AquaTT seeking Communications Project Officer for immediate start


Role Communications Project Officer
Type Full-time 24-month contract with potential for renewal. Eight-month probation period with reviews in month two and month eight. Position available immediately.
Location AquaTT offices in Dublin city centre. *Currently remote working due to Covid-19 restrictions, to be discussed at interview.
Application deadline 12 August 2020, 17:30hrs CET
Application documents    

The following documents should be addressed to Laura Richardson, AquaTT HR Manager and sent electronically to: 

A well-motivated application letter outlining why you feel you are a suitable candidate and possess the necessary skills and experience to fulfil the requirements of the role. 

A CV addressing our essential criteria, preferably including contacts for referees (note that a current employer referee will not be contacted until the position is offered). 

Candidates are invited to send examples of their work but this is not obligatory.



At AquaTT we believe that scientific research can, and should, enrich our lives and help deliver a sustainable future for humanity. We understand that, for this to happen, research results must reach the relevant decision makers, policy creators, scientists, industry groups and the wider public. We work with European funded scientific projects to help ensure that the new knowledge they generate is effectively transferred to create maximum positive impact. We use our skills to make a difference and help research benefit society.

For almost 30 years, AquaTT has proven itself as an expert at managing European projects. With strategic focus on knowledge management and transfer, communication, dissemination and training, AquaTT collaborates with over 350 institutions in more than 40 countries, operating in research domains such as Marine Science, Environment, Water, Health, Climate Change, Energy and Food. We have a track record in successfully pursuing, acquiring and managing a significant number of grants (across the main European Union Funding Programmes such as FP7, H2020, Interreg, Erasmus+ and LIFE), enabling us to build a knowledge-based organisation with key networks among national and European stakeholders. The company has an inventive and collaborative culture, where employees are valued and inspired as well as rewarded for their ideas and contributions. 

A description of AquaTT and its project portfolio is available on our website (



The Communications Project Officer (CPO) will play an integral role in supporting communication activities across AquaTT’s projects (currently 17 open projects). In addition, the CPO will be responsible for carrying out AquaTT’s day-to-day role in specific European projects, ensuring their success for both AquaTT and our partnerships. AquaTT’s roles in projects typically include dissemination, communication, education, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management and transfer. Given the international dimension of the projects, travel may be required (depending on the Covid-19 situation). 

This is a great opportunity for a motivated individual to join a creative, dynamic organisation with a focus on using research to create a better, more sustainable society. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

A) Communication Activities Across Projects

  • As part of the Communications team, work with and support AquaTT’s Project Officers to develop, copy edit and proofread content for promotional material such as press releases, newsletters, leaflets, brochures, infographics, videos, project websites, social media etc.
  • Assist Project Officers to develop media stories to promote the work of their projects through various channels.
  • Work in close collaboration with AquaTT’s graphic designers and print suppliers to develop promotional material.
  • Copy edit and proofread other material from AquaTT’s staff, such as highly visible reports for business development clients.
  • Carry out quality control checks on all promotional material.
  • Disseminate promotional materials through AquaTT's online channels.
  • Manage and enhance the AquaTT website and social media channels, increasing digital audience reach and awareness.
  • Fulfil administrative requirements and other appropriate activities as requested by the Management team.

B) Project Management of Specific Projects

  • Manage a portfolio of European-funded projects, delivering AquaTT’s contractual obligations on time, to a high standard and within budget. 
  • Tasks include generating high quality deliverables, on-time reporting, writing press releases and promotional materials, content management of project websites and several social media channels (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), presenting at conferences,  budget management and monitoring, event management (including effective meeting contributions), etc.
  • Facilitate and carry out efficient and effective dissemination and communication of the activities and results of the assigned projects, including contribution to knowledge transfer.
  • Create and maintain excellent partner and stakeholder relationships, including representing AquaTT externally.



Candidates must have a strong background in communications and public engagement. Experience with science communications and/or project management of research is a bonus. The successful candidate will be a proactive team player with the ability to create and maintain strong relationships among internal and external stakeholders. He or she will possess exemplary communication skills, strong planning and organisational abilities, initiative, attention to detail and cultural sensitivity for working within an international context. The CPO should have a creative approach to problem solving and experience with adapting key messages to suit different audiences. 

Essential Criteria:

  • EEA work authorisation
  • Educated to diploma/degree level in a relevant area e.g. science communications/public relations/media/marketing/journalism. Candidates with relevant work experience in lieu of qualifications may also be considered.
  • At least two years’ previous experience in a comparable role.
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Additional European languages are a strong asset.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce quality content, including press releases, for a variety of platforms.
  • Able to copy edit and proofread to a high standard.
  • Candidates should have the ability to craft and adapt research-based stories to suit different target audiences.
  • Experience with digital communications and managing social media platforms e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to collaborate and work in a team in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, and professionally to both scientific and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent attention to detail, pro-active, diligent, willing to learn, dedicated and responsible. 
  • Excellent project and time management skills: highly organised, ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to prioritise tasks efficiently.
  • Commitment to delivering on allocated tasks, with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Desired criteria:

  • Active interest in science/science communication/research. 
  • Desktop publishing skills/Adobe software or similar.
  • Excellent digital communication skills (knowledge of SEO, social media strategy and marketing are a bonus).
  • Website management skills and ability to use Content Management Systems (e.g. WordPress or similar).
  • Knowledge and understanding of Irish and international media environment.
  • Personal interest in and enthusiasm for playing a role in creating a culture change to facilitate the increased uptake of scientific knowledge, leading towards a more sustainable future for humanity.



First round interviews will be held virtually (Skype/Zoom) during the week of 17–21 August.

Candidates invited for final interviews will be asked to complete tasks to assess their ability to carry out the type of responsibilities involved in this role to a high standard.

Dependent on HSE guidance, final interviews will be held in person at the AquaTT offices (Olympic House, Dublin 8).



The salary scale for this position ranges from €31,669 to €36,713. The starting point for the successful candidate will depend on experience and qualifications.



Holiday entitlements are 20 working days per annum and an additional 5 days of company holiday leave is given over the Christmas period. Internal and external training opportunities (relevant to the role) will be provided. Several extra benefits are provided, including pension option. 

Overtime may be required to meet deadlines as part of the contract. National and some international travel may be required.

For informal queries about this role, please contact Sive Finlay, Communications Manager,    


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