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Editor / Communication Officer for the Geology of the Tour de France initiative (0.8 fte)

The Geology of the Tour de France science communication initiative is looking to hire an Editor / Communication officer. Are you a dynamic and dedicated science communicator with a taste for natural sciences, and with an interest in pro-cycling? Are you (social) media savvy, and interested in developing light-hearted, documentary-style vlogs and blogs? Come and join the team at Utrecht University (UU) and Naturalis Biodiversity Center!

The Geology of the Tour de France (GeoTdF) project explains Earth's history and processes, and the role of understanding these for society, using geological phenomena that can be seen during the live TV coverage of Tour de France stages. In past years, the concept was developed as '5-minute read' blogs on the GeoTdF website, and through Twitter (@GeoTdF). These blogs are directed at, and reach, international television, radio, and written and online media journalists who have started to interweave the geological information into their reporting, like they routinely do with cultural or historical background. Building on the success of the previous seasons, the geoscience heart of the project at UU and the science communication stronghold of Naturalis have combined strengths and opened a position for a science communication enthusiast.

Through hiring a dedicated editor / communication officer for the Tour de France seasons of 2023 and 2024, the project aims to expand the content provided by GeoTdF with video knowledge clips for online and television media. As a new member of the team, you will help develop a wider social media presence to optimise the reach of the initiative, and translate the geological and physical geographical content provided by an international team of geoscientists to these channels. You will interact with the public via social media, and help answering their questions, or direct these to specialists. You will edit the content to ensure readability by a wide and broadly interested audience. You will co-develop video content that will be filmed on location in the field along the Tour de France parcourse, and develop clips for various social and television media, in the Netherlands and beyond. And you will help developing a strategy to help the project reach its ultimate aim: becoming a long-lasting flagship of geoscience outreach, a 'geo-cyclo-pedia' that will provide annual contributions to the organisation of the Tour de France, and the international media and audience that follow this, and other professional cycling events.


As a successful candidate you:

  • are a science communication enthusiast with relevant training;
  • have knowledge of, and affinity with natural sciences (geology is a big pre but not a must);
  • are fluent in spoken and written English, preferably also French, and have at least basic knowledge of Dutch;
  • are social media savvy and have an eye on reaching wide audiences;
  • have experience with developing video footage.

Terms of employment:

We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for 14 - 18 months in an international working environment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,098 and €4,257 (scale 9 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for full-time employment.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University. Facilities for childcare and sports are available on campus.

About the organisation:

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With a population of 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Sustainable Development, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts a highly international tenured staff of over 45 scientists and more than 110 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Our research programme spans four intertwined themes: Climate & Life, Earth interior, Earth materials, and Environmental Earth Sciences. We house or have access to a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

Naturalis is the Dutch national research institute for biodiversity. Our scientists dedicate themselves to describing, understanding and preserving biodiversity without interruption.

About Utrecht:

Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of nearly 360,000 and forms a hub in the middle of the country. Its historic city centre and its modern central station can easily be reached from the Utrecht Science Park by public transport or by a 15-minute bicycle ride. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water, as well as a broad variety of shops and boutiques.

Additional information:

For informal questions, please contact Prof. Douwe van Hinsbergen (project leader) via d.j.j.vanhinsbergen@uu.nl.

How to apply:

To apply, please follow this link and the guidelines mentioned there. The application deadline is January 29th, 2023. We aim for a quick selection procedure in February and hope to find someone who can start by April 1st, 2023 at the latest.

Please, note that international candidates that need a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. That may make it impossible to reach this deadline.

Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but our International Service Desk may be able to advise you therewith. In case of general questions about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal.

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posted: 23 December 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.