[Belgian Biodiversity Platform Newsflash] Job Offer : Biodiversity Research Liaison Officer at DEMNA

Belgian Biodiversity Platform Newsflashes newsflash at biodiversity.be
Mon Jul 27 11:29:23 CEST 2015

*Biodiversity Research Liaison Officer (Full time, Contractual) at the
Département de l’Etude du milieu naturel et agricole (DEMNA/DGO3/SPW)*


The Belgian Biodiversity Platform <http://www.biodiversity.be> is a
science-policy interface providing services to scientists engaged in
biodiversity research and policy makers, in Belgium. We are presently
seeking to hire a full time Biodiversity research liaison officer in charge
of networking activities for this structure, with focus on biodiversity
data acquisition and involvement of young scientists in science-policy
activities at national and international level.


She/he will:

   - liaise with potential biodiversity data and metadata publishers,
   especially in the Walloon region, to facilitate publication of data through
   the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF <http://www.gbif.org>)
   and support the Belgian node of GBIF;
   - liaise between scientists and IT specialists during the development of
   client-oriented databases;
   - assist in the development of long term strategies for data collection;
   - support the Platform’s communication officer in involving young
   scientists in a range of national and international science-policy
   activities. This includes national thematic forums (e.g. on invasive
   species, ecosystem services, biodiversity & health, conservation) and
   international biodiversity initiatives, like the recently established
   Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES
   - support the organisation and facilitation of scientific meetings and
   - advice the Platform team on networking opportunities;
   - support the work of the Platform in selected national and
   international biodiversity initiatives, as appropriate.


*W*e seek one French-speaking colleague (mother tongue) with the following
profile and qualifications:

   - Hold a university degree (MSc or equivalent) in any field related to
   biodiversity (agronomy, biology, environmental or social sciences);
   experience with biodiversity or environmental research or policy is an
   - Prove mastering of (biodiversity) informatics tools and new
   Information Technology
   - Have excellent networking and communication skills. Good knowledge of
   English is mandatory, a working knowledge of Dutch is advantageous;
   - Genuine interest in and enthusiasm for biodiversity research and
   policy, and biodiversity data in particular
   - Flexibility, ability to adapt quickly to new issues, proactive
   attitude, self-motivation.
   - Ability to multi-task, work in team and independently, and take


   - A full time contractual position until end of March 2016, possibly
   extended on a yearly basis, based at Département de l’Etude du milieu
   naturel et agricole (DEMNA/DGO3/SPW) in Gembloux
   - Salary and conditions according to the conditions applicable at DEMNA
   for a contractual agent of class A5 or A6.
   - Free public transport between home and work


Job interview will take place in the first half of September. Applications
should be sent no later than 4 september to Aline van der Werf:
Aline.Vanderwerf at belspo.be (subject: Biodiversity Research Liaison officer)
with a CV, cover letter and any evidence demonstrating the skills and
competences we are looking for. For further information on the actual job
content, contact Hilde Eggermont from 10 August onwards: +32 (0)2 238 34 95
or h.eggermont at biodiversity.be.

Pierre Huybrechts
*Belgian Biodiversity Platform*
*Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)*
Avenue Louise 231 Louizalaan
B-1050 Brussels
E-mail : p.huybrechts at biodiversity.be
http://vimeo.com/114955090 (data publication activities)
http://vimeo.com/114955160 (science-policy activities)
http://vimeo.com/114955193 (our general mission)
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