We are VIB. VIB is a life sciences research institute funded by the Flemish government. We work in close partnership with five Flemish universities Ghent University, KU Leuven, University of Antwerp, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Hasselt University.
Our dedicated Innovation & Business team translates VIB's scientific results into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications.
Since its foundation in 1996, we have created 30 start-up companies. The link between basic research and valorization has made VIB a catalyst for the ever-growing biotech hotspot in Flanders.
The VIB Communications team coordinates communications strategy and ensures the global visibility of the institute's successes and activities.
Currently, we are looking for an experienced Science Communications Manager to drive strategic communication plans for specific VIB research centers and our Innovation & Business team.
Are you passionate about life sciences research, the biotech industry, and communications? Are you ready to bring science and innovation closer to different audiences?
Then come and join our Communications team!
What you'll do :
Supporting and executing strategic communication plans to better position VIB as world leader in life sciences
Liaising with the VIB scientists and tech transfer specialists on science communications matters
Devising and producing proactive campaigns to target audiences relevant to VIB's research themes and life sciences industry audiences
Developing and editing communication materials (news releases, presentations, articles, brochures, social media posts) on VIB's research centers and tech transfer activities for media, reports, newsletters, website, and social platforms.
Coordinating press releases on VIB's research centers and tech transfer activities
Represent VIB during international missions and visits of international delegations
Support the organization of network activities (General Assembly network event and State of the Union)
Maintain VIB's relations with local, national, and international stakeholders, including FIT, VLAIO, EWI, cluster, and networking organizations such as Flanders.
bio, pharma.be, VOKA, Leuven Mindgate, DSP Valley, etc.
Represent VIB and coordinate VIB booth and visibility at international and national roadshows & networking events showcasing Flanders Life Sciences Hotspot : BIO meetings, Bio€quity, Knowledge for Growth, Science for Health, Life on Chip, Crop Innovation & Business, World Agri Tech Summit, etc.
Who you are :
Background in life sciences and the ability to deep-dive into scientific content
Experience in strategic communication and in-depth knowledge of the science communications landscape
Solid business acumen that allows you to communicate on the same strategic levels with senior leaders and executive teams
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (Dutch and English)
We offer you :
A full-time position in a professional and international work environment in a world-class scientific institute
A compensation package based on expertise and experience
Learning and development opportunities to broaden your expertise
An extensive network of (inter)national contacts