Dive into oceanography with Mercator’s new Ocean Explainers!

From outlining the importance of the oceans to highlighting the current policies put in place to protect them, the Ocean Explainers summarise – and yes, explain – the fundamentals of oceanography through both various definitions and visuals.

After almost nine months of intensive work by our EJR-Quartz and Science Office team we are pleased to be able to announce our role in a new series of Ocean Explainer webpages, published by the Copernicus Marine Service, implemented by Mercator Ocean International on behalf of the European Commission.

The pages aim to expand common knowledge about the ocean and make it accessible to all. Terms such as deoxygenation, eutrophication, and acidification are mentioned by the media increasingly often, but their meaning and implication are not always clear. And what about operational oceanography, data processing, Earth modelling, and ocean modelling? To bring these concepts within anyone’s reach, we helped develop these pages for the Copernicus Marine Service from concept to finish.

EJR-Quartz and Science Office have worked together to not only compose these pages, but also create infographics and animations, and promote them on various platforms. The text, combined with infographics, animations and a comprehensive user platform, is the result of nine months of hard work, and we are proud to finally see these pages live.

The information found on these pages covers an array of topics, through three key themes:

  • Phenomena and threats: covers the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the ocean, such as ocean warming and acidification
  • Policies: summarises the strategies put in place to protect the ocean
  • Operational oceanography: presents the science behind oceanography.

Studying the ocean is becoming increasingly necessary to understand the ocean-climate nexus, the myriad of effects brought by climate change, pollution and other such threats. The more we know about our ocean, the better we can conserve it.

You can explore the full Ocean Explainers on the Copernicus Marine Service’s website. We hope that these new pages will prove useful to you!

Issue 168 of the DLRmagazine is out!

The latest edition of the DLRmagazine, the German Aerospace Center’s modern science communications publication, is now available – with a little help from us!  EJR-Quartz is responsible for the English edition of this publication. 

In the latest issue of the DLRmagazine we delve into the fascinating world of quantum computing with the cover story ‘Qubits hit the ground running’. Quantum computers have long been considered among the most exciting future scientific prospects. The article provides an insight into the unprecedented possibilities afforded by the new technology and highlights the many ways in which DLR is involved through its Quantum Computing Initiative.

Next, we’re treated to an overview of Matthias Maurer’s Cosmic Kiss mission. The German ESA astronaut is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on 31 October 2021. In the ‘Cosmic heartbeat’ article we learn about Maurer’s preparation for the mission and the experiments that will take place on board the ISS.

Once again, wind and solar energy play a central role in this issue, as we get a sneak peek of the currently under construction Krummendeich Research Wind Farm and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the DLR Institute of Solar Research.

But there’s much more! NASA’s asteroid mission Lucy, which was launched on 16 October, is given an extensive presentation, and we dive into the DLR Central Archive to pay tribute to the ‘female computers’ – the young women who performed calculations for DLR’s predecessor organisations.

As always, the DLRmagazine features news, articles, interviews, retrospectives and media reviews. How does that sound? You can download issue 168 in digital format or subscribe to receive a printed copy of the magazine free of charge.

Happy reading!

-Guest Post by Simone Morelli, Junior Editor

About the author: Simone holds a degree in foreign languages and literature from the University of Rome. Prior to joining EJR-Quartz he ran an independent book publishing company and worked as a music journalist and as a linguist in the business and literary fields. 

Discovering new ways of working

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting us all, the health and safety of our employees and clients is of course our top priority. In our field of science communication, we are fortunate to be able to continue working for our clients from our own homes. All our staff are now working remotely, bringing challenges but also some unexpected discoveries.

Our team and our clients are located across six countries, so we’ve had to take into account the different national guidelines and policies concerning the coronavirus. We’re following the health advice of the local authorities in all the countries in which we work (Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, UK and Portugal).

While we are all used to working with colleagues in different countries, teleworking is a new experience for some, and plenty of adjustments have had to be made! Factors such as living arrangements and children of course have a huge impact on daily life now. Creating new workspaces for ourselves, daily routines and building a moment of calm into the day have all helped to make working from home possible.

But along with the challenges of home life and a constant flow of online meetings, we’ve made some positive discoveries too. Colleagues are happy to take a few moments of their day to catch up or check in on each other and happy to lend a hand when needed. Technical glitches in Skype meetings provide a giggly moment, coffee is always close at hand and there’s no commuting stress to consider. There’s always time for a weekly virtual team aperitivo, and of course every day is casual Friday!

Our headquarters may be temporarily closed, but you can reach us as usual by email, telephone, Skype, Whatsapp, WebEx, Zoom or any other platform of your choice!

Helping ESA to tell its story

At EJR-Quartz, we’re starting the year with a bang! We’re delighted to announce that we have won a new contract to provide 360-degree communications services to the European Space Agency (ESA).

ESA was looking for a single communications service for all its channels, across three main pillars: editorial, video/image and graphics. So we’ve teamed up with graphics experts Publicis Sapient and TV and video specialists World Wide Group to form a consortium dedicated to providing integrated communications solutions to ensure the Agency speaks with one voice, on message, every time.

Frédéric Le Gall, ESA Communications Head of Production and Management Support Division, explains the thinking behind the new service provision model: “ESA was looking for a streamlined communications service to optimise workflows and improve coordination. We wanted a single provider to cover all our channels, providing everything from editorial services to video and graphics support – admittedly, a tall order! The EJR-Quartz consortium provides the knowledge and experience to meet our needs and help ESA reach the largest possible audience.”

As the Prime contractor, EJR-Quartz provides all editorial and publishing services; Worldwide Group is responsible for the video and related distribution services, including ESA TV and ESA Web TV; Publicis Sapient provides graphics services, including CVI and environmental branding.

Erica Rolfe, the Service Manager leading the consortium, explains: “Our companies have been working together for a number of years, most notably for coverage of launches and other special events, but also on a daily basis. Our winning consortium is the formalisation of a long-standing relationship, combining strong storytelling skills with graphical excellence and extensive TV and video experience”.

Our three-year service contract is already off to a flying start, providing communications coverage of the return to Earth of Luca Parmitano and the launch of Solar Orbiter this week. We’re proud to be helping ESA to tell the next chapter in its story, from the Moon to Mars and beyond!

Science and Storytelling: sharing scientific research outside the lab

This year’s EMBL event, Science as Storytelling: From Facts to Fictions, looked at the role of storytelling in science and the challenges and risks of using narratives to communicate science in the modern world.  Attracting a diverse crowd from astrobiologists and filmmakers, to rock musicians and members of our own EJR-Quartz team, the conference explored the place of scientific research in the world outside the lab.

Held by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the 20th conference in its Science and Society series took place in Heidelberg, Germany. Science Editor Joshua Tapley tells us more.

Storytelling and science have always been entwined. As language developed and we began to share helpful stories around the campfire, those who prospered were the ones who learned from each other which trees were safe to eat from and which to avoid. We set in motion the development of the deep human connection to anecdotes and personal experiences. Even today, we find that these connections are often more persuasive than facts and data. Stories stick with us.

At the Heidelberg conference, speakers included scientists, authors, literature professors, and journalists. They brought together a wide range of perspectives on the ways that storytelling can be used in the world of science. The panels covered how scientists themselves can write captivating research papers without compromising their scientific value, using media such as comic books to present science to new audiences in creative ways, and the responsibilities of scientists and journalists in the era of ‘fake news’.

Many speakers echoed the idea that those wishing to misinform and manipulate are free to craft amazingly convincing narratives, without the constraints of reality. But, for scientists and science communicators, the challenge today is to make the truth of our current scientific understanding even more engaging than fiction.

The conference explored how the stereotypes around science and scientists have changed over the last 100 years of entertainment media, the growing interest for stories depicting the work of a scientist more accurately – ‘Lablit’ – and the struggle between artistic freedom and scientific accuracy in film and literature.

In the end, the event left us with its own anecdotes. The opening talk on the driving force behind many scientists – the thrill of discovery – claimed that the excitement of making a breakthrough is shared by scientists, artists, songwriters, authors and many others. This theory was immediately supported by a musical scientist in the audience: “People often ask me what connects my passions as a scientist and a rock musician,” he said. “I always tell them: absolutely nothing! But actually, you’ve hit the nail on the head, they both give me exactly the same thrill.”

Having learned so much over the two days in Heidelberg, we are better equipped to share these thrills with the world in more creative and engaging ways.

Design matters: Science Office joins EJR-Quartz

After six years of close collaboration, we are delighted to announce that EJR-Quartz and the Science Office are now one. By bringing the Science Office’s expert graphics and video skills under our umbrella, EJR-Quartz is now able to offer a complete package of top-quality science communication services entirely in house.

The team at the Science Office have years of experience transforming complex scientific concepts and data into images and animations that illuminate and engage audiences, whatever their age and background. Over the years, they have worked with EJR-Quartz on a range of content, animations featuring the ESA Education mascot, Paxi, to the new Hera video being released for Asteroid Day 2019.

Signed and sealed in early May, the acquisition is the start of an exciting new chapter for EJR-Quartz. With even more creative minds in the mix, we’re better placed than ever to deliver end-to-end communication solutions built on content that matters.

Business-to-business editor, EJR-Quartz

***Applications closed***

Are you hunting for your next challenge in B2B marketing in the space sector? Do you have excellent writing skills and the ability to translate communications strategy into compelling content? We have an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, confident and organised writer/editor to support the commissioning and creation of high-quality content for our space-sector clients across print, digital and live platforms. You’ll be adept at developing relationships with stakeholders, prioritising tasks, managing expectations and keeping calm under pressure.

This is a part-time position based at the EJR-Quartz headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands or in Germany. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in communications/journalism/marketing or a scientific or technical subject.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in writing and editing plus experience in or a strong background knowledge of content marketing for the aerospace/engineering field.
  • The ability to present ideas and recommendations persuasively in writing and verbally, targeting a range of audiences.
  • The capacity to build relationships with stakeholders from different cultures.
  • Experience of working in compliance with corporate tone of voice guidelines to create accurate, compelling copy that can be easily localised for other language markets.
  • A positive ‘can-do attitude’ with a proactive approach to managing projects and stakeholder expectations.
  • Great communication and networking skills and an excellent grasp of the English language, including exceptional spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • The ability to write and edit independently.
  • The ability to produce content for a variety of channels and platforms including web articles, press releases, newsletters, print material and social media posts.
  • Familiarity with online publishing and social media tools.
  • The ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • The ability to plan and implement communication and social media strategies.
  • Knowledge of another European language is an asset.
  • Knowledge of European space programmes is an advantage.

The fine print

You will be working together with an EJR-Quartz project manager, technical officers from our clients and other EJR-Quartz editors on Business-to-Business activities for a variety of organisations.

Your tasks will include (but are not limited to):

  • Researching, writing and editing content on B2B matters for clients.
  • Devising and implementing marketing strategies, aligned with larger corporate communication strategies already in place.
  • Planning and implementing social media campaigns.
  • Working with a network of stakeholders to stay abreast of B2B opportunities.
  • Ensuring that all content is checked by relevant project managers or scientists from the client’s side and is compliant with editorial guidelines before publication.
  • Supporting the delivery of content for the brand across all channels and targeting set audiences.
  • Researching and writing and/or commissioning authors/industry experts to produce articles and features via interviews, telephone and email, to grow and develop the brand.
  • Networking and building relationships with industry contacts and experts.
  • Producing news, features and articles for digital platforms.
  • Proposing ideas for new articles and other content to help achieve the branding and communications objectives of clients.

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you’re the right fit for this exciting role by sending your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz

You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz BV and will be based at our headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the Netherlands and/or Germany. This is a one-year contract, with a strong possibility of renewal, starting on 1 September 2022. Part-time work is negotiable. 

Closing date: 15 August 2022

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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

B2B editor, EJR-Quartz for ESA

***Applications Closed***

Do you have excellent writing skills and a flair for B2B marketing in a technical environment? EJR-Quartz has an immediate opening for a fluent English editor familiar with aerospace and strong interest in B2B activities. This is a position within the EJR-Quartz service team for the European Space Agency, based on site at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. 

We’re looking for an experienced writer/editor to develop creative B2B campaigns and inspiring content for ESA’s Technical Directorate, supporting the implementation of the B2B aspects of the TEC communication plan.  We are looking for an individual who shares our passion for creative problem solving and who is able to work collaboratively with various teams in a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Mother-tongue standard of English and able to write and edit independently
  • A degree in communications/journalism or a scientific or technical subject
  • Minimum of 4 years’ professional experience in writing and editing, with a flair for marketing, preferably in the aerospace/engineering field
  • Great communication and networking skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge of communications and social media strategy
  • Familiarity with online publishing and social media tools
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of another European language is an asset
  • Knowledge of European space programmes an advantage

The fine print

ESA’s Technology Directorate (TEC) requires editorial, publishing and marketing support for its Business-to-Business activities. Under the authority of the Head of the Infrastructure Management Section, within the ESA Technical Directorate (TEC) Management Support Office, the editor works closely with the ESA Communication Programme Officer for TEC, as well as other TEC editors and the wider Communications Department.

Tasks

According to priorities set by the TEC Communication Programme Officer, tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, write, and edit content, including press releases, web articles, print materials, as well as blogs and social media posts, on B2B matters
  • Devise and implement a marketing strategy for the Directorate in the most impactful way, aligned with corporate communication strategy  
  • Actively curate the relevant ESA B2B webpages, and manage related social media campaigns
  • Liaise closely with the wider ESA communications team, in particular the TEC senior editor, to ensure a coordinated approach and  the highest visibility for B2B campaigns
  • Work with a network with B2B stakeholders and other ESA key people in order to stay abreast of B2B opportunities and latest technology and engineering activities at ESA
  • Validate all technical information with the relevant ESA managers, and ensure that all material is compliant with ESA editorial and CVI guidelines before publication.

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you are the right fit for this exciting role. Send your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz

You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz BV, as part of our communications service team for ESA. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in The Netherlands and be able to work on site at the ESTEC campus. This is a one-year contract, with a strong possibility of renewal, starting 1 September 2022.

Closing date: 19 August 2022

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be

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

Social media intern

Photo of the Molen de Put

***Applications Closed***

Do you like posting on social media and engaging with your audience? Are you interested in the latest social media platforms and happy to learn more on how to use these? Have you just finished your degree and want to come work in an international environment? Then we’re looking for you!

Join our team in Leiden and help us find creative ways of communicating science to a broad audience using current and emerging social/digital platforms. We’re offering a paid internship for 6 months at our Leiden headquarters, where you will have the possibility to hone your social media and digital storytelling skills and learn a thing or two about editing as well. At EJR-Quartz you’ll gain on-the-job experience as you work with an experienced team of digital content creators to produce engaging posts. As our social media intern, you’ll translate complex science and engineering topics into clear, precise, engaging and easily understood language tailored for audiences on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and more.

Interested? Apply now!

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A proactive and positive approach
  • A solution-oriented mindset
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client-focused manner
  • An interest in the space programme and science as a whole


You’ll be:

  • Creating content for various social media platforms
  • Writing short-form social media captions 
  • Brainstorming ideas for social media posts
  • Curating and creating media collections from our clients’ photo and video archives
  • Formatting media for distribution on social media platforms
  • Researching and reporting assigned story topics

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you’re the right fit for this exciting role. Send your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz. Connect with us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Contractual matters


You’ll be based on site at the EJR-Quartz Leiden office, in the Netherlands, and therefore you must have the right to work in the Netherlands. This will be a 6-month contract, with possibility of renewal.

Start date: 15 August 2022

Salary: 1800 EUR gross per month

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.
Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
Learn more about our company and meet the team at: www.ejr-quartz.com

Scientific editor/writer intern

A photo of the Molen de Valk in Leiden

***Applications Closed***

Do you like writing about exciting new developments in space? Are you happy to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and produce easy-to-understand content for a wide audience? Do you have a flair for the English language and have you just finished your degree in science and/or science communication? Then we are looking for you!

Come and join our team in Leiden and help us find creative ways of communicating science to a broad audience. We are offering a paid internship for 6 months at our Leiden headquarters, where you will gain on-the-job experience as you work with a leading team of writers and multimedia producers to create and share content from our clients’ exciting science missions. At EJR-Quartz, you will have the possibility to hone your writing and editing skills and learn a thing or two about social media and video editing as well.

Interested? Apply now!

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Mother-tongue standard of English
  • A proactive and positive approach
  • A solution-oriented mindset
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client-focused manner
  • An interest in the space programme and science as a whole

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you are the right fit for this exciting role. Send your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Contractual matters

You’ll be based on site at the EJR-Quartz Leiden office, in the Netherlands, and therefore you must have the right to work in the Netherlands. This will be a 6-month contract, with possibility of renewal.

Start date: 15 August 2022

Salary: 1800 EUR gross per month

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.
Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.
Learn more about our company and meet the team at: https://www.ejr-quartz.com/who-we-are/

Social media influencer project for ESA

Do you have an excellent understanding of how to create social media and influencer campaigns? Do you like digging into large datasets and creating understandable reports based on the insights gained? We’d like to hear from you! We’re looking for a highly motivated social media analyst to support the European Space Agency (ESA) in creating influencer campaigns.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Information Management, Data Science, Digital Communications, Digital Marketing or similar
  • Knowledge and background in digital communications and analytics
  • Hands-on experience of working with large data sets, deriving insights, and creating reports and presentations
  • Understanding of what it takes to execute social media strategy within the wider framework of a corporate communications strategy

We also value:

  • A proactive and positive approach with a can-do attitude
  • A solution-oriented mindset
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client-focused manner
  • Experience working in an international environment with government organisations
  • Familiarity with and interest in the space programme

The fine print:

As part of ESA’s social media team, you’ll be supporting the Head of Digital Media Production with the implementation of ESA’s social media influencer project, and providing regular social media reporting.

Working as part of ESA’s social media team, your tasks will include:

  • Conceiving campaigns and contributing ideas for how to activate and engage social media influencers with ESA’s activities
  • Identifying, contacting and liaising with social media influencers
  • Planning and administrative support for the influencer project, such as logistics, record-keeping, outcome analysis and reporting
  • Providing periodic reports to help assess and inform the effectiveness of ESA’s social media channels
  • Providing recommendations to the social media team based on insights from social media reporting

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you are the right fit for this exciting role. Send your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Contractual matters


You’ll be based on site at ESA’s Earth Observation Centre (ESRIN) in Frascati, as part of our EJR-Quartz service team for the ESA Communications Department.

The successful candidates will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz and must have the right to work in Italy. This  be an initial one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

Start date: 22 August 2022

Closing date: 11 July 2022

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Editorial/Publishing Service for ESA Corporate Social Media

Do you have excellent social media skills and a passion for digital storytelling? We’d like to hear from you! We’re looking for an experienced and highly motivated social media and digital content editor with an interest in science and aerospace, to help us implement a social media strategy across the European Space Agency (ESA) social media channels, finding new and creative ways to meet Agency-wide communications needs using current and emerging social/digital platforms.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in digital media communications or related field and/or scientific or technical subject
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience running high-profile social media account(s), in particular on TikTok and/or Instagram, using relevant tools
  • Experience using photo and video editing tools from the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Mother-tongue level standard of written English

Affinity with space and science communication

A demonstrable flair for social media storytelling in scientific topics

  • Up-to-date knowledge of latest social media trends and best practices
  • Organising and planning skills, paying attention to detail and able to keep an overview in a busy department
  • Understanding of what it takes to execute social media strategy within the wider framework of a corporate communications strategy
  • Able to work independently and as part of a close-knit production team, collaborating with a wide range of internal and external interface

We also value:

  • A proactive and positive approach with a can-do attitude
  • A solution-oriented mindset
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client-focused manner
  • Experience working in an international environment with government organisations
  • Familiarity with and interest in the space programme

The fine print:

As part of ESA’s social media team, you’ll be supporting social media activities in English on ESA’s main channels.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Media Production Office, you’ll be creating and publishing  English content that appeals to a younger audience (age group ±14-29) on ESA’s existing social media portfolio and potential new channels in the future.

Your tasks will include:

  • Creating and publishing engaging social media content that particularly appeals to a younger audience (age group ±14-29) in line with ESA’s strategic communications requirements
  • Identifying video material for repackaging on social media channels
  • Contributing to ESA’s social media presence with creative ideas and campaigns
  • Interacting and engaging with ESA’s social media followers
  • Working as part of the ESA social media team, providing support across ESA’s social media channels, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
  • Stay on top of best practices and evolving digital platforms to inform strategies and growth

Does this sound like you? Tell us why you think you are the right fit for this exciting role. Send your CV and cover letter to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Contractual matters


You’ll be based on site at ESA’s Technical Centre ESTEC, in the Netherlands, as part of our EJR-Quartz service team for the ESA Communications Department.

The successful candidates will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz and must have the right to work in the Netherlands. This will normally be a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

Start date: 22 August 2022

Closing date: 11 July 2022

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

EJR-Quartz at world’s largest Earth observation event

ESA’s Living Planet Symposium (LPS), held every three years, is the largest Earth observation conference in the world. Last week, the event drew record-breaking numbers of remote sensing experts and data users from around the world to convene in the German city of Bonn, to share their latest findings on how Earth observation satellites help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. EJR-Quartz editors for ESA were present in full strength, contributing to the large ESA team who made the live symposium possible. The ESA Web TV production team made sure the main sessions of LPS were live-streamed and recorded as many interviews with key players as possible. The team shot about ten interviews in two days – the highlight being chatting to an astronaut!

EJR-Quartz video producer Gaelle Legroux interviews Luca Parmitano live at LPS22.

With over 240 scientific sessions and over 1370 oral presentations, as well as over 80 agora sessions in the dramatic exhibition hall centred around an enormous replica of Earth, EJR-Quartz social media editors were working at full speed all week to keep the community connected to the pulse of LPS.

With the overarching theme of, “Taking the pulse of our planet from space” the event highlighted how the systematic use of Earth observation data can realise many benefits as we work to combat the climate crisis. EJR-Quartz editors published a wealth of stories on topics emerging from LPS, such as what satellites can reveal about climate tipping points, the ambitions of ESA’s FutureEO programme and the quantum revolution in the way measurements are made from space.

On ESA’s technical portals, Sentinel Online and Earth Online, our editors published news stories on the Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the latest updates from ESA’s many families of Earth observation satellites. A highlight was when Declan Perry and Susan Kelly hosted two drop-in sessions to introduce ESA’s Sentiboard, the new online forum that fosters collaboration among Sentinel data users, enabling quick and easy sharing of updates on Earth observation science and applications.

European Astronaut Centre Editor

**Applications Closed**

EJR-Quartz has an immediate opening for a mother-tongue English writer/editor able to present scientific and technical topics in a style accessible for general public. The position is full-time for EJR-Quartz under contract to the European Space Agency, based on site at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne.

The Communications team at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) promotes Human and Robotic Exploration of space using a range of platforms, ranging from digital, social and traditional media to events. It also coordinates all public outreach activities regarding ESA astronauts and their missions. The EAC Communication Team in Cologne, Germany, requires writing, editing and digital communications services.

Tasks

Reporting to the EAC Communication Officer’ within the News and Content Office, the editor will write, edit and publish articles and other text specific to EAC activities in mother-tongue English for the ESA online channels. This may include script-writing and editorial support for video clips, animations and images/graphics for social media. Tasks include:

  • Write and edit content in English on topics relevant to EAC
  • Ensure that all content published is in English and compliant with ESA editorial guidelines and agreed approval processes
  • Ensure content publishing on the ESA online channels
  • Supporting social media campaigns and channels, on EAC and astronaut activities
  • Provide community management support for EAC and astronauts as required, liaising with other ESA social media team members
  • Support the EAC communications officer in executing communications plans and campaigns, and provide input to communications plans as required
  • Liaise closely with the HRE communications team as well as the digital publishing team to ensure coherence and maximum visibility of the activities

The successful candidate will have:

  • Mother-tongue English
  • An Honours degree in science, engineering or communications/journalism
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in writing and editing
  • Demonstrable experience in presenting scientific and technical subjects in a style accessible for general public
  • Hands-on experience of planning and running social media/digital campaigns
  • Familiarity with space topics an advantage
  • Experience in scripting and producing video
  • Knowledge of German or Italian would be an asset

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz under contract to ESA. This is a six-month contract, with possibility of renewal. The optimal start date is mid-May.

Closing date Applications Editor: 7 May 2022

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

EJR-Quartz is an equal opportunity employer. We are proud of our diverse team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Exhibitions and outreach support for ESA

**Applications closed**

Are you a skilled events organiser with a passion for space? We are looking for a dynamic and resourceful communications specialist with a strong background in exhibitions and outreach activities to join our team in Italy. This exciting role involves working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop and deliver engaging exhibitions and events in Italy and internationally.

We’re looking for someone with…

  • Demonstrable experience working in exhibitions and event management
  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, event management or a related subject
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Italian
  • Superlative organisational and administrative skills
  • The capacity to engage and work effectively with people at all levels of an organisation and with the general public
  • Flexibility and a capacity to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure


We also value…

  • A proactive and positive approach with a can-do attitude
  • A solution-oriented mindset and readiness to take initiative
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client-focused, professional and discreet manner at all times
  • Experience working in an international environment with government organisations
  • Familiarity and interest in the space programme
  • French and German would be an advantage

Your tasks will include:

  • Supporting the preparation and implementation of communications plans, campaigns and events including through local outreach activities and corporate strategic events
  • Working with the ESA Exhibition Coordination Officer to ensure seamless logistical support for events and exhibitions, including at international events such as ILA, Le Bourget and IAC
  • Providing logistics support for corporate events organisers including procurement, liaison with suppliers and coordination with local ESA teams involved in outreach activities
  • Supporting the ESA Outreach Officer with the organisation of outreach activities for ESA-ESRIN, the European centre for Earth Observation in Frascati, Italy
  • Facilitating visits to ESRIN for the general public and schools, including overseeing the management of visit requests, liaising with security personnel, organising staff lectures and distributing information materials
  • Working with the ESA Print and Merchandising Office on materials for ESRIN events and visits

Contractual matters

This is a full-time position based at ESRIN in Italy, as part of our EJR-Quartz service team for ESA. The contract is with EJR-Quartz and would be for one year initially, with the option of renewal. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in Italy.

Closing date: 14 March 2022

If you think this job 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

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries, serving a number of clients, mainly in the aerospace sector.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. As an equal opportunity employer our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Office administrator/Project controller

***Applications closed***

Are you an experienced office administrator and project controller looking for a dynamic, diverse and international work environment? Then keep reading!

At EJR-Quartz, we’re writers, graphic designers, content managers and social media experts united by our passion for science communication. And we’re on the hunt for a first-class office administrator/project controller to join our team.

We’re looking for someone who will play a pivotal role in our administration, helping out with everything from processing timesheets and monthly reports to facilitating invoicing and reporting to our clients. You will also be responsible for tracking small, short-term projects from start to finish and liaising with clients.

In return, we offer a flexible position in our head office in Leiden, the Netherlands, in an exciting, multicultural environment where you’ll be encouraged to expand your skills and abilities. You’ll have enough autonomy to make the position your own but don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have all the know-how and support you need to be successful.

We’re looking for someone with…

  • Demonstrable experience working in a similar role
  • Minimum HBO degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Dutch
  • Strong MS Office/IT skills
  • Superlative organisational and administrative skills
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills required to support a busy team at different levels of seniority
  • Flexibility and adaptability, with the ability to multitask


We also value…

  • A proactive and positive approach with a can-do attitude
  • A solution-oriented mindset and readiness to take initiative
  • The ability to operate in a friendly, client focused, professional and discreet manner at all times
  • The capacity to engage and work effectively with people at all levels within an organisation, under pressure when required
  • Attention to detail, always striving for high quality and continuous improvements
  • Experience working in an international environment with government organisations

Your tasks will include…

  • Project control, including writing short proposals based on MS Excel calculations; following up on progress and checking deliverables; liaising with subcontractors, clients and our finance administrator throughout the process
  • Proactive organisation of business trips for staff, liaising with local contacts, booking flights and hotels and processing expense claims
  • Staff and client relations
  • Oversight of administrative procedures
  • Processing of monthly reports – from receipt by staff to delivery to client
  • Management of databases and filing systems
  • Other tasks as directed by EJR-Quartz management

Contractual matters

This position can be fulfilled by a part-time contract, with a minimum of 30 hours per week. These hours should be spread out over the five days of the working week,  with at least three days a week on site at our office in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Closing date: 15 March 2022

If you think this job 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

Our company

EJR-Quartz is an international company specialised in science communication, particularly related to space. Our multinational team of digital content specialists is spread across five European countries and serves a multitude of clients.

Like every good company, EJR-Quartz is all about people. We are very proud of our employees and the fact that we have such a diverse team of highly dedicated staff. And of course we are an equal opportunity employer. Our team brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and we firmly believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Social media and digital content specialists, EJR-Quartz for ESA

**Applications closed**

Do you have excellent social media skills and a passion for digital storytelling about science? We’d like to hear from you! We have a number of new social media positions, in the Netherlands, Italy or working remotely, on projects for the European Space Agency. We’re looking for experienced social media and digital content specialists with an interest in aerospace topics.

EJR-Quartz is seeking highly motivated candidates to implement social media strategy across the social media channels of the European Space Agency (ESA), finding new and creative ways to meet Agency-wide communications needs using current and emerging social/digital platforms.

The successful candidates will have:

  • 2+ years of hands-on experience overseeing social media and creating digital content for an organisation with a significant public presence, preferably in the aerospace or environment field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, digital media communications or related field and/or scientific or technical subject
  • Strong communication and editing skills (mother-tongue English standard) with a flair for science storytelling
  • Understanding of what it takes to execute social media strategy within the wider framework of a corporate communications strategy
  • 2+ years of experience working with social media management tools, running successful campaigns and assessing metrics/analytics
  • 1+ year’s experience using video, audio, and other multimedia elements on social media
  • Experience and expertise with photo and video editing tools, such as Adobe PhotoShop, Final Cut, or Adobe Premiere, as well as social-only tools for GIFs, etc.
  • Deep familiarity with major social media platforms and content management platformsAbility to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a social media team

We have a number of opportunities, both full- and part-time, with the possibility to combine. Click on the respective vacancy for further details.

  1. Social media specialist for ESA Earth observation, based on site at ESA ESRIN in Frascati, half-time position
  2. Social media specialist for ESA Earth observation (Aeolus and Cryosat), working remotely, half-time position
  3. Social media specialist and digital content creator for ESA Space Transportation, based on site at ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands, half-time position
  4. Social media specialist and digital content creator to support ESA’s main social media channels, working at our offices in Leiden, the Netherlands

Contractual matters

The successful candidates will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz and must have the right to work in the Netherlands or Italy. This will normally be a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

Closing date: 10 December 2021

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

Editor for Business Transformation, EJR-Quartz for ESA

**Applications closed**

Do you have excellent writing and communications skills and an interest in effecting change at ESA? EJR-Quartz has an immediate opening for a fluent English editor with strong communication skills. This is a full-time position within the EJR-Quartz service team for the European Space Agency, with the possibility to work remotely.

ESA’s Business Transformation Office aims at deploying Change Management best practices within the organisation to achieve stakeholder engagement on key transformation projects.  

We’re looking for an experienced writer/editor to support the Business Transformation team in defining and communicating their key messages, able to work both independently and as part of a team.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Mother-tongue standard of English and ability to write and edit independently
  • A degree in communications/journalism or a scientific or technical subject
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in writing and editing
  • Great communication and networking skills to bring stakeholders onboard
  • Tact and discretion to liaise with senior executives
  • Ability to create inspiring content to influence stakeholders
  • Demonstrable skills in preparing inspiring presentation material
  • Capacity to work with tight deadlines, both independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of European space programmes an advantage

Tasks

According to priorities set by the Business Transformation Officer, tasks include to:

  • Create and maintain a consolidated view of the transformation project’s communication plans
  • Create inspiring content to support change strategy and stakeholder engagement (Executive leadership, middle management, employee groups), including engaging presentations and interactive material
  • Create appropriate and targeted digital communication material with the view to engage executive leadership
  • Ensure editorial quality in mother-tongue English for Business Transformation material
  • Support change events such as awareness sessions, change workshops, focus groups with appropriate material and consolidate feedback from stakeholders
  • Ensure compliance of all communication material to ESA house style , editorial and approval guidelines
  • Provide advice on best practice for communication strategies to adequately engage key stakeholders

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz BV, as part of our communications service team for ESA. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the Netherlands. This is a full-time position, with a one-year contract, for the period 10 January to end December 2022.

Closing date: 10 December 2021

Find out more about our company and meet our multinational team at: www.ejr-quartz.com

If you think this job 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

EJR-Quartz is an equal opportunity employer. We are proud of our diverse team with a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.