Head of Communications (80%)

The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) is an international research center in Basel, Switzerland with over 300 members of 40 different nationalities dedicated to basic research in areas of relevance to human health, and to the training of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. The FMI is affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research as well as the University of Basel.
We are looking for an experienced, self-confident and talented

Head of Communications (80%)


In this exciting position, you will be responsible for FMI internal and external communications. You enjoy working within a vibrant international research environment and adding value to the development and culture of the Institute.

Main responsibilities include

  • Developing communication strategies and producing and managing on- and offline contents and materials, with regular assessment and optimization of existing communication tools, channels and branding
  • Editorial management and creation of content for online FMI news, social media news, the weekly internal newsletter and the printed biannual report.
  • Coordinating all media relations
  • Conceptual design, lead and implementation of special communications projects such as anniversary celebrations, inter-/ intranet relaunch, social media campaigns
  • Supporting and consulting senior management and staff in questions of communications

The role requires a dedicated and versatile individual, who knows the academic research environment and who relates and connects with the Director, staff and all members in a multi-cultural population.

Ideal profile

  • Proficiency in English and German with a confident writing style especially in English.
  • A degree in science (masters or higher) with additional training in science communication or science journalism.
  • At least 4 years relevant experience with a broad knowledge of on- and offline communication channels and public relations
  • The ability to perceive or seek out a good story that highlights the value of our science and people within the Institute and to the external world
  • Competence in using social media for communications
  • Knowledge in graphic design (creation of posters and brochures) is a plus.
  • Proactive, independent, innovative and hands-on mentality
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities and to meet tight deadlines

The FMI offers highly competitive conditions in a dynamic and international research community in the center of Europe. Have we raised your interest?

Please submit your application and documents online by February 26, 2018 at Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Informal inquiries can be sent to
Prof. Susan Gasser, Director FMI (  or to
Jitka Steuer, Head Human Resources (

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