Content and Science Writer

ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Content and Science Writer

ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Bonn, Germany

1. Position information

Vacancy No.: VN21-33
Department: Officer of the Director-General
Grade: B6
Section: Communications
Job Ref. No.: STF-PL/21-33
Reports to: TBC
Closing Date: 29 June 2021

2. About ECMWF

ECMWF is the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. It is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1975 by a group of European nations and is today supported by 34 Member and Co-operating States, mostly in Europe. The Centre’s mission is to serve and support its Member and Co-operating States and the wider community by developing and providing world-leading global numerical weather prediction. ECMWF functions as a 24/7 research and operational centre with a focus on medium and long-range predictions and holds one of the largest meteorological archives in the world. The success of its activities relies primarily on the talent of its scientists, strong partnerships with its Member and Co-operating States and the international community, some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and the use of innovative technologies such as machine learning across its operations.

Over the years, ECMWF has also developed a strong partnership with the European Union, and for the past seven years has been an entrusted entity for the implementation and operation of the Climate and the Atmosphere Monitoring Services of the EU Copernicus Programme, as well as a contributor to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The collaboration does not stop there and includes other areas of work, including High Performance Computing and the development of digital tools. It is enabling ECMWF to now provide data and products covering weather, climate, air quality, fire and flood prediction and monitoring.

ECMWF has recently become a multi-site organisation, with its headquarters based since its creation in Reading, UK, its new data centre opening in 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and new offices, also opening in 2021 in Bonn, Germany.

It is foreseen that ECMWF will be a major partner in the implementation of the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative starting later in 2021, together with ESA and EUMETSAT as partners. The objective of the European Commission DestinE initiative is to deploy several highly accurate thematic digital replicas of the Earth, called Digital Twins, to monitor and predict natural and human activities as well as their interactions, to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable developments and support corresponding European policies for the Green Deal.

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3. Summary of the role

This is a very exciting time, and ECMWF is seeking a Content and Science Writer to join its Communications Section to work on both Copernicus and Destination Earth communications activities.

This role will research, collaborate and produce content across a range of communication channels to raise awareness and promote the work and objectives of Copernicus and Destination Earth, in collaboration with the key partners in these initiatives.

The overarching purpose of this role is to support the delivery of Copernicus and Destination Earth objectives with high quality content that is true to the science while also accessible to broad internal and external audiences. This may be for owned channels such as the ECMWF, Copernicus Service and Destination Earth websites, or for paid for media such as advertorials in press or campaign content.

The Content and Science Writer will have familiarity with a range of communications channels and best practice to convey messages in an engaging way. They will also play a key part in developing and producing our communications and engagement material for scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Ideally, they will have a good understanding of and an interest in technology and data, climate, weather and/or environmental science with the ability to interpret the technical message and convey it effectively and in an engaging way to different audiences.

4. Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Developing sharp and integrated content for digital and print channels, including for example intranet, website, social media, corporate publications, media fact sheets, case studies, and paid for content;
  • Summarising complex scientific research or interpreting information into accessible content suited to the target audience (ranging from scientific to non-specialist), collaborating with relevant staff members to draft content for their projects and work with external agencies where needed;
  • Maintaining blogs and other social media, as and when the relevant policies are developed and implemented, working with staff obtaining information for this and updating these on a regular basis;
  • Working and liaising with colleagues, external partners and international audiences, and adhering to communications objectives and guidance involved in both Copernicus and Destination Earth activities.

5. Personal attributes

  • Confident communicator and ability to work with international subject matter experts in a multitude of fields to explain technical issues and understand their needs, and translate complex matters into simple, clear language;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with other members of a team, other colleagues and international audiences, as well as to work independently;
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to work and collaboration;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work in a team;
  • Ability to work efficiently and complete diverse tasks in a timely manner.

6. Qualifications and experience required


  • Candidates should have a higher standard of education (EQF Level 4) or equivalent level of experience.


  • Experience of communication within a scientific organisation, international organisation, or similar;
  • The ideal candidate will have a background in science, and a keen interest and some experience in communicating science, preferably as part of a Communications Team or function.

Knowledge and skills (including language)

  • Ability to understand the essence of complex international scientific research and translate it into inspiring stories that will capture scientific and non-specialist readers’ attention;
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, image selection, professional publishing skills for effective and best practice communications across a range of software and channels are essential;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills;
  • A good knowledge and understanding of current trends in all communications channels, particularly digital media/social media, as well as developing content for the news media;
  • Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. The interviews will be conducted in English;
  • A good knowledge of one of the Centre’s other working languages (French or German) would be desirable but not essential.

7. Other information

The successful candidate will be recruited at the B6 grade, according to the scales of the Co-ordinated Organisations and the annual salary will be EUR 76,182.36 net of tax.

This position is assigned to the employment category STF-PL as defined in the Staff Regulations.

Full details of salary scales and allowances are available on the ECMWF website at, including the Centre’s Staff Regulations regarding the terms and conditions of employment.

Starting date: As soon as possible.
Length of contract: The total contract duration is expected to be four years (with the possibility of further extension). However, please note that the DestinE Contribution Agreement is likely to be divided in phases, the first of which will last for two and a half years. The Centre is therefore required to contract initially for the same period. Extensions to complete the four-year period (which could be subsequently extended even further) will be offered to the successful candidate as soon as funding beyond the initial phase is confirmed.
Location: The position will be based at ECMWF’s duty station in Bonn, Germany, which is currently expected to open in the second half of 2021.

Successful applicants and members of their family forming part of their households will be exempt from immigration restrictions.

8. How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form available at

To contact the ECMWF Recruitment Team, please email

Please refer to the ECMWF Privacy Statement. For details of how we will handle your personal data for this purpose, see:

At ECMWF, we consider an inclusive environment as key for our success. We are dedicated to ensuring a workplace that embraces diversity and provides equal opportunities for all, without distinction as to race, gender, age, marital status, social status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, personality, ethnicity and culture. We value the benefits derived from a diverse workforce and are committed to having staff that reflect the diversity of the countries that are part of our community, in an environment that nurtures equality and inclusion.

Applications are invited from nationals from ECMWF Member States and Co-operating States, listed below, and all EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Applications from nationals from other countries may be considered in exceptional cases.

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