Communications Officer Barcelona (parental leave cover)


Key information

  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 12 months
  • Grading: 5
  • Closing date: 12 July 2020
  • Reference number: BA00055

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About this position

EMBL is one of the world’s leading research institutions, and Europe’s flagship life sciences organisation. An intergovernmental organisation of 27 Member States, EMBL operates sites in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and provides life science training and service programs globally.

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Communications Officer to join us for nine months on a parental leave cover to support our research site in Barcelona and our wider activities in Spain. EMBL Barcelona was created in 2017, and we are continuing to grow and expand our activities at this new site, including communications and outreach.

A self-starter and comfortable working autonomously, you will play an important personal role in engaging stakeholders, partners and the public with the fascinating research, technology development, training and multinational services carried out at EMBL.

You will be a member of the EMBL-wide Communications Department and will also work closely with the agile, friendly and integrated EMBL Barcelona Administration team. You will have responsibility for a full range of internal and external communications and stakeholder support functions: at our Barcelona site; in Spain and, as a member of the wider Communications Department. In addition, you will provide some support to the Administration team on a range of tasks associated with the expansion and operation of the site and fostering its research.

We are an international, friendly and supportive team, with ties to scientists and professionals throughout European and global life sciences and supportive technologies.

Your role

  • Intensifying EMBL’s outreach with key stakeholders, including planning and organizing communications and stakeholder events for EMBL Barcelona, in close coordination with EMBL Barcelona management.
  • Establishing and maintaining active and effective relations with science journalists, science communications professionals, and local communication partners in Barcelona and the region.
  • Identifying and producing high quality content for multiple channels (media, social media and internal communications)
  • Writing and editing content in Spanish, English and Catalan
  • Organizing media events, visits and tours, and briefing and training spokespeople
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of EMBL’s media work in collaboration with the Heidelberg-based Media Officer.
  • Ensuring flow of information between the Communications team based in Heidelberg and the EMBL Barcelona site.
  • Performing some additional administrative as required by the Head of Administration. These could range from project management and processing of financial and other documentation to event organisation or induction of newcomers. These tasks may change depending on requirements as activities in this new EMBL site ramp up.
As our ideal candidate, you will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), ideally in a scientific subject, with experience in science media and/or outreach in a science-based environment.

You have

  • Several years of experience in a communications and/or media-relations role, ideally in a science-based environment at international level
  • An excellent command of spoken and written English and Spanish
  • A university degree or relevant professional qualification
  • A proactive, open and professional attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to manage conflicting priorities
  • Able to work independently as well as in the context of a team
  • A passion for science and the ability to communicate confidently and clearly about complex scientific issues

You might also have

  • Experience in working with social media and organizing various types of outreach events is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of other languages besides Spanish and English, particularly Catalan, German or French, is advantageous.
  • Experience working in an international environment is an asset.
  • An ability to travel occasionally to other EMBL sites

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family.

What else you need to know

Please note this post is a parental leave cover.

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

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


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