contractual agent of class SW1 of the scientific career.
  • Free public transport between home and work


Job interview will take place on 23-24th July. Applications should be sent no later than 14th July 2014 to Aline van der Werf: (subject: Science communication officer) with a CV, cover letter and any evidence demonstrating the skills and competences we are looking for. For further information on the actual job content, contact Angélique Berhault: +32 (0)2 238 34 98 or

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Last modified : July 15, 2014