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Rhine-Waal University
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, offers an innovative and international academic atmosphere combined with first-rate teaching and over 30 interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, the majority of which are taught in English. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to excellence in research in engineering, technology, the natural and social sciences, and is home to some 7,000 students hailing from over 100 different nations.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is located in the scenic Lower Rhine between the economic hub of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolis and the Netherlands. Its central European location ensures that both campus locations are easily accessible via three international airports: Amsterdam (Schiphol), Düsseldorf and Weeze.
We are currently inviting applications for the following vacancy in the Faculty of Technology and Bionics, Kleve Campus, to be filled by 1st June 2018:

Research Associate (m/f)
in Science Communication & Science Policy

German TV-L pay scale level E13, depending on funding approval fixed-term contract until 30.04.2021 according to section 2 (2) of the German Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (WissZeitVG), full-time for two years, and then reduced to 80% for the remaining year unless additional funding has been acquired

Reference number 02/F1/18

Your tasks:
  • Self-reliant working in international research projects on upstream science engagement/Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI)
  • Conducting comparative policy analyses in the area of RRI
  • Planning, conducting and evaluating public engagement activities
  • Analysing communication needs and constraints in certain specialised communities
  • Developing, managing, and monitoring communication and marketing strategies and activities
  • Online monitoring and event management; project administration
  • Supporting exploitation and transfer of project results (reports; patenting, regulatory affairs, media relations)
  • Collaborating with international partner institutions, and coordinate a Work Package
  • Supporting in teaching in Science Communication at Bachelor and Master level, as well as CPD
  • Methodologically supervising science communication research theses and projects
  • Developing research proposals and managing collaboration in research and teaching
Your profile:
  • Academic degree (Master level), ideally in science communication, otherwise in a comparable discipline such as communication/information science, STS etc.
  • Pertinent work experience of at least three years in science communication, particuarly upstream public engagement activities
  • Skills in and experience with quantitative and qualitative social science research methods; user skills in software tools for research such as R, Tableau, SPSS, MAXQDA
  • Expertise and if possible practical experience in political communication for science and innovation, e.g. science policy advice, technology assessment, science advocacy, science diplomacy
  • Good skills in work administration and organisation, including basic IT skills (MS Office, CMS, Social Media, post-production of audio-visual content)
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), including very good English language skills, at least C1 under CEFR
  • Teaching experience in tertiary education, ideally in science communication
  • Possibly training and/or experience in grant writing and research project management
Rhine-Waal as an international university does not require but recommend some basic knowledge of German, e.g. for administrative purposes. Hence new employees are expected to acquire a basic level of German (B1 CEFR) within the first two years of their employment.
Part-time employment is also possible for this position.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to the professional development and advancement of women. Female candidates are expressly welcomed and encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Gender Equality Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NRW), in cases of equal suitability, aptitude and professional experience, female candidates shall be given preferential consideration over male candidates for vacancies in areas with proportionally fewer female employees, provided there are no specific, overriding reasons for giving preference to a specific male candidate.
In the event of equal suitability, preferential consideration will also be given to disabled candidates or candidates recognised as such by virtue of Section 2 (3) of the German Code of Social Law, Book IX (SGB IX).
Please submit only copies of your original documents and avoid any elaborate folders etc., as we are unfortunately unable to return applications to their sender. Please do not submit your application online or in electronic form.
Please send your application and all relevant documents in hard copy and postmarked by no later than 19th March 2018 to: Dezernat Personal der Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Marie-Curie-Str. 1, 47533 Kleve, Germany. Please specify the reference number in your application.

Closing date: 19.03.2018
Closing date: 19 March 2018 Published on academics.com on date 2 March 2018
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