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.

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.

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 maternity-leave replacement 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 create and maintain inspiring content for ESA’s Technical Directorate and plan creative B2B campaigns, supporting the implementation of the B2B aspects of the TEC communication plan.  We seek 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 (maternity leave replacement). 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 to:

  • Research, write, and edit content on B2B matters for all online channels for ESA’s Technical Directorate
  • Actively curate the relevant ESA B2B webpages, and manage related social media campaigns
  • Support the definition of the Directorate’s B2B marketing strategy and implement it in the most impactful way, aligned with corporate communication strategy 
  • 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.

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 six-month contract, for the period 3 January to 30 June 2022.

*ESA COVID-19 provisions on access to ESTEC permitting

Closing date: 17 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.

Breathing life into Hera, ESA’s asteroid detective

Our Science Office has used creative visual and storytelling techniques to introduce the world to ESA’s Hera spacecraft and her mission to asteroid Didymos.

Hera’s mission is to complete a close-up survey of the asteroid and its ‘moonlet’ Dimorphos, following-up on the results of NASA’s DART mission. The two missions together aim to increase our knowledge of asteroids and ways to protect the Earth from them. DART will collide with Dimorphos to attempt to alter its orbit around Didymos and Hera will arrive two years later as a ‘crime scene investigator’ to observe the asteroids in general and DART’s effects upon them.

Our role in the project has been to support communications, including the creation of the ‘Incredible Adventures of the Hera Mission’ series of videos. Through close collaboration with the scientific and communications teams, for the mission we scripted and produced videos that give the spacecraft a personality to help connect people to the mission. The videos incorporate humour and an engaging style in order to appeal to a wide audience of children and adults.

Watch Episode 2 below, which explores the history of asteroid research, from the 18th century Cosmic Police to today’s Hera spacecraft. Episode 1, which introduces Hera and her mission overall to the world, is available to watch on the ESA website.

The Incredible Adventures of the Hera mission – Episode 2
© ESA – European Space Agency

Social media and digital content specialist

**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’re looking for an experienced social media and digital content specialist with an interest in aerospace topics to help us implement social media strategy across the social media channels of the European Space Agency (ESA) and other aerospace clients.

The social media specialist will be supporting our Digital Content Manager in creating digital content for ESA and our other clients.

This individual should be a creative thinker with strong digital content creation skills. Organisational skills, professionalism, good judgment and discretion, and the ability to multi-task and work as part of a team are critical to the success of this role.

The successful candidate will have:

  • 2+ years of hands-on experience in curating 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
  • A flair for science storytelling and excellent editing skills (mother-tongue English standard)
  • Understanding of what it takes to execute social media strategy within the wider framework of a corporate communications strategy and brand
  • 2+ years of experience working with social media management tools, running successful campaigns and assessing metrics/analytics
  • 1+ years of experience using video, audio and other multimedia elements on social media platforms
  • 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 platforms
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a social media team

The fine print

The social media specialist will be supporting our Digital Content Lead in implementing ESA’s social media strategy, in particular in creating digital content. Tasks include:

  • Supporting the creation of digital content for a variety of platforms (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube), in line with ESA’s strategic communications requirements
  • Helping to manage posting and monitoring of social media feeds, engaging with communities
  • Monitoring channels for space- and ESA-related news, trends and people
  • Monitoring and reporting on metrics and analytics for measuring engagement and making recommendations for continued improvement
  • Working closely with content creators, video producers and graphic designers to support campaigns and create original content
  • Ensuring that all digital content is aligned with ESA branding, as well as consistent and appropriate tone/voice
  • Ensuring optimal use of content management system and social media management tools
  • Staying on top of best practices and evolving digital platforms to inform strategies and growth
  • Supporting content creation for other EJR-Quartz clients as required

Contractual matters

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

Closing date: 17 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

Or reach out to us on LinkedIn or social media and let’s talk!

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.

ESA Earth observation social media and digital content specialist

**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’re looking for an experienced social media and digital content specialist for ESA’s Earth observation channels, as part of our EJR-Quartz communications team for the European Space Agency (ESA). This post is on site at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Italy (part-time).

The successful candidate 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 an environment field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, digital media communications or environment-related field
  • Strong communication and editing skills (mother-tongue English standard) with a flair for science storytelling
  • Understanding of what it takes to implement a 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+ years of 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 the major social media platforms and content management platforms
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a social media team

The fine print

The social media specialist will support the implementation and execution of the social media strategy for ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes activities. Working with the EO Social Media Strategist, the social media specialist is asked to:

  • Implement the ESA EO social media strategy
  • Run EO social media channels based on EO content
  • Source, write and edit content daily to support the digital strategy
  • Investigate ways for EO to partner, engage, reach out to and with various platforms
  • Work as part of the EO communications team, under the responsibility of the EO Communications Officer
  • Liaise closely with the ESA-wide social media team to achieve the highest visibility for EO activities on the ‘corporate’ channels
  • Support the Social Media Strategist in collaborating with appropriate external entities/partners/agencies
  • Search for opportunities to tell Earth observation stories
  • Report on EO social media in line with best practice in order to show return rate on a weekly/event basis
  • Stay abreast of social media developments/new channels and make recommendations on their use for Earth Observation
  • Propose and support targeted EO social media campaigns
  • Engage with the EO social media community and influencers

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz srl, within our communications service team for ESA, and must have the right to live and work in Italy. This is a half-time position, with an option to combine with a related post. It will normally be a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

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.

Closing date: 9 December 2021

Start date: end January 2022. Find out more about our company and meet our multinational 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

Or reach out to us on LinkedIn or social media and let’s talk!

Social media specialist for ESA’s Aeolus mission

**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’re looking for an experienced social media and digital content specialist for ESA’s Aeolus mission, Earth observation channels, as part of our EJR-Quartz communications team for the European Space Agency (ESA).

This is a part-time role, that can be carried out remotely, with availability for meetings at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Italy.

The successful candidate will have:

  • 2+ years of hands-on experience overseeing social media and creating digital content for a science or technical entity, preferably in an environment field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in science journalism, digital media communications or environment-related field
  • Strong communication and editing skills (mother-tongue English standard) and flair for science storytelling
  • Sufficient background in science to interact with scientists and extract story lines from academic material
  • Understanding of what it takes to implement a social media strategy within the wider framework of a corporate communications strategy
  • 1+ year of experience working with social media management tools, running successful campaigns and assessing metrics/analytics
  • 1+ year of 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 the major social media platforms and content management platforms
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a social media team

The fine print

The social media specialist will support the implementation and execution of the social media strategy for ESA’s Aeolus and Cryosat missions, within the Earth Observation Programme. Reporting to the Aeolus Mission Manager, the social media specialist is asked to:

  • Shape and execute the ESA Aeolus and Cryosat social media strategy
  • Curate the Aeolus and Cryosat  social media channels, engaging with the science community
  • Source, write and edit content daily to support the digital strategy, including multimedia material
  • Interact with the mission teams to source content and stories, attending briefings if appropriate
  • Write and edit blog posts, articles and other material such as newsletters or presentations
  • Liaise closely with the wider the EO communications team, to ensure coherent messaging and achieve the widest visibility
  • Propose and support targeted campaigns
  • Attend and support key milestone events such as the Aeolus Three-Year conference
  • Provide statistical reports and recommendations to fine-tune the social media strategy
  • Stay abreast of social media developments and make recommendations for best practice

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz srl, within our communications service team for ESA, and must have the right to live and work in Italy. This is a half-time position, with an option to combine with a related post. It will normally be a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

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.

Closing date: 17 December 2021

Start date: end January 2022. Find out more about our company and meet our multinational 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

Or reach out to us on LinkedIn or social media and let’s talk!

Social media specialist for Space Transportation Systems

**Applications closed**

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 social media and digital content specialist for ESA’s Space Transportation channels, as part of our EJR-Quartz communications team for the European Space Agency (ESA).

This post is on site at ESA/ESTEC in RIN in Noordwijk, the Netherlands (part-time), as part of our EJR-Quartz communications team for ESA.

The successful candidate 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 an aerospace field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, digital media communications or an aerospace subject
  • Strong communication and editing skills (mother-tongue English standard) with a flair for science storytelling
  • Understanding of what it takes to implement a 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 of 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 the major social media platforms and content management platforms
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a social media team

The fine print

The social media specialist will support the implementation and execution of the social media strategy for ESA’s Space Transportation, including:

  • Helping to shape and implement the ESA STS social media strategy
  • Run STS social media channels based on STS content
  • Source, write and edit content daily to support the digital strategy
  • Investigate ways for STS to collaborate with external entities/agencies/partners
  • Work as part of the STS communications team, under the responsibility of the STS Communications Officer and liaising closely with the senior editor
  • Liaise closely with the ESA-wide social media team to achieve the highest visibility for STS activities on the ‘corporate’ channels
  • Report on STS social media in line with best practice in order to show return rate on a weekly/event basis
  • Stay abreast of social media developments/new channels and make recommendations on their use
  • Propose and support targeted STS social media campaigns
  • Engage with the STS social media community and influencers

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed directly by EJR-Quartz BV, within our communications service team for ESA, and must have the right to live and work in the Netherlands. This is a half-time position, with an option to combine with a related post. It will normally be a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal.

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.

Closing date: 9 December 2021

Start date: end January 2022. Find out more about our company and meet our multinational 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

Or reach out to us on LinkedIn or social media and let’s talk!