We’re hiring: Space Situational Awareness Editor

Maria BennettMaria Bennett
  11 March 2018

EJR-Quartz has an opening for a native-level English communication professional who thrives on crafting raw facts into compelling content and information into news. You will work on site at the European Space Agency’s ESOC Establishment in Darmstadt, Germany, to provide editorial and communication support to ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme, boosting awareness among general public and specialised audiences of key topics and themes including space safety and Space4.0. The SSA editor function is a half-time position, but there is an option to combine with other EJR-Quartz projects.

The job

A passionate storyteller, you will work as part of an international team to produce and publish news and multimedia content aimed at general audiences via online channels including the ESA website and social media channels, and aimed at specialised audiences via other channels including online, print and exhibitions.

Reporting to the Communication Officer, the SSA Editor is responsible for researching, writing, editing and publishing articles and background information in mother-tongue English and in styles accessible to general as well as specialist audiences. He/she will also provide titles, captions, scripts and storyboards for multimedia content and coordinate the production of visual material.

Tasks include:

  • Actively seek out, write, edit and publish in flawless English newsworthy information of interest to the general public focussing on ESA’s SSA Programme and space safety activities, including news stories, articles, blog posts, social media updates, printed text, captions, subtitles and headlines
  • Plan, curate and update the SSA and related sections of the ESA website on a regular schedule using the approved content management system
  • Coordinate the production of multimedia content including video, animations and graphics; plan, write, edit and finalise storyboards, scripts, captions and titles; manage production schedules and approvals; interface with video and audio technical teams, editors and customers; liaise with designers, handle drafts at all stages and ensure final product quality and publishing
  • Ensure compliance of all text and other content to ESA house styles, graphic styles, CVI and editorial guidelines
  • Provide periodic support for content, news and information at and related to technical conferences, workshops or major expert visitor groups, including SpaceOps, Space Debris Conference, etc.
  • Provide communication support during normal work hours as well as extended hours, both on site and in other locations, during special events such as launch or manoeuvres
  • Travel, typically, two to five times per year


The requirement is for a native-level English editor, with a Masters-level degree in science, engineering or communications/journalism/media, with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in writing and editing on complex topics related to space policy, programmes, engineering and science for web/online channels and a wide range of audiences. Significant experience in multimedia production, social media and basic concepts of space science are also required. German residency and work permission are obligatory.

Contractual matters

The successful candidate must have residency and work permission for Germany, and will be employed by EJR-Quartz, under contract to ESA. This is a nine-month position, with possibility of renewal. The start date is as soon as possible. The position at ESOC is a half-time position, with an option to combine with other EJR-Quartz projects.

Closing date SSA Editor: 22 March 2018


Learn more about our company and meet the team at: www.ejr-quartz.com

If you think this is for you, tell us why you’d like to join our team. Please send your cover letter, CV and references to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com