Liaison Scientist

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10366]

Field(s) of expertise
Education and STEM
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Liaison Scientist.


• Develop and maintain the ESA Science Programme communication strategy vis-à-vis the Member States’ scientific community;
• Liaise with the Science Project Scientists to understand their missions’ community-specific communication interests and to support them with implementation as part of the communication strategy;
• Liaise and cooperate closely with the Science Programme Communication Officer to help identify important content relevant to ESA’s communication strategies vis-à-vis both the scientific community and the general public;
• Manage, for the Science Programme, the Communication Plan aimed at the scientific community, and contribute to the Annual Communication Plan aimed at the general public and to the Communication Budget Plan for Science;
• Manage the Directorate of Science’s online presence focused on the scientific community, using the posting and production resources shared with ESA Communications;
• Provide communications support for scientific community events such as scientific workshops and conferences, and annual international meetings;
• Organise the content necessary for the production of videos, graphics, animations (2D, 3D, and interactive virtual reality) focused on the scientific community;
• Oversee/coordinate the production of content and imagery using the data of operations missions, including those of the Hubble and Webb telescopes.


Technical competencies

• Background in one or more of the following domains: solar systems science, astrophysics, space science;
• Experience in liaising with the scientific community;
• Experience in Science Communication.


A PhD degree in astronomy, planetary science or solar physics is required.

Additional requirements

The following qualifications would be an additional asset:
• Additional qualifications in communications or journalism;
• Active research career;
• Broad range of scientific interests;
• Experience in developing communication strategies and planning communication campaigns (including in social media);
• Experience in scientific writing and/or developing content and visual material for science communication;
• Fluency in Spanish, German, French, Italian or Dutch.

For a complete job description and to apply, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 07 October 2020.


If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia and Slovenia.

We offer

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an equal opportunities employer that offers competitive salaries exempt from national income tax and excellent employment conditions, such as allowances for expatriates and relocation support.
For more information: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA

About us

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
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