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Communication and Impact Development Officer (20 hours per week)

Job description

Your tasks

You will work together with researchers at the Department of Natural Resources (NRS) and support the Department in increasing its visibility and profiling its academic work. You will stay abreast with the outputs from staff and students and identify strong scientific and social impact themes then connect them with the Department Strategies 2021 - 2025. You have the insight and skills to create support for communication and engagement around the development cooperation themes (e.g. policies on international development cooperation by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and contribute to a vibrant student population and a strong (research) project portfolio.

You will have regular interactions with staff and PhD candidates to achieve a good mix and timing of our communication and engagement activities. You will weave the different input from students, researchers, project leaders and academic leads into a small number of strong themes and narratives that we will use for profiling our work. You will develop procedures/platforms for staff and PhD candidates to contribute to these theme/narratives. With this, you help the Department to get a complete picture of its expertise, outputs and achievements then use these to ‘market’ our work and impact. You will assess relevant platforms to be used to share the narratives considering the different relevant audiences (Department website, social media, (local) newspaper, scientific and/or professional journal and other types of media). You will maintain our department’s media presence and advise staff and PhD candidates on how to improve their media presence. You will develop guidelines to help the Department and its staff to reach maximum impact and visibility for funders, potential project partners, and the general public.

You are excited to work in an international team with project activities around the world. You combine a drive for scientific communication and rigour with creating societal impact. You enjoy collaborating with academics but are also comfortable communicating with broader audiences.

Your profile

Your profile


Have  background and proven track record in science communication. You know how to engage with staff across the Department and how to connect people and parties with divergent ideas

  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the academic background of the department (Earth Observation, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis)
  • Have a proven track record in science communication / journalism with expertise in developing impact through social media
  • Are pro-active, hands-on, result-oriented and focused on collaboration
  • Are comfortable working with online media and maintaining our website
  • Have affinity to work in an international team
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have enthusiasm to work in a range of international and interdisciplinary contexts
  • Have an excellent and fluent command of English
  •  Have good listening and speaking skills in Dutch and motivated to develop this into fluency, including in writing.

The following are an advantage but can also be developed over time.

  • Prior experience with working with partners from different sectors (public, private, civil oganisations) active in NRS research domain (https://www.itc.nl/research/research-themes/forages/).
  • Experience in virtual team management.

Our offer

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for one year. Prolongation of the contract after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 2,836.00 and € 4,474.00 (fulltime), depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Knowledge Valorisation Officer, level 4).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment

Information and application

Information and application

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. A.D. Nelson (e-mail: a.nelson@utwente.nl) and Ms. Esther Hondebrink (e.t.hondebrink@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 1 October 2021 (choose “apply here” below). Your application should include (i) a motivation letter and (ii) a CV with references.

About the department

The Department of Natural Resources aims to enable society to effectively develop and use geo-information and Earth observation knowledge and technologies for agricultural and environmental sustainability. These information sources and methods are used in novel ways to understand and characterise the processes that affect the availability, stability, quality, and sustainability of natural resources. The outputs contribute to better monitoring and managing of natural resources which in turn enables their sustainable use, development, and restoration under global change.

About the organization

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Communication and Impact Development Officer (20 hours per week)
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