Communication Officer (0.6 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

Job description

In order to better communicate our work to practitioners and the general public, the Environmental Psychology group is looking for a communication officer. As a communication officer, you will bring our activities to the attention of different audience groups in an attractive, clear and accessible way. You will particularly support activities related to funded projects, including the research funded by the Stevin prize awarded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to Linda Steg for her pioneering, innovative and socially impactful research (

The tasks include:

- proactively coordinate and create internal and external communication about research findings and other activities, including findings from funded projects
- keep the website up-to-date
- create attractive content for social media channels
- create and send a digital newsletter
- write and send press releases
- work with freelance content producers for design, photography and video productions
- co-organise outreach events.

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences excels in teaching and research in the fields of human behaviour, thinking, learning, and how people live together. We work on societal issues and problems that people experience in daily life. Central to this is individual and societal resilience and how to increase this. To this end, we focus on the topics of migration, the environment and climate, health, upbringing and education, the protection of vulnerable minorities, and sustainable partnerships. The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences employs over 800 staff members. For more information about the Faculty please check the link

The Environmental Psychology group studies factors influencing sustainable behaviour, public acceptability, environmental risks, and the relationship between sustainable behaviour and well-being.


We are looking for a colleague who shares the mission of the Environmental Psychology group to combine scientific rigour with high societal impact, and is eager to get acquainted with the group and relevant bodies within the University (e.g. the central and faculty department of communications). Presence at the university is needed for at least two days a week (including Tuesdays). We expect the following qualifications:

- a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field of communication or equivalent experience
- minimum of three years work experience in (online) communication
- experience with different types of CMS, preferably WordPress
- knowledge of and demonstrable experience with online/web media and the latest developments in that field
- experience or affinity with basic image editing
- fluency in (writing) English and Dutch
- being able to collaborate with people at different levels of the university
- independent, pro-active, team player, eye for detail, persistent and facilitating.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, we offer:

- depending on qualifications and work experience, a salary of € 3,098 to a maximum of € 4,257 (salary scale 9) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- attractive secondary and market terms of employment
- a temporary contract for two years initially, with a possible extension with another two years. The position is classified in accordance with the University Job Classification (UFO) system; the UFO profile is Communications Officer 1
- working hours 60% / 0.6 FTE.

Intended starting date: 1 September

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 8 June 11:59pm / before 9 June 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Please note:
An assignment will be part of the selection procedure.

The job interviews are scheduled on June 16 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP):

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Linda Steg, Professor of Environmental Psychology

Prof. Goda Perlavicute, Associate professor of Environmental Psychology

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0341

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

the Environmental Psychology group

Digital application form