Other resources for finding science communication jobs – March 2019

This is a copy of an email sent to the psci-com mailing list for people interested in science communication and public engagement with science. It lists some ways of finding out about jobs in scicomm.

1. List of London-heavy ‘places where science communicators might work’
2. More global versions
3. Different types of science communication jobs
4. Other mailing lists and jobs boards
5. Gov.UK resource
6. Misc

Some general good advice from Amanda Freise at BiteSizBio on Getting started with a job in science communication

“It can also be tricky to actually find job openings, as positions often have vague or obscure names; for example, I once saw a job advert that was seeking a person to develop a science outreach program that was simply titled “Project Manager”. So you may need to put in time to carefully sift through job descriptions.”

1. List of London-heavy ‘places where science communicators might work’
As you may know I enjoy collecting vacancies pages of any organisation that might employ science communicators and am in the process of updating my ancient 2009 post which lists many in London. I also gave a ‘how to’ talk about science communcation jobs a couple of years ago at BIG.

2. More global versions
A while ago I copied info from the above list into a Google spreadsheet and asked people to add to it, it’s editable. There’s a fantastic Facebook group for science communication jobs (you need to join to see it). I hear from others that LinkedIn can be very good, with recruiters coming to you to apply for things. It has a page tagged with science communication jobs but not all of them are in the strictest sense.

3. Different types of science communication jobs
Partly inspired by Prospect.ac.uk’s pages on “What (jobs) can I do with a [science] degree?” which didn’t really mention that much scicomm beyond science writing I thought I’d have a go at a version of What jobs do science communicators do?. The sector is so huge I think it’s impossible to do it justice!

4. Other mailing lists and jobs boards
ABSW (Association of British Science Writers), BIG Stem Communicators Network jobs board, Stempra – Science, Tech, Engineering, Maths / Medicine PR Association, NCCPE‘s Public Engagement Network (mailing list), Indeed.co.uk also has a page tagged with Science Communication Jobs, PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) network. Also @ScicommJobs and blog.

5. Gov.UK resource
The GOV.UK website has a list of all of its departments, agencies and public bodies, of course some are quite sciencey!

In the gov.uk page each listing is linked to its own website but I think most of the jobs are also advertised centrally via the Civil Service Jobs page. You can search by location and salary, restrict the search to individual or multiple organisations and also, if you know the job ref, by job reference.

A couple of jobs that might interest the list –

Care Quality Commission
Senior Media Officer
Closing date: 17 Mar 2019
Job ref: 1623793, £42,121, LONDON

Office for National Statistics
Senior Media Officer – Data and Corporate
Closing date: 17 Mar 2019
Job ref: 1620000, £35k (FAREHAM or NEWPORT, GWENT) or £36k (LONDON)

6. Misc
Wikiversity has a page on science communication in the UK
Wikipedia has a Science communication page

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[Job, Copenhagen] Uni of Copenhagen, Strategic Communication Officer, clos 12 April

University of Copenhagen / Københavns Universitet

Strategic Communication Officer

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and independent Strategic Communication Officer to develop and implement a communication strategy for the Center to commence as soon as possible.

Our research
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR) was established in 2010 to conduct fundamental research on metabolism. It is part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. The Center has around 200 employees from all over the world. We moved into new laboratories, offices and meeting rooms in the Maersk Tower in summer 2017. You can read more about us at http://cbmr.ku.dk.

Medical Museion is a university medical museum combined with an interdisciplinary research group, working together to engage diverse audiences with health and medical sciences in their cultural, historical, and philosophical context. CBMR’s scientific research touches on fundamental questions about human nature; and Medical Museion’s starting point is that metabolic research is an integral part of our culture and common history. We produce exhibitions, events, and online communication; continue to expand the museum’s collections, and support communication training and public debate.

Your job
The Strategic Communication Officer will develop and implement a communication strategy for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR), in dialogue with the Center’s Program for Metabolic Science in Culture based at Medical Museion, and in co-operation with the Faculty’s communication team.

The candidate will be responsible for promoting knowledge of the Center in an international context, with a focus on the scientific world but also collaborating with the Faculty’s communication team and Medical Museion to bring Center science and scientists into the public sphere.

Developing an effective communication strategy will require getting to know the Center’s research areas and building relationships with both senior and junior scientists, helping to cultivate an internal Center identity that also looks outward towards societal participation. The role will also be involved in internal communication, helping to build a thoroughly integrated Center with meaningful connections between programs, platforms etc.

The Strategic Communication Officer will thus sit part-time in the Center administration, and part-time at Medical Museion as part of a wider multimedia communications team. All members of this team need to combine daily maintenance of a communication environment with innovative, creative thinking about future strategy. Flexibility and collaboration are thus central.


  • Strategic: Develop an evolving strategic communication plan for CBMR, in an international context
  • International promotion: Promote international knowledge of CBMR, in part through developing website content about the scientists and ongoing work of the Center
  • Center branding: Work with Center leadership to build on the existing mission statement and branding, grounded in the interdisciplinary synergy at the heart of the Center. This branding work will also be connected to Medical Museion’s own public-facing brand
  • Internal identity and communications: Develop internal communications that transmit this vision of the Center, promoting a strong sense of internal identity; and further work with Center scientists and the administration to install an open, collaborative and ideas-led culture
  • Connect scientists to public contexts: Develop knowledge of the Center programs and scientists, keeping track of upcoming research with media relevance and scientists with communication skills. Work with Center scientists to promote conferences & other events, exploring innovative opportunities for media coverage and ‘public aspects’
  • Training and nurturing: Survey Center needs & aspirations for public communication and work with Faculty’s communications team to develop training
  • Editing and writing: Assist with text editing and writing for internal and external communications of all kinds, working closely with Center and Program leadership

We expect that you have run strategic communication projects, and worked to promote institutional identity and outputs. This could be from a scientific research centre or university, but might also be from the industry, funding bodies, publishers, or similar. You should have experience/interests in both biological sciences, and in science communication. This role does not initially involve line-managing other staff, rather it requires the ability to make connections, collaborate effectively with an interdisciplinary communications team, and guide scientists in their communication on an international stage.

Selection criteria

  • Experience in strategic communication is a must, preferably in research environment
  • Experience with using communications to build external brands and/or internal identity
  • Ability to write and edit effective texts, for ranges of audiences with varying expertise. Interest or experience in other communication media such as podcasting or photography is a bonus
  • An undergraduate degree or a master in biology or biomedical science is desired, though similar knowledge could be demonstrated through experience. Above all, you must have the curiosity and ability to continue to learn about metabolic science and understand the work of Center scientists
  • Excellent networking, and presentation skills
  • Great people skills
  • Native or academic-level English, and international experience

Place of employment
The place of employment is the Center Administration, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Maersk Tower, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in a dynamic and international research environment.

Terms of salary and employment
The employment as “Strategic Communication Officer“(AC-TAP AS) is a full time and permanent position. Starting is as soon as possible or after agreement. Employment will be in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). The monthly salary will be based on the number of years of work experience (seniority) with the possibility to negotiate a salary supplement based on prior experiences and qualifications.

For further questions about the job description and qualifications, please contact Head of Administration Helle Hald at helle.hald@sund.ku.dk, or Associate Professor Louise Whiteley at lowh@sund.ku.dk. For questions regarding the recruitment procedure, please contact SUND HR CBMR at mlr@sund.ku.dk.

Your application in English should include:

  • Motivation letter (max one page)
  • Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • A certified/signed copy of certificate(s) of education

Please submit your application by clicking on the red “Apply” button on the right hand side of the vacancy page (linked above) or go here. Only online applications will be accepted.

Application deadline: 12 April 2019 at 23.59 CET.

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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[Job, London] Malaria Consortium, Publications Officer, £25.3k, clos 7 Mar 2019

Malaria Consortium logo

Malaria Consortium
Publications Officer

Job description (doc): JD Publications Officer

Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases  among vulnerable populations. We have increasingly found our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with similar public health interventions for greater impact and have therefore expanded our remit to include child health and  neglected tropical disease interventions.

Posted: 21/02/2019 16:31
Salary: £25,390
Location: UK
Level: Communications
Deadline: 07/03/2019 23:59
Hours: 35.00
Benefits: Pension & UK Package
Job Type: Indefinite

Malaria Consortium is recruiting for a Publications Officer to join our team in London.

The Publications Officer will be responsible for supporting and managing high quality publication activities to increase the organisation’s profile and communicate evidence and learning. This is a critical editorial and publishing role in the organisation, requiring excellent grammar, outstanding writing skills and an ability to communicate technical content to a variety of audiences.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Degree in Journalism, Publishing or similar field, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in a similar role
  • Experience and confidence communicating technical content (i.e. quantitative and qualitative research findings) to a range of audiences (including non-technical stakeholders), distilling into simple and accessible language and messages.
  • Prior experience and strong interest in editorial processes, in-house publications production, and multichannel publications dissemination
  • Good understanding of communications, social media and marketing principles for engaging external audiences
  • Knowledge of global health issues, especially malaria and other communicable disease control, prevention and treatment mechanisms



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[Job, Cardiff] Action on Hearing Loss, Head of Media, Communications & Public Affairs, £33k #scicomm jobs, clos 7 Mar (Welsh lang)

Logo for Action on Hearing Loss with charity name in bold blue text accompanied by a segment of a sixth of concentric rings in pink, indicating volume

Action on Hearing Loss
HQ2784 – Head of Media, Communications, and Public Affairs

I’ve just included the job and person spec below, please see the link for other relevant info – Jo. Note that ability to communicate in Welsh is essential. The ‘apply now’ link on the vacancy page itself can be found below the HQ2784 bit.

Where to click 'Apply now' for this vacancy

Spot the Apply Now bit 🙂

Posted: 28/02/2019 17:04
Salary: £33,000 per annum
Location: Cardiff, Wales
Level: Head of department

Deadline: 07/03/2019 23:59
Hours: 35.00
Benefits: Excellent
Job Type: Fixed Term

To ensure Action on Hearing Loss extends its reach and impact in Wales, through the delivery and development high-impact campaigns and communications strategies to meet the needs of people who are deaf, have hearing loss and tinnitus.

The primary focus for this 3 month role will be ensuring the successful delivery of our Excellence Wales Awards and increasing our profile in Wales across a range of media outlets.

In discussion with the Director you will also lead our communications and campaigns work: to ensure that key messages are communicated effectively, so that people who are deaf, have hearing loss and tinnitus are aware of our services, and ensuring our campaign work influences policy and practice throughout Wales.

Interview date: To be confirmed

Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Role:

  • To raise the profile of the Action on Hearing Loss brand developing and delivering external engagement in Wales that extends our impact and reach in line with key influencing objectives.
  • To lead in the delivery and implementation ofour external communications and campaigns activity in line with agreed targets, and our values and behaviours
  • To develop Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s social media presence, to include Facebook, Twitter, blogs, website and other opportunities to be identified.
  • To develop Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s broadcast and print media profile, including relationships with key journalists and monitoring and reporting on media performance.
  • To conduct media interviews in Welsh and act as the organisations welsh language spokesperson
  • To ensure that Welsh policy and legislation developments are monitored and responded to as a way of delivering Action on Hearing Loss objectives.
  • To develop and deliver external communications strategies for all relevant campaigns in Wales
  • To actively participate in the Cymru Senior Management Team, analysing potential risks and opportunities in the external operating environment alongside internal reports to ensure that we can deliver on our goals and objectives.
  • To work collaboratively with country and UK colleagues, develop national and local relationships that deliver our strategic aims, increasing our impact and service reach, with devolved government, statutory bodies, funders and other key partners
  • To work with colleagues to identify cross-directorate business opportunities to integrate with our local engagement activity, ensuring we are deriving maximum impact from our local activities.
  • To build Action on Hearing Loss Cymru’s membership and actively engage with Welsh members and our wider networks of supporters and volunteers to deliver our campaigns and communications work.
  • To actively participate in project management discussions and undertake monthly and quarterly analysis of stakeholder engagement, budget management and timelines for key events such as the Excellence Wales Awards ensuring that timely corrective action is taken to achieve annual targets.
  • To ensure that quality assurance frameworks and success criteria are in place for all activities.
  • To monitor and evaluate all activity with evidence of reach, impact and outcomes.
  • To deputise for Director as appropriate at national forums and represent Wales where appropriate in cross-directorate organisational working teams.
  • To complete any other duties and responsibilities when requested, which are commensurate with this role.



Person specification:

Essential Desirable
  • Excellent communication skills; both verbal and written
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload, meet deadlines, and manage own time effectively
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and with attention to detail.
  • Ability to build and maintain good relationships with stakeholders, both internal and external (e.g. volunteers, the media, Assembly Members, and public servants)
  • IT skills with the ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook and Powerpoint
  • Ability to communicate in the Welsh language
  • Qualification in a relevant discipline, e.g. PR / Marketing / Journalism / English / Digital communications
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of current and emerging communications techniques and technologies, including digital.
  • Professional experience of working in a communications role
  • Experience of successfully using social media platforms, blogs and online content management systems
  • Experience of developing social media strategies
  • Experience of delivering against set targets, objectives and strategic plans
  • Experience of working with the media
  • Experience of working with the devolved administrations and establishing positive relationships with elected representatives
  • Experience of developing key messages within a public affairs and campaigns portfolio
  • Experience of using digital design tools such as Photoshop, PDF and In Design

Values and Behaviours

We have 3 core values at Action on Hearing Loss: People, Passion, Partnership.

They reflect what we are like at our best and what we aim to be more like, more of the time.

They guide how we act, behave towards others and go about our day to day work.


  • We treat people with warmth, dignity and respect.
  • We show kindness, care and understanding.
  • We treat people how we would like to be treated.


  • We work with enthusiasm and energy.
  • We strive for high standards and always try to do our best.
  • We innovate, take risks and try new things.


  • We listen carefully to others and try hard to understand.
  • We share insights, ideas and resources.
  • We act with integrity, building trust.
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[Job, London] Royal College of Pathologists, Events Coordinator, £29.7k, clos 4 Feb 2019

Royal College of Pathologists
Events Coordinator

Full time, 35 hours per week
£29,768 per annum

Info pack / job description

We are looking for an experienced Events Coordinator to deliver academic and professional development events for medical professionals.

The Events Coordinator is responsible for planning and delivering events from start to finish, working closely with a lead pathologist responsible for each event. The role involves:

  • event planning, administration and delivery
  • delegate booking and registration
  • support for speakers
  • sourcing and managing suppliers
  • event promotion
  • budget management
  • event evaluation.

The successful candidate will be an experienced events coordinator, with a successful track record of delivering events, conferences and meetings, providing high quality customer service, and have a positive approach to problem solving.  The role will involve some travel to events across the UK.

Benefits include 25 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays, rising with length of service, a defined benefit company pension scheme, and an employee discount scheme.

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with over 11,000 members who are doctors and scientists working in hospitals, universities and laboratories in the UK and overseas.  Pathology is at the heart of modern healthcare.  Pathologists work to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor diseases and are involved in the diagnosis of disorders affecting every organ of the body, from before birth to after death. The majority of tests requested by doctors will be performed and interpreted by a clinical scientist or medically qualified pathologist.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 4 February 2019.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 12 February.

The College values diversity and welcomes applications from all members of society.

For further information and to apply for the role, please download the information pack, and return your completed application form to recruitment@rcpath.org. [Application form is on the website but I’ve not saved a copy of it – Jo]


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[Job, London] Royal Coll Physicians, Dir Comms, Policy & Research, £72.3-80.3k, clos 10 Feb 2019

Royal College of Physicans
Director of Communications, Policy and Research – ref COM197 https://jobs.rcplondon.ac.uk/VacancyDetails.aspx?FromSearch=True&MenuID=&VacancyID=652

Permanent link to Job Description and Person Specification below – Jo.

Salary: £72,328 – £80,364 per annum
Location: London
Level: Management

Deadline: 10/02/2019 23:59
Hours: 35
Job Type: Full Time

For this role appointments are usually made at c£75,000 – £80,000 per annum.

Full Time, Permanent

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has an exciting opportunity for a senior individual to lead a dynamic team and contribute to the delivery and achievement of the College’s ambitious strategy.

The director for communications, policy and research works closely with the president, chief executive and academic vice president and other senior officers/executive directors to deliver the programme of work under theme four of the RCP’s five theme strategy – ‘we will shape the future of health and healthcare.’ It is by definition a make a difference role, enabling the voice of the patient and physician to heard through influence and policy shaping.

About the Role
This is a key appointment in continuing to build on the influence, standing and reputational profile of the RCP. The role’s key responsibility is enabling the RCP to have strong and evidence informed policy for influencing other professional bodies, the government and policy makers in the midst of challenging times for the NHS.

The post holder will:

Provide leadership, support and development in building sustainability into all aspects of communications, policy and research
Continue to build on the RCP’s established reputation
Be an active contributor to the strategy executive and executive leadership teams, and contributing to the direction of the RCP, its overall management and cross-organisational activities.

About the RCP
We are a patient-centred, clinically-led organisation with a core mission to improve patient care and reduce illness. As the leading body for physicians, with 35,000 members in the UK and internationally, we aim to lead debate and influence the way in which healthcare is designed and delivered, promoting good health and leading the prevention of ill-health.

You will be joining the College at an exciting time of growth and development, with the College’s commitment to opening a centre of excellence in Liverpool (“RCP North”), already in Phase 1 development with the opening of a new building in the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter in 2020. This major commitment demonstrates the modernity, accessibility and relevance of the College to our membership.

For more information about the role and our benefits please view the job description and person specification & Benefits and Perks.

Dr Ian Bullock, CEO is happy to speak to potential candidates wishing further information specific to the role and the RCP. Please contact Louise Sadler, louise.sadler@rcplondon.ac.uk, who will arrange appointments accordingly. PLEASE NO AGENCIES.

For any queries relating to the application or interview process please contact the RCP HR Recruitment team at recruitment@rcplondon.ac.uk

Closing date: 10 February 2019

Interview date: 18 February 2019 (London)

To apply for this role please submit your CV and Covering Letter outlining how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification.

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