PR officer for research communications

PR officer for research communications

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6 Feb 15 Feb Rotterdam

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Job description

Does management research excite you? If you don’t get freaked out by the thought of initiating a conversation with academics, media representatives or business professionals, and you can put together and carry out a communication plan for, say, a video about research that you might have created and directed yourself, then you might be the next … 

PR officer for research communications

 … in the Corporate Marketing and Communications Department at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

Academic researchers at RSM study marketing, innovation, strategy, organisation, finance, data analysis and logistics and other fields in management. RSM is looking for a communications professional who can ensure that the school’s top-ranked research reaches the broad audience that it deserves through national and international media channels, and via our own communication channels. The goal is always to create impact and thought leadership in business, and to enhance the school’s reputation.

Your main tasks

You will be responsible for the school’s online research communication platform RSM Discovery: It features short articles, video documentaries and interviews with academics that explain academic research results concisely to the business community. It highlights the practical implications and societal impact of the research. For this, we’re looking for a PR officer with a flair for research communications.

You will be expected to:

  • independently and frequently initiate and produce multimedia content for the RSM Discovery platform, including journalistic videos (possibly with external help), articles, press releases and social media content (in English and Dutch)
  • create and implement a communications plan for each press release or video to generate national and international exposure, enhancing the reputation of the school
  • build relationships with national and international media representatives, and be the first point of contact for media queries on research matters

  • find, interpret and help to explain complex scientific management research to primarily business professionals in a clear, relevant and impactful way

  • assist with internal and external communications
  • advise, support  and prepare RSM academics for media appearances

  • work closely with the communication and PR manager, as well as with RSM’s online and editorial teams, to produce engaging multimedia stories.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Your qualifications

  • Higher professional education (Dutch hbo) or university qualifications
  • Proven experience in journalistic function with media, or as a corporate reporter
  • Ability to work with and supervise (external) vendors such as video teams
  • Understanding of PR, social media and creating the appropriate exposure
  • Excellent written and spoken English for internal and external communications (C1). Dutch proficiency would be a bonus
  • Affinity with academics and the academic world, in particular business administration
  • Knowledge of business trends
  • Experience with publishing online content in CMS
  • Extensive media network, or the ability to quickly connect with journalists and build a network

 Your competencies

  • Organisational sensitivity

  • An external focus

  • Results-oriented

  • Keen to take the initiative

  • Energetic, inquisitive and creative

  • Focused on multi-media; experience with social media and analytics for evaluation purposes

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment correspond with the collective labour agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary ranking is based on education and experience, and may vary from a minimum of € 2,588 to a maximum of € 4,084 gross per month (scale 10 CAO NU), based on a full-time contract of 38 hours. Erasmus University has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, and a generous number of vacation days.


  • Support staff (Clerical, Administrative, Facility)
  • Economics
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Higher Professional Education +


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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