Science Writer trainee/internship
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Internship/Trainee
Contract Duration: 6 months (extendable up to 12 months)
Grading: up to 1500 EUR per month
Closing Date: 15 October 2019
Reference Number: HD01619
We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative writer to help explain and promote the work of EMBL, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. EMBL carries out visionary fundamental research and technology development in the life sciences. We have over 1700 staff members from more than 80 countries, based at our headquarters in Heidelberg (Germany) and at sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), and Rome (Italy).

Your role

In this role you will work closely with other writers and communicators to produce content to inform and engage EMBL’s audiences. Content you produce will be used across a variety of channels including the EMBL news website (, printed publications, and social media. Day-to-day activities will include:
  • Researching articles and carrying out interviews.
  • Writing and editing content.
  • Uploading content to the web.
  • Synthesising and repackaging content for specific audiences.
  • Taking an active role in the editorial production process.

You have

  • Excellent English writing and general communication skills.
  • Ability to understand complex scientific concepts and articulate these in engaging ways appropriate to a variety of target audiences.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; willingness to take responsibility for completing work to deadlines.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to respond positively to constructive criticism of your work.

You might also have

  • A background in science.
  • Experience of writing for social media.
  • Experience of working on video or other multimedia content.

Why join us

You will join writers, designers, web producers, and other communicators in the Strategy and Communications team. You will gain:
  • Experience of working in an international, collaborative environment in one of the world’s most respected centres for fundamental life science research.
  • Experience of the entire editorial cycle of corporate communications, from planning to delivery. You will build a portfolio of work covering both scientific research and EMBL’s activities more broadly. Your work will span a range of formats such as news pieces, profiles, explainers, feature articles, social media posts, and printed content.

What else you need to know

This is a training position intended to provide the experience needed to find a job in science writing or communications. It is suitable for a master’s-level graduate looking to build a diverse portfolio of work.

This is a six-month position with the possibility to extend to a maximum of twelve months on mutual agreement. It is based at EMBL’s site in Heidelberg, Germany. The position is paid and has two salary options: a lower salary with accommodation provided by EMBL, or a higher salary and you arrange your own accommodation.

Please apply by clicking the link below. Your application should include a cover letter, a CV, and the contact details of two referees. Samples of your writing or other communications activities would also be appreciated.