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Job at Sense About Science

For anyone who’s not familiar with Sense About Science (from a Jan. 8, 2015 email),

Sense About Science is the UK based charity that puts science and evidence in the hands of the public. We are a source of information, we challenge misinformation and we champion sound science and evidence. We run award winning campaigns to promote open discussion about evidence, free from stigma and intimidation.

Here is the job posting (from the Jan. 8, 2015 email),

Campaigns Manager

We are recruiting for this new post, reporting to the campaigns director, to run the AllTrials campaign and parts of other Sense About Science campaigns and responsive work.

The AllTrials campaign for clinical trials transparency has already resulted in new regulations, commitments from organisations and support from thousands of people. We now need to extend internationally, coordinating activity across many groups, including patients, publishers, regulators, funders and companies, to get past and future trials reported.

You will manage the AllTrials campaign activities large and small

–          in the UK, with a campaign support officer and volunteers, and the AllTrials steering group,

–          internationally, working with Sense About Science USA and building international relationships.

The post will involve initiating responsive campaigns to new issues and linking our body of work to new discussions. It will involve presenting our work and aims in a variety of forums, from senior government officials to community talks; chairing meetings; and writing articles.

You will work with the campaigns director to devise and implement strategies for AllTrials, and deputise for her, taking a hand in the broader campaign work and Sense About Science.

The successful candidate will be articulate, motivated and ambitious about social change. It is a busy office and no two days are the same so you need to be able to plan well but adapt quickly. The ideal candidate will need:

  • a higher degree in a related subject and a background in research
  • experience of building and maintaining networks
  • experience coordinating and delivering projects and a well-tested ability to prioritise
  • the ability to analyse situations and act when in uncertain territory
  • confident and personable communication and a demonstrable ability to produce good written material which is suited to public awareness campaigns
  • good judgment and negotiating skills

Salary c. £28K – £32K. Holiday: 28 days (inc public holidays), 1 additional day after each year in post, and discretionary Christmas break days. Central London (EC1R). Will include some international travel and out of hours activity.

Email a CV and cover letter to the assistant director Emily Jesper ejesper@senseaboutscience.org by midnight on Thursday 21st January 2015. Interviews will be on Monday 2nd February 2015. Please call director of campaigns Síle Lane if you want to discuss the post and your suitability: 020 7490 9590.

If you don’t have a CV that matches the requirements but you are absolutely convinced you are right for us and this role, feel free to write to us to make the case.

I very much appreciate the final paragraph in the excerpt above. It’s nice to see an organization take a more flexible approach to the recruiting process. You can find the job posting on the Sense About Science website.

Job at Society for Applied Microbiology: Corporate communications manager

Dec. 23, 2014 is the deadline for applications, should you be interested in the job of ‘Corporate communications manager’ for the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM). Thanks to Nancy Mendoza of the Science Public Relations group on LinkedIn for information about the job posting. The posting is also on the SFAM website,

 Closing date: 5pm (GMT), Tuesday 23 December, 2014

Circa £28.5K (Plus Pension)

Full Time, Permanent (subject to successful completion of probationary period)

Based in the Society Office, Bedford, UK

Founded in 1931, SfAM is the oldest microbiology society in the UK, and it serves microbiologists around the world.

SfAM is a limited company and a registered charity with membership numbers approaching 3000. As the voice of applied microbiology, SfAM works to advance, for the benefit of the public, the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture, and industry.

Value for money and a modern, innovative and progressive outlook are the Society’s core principles. A friendly society, SfAM values integrity, honesty, and respect, and seeks to promote excellence and professionalism and to inspire the next generation of microbiologists.

From its very inception, SfAM has strived to include all its membership in its activities and to foster an informal and friendly atmosphere, whilst maintaining professional excellence and achieving high standards.

This is an exciting opportunity for a communications professional to join the communications team at the Society. The Corporate Communications Manager will work alongside the Public Engagement Manager and closely with the freelance communications professional and will report directly to the Chief Executive. The CCM will create and deliver an effective corporate communications strategy aligned with the organization-wide strategic objectives as set by the Executive Committee and Chief Executive.

The Role

To create a corporate communications strategy for the Society to deliver high quality communications activity which is aligned with the wider organisational strategy.

To work with the Public Engagement Manager and the freelance communications professional to deliver the communications strategy.

To manage all aspects of corporate communications for the Society including:

Online, social media and podcasting
PR and media relations
Management of the members’ magazine, Microbiologist
Delivery of a new CRM system to enable greater efficiencies across the organization

Please apply to Mrs Julie Buchanan (julieb@sfam.org.uk) with a CV and covering letter stating any required notice period, by 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 23 December 2014.



We are looking for an experienced communications professional with knowledge and understanding of effective marketing strategies.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have an appreciation of the life sciences, in particular, microbiology.

Excellent written and oral communication skills should be coupled with evidence of relationship building and interpersonal skills.

Experience of developing and managing media relations is essential, as is knowledge of development and management of website and social media communications.

Experience of contact databases and CRM is essential.

Excellent project and time management skills are essential, with proven ability to prioritize effectively and with experience of managing budgets.

The ability to work effectively and efficiently with a wide range of suppliers/freelancers/contract service providers and stakeholders is also essential.

A positive ‘can do’ attitude coupled with a commitment to continuous improvement are essential, as is an understanding and commitment to equal opportunities, non-discrimination and accessibility.

Also essential is the ability to work effectively as part of a small, professional and productive team who work with a commitment to the aims and values of the Society for Applied Microbiology.


A relevant post graduate qualification in communications or PR.

Experience within a scientific organization.

Knowledge of, or experience in, the Learned Society sector.

Good luck!

Apply to be a nursemaid for Giant Panda cubs in China (it’s a paid job)

This comes from a May 20, 2014 article by Eve Nagy for Fast Company,

It pays less than most starting teachers’ salaries and has tougher odds than a position at Google, but don’t let that deter you from applying for this best of all the jobs: the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China’s Sichuan province has launched a worldwide search for panda cub caretakers.

You can get more details in a May 12, 2014 news item on ChinaDaily.com,

“Your work has only one mission: spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows,” organizers said.

Applicants should be at least 22 years old and have some basic knowledge of pandas. They should also have good writing skills and the ability to take pictures, according to the recruiters’ requirements.

The campaign will also recruit eight panda observers for a free three-day trip to the Bifengxia base.

People can apply for the job at fun.sohu.com. Recruiting drives will also be held in Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou and will last until July 15 [2014].

You will need to be able to read Chinese or get very lucky when applying at fun.sohu.com.

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 empleo@fcdarwin.org.ec or you can send your application (CV and covering letter) to Swen.Lorenz@fcdarwin.org.ec and empleo@fcdarwin.org.ec.

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 (gemma.burns@iom-world.org) 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.