Job Opening

Science Communication Editor (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is looking for a Science Communication Editor (m/f/d) to join the Press and Public Relations department as a parental leave replacement. The position is limited until November 30, 2024.

Your tasks:

  • Press and editorial work for the scientific communication of the MPIDR on various channels;
  • Editorial work for the Institute's website, content development, and management of the Institute's social media channels;
  • Defining a suitable publication strategy (focus, channels, timing, media monitoring) together with the head of the department;
  • Topic research within the Institute and help with professional approaches to communicating science for researchers;
  • Text composition in English and German, securing approval, publication;
  • Responding to media inquiries with the help of the Institute’s scientists;
  • Further development of the media skills of researchers;
  • Support in maintaining and further developing the strategic orientation of the Institute’s communication in agreement with institutional leadership.

Your profile:

  • University degree, professional experience in science communication or science journalism;
  • Proven experience in online communication, with websites, CMS, and social media channels;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and German (spoken and written);
  • A good understanding of numbers and statistics in science and communication, including their graphical representation;
  • A good understanding of the demographic debate and ist implications for politics, society, and the media;
  • Knowledge of the international media landscape.

What we offer:

  • A challenging communication assignment at the forefront of demographic research in times of demographic change, a topic of high social relevance;
  • Highly-motivated scientists and directors with a groundbreaking research agenda;
  • Access to a successful scientific Press Center and contact to top media outlets;
  • Full or part-time employment (full-time 39 hours/week)
  • Flexible working arrangements within the scope of the formal requirements of the post;
  • Remuneration at Pay Scale 13 of the German federal wage agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund), company pension scheme;
  • Modern, family-friendly workplace (flexible working hours, teleworking, and if necessary, support in finding childcare places);
  • Extensive opportunities for further training;
  • Occupational health promotion.

Please send your application by February 20, 2023, including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, and samples of your work in the field of science communication (preferably two in German and two in English) by email to

For questions, please contact Ms. Leek, head of the Institute’s Press and Public Relations department, on 0381-2081143.

The Max Planck Society offers a broad range of measures to support the reconciliation of work and family. These are complemented by the MPIDR’s own initiatives. For more information, see: https:/

We value diversity and are keen to employ individuals from minorities and under-represented groups.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in ist workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.