OrganoVIR is looking for a Science Communications Officer!

OrganoVIR is looking for a hands-on Science Communications Officer (for 16 to 24 hrs per week) to join our team! Are you looking for that next step in your science communications career? Are you excited to write a new chapter in ground-breaking animal free viral research? And are you interested in building a strong online presence for not only the OrganoVIR project, but also the GUTVIBRATIONS project? 

Then check out the full vacancy below and apply!


Expanding our online footprint

As the Science Communications Officer, one of your main responsibilities will be to establish a strong online community around the GUTVIBRATIONS and OrganoVIR projects. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Setting up and executing communication & dissemination strategies
  • Developing and implementing content strategies
  • Managing newsletters and writing copy for quarterly newsletters
  • Managing and writing copy for websites
  • Developing posts, visuals and videos for social media
  • Coordinating communication updates
  • Working with project managers on internal and external communication materials
  • Assisting project managers in project management activities

A seasoned, motivated digital native

With a bachelor in communications and at least two years’ experience in an international communications role, you have ample experience in executing communication strategies. Your background should include:

  • Affinity with and interest in science communications
  • Experience in writing copy for online platforms
  • Able to convert data and scientific information into engaging copy
  • (Near) native English proficiency
  • Practically oriented ideator
  • Independent and flexible worker


A four-year term in Amsterdam

For 48 months, you will be working at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (UMC), location Academic Medical Center (AMC), with project coordinators Dr. Dasja Pajkrt and Dr. Katja Wolthers, a financial manager and a project manager. The job includes:

  • a part-time (16 or 24 hours per week) position as the Science Communications Officer, starting from the 1st of May 2021
  • Terms of employment according to University Medical Centers collective agreements (UMC-CAO)
  • Monthly gross salary in scale 8 ranging from EUR 2.769,- to EUR 3.712,- based on qualifications and experience;
  • Vacation allowance of 8% and an allowance of 8.3% of the gross yearly salary payable at the end of the year.


Meet your new colleagues

At the OrganoVIR Labs, clinicians, virologists and tissue engineers work together to develop innovative animal-free models for virus research. The OrganoVIR Labs coordinates two large EU-funded projects, namely OrganoVIR and GUTVIBRATIONS. OrganoVIR is a European Training Network, in which 15 PhD students are trained at different EU locations in a multidisciplinary consortium. The OrganoVIR team started in 2019 to lead innovation in the field of human organoids for virus research. More information about OrganoVIR can be found on our website.

In April 2021, the OrganoVIR Labs will start its new European Committee granted project GUTVIBRATIONS, a multidisciplinary network consisting of 7 European partners and 12 freshly hired enthusiastic researchers that will develop a next-generation gut-brain axis organ-on-chip technology for virology. In essence, GUTVIBRATIONS is an extension of the OrganoVIR project. More information about GUTVIBRATIONS can be found on

OrganoVIR and GUTVIBRATIONS are both headed by the same Project Management Office (PMO), consisting of two coordinators (Dr. Dasja Pajkrt and Dr. Katja Wolthers), a financial manager and a project manager. The PMO is based at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC.


Send your application!

Have you gotten excited after reading our vacancy? Then we encourage you to apply! The deadline for applications is the 6th of March 2021, by midnight CET time.

Send your application to project manager Angelica Reitsma ( with “application for Science Communications Officer position” in the subject line. Your application should consist of your CV and a motivation letter that clearly demonstrates why you are a good fit for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please don’t hesitate to contact project manager Angelica Reitsma for more information.

We look forward to receiving your application!