Open position: Innovation Manager Communications – Deadline 07 June 2023

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences.

Within the scope of the Helmholtz programme “Strengthening transfer and innovation in the association – by building innovation platforms as sustainable and structure-building measures”, the Helmholtz Centres GEOMAR, AWI and HEREON have received a grant to build up the “SOOP” (“Shaping an Ocean Of Possibilities”) innovation platform.

SOOP aims at unlocking the power of synergies between industry, civil society, and science for innovation and transfer in technologies for the protection of Earth, climate and the environment – creating sustainable structures for transfer and innovation in ocean observing by enabling a paradigm shift towards a multi-sector integrated observing system.

Applications are invited for the position below. The position is immediately available, the contract will run until the end of the funding period on 31 December 2025. A prolongation until 30 June 2026 or a change into a permanent position may be possible after that date, subject to the availability of further funding. Innovation Manager Communications (m/f/d) (Position no. SOOP WP2/1)


The innovation manager for communications will actively ensure a good communication between all those involved in communication and public relations (internal and external) for the SOOP project. The tasks include establishing innovative communication concepts to make research topics more visible to the public, developing and supervising individual stakeholder engagement schemes online and in presence and offering support and coaching to scientists in initiating and implementing innovation and transfer projects, in cooperation with other actors of the Blue Economy. Concepts for specific cooperation or technology transfer projects are to be developed, taking into account suitable third-party funding lines or alternative options for funding. Further tasks include developing concepts for a website, press releases, newsletters, fact sheets, publications, policy briefs and social media. Relevant industry and stakeholder contacts are to be initiated and maintained via networking, trade fair work, events and direct approach. The progress is to be monitored and documented (including preparation of reports and presentations).


  • (Scientific) University degree, preferably in communications or business sciences
  • Empathy and team spirit combined with communication skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and German
  • Understanding of complex technical and scientific issues


  • Experience in industry relations, corporate communications and/ or innovation management
  • Experience in the fields of science, transfer, open innovation, market exploration and spin-offs
  • Experience in maintaining web contents
  • Experience in using relation management software

We are offering:

At a workplace, directly on the Kiel Fjord with many leisure and recreational opportunities, we offer you:

  • A challenging, job with exciting, variable tasks and extensive opportunities for professional networking
  • An open, diverse and international work environment within a vibrant research community
  • Good conditions for work-life balance: We offer, among other things, the possibility of mobile working and individual working time arrangements, vacation courses for the children of our employees, and good support in finding a place in a daycare center at the Kiel site
  • Support services for professional and personal life situations
  • An exciting work environment with the opportunity to provide important impetus for the development of sustainable solutions
  • Exciting topics in an international environment
  • Work in the field of marine and climate research, a forward-looking area with social significance
  • 30 vacation days + additional time off at Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position and can be split. Flexible working hours are possible.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply. GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process. GEOMAR is committed to an objective and non-discriminatory personnel selection. Our job advertisements address all people. We expressly renounce the submission of application photos.

Please submit your application for this post until 7th June 2023 under the following link: online application

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position please contact Kathrin Krüger-Borgwardt,, +49-431-600 2322). For any further questions concerning this job advertisement, please send an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword” SOOP WP2/1” of the position.

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