Science communication specialist (RE2)

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Science communication specialist (RE2)

Closing Date

Saturday, 29 February, 2020
Reference: 27_20_ES_ESS_RE2
Job title: Science communication specialist (RE2)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The aim of the Earth System Services Group (ESS) within the Earth Sciences Department is to demonstrate the ongoing value of climate prediction services, atmospheric composition and weather forecasting to society and the economy. The group actively works in identifying user needs that partly guide research in the Department. The goal is to quantify the impact of weather, climate, aerosols and gaseous pollutants upon socio-economic sectors through the development of user-oriented services. This ensures the transfer of the technology developed and the adaptation to a rapidly changing environment.

The ESS group is looking for a Science communication specialist from any nationality to be part of the Knowledge Transfer activities in diverse EU-funded projects. The candidate will be in close contact with climate scientists and both potential and advanced users of climate information. The objective is to interact and build trust within these target users, understand their climate information needs and expectations from climate services.

The successful candidate is expected to learn about the research topics of the projects, plan and carry out communication and user engagement activities at the international level and suggest and promote clustering activities between different projects. Experience in multidisciplinary and international teams is key for the position.

The selected candidate will benefit from expert training and BSC-CNS staff benefits: international multidisciplinary scientific environment and advanced applied research training.

Key Duties

  • Plan, coordinate and carry out communication, dissemination and user-engagement activities in EU-funded projects (e.g. CCiCC, S2S4E, MED-GOLD, APPLICATE).
  • Define Key Performance Indicators for all the dissemination and user engagement activities and report them periodically for each project.
  • Coordinate with other projects and initiatives to organize dissemination and user-engagement activities in international conferences and other events.
  • Travel and be in conferences, events and workshops.
  • Work in the content and format of key user-oriented dissemination material (leaflets, fact sheets, etc.).
  • Coordinate with external providers to prepare videos, leaflets and other on-line and printed material.
  • Link with the communication team at the BSC to promote the dissemination of the key outcomes of the projects.


  • Education
    • Any technical degree (Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Environmental science, etc.) or journalism.
    • Master in science communication or specific communication training required.
    • A Ph.D. in science will be valued.
    • Other backgrounds are accepted if the candidate can demonstrate previous experience in science communication.
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • At least 3 years of experience in science communication positions.
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Background knowledge on climate, air quality or meteorology will be highly valued.
    • Professional experience in European institutions or International organisations will be valued.
    • Experience in Dissemination of EU-funded projects will be valued.
  • Competences
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Ability to work in a professional environment within a multidisciplinary and international team.
    • Good public speaking skills.


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 12 months renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 01/03/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

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