Liaison Scientist


Postdoctorate Position Permanent Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Uploaded 15 Sep 2020

Job Description

The Liaison Scientist, who reports to the Head of the Science Division in the Science and Operations Department of the Directorate of Science, is responsible for promoting and communicating ESA’s Science Programme to the Member States’ scientific community. You will also report functionally to the Head of the Contents Office in the News & Contents and Internal Communications Division of the ESA Communications Department to support the definition and execution of ESA’s communications activities on space science, acting as liaison with ESA’s Communications Department.


  • 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.

Person Specification

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

Behavioural competencies

  • Ambassadorship
  • Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Communication


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

Additional requirements

Excellent spoken and written communication in English is required. 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 would be an additional asset.