Communication professional

Communication professional

Published Deadline Location
19 Sep 3 Oct Enschede

Job description

“Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies” (Esdit) is an international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands. It has a combined budget of € 27 million, and is funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in the Gravitation funding scheme for excellent research, and by matching funds from the participating institutions. The duration is from January 2020 to December 2029. The programme has the aim of achieving breakthrough research in at the intersection of ethics, philosophy and technology / engineering and to position its consortium at the top of its field internationally. The consortium, counting over sixty researcher, consists of internationally well-known ethicists, philosophers, engineers and social scientists. The programme includes four research lines, “Nature, life and human intervention”, “The future of a free and fair society”, “The human condition” and “Synthesis: Ethics of Technology, Practical Philosophy, and Modern Technology-Driven Societies”.

You are responsible for the external communication of the Esdit programme, and also have a role in internal communication. You carry out these tasks in consultation with the programme manager, Wendy Aartsen, the programme leader, prof. dr. Philip Brey, the vice leader, prof. dr. Sabine Roeser and the management assistant, Seeta Autar. You implement policies outlined by the Daily Board (which, besides yourself, includes Aartsen, Brey, and Roeser) and the Management Board (the central strategic board, consisting of nine professors). Tasks include the following:
  • taking responsibility for the communication strategy for the research programme, together with the programme manager and researchers in the programme;
  • writing and editing news items, feature articles and other texts for various audiences and media concerning the relationship between technology, society, philosophy and ethics;
  • creating an original representation of the consortium on social media, using the latest techniques and software;
  • exploring and utilizing new tools (also for visual communication) and ideas to communicate messages to various audiences and in collaboration with stakeholders;
  • supporting researchers in the programme with their communication and impact activities and coordinating the external communication activities;
  • as communication advisor for the ESDIT programme you will join the Front Office team meetings of the Marketing Communication department (MC). The team consists of 18 colleagues with diverse functions and roles, communication advisors, marketers and online marketers. We all have our own projects but help each other in sparring on subjects where necessary.


University of Twente (UT)


  • Relevant education and past experience as a communication professional
  • A special affinity with science and technology and its implications for society, and have an interest in or orientation towards science communication and/or journalism
  • Excellent ability to write texts for various types of audiences and media, and are also proficient, to a more limited extent, at visual design
  • An ability to communicate effectively in English. (An ability to communicate in Dutch, or willingness to learn, is a plus.)
  • A professional who can creatively translate scientific findings to various audiences
  • Someone who is enthusiastic and has the ability to engage various stakeholders within and outside the research consortium and bring diverse viewpoints together
  • Starting date is December 1st, 2023 or January 1st, 2024 (negotiable)

Conditions of employment

  • A part-time position of 20 hours per week for a three-year period. After three years, there will be an evaluation of effectiveness and suitability within the project. When positive, this can become a permanent position
  • Starting salary between € 3.226 to € 4.036 gross per month based on your experience (scale 10)
  • Excellent employment benefits, including an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay on top of the annual income
  • Working from home is possible


Philosophy section. This position will be embedded within the philosophy section of the University of Twente. For further information, visit

Additional information

A full programme plan, including details about organizational structure and policies, can be requested from Seeta Autar at See also the programme website: For questions about the vacancy, please contact Philip Brey (

Your application, including a letter of application and a curriculum vitae, can be uploaded until Tuesday, October 3th (23.59 PM CEST).


  • Marketing and communications
  • max. 20 hours per week
  • €3226—€4036 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 1427


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 3 Oct 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).