Field(s) of Specialization:

Graphic Design, Communication & Design, Journalism, Media, Public Relations or another related field

Position Title:

Communication and Design Officer


METU – Institute of Marine Sciences


Mersin - TURKEY

Summary Description:

METU-IMS is the leading international marine science institute in Turkey with a 100% English education and research.  All METU-IMS faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The Institute carries out research on the Eastern Mediterranean as well as on the Aegean, Black Seas, and Turkish Straits System. The long-term vision of METU-IMS is to integrate fundamental research, blue growth solutions and public outreach towards the overall goal of sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems based on excellent science.


METU-IMS is now looking for a communication officer with strong graphic design skills who ideally also has science background and experience in communicating scientific topics through film, video, written word or art, who are confident using the web, multimedia and social media tools and have a passion for sharing the excitement of science with the general public. It is also advantageous to be flexible, adventurous, with good team work skills. This is a 2-year full-time position with an expected start date in February-March 2020.


The candidate will be based at the seashore-based METU-IMS campus, located in Mersin, Turkey and involved in communication and dissemination activities of institute's international and EU H2020 projects.


  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator is a must. Any further know-how is more than welcome.
  • Manage day-to-day strategic visual asset (infographics, charts, etc.)   development in support to the project management team
  • Preparation of the content and organisation of publication of communication and visibility materials (promotional items, infographics, brochure, booklets, thematic area fact sheets, presentations, newsletters, video spots, images and so on).
  • Visual content creation for social media, e-newsletters, websites and web versions of printed materials.
  • Provide photo, video and social media support during events, meetings with stakeholders, maintain a digital media library and media releases

Minimum Degree Required:

B.Sc. degree in Communication & Design, Journalism, Media, Public Relations or another related field. Marine science background is a plus, but not a strict requirement.

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Portfolio of previous work and design experience
  • Ability to think creatively and develop new design concepts, graphics and layouts
  • Proficiency in web content-management system, graphic design (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign), video and photo editing tools, social media platforms
  • Minimum of 1-year relevant experience in a similar role
  • Excellent level of English. Other languages are a plus.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at a given time and to establish and meet deadlines in a productive manner
  • Excellent teamwork capability
  • Ability to travel in Turkey and abroad

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Experience with video storyboarding, filming, editing and sharing through other digital platforms and assets is preferred
  • Knowledge of science communication principles, media, and public education techniques
  • Experience with Social Media Management is an asset.
  • Experience in conducting awareness & outreach activities and educational activities is desirable.

Posting Date:

January 2020

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Date Review Begins:

As soon as applications are received

Required Applicant Documents to Submit:

Applicants are asked to submit a CV, a 2-page (max.) statement of experience and interests, and names of at least 2 references as a single PDF file and portfolio of previous work and design experience.

Quick link for Posting:

Please send your application documents directly to Ezgi Sahin (e-mail:, Pinar Uygurer (e-mail:

Proposed Start Date:

February-March 2020

Type of Contract:

Temporary (2-year position with a possibility of extension)

Job Status:



Highly competitive according to similar communication officer positions in the EU

Pay Basis:


Position open to internal candidates only?


Additional Information: