Science Writer with a good sense for PR - NIAS-KNAW - Amsterdam

Science Writer with a good sense for PR - NIAS-KNAW - Amsterdam

Published Deadline Location
4 Sep 18 Sep Amsterdam

You cannot apply for this job anymore.

Browse the current job offer or choose an item in the top navigation above.

Job description

You will work closely together with the NIAS Director, Head of Academic Affairs, and Communication officer. You will provide scientific writing and communications support.

In addition, you will work closely together with individual fellows and theme-groups in an interdisciplinary environment of scholars, artists, journalists and writers and gathering in-depth knowledge of their research within the field of social sciences, humanities and (occasionally) life-sciences.

You write and edit a variety of high-quality texts such as reports and summaries of academic events and publications; interviews; press releases; announcements; policy documents; regulatory documentation, fund raising documents, high-profile academic publications (books and articles) and web-content. You are the spokesperson for press and publicity.

You also contribute to the scientific communication strategy and are responsible for the execution of the scientific communication strategy by delivering high-quality abstracts, posters, presentations and web-content in a timely manner.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • You have a MA in social sciences or humanities with a broad interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • Work experience as a science writer or –journalist;
  • Experience with a variety of PR-tools (video, live-streaming, photography);     
  • You are able to write scientifically correct, sharp and sparkling content for a broad audience;
  • You are able to extract the essence of academic research and translate these into well written documents;
  • You are able to adapt your writing style to the target audience and medium.
  • You are pro-active, take initiative and responsibility, enjoy working in a team and inspire others with your enthusiasm;
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English (preferably a native English speaker), a similar fluency in Dutch is preferred;
  • You pay attention to detail and self-reflect on the quality of your work;
  • You are capable of working on several projects in parallel and prioritize appropriately.

Conditions of employment

The appointment at the KNAW for the benefit of NIAS is in the first instance an employment contract for a period of one year. Depending on relevant work experience, the salary is at least € 2,709.00 and at most € 4,274.00 (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) for a 38-hour working week. The KNAW offers attractive fringe benefits, such as an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, an 8% holiday allowance, a good pension scheme, 6 weeks' holiday on an annual basis and the possibility of buying/selling leave days. 


Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science (NIAS)

The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science (NIAS) is located in Amsterdam and is one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

NIAS offers fellowships to Dutch and International researchers. Our mission is to provide researchers with a physical and intellectual space to carry out advanced research in the humanities and social sciences: a safe-haven for curiosity-driven research and slow science. NIAS is committed to supporting independent research and knowledge exchange in a setting that is both collaborative and multi-disciplinary – breaking down cross-discipline barriers and facilitating innovative advances in the process. It engages with societal issues and contributes to current debates by organizing public events for a broad audience.



  • Marketing & Communications
  • Behaviour and Society; Language and Culture
  • max. 30.4 hours per week
  • University Graduate
  • AT2019-047


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Learn more about this employer


Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, 1012 CG, Amsterdam

View on Google Maps