We are looking for

Head of Public Relations and Public Outreach (m/f/d)

Your tasks

Main responsibilities include

• With input from MPIPZ directors and the institute’s scientific coordinator, formulating and implementing coherent and holistic outreach concepts for MPIPZ plant science research at local, national and international levels

• Building upon and extending current outreach activities, including the MPIPZ science barn and display garden (http://www.wissenschaftsscheune.de/)

• Highlighting research news from the institute in the form of press releases, through social media and other avenues, in close collaboration with scientists and departmental scientific project managers

• Close coordination of MPIPZ outreach activities with the University of Cologne and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in the context of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS)

• Fundraising to support projects that promote knowledge and understanding of plant research among the public in a target group-oriented manner

Your qualifications

This position is suitable for a person who has both first-hand research experience as well as experience in science communication and who is passionate about developing innovative approaches for communicating plant science to diverse target audiences. Excellent communication skills in English and proficiency in computer applications (MS office, internet, databases, content management systems) are essential as are knowledge of the German research landscape and proficiency in the German language. The ideal candidate works proactively, is solution-oriented and flexible in their thinking, as well as adept at efficiently prioritizing their tasks. They also enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels, both in and outside the Institute.

Our offer

This full-time position is available immediately, and the initial contract is for two years with the possibility of an extension. Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). 

Application deadline

Applicants are requested to submit a motivation letter and CV (in English as a single pdf file) including the names and affiliations of two referees through the online system, by Friday, 9 October 2020.
The Max Planck Society is one of Europe's leading research organizations. In its research laboratories, workshops, libraries, and administration, scientists and researchers perform demanding tasks with a high degree of autonomy and creativity.
The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research carries out fundamental research on plants using a wide range of methods including molecular genetics, genomics, imaging, computational biology and biochemistry. 

The Max-Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Little Pumpkins is the child care facility at the MPIPZ providing daycare for children up until 3 years of age.

If you would like to work in a dedicated team, please convince us now by sending us your complete application documents together with your earliest possible date of joining the institute.

Have we sparked your interest ?

Please apply. We are looking forward to getting your complete application documents.

Website: www.mpipz.mpg.de

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