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A science officer (m/f/x) for biodiversity science-policy communication

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform is seeking a science officer (m/f/x) for biodiversity science-policy communication, 1 year contract, full time, at our office at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences. The Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF) is a science-policy interface body funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and is supported by a Cooperation Agreement between the federal and concerned federated authorities. Within the field of biodiversity, it acts as a broker between policy, science and practice. We are presently seeking to hire a full time science officer to work on communication activities for a 1-year period.


She/He will be engaged for implementing the Platform communication strategy, developing related scientific communication tools/activities, and providing scientific support to the Platform science-policy and networking activities such as it’s topical issues.  She/he will be under the supervision of the BBPF Operational Coordinator/Communication Coordinator.


  • Participating in the strategic communication and visibility of BBPF internally and externally
    • Create and publish content on Platform social media and Platform website
    • Keeping the Platform website up to date and monitoring use
    • Producing, disseminating and updating the Platform ‘Biodiversity Newsflash’.
    • Maintaining and updating the website contents using the CMS developed by the Platform webmaster
  • Supporting the organisation of science-policy meetings and events
  • Lead and take forward a topical project when needed
  • Providing scientific support to the Platform science policy and networking activities such as data entry and ad hoc tasks as required.

General tasks

  • Support different requests and queries from various Platform experts
  • Supporting the BBPF Operational Coordinator with reporting and analysis


MSc in science, biology, communication, public relations, or journalism.


  • Ability to work on multiple projects at a time, each with its own specific needs.
  • Excellent networking and communication skills :
    • Enthusiasm and having the ability to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment.
    • Some experience in science communication and or with data management
    • Demonstrated experience in event planning, organisation and facilitation is a strong advantage.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills
  • Some knowledge of Adobe CC Indesign , Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Acrobat Pro, CSS, HTML,  Javascript  are a plus, otherwise interest delivered to quickly learn the software ;
  • Basic knowledge: Word / Pages, Excel, Powerpoint ; 
  • Ability to create and design engaging communication tools.


  • Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for biodiversity research and policy ;
  • Flexibility, ability to adapt quickly to new issues, proactive attitude, self-motivation ;
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, take initiative and to exhibit self- motivation.


Excellent mastery of English spoken and written ( graphics hardware, communication ) and knowledge base of French and Dutch ( for communication with external colleagues) 

We offer

  • A short-term contractual position of 1 year (replacement employment contract, starting 1st September) based at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
  • Salary and conditions according to the conditions applicable at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences for a contractual agent of class SW1 of the scientific career.

How to apply

Interested persons are invited to send their CV as well as a cover letter and if possible a portfolio with examples of graphic or previous communication achievements, no later than Sept 15th, 2021 to Divija Jata, Operational Coordinator for the Belgian Biodiversity Platform,  by email : . 

Interviews will take place in September. Start of work : preferably on 1st November 2021.



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