All-round communication advisor

All-round communication advisor

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28 May 16 Jun Rotterdam

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Job description

Do you understand the importance of science for our world, both now and in the future? Are you a creative team player with exceptional skills in successfully developing and executing internal and external communication projects? Do you enjoy a variety of tasks? Apply now for the position of all-round communications advisor for Erasmus Research Services (ERS)!

Job description
As a communications advisor within Erasmus Research Services (ERS), you can shape the future of research (and support) by developing effective campaigns and content. Whether it's writing a catchy blog post, creating engaging social media content, facilitating a brainstorming session, or setting up a user-friendly website – all these strategies you can use to achieve this goal.

Your mission? Translating our organization's vision into tangible, actionable communication strategies and content. Through active engagement and inspiring stories, you will bridge the gap between science and the world, ensuring that the value of our research is understood and can have an impact. You will also ensure that the support offered by ERS in the areas of grant support, the promotion of open and responsible science, or the promotion of connections between academia and society, is effectively communicated within the organization.

As a communications consultant, you will have a varied and challenging range of tasks aimed at:
  1. Strategy: You translate questions from the management team or ERS colleagues into creative, result-oriented communication and content strategies. This includes developing a social media strategy around sustainable fashion to find the right partners, such as fashion innovators and policymakers; setting up an internal campaign for the launch of the Research Support Portal; or creating an internal content strategy to invite and involve scientists to open science workshops.
  2. Content: As an expert in research (support) communication, you create, coordinate, and manage content for research channels (website, intranet, and social media). You’ll spend about 50% of your time creating engaging content for targeted audiences and channels, including writing, editing, and visual content development. You ensure clear messaging and keep our channels functional, user-friendly, accessible, and up to date.
  3. Coordination and guidance: You will work in a team of 5 communication professionals. Together with the management team and your colleague communications advisor you coordinate the communication activities within ERS. In addition, you will supervise two communication staff members within ERS. On a project basis, you can also be responsible for managing communication agencies or external project managers.

Collaboration will be your foundation. You will work hand in hand with colleagues from ERS, researchers, communication experts and research support staff throughout the university. In doing so, you will understand the nuances of individual needs, and offer insightful and concrete advice.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


You have a demonstrable passion for science, preferably supported by several years of work experience in a research environment. You have proven experience as a consultant in the successful development and execution of internal and external communication projects. You can demonstrate the ability to understand and navigate the dynamics, culture, and politics within an organization.

In addition, the following job requirements apply:
  • You have completed at least a bachelor's degree (or equivalent through experience), supplemented by a completed education in communication;
  • You are creative and innovative and make connections easily;
  • You can convey stories clearly, enthusiastically, and persuasively;
  • You have a proactive, open, and collaborative attitude and bring a good sense of humor to the table;
  • Experience or affinity with supervising and coaching colleagues;
  • You'll feel comfortable in a partial role as a web editor, such as understanding CMS systems, building new pages, and creating user-friendly and accessible web content. Experience with Drupal is a plus;
  • In addition, we would like you to demonstrate content creation skills (these can be examples of your journalistic, (web) editorial, animation, video or photography skills);
  • You have an excellent command of Dutch and English (CEFR C1 level).

Conditions of employment

We offer you an internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with excellent working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

The start date of this position is 1 July 2024 and you will be based at Campus Woudestein - Rotterdam, in Erasmus Research Services (ERS). This position is for 0.8 fte - 1 fte. The salary is dependent on your experience and knowledge and ranges from a minimum of € 4.332 to a maximum of € 5.929 gross per month, Scale 11 on a fulltime basis (38 hours), in accordance with the CAO-NU. The contract is entered into for the duration of 12 months and can be converted into a permanent contract if performance is good and the organizational circumstances remain unchanged.

Everything else we offer you, you can find below!


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.

Faculty / Institute / Central service
Erasmus Research Services (ERS) advances excellent research and engagement to maximize positive societal impact. ERS creates conditions for transparent, inclusive, collaborative, and impactful research through strategic and operational expertise.

We provide pathways for talents to reach their full potential and we advance fruitful collaborations, enabling Erasmus University to be a front runner in embedding excellent research in society. The following areas of support are embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relatively young service department within Erasmus University Rotterdam and is steadily building and extending its service portfolio. ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus university Rotterdam (occasionally to Erasmus University Medical Center).


As communication advisor you are embedded in a team of 5 communication professionals at ERS. You report to the director of Erasmus Research Services.


  • Marketing and communications
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Higher professional education +
  • 4370


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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