Vacancy: Editor for ESA’s Connectivity and Secure Communications – Harwell, UK

Dirma van EckDirma van Eck
  22 April 2024

***Applications closed***  Do you have excellent writing skills and the ability to translate science into engaging content for a general audience? Are you looking for your next challenge in science communication? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Working as part of the EJR-Quartz communications service team for the European Space Agency (ESA), you will be based onsite at ESA’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT), located at the Harwell Campus for Science and Innovation in the UK.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A degree in communication, journalism or science/engineering
  • Minimum of four years’ professional experience in writing and editing, preferably for a communications team of a large international organisation
  • The ability to present ideas and recommendations persuasively in writing and verbally, geared towards the general public
  • An excellent grasp of the English language (native or equivalent), with an exceptional eye for detail
  • Great communication and networking skills
  • The ability to help plan and implement communication strategies
  • The capacity to conduct interviews in written, audio or video format
  • Experience of working in compliance with corporate guidelines to create accurate, compelling copy
  • A proactive approach to managing projects and the ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Great communication and networking skills
  • The ability to help plan and implement communication strategies

We also value:

  • Knowledge of European Space Programmes
  • Knowledge of another European language

Your tasks will include to:

  • Create content for publication on the main ESA corporate communications portal. The content must be accessible to the general public and includes web articles, as well as images and videos
  • Create social media posts for the @ESATelecoms X and LinkedIn accounts and other social media platforms, as required
  • Conduct research into the topics to be covered, working with colleagues in the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications to identify newsworthy content that can be created in a timely fashion
  • Create and edit the content to ensure the high quality of its language and narrative structure, and to ensure it complies with the ESA corporate communications style guide
  • Ensure that all content is approved by the relevant stakeholders
  • Help external partners that seek to issue their own press releases by providing content, such as a quote from the Director of Connectivity and Secure Communications
  • Upload approved content into the content management system
  • Run the @EsaTelecoms X (formerly Twitter) account and coordinate with other relevant social media accounts.
  • Curate the telecommunications section of the ESA corporate communications portal
  • Support colleagues as necessary in ESA-wide corporate communications, including creating content for press releases and ESA Web TV
  • Attend editorial and other meetings as required

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: or reach out via social media to @ejrquartz

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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.

Contractual matters

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. The contract will be issued by EJR-Quartz BV in the Netherlands. The position is full-time and onsite at ECSAT, Harwell (UK). This position is temporary until 31 December 2024 with the possibility of renewal. Ideal starting date would be 1 June 2024.

Closing date for applications: 6 May 2024 at 12:30 CEST

Salary: £3800-4200 gross for a full-time position (40 h/week), depending on experience

Starting date: 1 June 2024

Please note that only applications in English will be considered. During the application process we may perform a quick check of your social media channels. If you do not agree to such screening, please let us know when you apply. Any data collected during the application process will of course be processed according to EU GDPR. For more information, please check our Data Policy.

(Banner: ESA’s ECSAT facility in Harwell, UK. Credit: ESA)