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.

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

B2B editor, EJR-Quartz for ESA

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: 1 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.

Prioritising wellness

After a tough 2020 and no sign of let-up to the COVID-19 lockdown situation as the majority of us rung in 2021 still separated from friends and family, EJR-Quartz brightened up one dreary Monday in January with a surprise email in our inbox gifting us a “wellness bonus”. We read on with curiosity as we learned it should be spent on something good for our mental or physical wellness, perhaps to help manage our stress levels and provide some relief in such gloomy days. There was a caveat, though: we weren’t to spend it entirely on chocolate!

From aromatherapy oils and bikes, to home massages, psychology sessions and yoga classes, here’s how some of our team have been inspired with this encouraging initiative this year.

“I used my wellness bonus for yoga classes – working on defying gravity in a slightly different way!”
– Elly, Editor

“Like many people, I spent much of 2020 in lockdown brushing up on my cooking skills including making pizzas, lasagne, fajitas and curries. This ultimately led to me putting on a few extra kg, so I decided to use the wellness voucher to get in shape! So far I have bought running shoes for my 10Ks, a Fitbit to track my steps, a new digital scale and yoga mat for stretching.”
– Romina, Earth Observation Editor

“I bought a new bike so that I can explore more of the Netherlands whilst not being able to travel abroad. I’m also taking ‘RockFit’ classes, which are
good exercise AND great fun!”
– Nicole, Science editor

“I bought a new hiking backpack I’ve been using for trips, including one where I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! Getting out of the city into nature is one of the things that recharges me the most – the wilder the better! But I hadn’t bought a new hiking backpack in a long time and needed one that was more comfortable and fit me better in order to make those wild adventures more enjoyable. After its big adventure in the US I have my eye on some hiking closer to home, including the new Dutch Mountain Trail.”
– Sarah, Science editor

“I’m spending my voucher on an osteopath who is
making the pain in my back and arm go away.”
– Karina, EJR-Quartz operations manager

“The best things I have bought so far are a bike helmet and shorts, which have brought me to some nice adventures this summer. I use the workouts as an excuse for some me-time!”

– Chiara, social media editor

“I bought a treadmill. Running always improves my mood and creativity, but it’s been challenging to always find time with a small baby at home, and especially when we are all in lockdown. Now I can get a workout in even when he is sleeping, or simply if the weather is totally uninspiring to go out.”

– Emily, Space science editor

“Hearing that Emily bought a treadmill made me think I could actually create my own gym at home! I already had a spin bike and online gym subscription, but was a bit nervous about an actual gym subscription if COVID cases rose again. I have since invested in a rowing machine and I’m really happy. I can squeeze a few minutes in at lunchtime or go for a longer session after work and I’m finding that regular exercise, even if it is at home, is super helpful in improving my general mood and productivity.”
– Ally, Human and robotic space exploration editor

I’ve been exploring aromatherapy oils. It has helped me with my mental and physical well-being, from using different oils in diffuser and inhaling the scents to also making oil mixtures and using topically to help with muscle pains and headaches. As the oils are organic high grade they can also be taken orally, so occasionally I’ll add a drop of lemon oil to water for a refreshing drink (peppermint is also revitalising!). I am enjoying the benefits of the essential oils so much that I have now become a Wellness Advocate for DoTERRA!”
– Beverley, Office manager

“I bought roller skates to go skating with my six year old round our neighbourhood. I’m loving doing this activity with her and reliving my 80s childhood! I’ve also subscribed to a fitness website and yoga classes – which I totally intend to get back into after the summer ice cream eating season is over..!”
– Georgie, Editor for internal communications

In what has certainly been a strange and challenging 18 months, with so many of us being expats far away from family with no clear idea as to when we might see each other again, it is the little things like this that make a big difference in feeling supported and appreciated while the world is upside down. A big thank you from all of us to our lovely bosses for this thoughtful initiative!

B2B editor for EJR-Quartz for ESA Operations

***CLOSED***

Do you have excellent editorial skills and a flair for B2B marketing in a technical environment? EJR-Quartz has an immediate opening for a fluent English editor familiar with spacecraft operations and an interest in B2B activities. This is a full-time position within the EJR-Quartz service team for the European Space Agency, based on site at ESA’s Operations Centre  in Darmstadt, Germany

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

The successful candidate will have:

  • Mother-tongue standard of English and the ability to write and edit independently
  • A Masters 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
  • Strong content management skills and familiarity with online publishing and social media tools
  • Great communication and networking skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge of communications and social media strategy
  • 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 spacecraft operations and space safety is an advantage

The fine print
ESA’s Operations Directorate (OPS) is looking for editorial, publishing and promotion support for its Business-to-Business activities. Under the authority of the Head of the Strategy and Coordination Unit within the ESA Operations Directorate, the editor will work closely with the ESA Communication Programme Officer for Operations, D/OPS stakeholders, other editors and the wider Communications Department.

Targeting the professional, technical, institutional, academic and industrial audiences of the Operations Directorate, the editor will develop and manage content on spacecraft operations   to maximise the impact of OPS B2B communication inside and outside the Agency.

Tasks

Tasks include:

  • Researching and writing/editing content related to OPS, with the aim of publishing news, web stories, blog posts, social media posts, leaflets, posters, brochures, fact sheets, newsletters, etc., covering and promoting the technical and programmatic activities of the directorate aiming at professional, technical, institutional, academic and industrial audiences.
  • Validating technical information with the relevant technical experts, and ensuring that it is compliant with editorial and branding guidelines
  • Coordinating with ESA Corporate Communications to ensure that the OPS B2B content is aligned with ESA’s overall communication strategy and Agenda2025 or other top-level strategies
  • Fostering a network with Directorate stakeholders and other key people across ESA to ensure a regular flow of information regarding technology development and engineering activities in support of ESA programmes and technical activities.
  • Assisting in devising and implementing a communication strategy for the Directorate of OPS focussing on B2B channels.
  • Supporting and assisting all aspects of OPS B2B marketing and promotion activities and events as directed, especially directorate-wide trade events such as SPACEOPS. 

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 Germany and be able to work on site at the ESOC campus. This is a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal. The start date is 15 October 2021.

Closing date: 30 September

Find out more about our company and meet our multinational team by exploring the Who we are and What we do sections of this website.

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

Helping the Copernicus Climate Change Service capture a year of conditions in Europe

How unusual do you think last year’s weather was? And how does this relate to climate change? The Copernicus Climate Change Service’s recently released European State of the Climate 2020 can help give you the answers! For the fourth year in a row, EJR-Quartz worked within a large team of collaborators to create the report and an accompanying publicity campaign.

The European State of the Climate’s focus is providing a snapshot of conditions in Europe for one year, alongside longer-term data. This allows readers to understand how day-to-day weather events fit into a changing climate across the continent and around the rest of the world. The report covers a range of variables and events; some familiar, like average temperatures, heatwaves and storms, as well as some that might seem less obvious, like sunshine duration, soil moisture, river flow and lake surface temperatures.

EJR-Quartz’s role in the project was to ensure that the entire report had a consistent, accessible voice and visual presentation – no small task for a report tens of thousands of words long, written by dozens of people from institutions across Europe. We also created a social media campaign that attracted attention from hundreds of thousands of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram users, and managed the creation of animations and visuals with our own Science Office and external partners.

Coordinating all of this just up our street, requiring attention to detail, working in highly collaborative diverse teams, and a thorough understanding of both the scientific content and the communications best practices to ensure it was accessible to a non-specialist audience.

The report can be found on the Copernicus Climate Change Service website, where you can explore it online, read a focused summary with the main takeaways or watch a video overview.

Extra, extra! The latest 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.

The first DLRmagazine of 2021 – ‘The sky is the limit’ – contains articles highlighting the importance of thoughts and ideas for the advancement of science, and how digitalisation is making this possible. DLRmagazine 167 features the work of innovative scientists both in the laboratory and outside of it. Despite travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, DLR researchers are thinking about how we can travel more safely and comfortably from A to B, whether by air or on the road. They are looking into improved and safe cabin designs, as well as the automated transport systems of the future.

Further to this, the topic of digitalisation also plays an important role in this issue. What are the advantages and challenges of virtual flight tests and to what extent do they match the effectiveness of their real-life counterparts? DLR researchers have long been working on the question of where we still need experiments and what we can do faster and more economically using computers.

But there’s much more! This year, DLR celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Stuttgart site. And, can you believe that 60 years have passed since the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin? In this edition of the DLRmagazine, German ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald takes us to Star City and Baikonur, to ‘relive’ that historic day.

Sound interesting? Subscribe to the DLRmagazine to receive it on your doorstep free of charge. If you’d rather read it online, the DLRmagazine can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Helping you discover the SKAO’s mission

The Science Office was approached by SKAO’s Communications & Outreach department to develop an animation that would convey, in 60 to 90 seconds, their vision and values, the main aspects of their research, their network and that would also unveil their new image. And it had to be done is less than a month! Not an easy task, but through a very collaborative and close process between the two teams, we made it. 

In January 2021, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) became an intergovernmental organisation – SKA Observatory (SKAO) – and now has a new brand that aligns with its vision, its mission and the values that define its identity and make it unique: diversity and inclusion, excellence, collaboration, creativity and innovation, and sustainability. The new logo and visual identity stem from these.

Still from the SKAO animation. Credit: SKAO

As part of this brand unveiling, we were happy to produce the ‘Discover the SKAO’s mission’ video, the first glimpse at SKAO’s new look. The video was released during SKAO’s Council meeting and has now been published in all their online platforms and social media channels.

Talking space

Do you have excellent writing skills and an interest in communicating on space?  We have a number of part-time editorial positions available, in the Netherlands, Italy or working remotely, on projects for ESA, DLR and ECMWF. 

We’re looking for experienced writer/editors with an interest in aerospace topics. We seek individuals who share our passion for creative problem solving, able to work collaboratively with various teams in a fast-paced environment, and able to get things done to ensure customer and company success are achieved.

The successful candidates 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, 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

These positions may interest a freelance editor looking for a part-time fixed position, or could be combined into a full-time position. If you think this might be you, let’s talk!

Closing date: 30 April 2021

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

Please send your cover letter and CV to: vacancy@ejr-quartz.com

Or reach out to us on LinkedIn or social media and we’ll arrange a chat.

Outreach Editor at ECSAT, UK

ESA ECSAT in Harrell

**Position now closed**

Do you have excellent writing skills and an interest in communicating about space to the public? EJR-Quartz has an immediate opening for a fluent English editor/science communicator familiar with aerospace topics. This is a part-time position within the EJR-Quartz service team for the European Space Agency, based on site at ESA/ECSAT at Harwell in UK. 

We’re looking for an experienced writer/editor to develop creative outreach campaigns and create inspiring content promoting ESA’s activities of interest to the UK.  We seek an individual who is able to work collaboratively with various teams in a fast-paced environment, and who is able to get things done to ensure customer and company success are achieved.

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 2 years’ professional experience in writing and editing, 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, as part of a team
  • Knowledge of another European language is an asset
  • Knowledge of European space programmes an advantage

Tasks

According to priorities set by the ECSAT/TIA Communications Programme Officer, and working closely with the TIA senior editor, tasks include to:

Support the CPO in executing communication campaigns and outreach activities

  • Conceive and manage local events, both internal and external
  • Research, write, and edit content for all online channels for ESA outreach in the UK, with a focus on telecoms topics 
  • Actively curate relevant webpages, and maintain related social media channels
  • Conceive storyboards for videos and animations, liaising with the Production Office
  • Liaise with digital teams to ensure the widest reach for campaigns
  • Liaise with the wider ESA communications team, to ensure a coordinated approach and  the highest visibility for topics

Contractual matters

The successful candidate will be employed by EJR-Quartz BV, as part of our communications service team for ESA. Candidates must be eligible to live and work in The United Kingdom and be able to work on site at the Harwell campus (COVID restrictions permitting). This post is part-time (0.5 FTE) and based on site at ESA ECSAT. There is an option to combine with other EJR-Quartz activities. This is a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal. The start date is 1 June 2021.

Closing date: Friday 5 May

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

Careers in space?

We’re looking for an experienced writer/editor to create inspiring content promoting ESA’s recruitment activities including ‘Careers at ESA’. We seek an individual who shares our passion for creative problem solving, who is able to work collaboratively with various teams in a fast-paced environment, has a keen eye for detail and who is able to get things done to ensure customer and company success are achieved.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Mother-tongue standard of English and meticulous editing skills
  • Minimum of 2 years’ professional experience in writing and editing
  • A degree in communications, HR or other relevant discipline
  • Familiarity with online publishing and social media tools
  • Great communication skills and customer-oriented approach and customer service skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, as part of a team
  • Familiarity with ESA or European space programmes an advantage

Working closely with the senior editor, tasks include:

  • Writing, editing and publishing articles and other content for the HR internal and external webpages or social media, or other channels as required
  • Supporting the senior editor in maintaining the HR internal and external webpages by adding new content and updating background information
  • Providing content for social media regarding ESA Careers opportunities
  • Researching images (ensuring usage rights) and providing captions

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 EU. The work could be carried out at our Leiden headquarters, or working remotely. This is a one-year contract, with possibility of renewal. The start date is 1 June 2021.

Closing date: 30 April 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