Vacancy – Science Communications Officer at TBVI

TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (, a unique product development partnership (PDP) in the field of TB vaccine R&D, is recruiting an early to mid-career dynamic person for the position of “Science Communications Officer”.

Location: Lelystad, The Netherlands / Europe (offsite work possible).

Minimum educational background:

  •  Advanced Degree in a Health Sciences or Scientific Communication related discipline, preferably in the field of immunology / infectious diseases /vaccines.

Professional experience:

  • A proven track record in writing scientific articles in the area of Health Sciences (immunology / infectious diseases / vaccines) for target audiences of both policy decision makers and funders as well as the scientific community.
  • A proven track record in writing health R&D grant applications and proposals.
  • Experience in professional use of latest communication technologies and tools.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills across a range of media.
  • Experience in giving presentations.
  • Experience in working with high profile senior researchers.

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills using a variety of mediums, such a text , graphics, and audio (for print, online and other outlets).
  • A keen interest in health life sciences and scientific discovery.
  • Must be able to meet the needs of the audience; both in content and presentation.
  • Must have a methodical approach to compiling information.
  • Must be very persistent, objective, creative and resourceful.
  • Strong analytical and project management skills.
  • Confident and dynamic personality.
  • Ability to work in a small team with flexibility

Languages: Scientific English at professional level (Native speaker or C2 level) required. Other languages at professional level highly appreciated.

Job description:
To carry out activities related to TBVI communications, using a variety of communication tools and technologies. These activities include:

  • Writing of scientific articles on TB vaccine R&D for various target audiences.
  • Writing R&D grant applications.
  • Organisation of (scientific) meetings.
  • Scientific press releases.
  • Internal reports on TB vaccine R&D related news.
  • Annual reports.
  • Website + twitter + linkedin + e-newsletters (management).
  • (Scientific) Powerpoint presentations.
  • Contact with scientific community.
  • Other activities related to TBVI communications.

Additional information: Preferred starting date 1st of October. Competitive salary. Initial contract for 1 year with intention to convert into permanent contract. The role is available on a full time basis with possibilities to discuss part-time alternatives.

Applications: To apply for this position, please send your CV and a motivation letter to  at the latest on 15th August 2016.