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Senior communications advisor

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Senior communications advisor
(32 hours a week)

Job description:

You are responsible for leading the science communication and public outreach activities of our institute. You advise the MPI directors and management about internal and external communication matters. You are tasked with designing and developing a concrete and coherent communication plan for spreading a strategic message to specific target groups, and you will determine the appropriate communication channels. Next to this, you are responsible for timely execution of all communication activities. You actively promote interactions with and between MPI stakeholders (PR). In this way, you make a key contribution to the positioning, identity and image of our institute.

Main tasks:

  • Designing and developing a concrete and coherent communication plan;
  • Managing the Institute’s communication projects, including the development of the new website and house style, and coordinating scientific and academic events within and outside the Netherlands;
  • Ensuring that press releases and news items are published on time and are brought to the attention of the relevant media, whilst supervising a pool of freelance writers;
  • Advising, informing and supporting our departments in their internal and external communications;
  • Expanding our network of partner organisations, particularly universities and other research institutes;
  • Actively connecting with the other Max Planck Institutes and coordinating with the central press office of the Max Planck Society;
  • Executing daily communication and outreach tasks, such as uploading and distributing news and press releases and maintaining a high social media profile, including on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What you will bring:

  • a relevant HBO or WO qualification in the field of communication;
  • at least five years relevant work experience in a similar position in an international environment; experience in the scientific/academic world is an advantage;
  • strategic insight into best practice in communication and PR, including an awareness of the sensitives ethical issues sometimes involved in communicating research to the public;
  • the ability to act as a strong and hands-on discussion partner, with a talent for framing research to tell an accurate, but engaging, story to the public;
  • a proactive ability to look for new opportunities and challenges and a goal- and solution-focused attitude; project-based work fits you like a glove;
  • excellent advisory and communication skills; you are a convincing speaker and writer and are good at making professional connections;
  • independent and result-oriented working skills; you are decisive and show perseverance;
  • excellent written and spoken command of Dutch and English; proficiency in German is an advantage;
  • active knowledge of contemporary tools used for digital communication.

What we offer:

  • a versatile, independent and responsible job within an international research organisation that is committed to equal opportunities and diversity;
  • a part-time appointment (32 hours per week) for one year, with the possibility to extend to a permanent position;
  • a competitive salary; rating will be executed according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst); possibility to follow a wide range of relevant courses and training;
  • thirty days of leave per year (full-time appointment)


The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language and communication. We study how humans communicate, how we learn to talk, and how our language is influenced by our genes and by the society in which we live. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

More information about the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Max Planck Society can be found at and The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer.

How to apply:

Please send your application ultimately by August 17, 2018 to Ms. Anique Heurkens (HR advisor) at .

It should include:

  • a letter of motivation (2 pages maximum), which explains why you are interested in the post, and how you fit the criteria outlined above (in English and Dutch)
  • an up to date CV (in English)

The interviews will take place in English and Dutch.

For questions or for an informal discussion about the position, please contact our HR department at +31 (0)24-3521208.


Last checked 2018-07-13 by Angela Heuts
About MPI

This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.


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