Science communications Expert

Ghent VIB Headquarters

21 Dec 2021


VIB Headquarters

Senior Scientific (Managerial)


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, VIB Innovation, and Business  biotech companies on biotech and sciences 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 spin-off companies and partnerships with pharma/biotech
  • Represent VIB during international missions and visits of international delegations
  • Support the organization of VIB 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,, 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 life sciences communications landscape
  • Experience in a communication team of biotech/pharma or other for profit biotech organization is an asset
  • 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

How to apply?

Motivated candidates are asked to apply online.