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Science communication/media officer job in the Galapagos

The organization looking for a science communication/media officer is the Charles Darwin Foundation (from the Who we are page),

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research and technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos Islands.

CDF carries out its activities in Galapagos under a conservation research and guidance agreement with the Ecuadorian government. The Foundation is part of a network of local and national organizations supporting Galapagos Island protection. For fifty years, CDF has worked closely with the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), the main government authority overseeing the safeguarding of the islands’ natural resources, providing the results of scientific research to conserve this living laboratory.

Over one hundred scientists, educators, research assistants, support staff, and volunteers from all over the world take part in this effort. The organizational staff is 90% Ecuadorian and CDF is committed to the training of Galapagos residents as future scientists and conservationists for the good of the islands and the country at large.

The Charles Darwin Foundation is registered in Belgium as an International Non-Profit Association (AISBL, abbreviated in French) under the number 371359 and is subject to Belgian law.

Oddly the job is not listed on the Charles Darwin Foundation website but you can find it on the European Union of Science Journalists’ Association (EUSJA) website. From the job posting on the EUSJA website, submitted by Fabio Turone on June 25, 2012,

Potentially a wonderful opportunity, for someone who has some Spanish. The Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands is looking to hire a Science Communicator. Fulltime position, based in Santa Cruz/Galapagos Islands Start date 1st of August 2012. Fluency in Spanish and English required. Existing experience in Galapagos highly advantageous. Salary and other benefits will be negotiated individually.

We are also open to hear from applicants who are seeking a part-time position in the area of communication. The position is aimed at communicating the successful science and conservation work that is being carried out in the archipelago, and where the Foundation is one of the organisations that is contributing to these efforts. It is also aimed at ensuring that the Foundation adheres to the various communication protocols that it has with its partners and stakeholders. Following a restructuring that was begun in July 2011 and that will be finished during the coming months, our communication department had temporarily gone to having zero staff members. Rebuilding the team from scratch represents an opportunity to take the communication abilities of the Foundation to a new level in a range of media. We recently already kickstarted our work with the local and national press in Ecuador.

The rest of the posting is on the EUSJA website or you can get the terms of reference from [email protected] or you can send your application (CV and covering letter) to [email protected] and [email protected]

H/T to Alaina G. Levine on LinkedIn for news about the job.

Stephen Hawking is looking for an assistant

If you have some technical skills, are comfortable speaking in front of large crowds and can travel for a total of approximately 3 months out of a 12 month period, then you might want to take a look at Stephen Hawking’s job posting for an assistant. (I first came across the posting on the BBC News website.) The finalized job description hasn’t yet been posted but there is a preliminary one. From the Stephen Hawking website,

The above post is expected to become available shortly, with a starting date around 20th-27th February 2012.  The salary is expected to be in the region of £25k; the exact value will be confirmed in the near future.

Disclaimer: This is not an official job applications page, however similar it may look! The official applications process will be started when the post has been properly advertised, probably in mid-January. We will not be able to offer the post to anyone on the strength of this unofficial submission alone; we can only direct people to apply through the official channel. However, if you fit our requirements, we would like to hear from you.

The post is more accurately described by the title “Technical Assistant to Stephen Hawking.” It is not a PhD or Post-Doc position for academics looking to study physics, but a purely technical post to allow Prof. Hawking to function within the physics community and as a public speaker.

The original purpose of this position was “to aid Professor Hawking in those areas which he has difficulty due to his disability.” The job has since expanded and now includes:

  • Managing national and international travel for Prof. Hawking and his care team. Expect to spend around 3 months per year abroad!
  • Development and maintenance of Professor Hawking’s communication and speech systems
  • Procurement and maintenance of his wheelchairs and accessible van
  • Preparation of lecture graphics and public speaking
  • Dealing with the media and press
  • Answering inquiries from the public and maintaining the website

The post requires a wide range of skills, most importantly:

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Maintenance of “black box” systems with no instruction manual or technical support
  • Computer literacy
  • Electronics knowledge
  • Ability to speak to a large audience
  • Ability to show others how to use complex systems

The role of ‘Graduate Assistant to Professor Hawking’ is funded as a research post at the University of Cambridge. Normally it has been under a 12 month contract, although recent graduate assistants have stayed on for several years.

If you find the possibility intriguing, there is a page where you can make an unofficial submision,

Disclaimer: This is not an official job applications page, however similar it may look! The official applications process will be started when the post has been properly advertised, probably in mid-January. We will not be able to offer the post to anyone on the strength of this unofficial submission alone; we can only direct people to apply through the official channel. However, in the event that the official channels are overwhelmed with thousands of irrelevant applications, we hope this tool will bring the names of some more suitable candidates to our attention.

Good luck!

Job posting at Safenano

Here it is,

We are actively seeking a Research Scientist to join Safenano. The principal, technical and administrative functions will include:

* Provision of specialist competence in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA);

* Supporting the development of proposals in the pursuit of consultancy and research opportunities;

* Contributing to and leading (where appropriate) projects involving LCA;

* Developing and implementing LCA methods for nanotechnology;

* Writing client reports, position papers and articles for peer-reviewed publication.

The post holder should have a first degree (minimum Upper Second Class division) in a physical or life science and post-graduate qualification in a physical or life science, with a focus on life cycle assessment (LCA).

The salary range for the post is £17,847 – £25,000 and will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

If you have relevant experience and want to join the Safenano team at the IOM [Institute of Occupational Medicine], please request further information about the post from Ms Gemma Burns ([email protected]) or contact Dr Steve Hankin (Tel. +44 131 449 8040). The closing date for applications is 31 August 2010.

The original job posting and Safenano site are here. As you may have guessed, Safenano is located in the UK.