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Vacancy: Science Writer with PR Skills

NIAS-KNAW is looking for a science writer with a good sense for PR (max. 30.4 hours per week). Deadline: 18 September 2019.

Job Description

You will work closely together with the NIAS Director, Head of Academic Affairs, and Communications Officer. You will provide scientific writing and communications support.

In addition, you will work closely together with individual fellows and theme-groups in an interdisciplinary environment of scholars, artists, journalists and writers and gathering in-depth knowledge of their research within the field of social sciences, humanities and (occasionally) life sciences.

You write and edit a variety of high-quality texts such as reports and summaries of academic events and publications; interviews; press releases; announcements; policy documents; regulatory documentation, fund raising documents, high-profile academic publications (books and articles) and web-content. You are the spokesperson for press and publicity.

You also contribute to the scientific communication strategy and are responsible for the execution of the scientific communication strategy by delivering high-quality abstracts, posters, presentations and web-content in a timely manner.


  • You have a MA in social sciences or humanities with a broad interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • Work experience as a science writer or –journalist;
  • Experience with a variety of PR-tools (video, live-streaming, photography);
  • You are able to write scientifically correct, sharp and sparkling content for a broad audience;
  • You are able to extract the essence of academic research and translate these into well written documents;
  • You are able to adapt your writing style to the target audience and medium;
  • You are pro-active, take initiative and responsibility, enjoy working in a team and inspire others with your enthusiasm;
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English (preferably a native English speaker), a similar fluency in Dutch is preferred;
  • You pay attention to detail and self-reflect on the quality of your work;
  • You are capable of working on several projects in parallel and prioritize appropriately.

Conditions of Employment

The appointment at the KNAW for the benefit of NIAS is in the first instance an employment contract for a period of one year. Depending on relevant work experience, the salary is at least € 2,709.00 and at most € 4,274.00 (scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) for a 38-hour working week. The KNAW offers attractive fringe benefits, such as an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, an 8% holiday allowance, a good pension scheme, 6 weeks’ holiday on an annual basis and the possibility of buying/selling leave days.

More Information

Please contact Head of Academic Affairs, Fenneke Wekker, e-mail address: fenneke.wekker@nias.knaw.nl.

You can send your application, consisting of a cover letter and your curriculum vitae, to Pamela Langerak (P&O Advisor; pamela.langerak@bb.huc.knaw.nl) stating “vacancy Science Writer”.

We strive to ensure that our workforce reflects the diversity in society in terms of age, gender and cultural background, among other things. We therefore appreciate it very much if candidates apply that can increase the diversity of the KNAW institutes.