Skip to main content
Study and Career

Project Coordinator (with a focus on science communication) (m/f/d)

The Secretariat of Population Europe, the network of 36 leading research institutions from all over Europe with a focus on the dialogue between science, politics and society (, in Berlin, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (, is looking for a Project Coordinator (with a focus on science communication) (m/f/d), full-time or part-time, as of the next possible date and limited until 30 June 2024 within the framework of the third-party-funded projects “Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime“ (, “Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy“ ( and “Policy Dialogue and Public-Private-Partnership“ within the framework of the Baltic Sea States Project (


The Employer

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is one of the leading international centres for population science. It is part of the Max Planck Society, a world-leading research organisation with more than 80 research institutes in natural sciences, technology, social sciences and humanities.

MPIDR hosts the secretariat of the European network Population Europe, which currently includes 36 internationally leading research institutes from all over Europe in the field of policy-relevant population research. The main focus of Population Europe's work is on communicating research findings to decision-makers in politics, business and society and to the wider public. To this end, the network produces publications and organises events (e.g. in Berlin and Brussels). The secretariat is located in the WissenschaftsForum am Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafenstraße 37, in Berlin.


Your Tasks

The Secretariat of Population Europe, headed by Dr Andreas Edel, is looking for a project coordinator to support an international team whose tasks include:

  • The ongoing development and realisation of a suitable outreach strategy (i.e. focus, channels, timing, media monitoring, key performance indicators);
  • Development of project publications (such as Policy Briefs and Discussion Papers);
  • Preparation and support for events (virtual, hybrid and in-person) with decision makers within research, politics and broader society on the topics of the projects as well as the projects’ concluding events;
  • Content creation and management of social media accounts;
  • Coordinating the collaboration with researchers, institutions and external production agencies around project deliverables;
  • Press and editorial work for the overall scientific communication of the projects on various channels;
  • Thematic research within the boundaries of the projects;
  • Composing, editing and supporting the publication of English texts;
  • Responding to media inquiries with the help of the scientists;
  • Further developing researchers’ media skills.


Your Profile

  • University degree, preferably in journalism or in humanities, social or life sciences;
  • Proven qualification and work experience in journalism (experiences with data-driven journalistic projects are a plus);
  • Proven experience with online communication, website development and social media, including visual components;
  • Ideally, experience with the planning and organising of events;
  • Excellent spoken and written knowledge of English (and ideally, German) at least at C1 level;
  • Professional approach to communicating with participant researchers.


Our Offer

  • A stimulating working environment in a socially-relevant subject area at both the European and global level;
  • Participation in Population Europe’s experienced communication team;
  • Close collaboration with scientists with a ground-breaking research agenda;
  • Entry into the professional science communication and science management field;
  • 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) in central Berlin;
  • Occupational health promotion.

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 its 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.

Your application should include a letter of motivation, a CV/resume, academic transcripts and two writing samples in English related to science communication and should be submitted by 31 August 2022. Please combine your application documents into one PDF and e-mail it to (with the subject “Project Coordinator”).

Please address any questions regarding the application procedure to Dr Andreas Edel (

Population Europe Logo
Population Europe