Open position at ICOS Head Office: Communications Officer

23 October 2018

ICOS is participating in two major EU projects, RISCAPE and ENVRIplus. The results of these projects will be communicated, among others, to political decision makers, EU and governmental officials, and to officials in international organisations. To support the outreach to these people, we are now seeking an external communications specialist as our new, fixed-term

Communications Officer

This experienced professional (Junior Officer, Communications) will work in the ICOS Communications team of four persons, and report to the Head of Communications at ICOS.  In this role, you will:
•    Plan and organise a RISCAPE project final conference at the end of 2019 in Brussels, including related external communications and PR activities and materials, finding correct target groups, and creating innovative ways to engage key stakeholder groups to this event.
•    Support in ENVRIplus stakeholder event organisation in Spring 2018, and in general project management.
•    Support in public and stakeholder relations of RISCAPE project. You get to participate in creating public affairs strategies for RISCAPE project, and support in realising them.
•    Implement the RISCAPE dissemination strategy, e.g. publication of material on the project website, organise media and other events, and support RISCAPE coordinator on finalising the RISCAPE landscape report.

This a full-time, fixed-term position from January 2 until December 31, 2019. It is located in the ICOS Head Office in Kumpula, Helsinki.

To succeed in this role

A successful candidate should hold a university degree on a relevant field and have a few years of experience in external communications. The person will need experience and skills in organising events, and other stakeholder engagement activities. She/he must be fluent in written and spoken English, and possess skills to write press releases, and to produce online and printed material together with service providers. We expect also good skills in MS Office and in social media. Experience on web content management tools and ability to quickly learn digital tools is a benefit.

An ideal candidate is able to work together with others in a project-like environment, in addition to being self-directed and having an ability to prioritize. Experience in the field of European research infrastructures, research, or European Union funded (e.g. H2020) projects is an advantage. To position requires a limited amount of travelling.

The salary in this position will be around 3800-4000 euros based on the experience of the selected person. There is a four-month trial period. ICOS ERIC is an equal opportunity employer.

We offer you

You will be a member in a small communications team with good team spirit. In this position, a development-minded person can make a lasting impact, and working in a scientific environment offers you a lot of opportunities to grow and learn. You will be part of a small yet international Head Office team in Helsinki, while being in contact with people across Europe. Although we don’t have a billiards table or free ice-cream in the office, in general ICOS ERIC offers good health- and other personnel benefits.

To Apply

Send in your application and CV to, no later than Sunday 11 November, 2018.  Please address it to Katri Ahlgren, Head of Communications at ICOS, and include your salary expectation and your preferred starting date.

In questions, please contact Katri Ahlgren (, by phone +358 40 3502557 on Wed 31 Oct at 9-11, Fri 2 Nov at 14-16, or Fri 11 Nov at 9-11). For further information about ICOS, please visit To learn more about the two projects, please visit and

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