Communications adviser for EXCITE2 network

Communications adviser for EXCITE2 network

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18 Jan 19 Feb Utrecht

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Join the EXCITE² Network in an exciting 4-year marketing and communication role for 19 European research facilities in material (geo-)science and microscopy.

Job description

Join the Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University in an exciting four-year marketing and communication role, within the EXCITE2 network. This is your opportunity to work within a network of 19 leading research facilities dedicated to material science and microscopy in the field of geosciences. Central is highlighting the network's access to cutting-edge laboratories, showcasing the forefront of scientific exploration and innovation in geosciences.

Your job
We're seeking a dynamic Marketing and Communication Adviser to convey our facilities and discoveries to diverse audiences, spanning academia, industry, government, and the public. Your primary focus is communicating the vital role of Earth materials - minerals and rocks - in sustainable development, including e.g. storing carbon dioxide and hydrogen for sustainable energy and sourcing critical metals for the energy transition, and the pivotal role that EXCITE2 is playing. You will also help unfold the stories that minerals tell, e.g. about Earth's history, the origins of life, and the mechanisms behind earthquakes.

As part of the EXCITE² initiative, you will collaborate with leading-edge microscopy facilities, helping to reveal the properties of Earth materials all the way down to the atomic level. We are a community committed to open science, and we are looking for a Marketing and Communication Adviser who will work closely with project managers and scientists, taking charge of communication and outreach for the entire consortium in an open and effective manner. Your role additionally involves promotion of the project results to the broader (scientific and non-scientific) audience and to governmental organisations.

If you want to make a difference in geosciences by contributing to the future of Earth-material sciences, join us! Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • communication and outreach related to EXCITE2;
  • stakeholder management, engaging new communities of users, connecting researchers from academia and industry;
  • setting up a social media strategy and maintain the dissemination activities;
  • bringing people together by co-organizing EXCITE events, trainings, and meetings;
  • organising the development of an augmented/virtual reality tool for EXCITE2.


Utrecht University


We are looking for a colleague who brings multiple of the following skills, experiences, and competences:
  • a Master's degree in marketing/communication;
  • extensive and proven experience as marketeer or communication adviser;
  • affinity with science and technology as well as science communication;
  • experience or affinity with international collaborations;
  • excellent communication and negotiating skills;
  • fluency in English, both written and verbal;
  • willingness to travel abroad occasionally (within Europe);
  • the capacity for strategic thinking;
  • independence and proactivity.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • a position for four years;
  • a working week of 28 - 40 hours and a gross monthly salary between €3,226 and €5,090 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 10 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.


Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing tomorrow.

Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth’s core to its surface, including man’s spatial and material utilisation of the Earth – always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The home base of the position is at the Department of Earth Sciences at UU. The department conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts a highly international tenured staff of over 50 scientists and more than 110 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Our research programme spans four intertwined themes: Climate & Life, Earth interior, Earth materials, and Environmental Earth Sciences. We house or have access to a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

The department and its facilities are located at Utrecht Science Park. Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of nearly 360,000 and forms a hub in the middle of the country. Its historical city centre and its modern central station can easily be reached from the Science Park by public transport or by a 15-minute bicycle ride. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water, as well as a broad variety of shops and boutiques.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility); Marketing and communications
  • Natural sciences
  • 28—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 3536



Princetonlaan 8a, 3584CB, Utrecht

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