Communication Officer

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Sapienza Consulting is recruiting a Communication Officer to work within the Science Directorate in ESA-ESTEC.

  • Act as Senior Editor for the Science and Technology pages of the Science directorate, including the commissioning, editing and writing of articles and updates;
  • Act as administrator of the Science Editorial Board to review news requests and coordinate the publication agenda;
  • Act as “Point of Contact” for science missions internally (ESA project scientist and managers) and externally (Mission Science teams and communication partners);
  • Under the responsibility of the Science Programme Communication Officer support the drafting and implementation of annual and mission communication plans;
  • Organisation of media events, including briefing of speakers and follow-up of requests from media;
  • Set-up of outreach events agreed in the Science and Exploration Domain communication plan;
  • Support to launch and mission events and tasks and events defined in partnership and cooperation agreements;
  • Conception and conduct of social media campaigns, including the management of Science related social media accounts;
  • Conception, editing and writing of stories for ESA science portal and SciTech pages in English;
  • Obtain the necessary internal approval for publication;
  • Conception of storyboards for videos, animations and social media assets;
  • Represent ESA at science/outreach/communication conferences by giving presentations and to maintain and develop relationships with other science communicators and update own knowledge.
Ideal Candidate: 
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Astrophysics;
  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience;
  • Science, engineering or technological communication. A good synthesis ability and a thorough understanding and interest for science is needed;
  • In-depth knowledge of the missions and topics of ESA’s Science Programme;
  • International Media and Social media;
  • Good interaction skills and capacity to work under stressful situations;
  • A fair knowledge in the following areas will be considered an additional advantage:
    • Science communications
    • Audio-visual requirements
    • Graphic design and layout
    • Social media
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.
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