Vacancy Communication Officer

Can you translate communication issues and challenges into a communication approach? Do you know how to translate difficult material into clear language? And do you enjoy carrying out communication actions in a creative and surprising way in order to keep our members involved and enthusiastic about SURF?

  • Level of education: HBO/WO
  • Experience: 2 – 4 years
  • Location: Utrecht
  • Number of hours: 32-40
  • Closing date: August 21th, 2022

SURF is a cooperative association of Dutch educational and research institutions in which the members combine their strengths. Within SURF, universities, universities of applied sciences, vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, and research institutions work together to acquire or develop the best possible digital services and to encourage knowledge sharing through constant innovation. Working for SURF means working for an innovative organization with an excellent reputation; an organization that is an international leader and matters to society.

For the team Cooperative Communication, we are looking for a Communication Officer with an affinity for science communication. Are you someone who can translate communication issues and challenges into a communication approach? Can you translate difficult subject matter into clear language? Do you enjoy carrying out communication actions in a creative and surprising way in order to keep our members involved and enthusiastic about SURF? If so, you are very welcome to join our team!

What does the job entail?

As a communications consultant, you will advise colleagues on how to effectively reach SURF members and associates through communications activities with the desired effect. You will contribute to drawing up communication plans for services and/or projects and ensure that they are implemented by carrying out activities yourself and by calling in others where necessary. In consultation with various communication colleagues, you determine the appropriate form, content and channels of communication and evaluate the results achieved in order to improve follow-up actions. You don't shy away from technical information and you like to immerse yourself in new innovations and difficult subjects in order to transform them into understandable messages for the target group.

What are you going to do exactly?

  • You will contribute to the development of (marketing) communication plans related to various themes, projects and services and will shape adequate communication for various teams within SURF.
  • You translate technical innovation projects into understandable language for various target groups.
  • You will implement marketing communication activities for SURF services.
  • You will translate knowledge and information into tailored messages for the target groups concerned and determine, in consultation, what means will be used.
  • You will research and analyse how best to reach the various target groups.
  • You write messages and stories and carry out communication activities, but you can also draw up briefings for external agencies and direct these agencies.
  • You give advice to internal stakeholders when asked.

We ask

  • HBO/WO thinking level with at least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of communications;
  • Thorough knowledge of content management systems (e.g. Drupal, WordPress) and social media;
  • You can translate complex research projects into information understandable to a wider audience;
  • You are service and solution oriented;
  • You are independent and are up to date with new communication trends and developments;
  • You have excellent knowledge of the Dutch and English languages (both spoken and written);
  • Demonstrable affinity with IT, education and scientific research is an advantage.

We offer

  • A varied and challenging job for 32-40 hours (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) in an informal and collegial atmosphere with a high level of ambition;
  • SURF offers extensive training opportunities and excellent fringe benefits;
  • This position has a salary range of € 2.937,00 to € 4.197,00 gross on a full-time basis;
  • 8.33% holiday allowance, a fixed year-end bonus of 8.33%
  • 36 holiday days per year (on the basis of a 40-hour work week);
  • An NS Business Card 1st class;
  • Our Utrecht office is located at walking distance from Utrecht CS;
  • Initially, the contract will be for one year, with the intention of converting to a permanent contract after one year.


Send your motivation and resume to You can apply until August 21th, 2022 at the latest.

More information


  • Who handles the content of the position? Lonneke Walk, 06-22792324. Lonneke can be reached for substantive questions after August 11th, 2022.
  • Who is the HR advisor involved? Marrit Willemsen,