ECSA job offer

8. December 2020by Dorte Riemenschneider

Citizen Science Project Officer

Job opening: SEEDS No.3/2020

Be part of a diverse international team at the forefront of the citizen science movement in Europe! This role is an exciting opportunity for a citizen science specialist to work at the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), an interdisciplinary, non-profit organisation set up to support citizens’ participation in scientific processes.

About ECSA
ECSA supports the research, design and development of various aspects of citizen science. Among other roles, it initiates and supports citizen science projects, carries out research on citizen science, develops communities of practice within the field, and promotes knowledge exchange across Europe.

Project description 
Young people living in disadvantaged areas have limited access to science education. The SEEDS project aims to promote science education and training by improving understanding of health, self-management and self-care through community-based public engagement, thus improving the effectiveness of health promotion activities in this population group.

The participatory, multi-stakeholder intervention promotes dialogue between citizen science and traditional science. In this way, SEEDS brings together the main actors in science and society by applying the ‘4Helix’ model of stakeholders. Teenagers will lead the process; science education will be accompanied by an approach to health education that is able to change habits and contribute to sustainable behavioural change.

Job role: Project officer
Job range: 70% full-time equivalent (FTE)
Salary: Equivalent to E13 TV-Land Berlin (about €45,000 per year FTE), depending on experience
Duration:    Position to be filled from January 2021, for a term of 2 years
Place of work: ECSA Headquarters, currently at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Project management tasks:

  • Define the key concepts of a Makeathon carried out within the project, setting up guidelines and overseeing its coordination and implementation
  • Lead the project’s communications campaign (science communication / popular science)
  • Set up an exploitation, sustainability and feasibility strategy
  • Write a public engagement strategy and a strategic communication plan aimed at teenagers
  • Continuous reporting on communication and dissemination activities, and their results

Participation in ECSA’s community tasks:

  • Contribute to organisational communications tasks
  • Work on proposals to fund new projects
  • Participate in ECSA strategic development and project planning processes
  • Contribute to ECSA’s work on accessibility, visibility and inclusivity

Requirements:

  • A university degree in a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in project management and proven ability to manage multiple strands of work and competing demands on your time
  • Knowledge of the EU Horizon 2020 scheme
  • Familiarity with current developments and central stakeholders in the field of citizen science
  • First-hand experience in citizen science, with a proven track record in developing methodologies or conducting knowledge-sharing and capacity-building activities in this or a related field
  • Strong communication skills and knowledge of science communication, including experience with Makeathons
  • Confident in the use of IT, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive, as well as social media platforms
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written; German or other European languages are an advantage
  • Ability to work as part of a team, while also being proactive with your own tasks
  • Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings

Applications should comprise a CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the position, specifically addressing the requirements detailed above, including a list of achievements (e.g. publications), and a short description of past realised projects. Applications can be sent until 22 December 2020, with reference to job advertisement No.03/2020, to: ecsa-admin@mfn.berlin.

Dorte Riemenschneider