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Press Officer & External Communications

Press Officer & External Communications

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

Please, check out our Recruitment Policy

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Communications & PR Team at the CRG in Barcelona, as a Press Officer. We offer the opportunity to contribute with your skills and strengths to the institute’s mission within a motivating work environment with a culture that is open and innovative.

We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual with drive and ambition to lead our media relations and produce different types of written contents required to disseminate the knowledge and initiatives developed at the institute. Encompassing both reactive and proactive functions, you will deal with national and international print media, broadcast and online media. You will focus on managing, building and enhancing the CRG reputation. You will boost the understanding and awareness of the CRG research by developing communication materials, activities and strategies, addressed to facilitating journalists’ enquiries and providing access to the knowledge aroused in the institute. As a member of the Communications & PR, you will closely work and collaborate with the rest of the team, other staff and CRG scientists, and will be involved in projects across all areas of the department and the institute.

This is a very enriching and challenging opportunity for you both personally and professionally, as you will have the chance to learn about all our exciting science findings and ongoing institutional initiatives and contribute to their successful dissemination to broader audiences.

Under the coordination of the Head of the Communications & PR department, your main duties and responsibilities will be the following:

• Acting as the contact person for journalists, liaising with and responding media enquiries and fostering good relationships
• Writing, editing and distributing all kind of materials for journalists (texts, press releases, news items, photo releases, dossiers, etc.)
• Organising visits and press conferences, when required
• Maintaining and updating the media databases
• Preparing contents for social media related to press releases, news items, or any items under your responsibility
• Advising journalists when looking for experts
• Providing training on science communication and expertise to CRG scientists handling with media requests
• Coordinating, editing and producing the CRG Briefing
• Creating, writing editing and managing content for different supports and audiences (website, newsletters, online PRBB newsletter, or any other print or online promotional materials)
• Multimedia materials: Taking and editing pictures, overseeing video productions, producing in-house videos, etc.
• Monitoring media coverage and preparing reports about media impacts and other area indicators required by the institute
• Advisory role on communications strategy

About the department

The mission of the Communications & PR Department is to promote and protect the CRG's reputation of excellence. We do so by developing and implementing clear, consistent and engaging strategies to enhance the public understanding of our science and our institute, its researchers, and its value to society. The Communication & PR Department fulfils its mission through a wide range of initiatives and activities addressed to different audiences, including journalists, politicians, primary, secondary and high-school students, science teachers and, of course, CRG members. Concepts such as Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are central to our everyday activity.

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

• You have over 5-year experience as press officer / similar job post
• You are a senior science writer with outstanding writing and proofreading skills, skilfully delivering engaging press releases and texts which are written responsibly, and in line with wider strategic objectives
• You have previous scientific/technical writing experience
• You have a finely-tuned ability to spot a good story, being able to evaluate complex content and uncover the media angle
• You have a broad overview of the national and international science media / journalists
• You can produce/edit/handle small videos
• You are familiar with the research scene

Education and training

• You hold a degree on Biology, Life Sciences, Journalism or other disciplines involving high writing skills
• You hold a Scientific, Medical and Environmental Master or equivalent demonstrable experience

Languages

• You are proficient in English
• You talk and write fluently in Spanish and/or Catalan

Competences

• You have highly developed organization skills, with the ability to work under pressure on multiple projects, with multiple internal and external stakeholders
• You have excellent communication skills, with an ability to build effective relationships and use them to influence and negotiate diplomatically
• You have a can-do attitude, with a willingness to support other members of the team, and applying initiative and common sense to problem-solve
• You are results driven, with a drive to constantly learn and improve and share those insights with others

The Offer – Working Conditions

• Contract duration: Permanent position. 
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
• Target start date: Immediately.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

1. A motivation letter addressed to Head of Communications & PR, Gloria Lligadas
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Gloria Lligadas and be submitted online on the "Apply" button below.

Selection Process

₋ Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVs. It will be merit-based.

₋ Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.

Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by November 30th, 2021.

Suggestions: The CRG believes in ongoing improvement and promotes a culture of feedback. This is one of the reasons we have in place, at your disposal as a candidate, a mechanism to gather your suggestions/complaints concerning your candidate experience in our recruitment processes. Your feedback really matters to us in our aim at creating a positive candidate journey. You can make a difference and help us improve by letting us know your suggestions through the following form.

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