[Job, p/t] London, Kew – Interpretation Producer, clos Sun 18th, £26.5k pro rata [mat cover]

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Interpretation Producer (maternity cover)
or see the job listing at Civil Service Jobs

Job description (PDF, permanently attached to this blog)

“This role will require writing content for a range of interpretation (including panels, guides and exhibitions) and will therefore suit someone with excellent research and writing skills, who has a detailed understanding of how to craft text for different audiences and read ages. Educated to degree level, we are looking for a storyteller with a passion for words, grammar and the natural world, with the intention to draw our audiences into a life-long journey of discovery and love of plants and fungi.

This is a fixed term role of 12 months at 0.8 FTE. You will need to be available on Monday to Thursday.

The salary will be £26,500 per annum (pro rata).”


  • Degree in a relevant subject, eg. science, horticulture
  • First class writing skills with a creative flare and attention to detail
  • Excellent IT skills including use of Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Experience of working in a botanic garden or similar visitor facing environment
  • Ability to work with all levels of staff across a wide range of disciplines. Proven negotiation, advocacy and influencing skills.
  • Project management experience in a visitor attraction or similar organisation
  • An understanding of audience engagement in a visitor attraction or similar organisation, how visitors engage with content throughout their visitor journey.
  • Experience in evaluating interpretation


  • Masters in a related field, eg Science Communication, Heritage and Interpretation, Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Experience of using design packages and templates to produce interpretation



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Black in #scicomm – resources (and help needed in finding others please)

Hello everyone – please can you suggest resources for Black science communicators and Black scientists (especially scicomm-related ones)? I am based in London, UK but I am keen to include resources from elsewhere. Thank you 🙂

@JoBrodie / jo.brodie@gmail.com


London, UK


North America / Worldwide

Further reading
Anti-racist science communication starts with recognising its globally diverse historical footprint (1 July 2020) LSE Blog by Elizabeth Rasekoala and Lindy Orthia

See also

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#Scicomm communities of practice / networks, also places where jobs are advertised :)

Below is a list of societies or organisations involved in science communication in some way (or which may be generally of interest). Many have a focus on writing (or producing content) for a non-specialist public audience (‘scicomm’ as opposed to scientific comms, eg science publishing or industry and stakeholder engagement). Some networks are free to join, some will post job adverts free. There are others, these are just ones I’ve found so far…

I own psci-com, which is free to join and free to post stuff (use psci-com-request@jiscmail.ac.uk to ask about posting something if you’re not a member). Psci-com’s focus is on public science communication / engagement.

ABSW – Association of British Science Writers (UK)
AHCJ – Association of Health Care Journalists (US)
AMRC – Association of Medical Research Charities (UK)
ArtsAdmin – their e-Digest is a roundup of opportunities for artists (wide remit). If your scicomm ‘thing’ is a crossover with film/TV/theatre etc this might be useful
BIG Stem Communicators Network – formerly the British Interactive Group (UK)
CASW – Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (US)
CHAIN – Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (UK) – NHS / Health & Social Care
Environmental Science Engagement (UK) – mailing list
Freelance Writing Jobs (UK) – weekly round-up from Sian Meades-Williams. Science does not feature very often but I have seen one or two in there.
HIFA – Healthcare Information For All
ISC Science Communications Network – from the International Science Council (global) – “The ISC is convening a global network of science communicators across our community to learn, collaborate, network, and collectively advance science as a global public good.”
LinkedIn (Global)
London PEN – London Public Engagement Network (London)
MJA – Medical Journalists’ Association (contact) (UK)
NASW – National Association of Science Writers (discussion lists) (US)
NCCPE – National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement – helping universities engage with the public (UK), mailing list is NCCPE-PEN (form: Promote your public engagement in higher education job advert)
PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology network) (Global)
PIF – Patient Information Forum (UK)
psci-com – Public communication of science / public engagement with science (UK focused, global) – mine
SciCommOpsjobs announcement newsletter (Global)
Sci-Ed – Science Education mailing list
Science Communication Jobs (Facebook, Global)
ScienceLondon (London) – dedicated to equitable science and scicomm
SEJ – Society of Environmental Journalists (US, global)
Stempra – STEM PR Associations (UK)
The Scicommer – scicomm news, events, opportunities (UK focus, global)
• Twitter – add #Scicomm and Jobs to the tweet to increase reach (Global) – note that ‘scicomm’ refers to ‘public’ communication of science and if your job isn’t about that it’s probably not particularly helpful to use that hashtag.
WFSJ – World Federation of Science Journalists

Places that only very occasionally carry scicomm-related jobs but worth a look

  • GOV.UK’s website
    • Sell goods or services to the public sector – find a tender, contracts finder, become an approved supplier for public sector organisations (!).
    • DWP’s Find A Job search – they don’t have a category for scicomm so search for relevant keywords. There are generally over 100,000 jobs listed but they include everything (drivers, construction, care workers). There are scientific / technical jobs in there but not much relating to science writing (I glance at this site periodically and send stuff I find to psci-com).
  • UK – Public Sector Contracts – this gathers up public tenders greater than £10,000 and it is incredibly rare to see anything there that relates to science communication, but as it’s happened a couple of times in the last year I’ve included it. I know nothing about tendering and find the website interesting but a bit obtuse (is it currently out for tender? Has someone won it? Why are there two copies of the tender?), but I don’t worry as it’s not for me 🙂 There’ll be some overlap with pages linked in the GOV.UK site above.
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[Job] British Dyslexia Association, Knowledge & Information Mgr, £32k, clos 8 Feb #scicomm jobs

British Dyslexia Association
Knowledge and Information Manager
£32,000 – clos 8 February 2021

Original job advert link: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about/jobs

Original job description link: https://cdn.bdadyslexia.org.uk/documents/About/Jobs/Knowledge-Info-Manager-Recruitment-Pack.pdf

A copy of the PDF is also attached to the scicommjobs media library, so will persist even after the link above stops working: Knowledge-Info-Manager-Recruitment-Pack

Hours of work: Intended as full time, 35 hours per week
Location: Home-based, but with expectation post-Covid of regular visits to British Dyslexia Association (BDA) office in Bracknell
Salary: £32,000 per annum + pension + benefits

“You will be confident in liaising with academics and researchers, and you will understand how to explain complex issues for public understanding.”

• An in-depth understanding of producing information resources, ideally gained in an advice, education or health information role
• Experienced in producing information for the public from the research stage, through to writing, external review and publication
• Substantial experience of researching, assimilating and summarising complex information to a lay audience in writing, including digitally
• Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in a wide range of media and to diverse audiences.

This was sent to me, as psci-com owner, at psci-com-request@jiscmail.ac.uk where you can send any relevant jobs about communicating science to a non-specialist public audience / public engagement with science. The psci-com list is hosted at jiscmail and is nothing to do with this scicommjobs blog, I just happen to run both 🙂

——– Forwarded Message ——–

We are keen for the role holder to have a background in communicating complex and academic research to lay audiences. This new role will lead the development of the British Dyslexia Association information programme and embed best practice in information development across all areas of our work.

As well as the recruitment pack (linked), we also have a web page with all our current vacancies: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about/jobs

Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 8 February 2021. Remote interviews are currently planned for week commencing 15 February 2021.


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[Closed, Bristol] We The Curious, Head of Programming, £40.6k pro rata (£32.4k), closed 9 Dec 2020

This one has closed but I am capturing the job ad and accompanying job description for this ‘database’ of job descriptions. I’m also gradually adding back all the old files that fell off slightly when I migrated this blog from Posterous.

There’s no file but the full text of the job description is included below.

We The Curious
Head of Programming [CLOSED]

Contract: 1 Year Fixed Term Maternity Cover Contract

Hours: 30 hours / 4 days per week

Salary: £40,600 pro rata (£32, 480 p.a)

Overview of Role

The Head of Programming is a member of the Leadership Team with responsibility to develop and oversee the production and delivery of a diverse range of public and schools’ programming for We the Curious, working with in-house teams as well as supporting a broader creative ecosystem of collaborators across disciplines in Bristol and beyond. We are looking for someone with a track record in leading teams as a creative or executive producer, who is confident facilitating creative ideas and development sessions. You will have experience in developing a programme from scratch or transforming an existing programme.

Closing date for applications:- 9th December 2020, midnight

Full job description pasted below.

Reports to: CEO

Contract: 1 Year Fixed Term Maternity Cover Contract

Hours: 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE)

Management Responsibility: 7 direct reports

Salary: £40,600, pro rata (£32,480 p.a)

Predicted Start Date – 1st Februry 2020

Overview of Role

The Head of Programming is a member of the Leadership Team with responsibility to develop and oversee the production and delivery of a diverse range of public and schools’ programming for We the Curious, working with in-house teams as well as supporting a broader creative ecosystem of collaborators across disciplines in Bristol and beyond.

Programming Strategy and Oversight

=   Lead the Programming Team to develop and deliver a cohesive programme both in the venue and in the city – relevant, engaging and inclusive for different audiences including public and schools audiences

=   Lead planning for future programmes, seasons and projects, including scoping and developing new initiatives and collaborating with the development team on fundraising

=   Annual budget setting and management

=   Maintain day to day oversight and support for the Programming Team, including editorial support, scheduling, managing budgets, contracts, health and safety, evaluation etc.

=   Ensure all programme activity is planned and delivered efficiently on time and to budget.

Leadership Team Responsibilities

=  Champion organisational change, establishing agile and creative working practices that ensure a culture of curious enquiry can thrive, both internally and in the experiences we create for and with audiences.

=   Contribute to the overall strategic direction and management of We the Curious as a member of the Leadership Team.

=   Contribute at strategic level in the Leadership Team to effect organisational change and development across We The Curious.

Department Management

=   Provide Line Management and pastoral support to Digital Producers, Public Programme Producer, Sustainable Futures Innovator, Education Programme Developers and Open Source Science Manager; supporting team to manage workloads across the team, allocating projects and regular one-to-ones.

=   Setting and managing team priorities for future development, setting creative direction and strategic development.

=   Establish strong working relationships across project teams in We the Curious, working closely with the Chief Creative Officer and Head of Audience to develop the long term creative vision for the programme.

Audience and Stakeholder Development

=   Represent We the Curious at events in Bristol and further afield, act as an advocate for curious enquiry and horizon scan for opportunities to collaborate and share learning

=   Share programming plans with the board and broker Trustee engagement and championing of programmes

=  Work closely with Head of Audience on long-term planning for co-design and diverse participation projects, bringing together Inclusion and Programming teams and priorities

Experience required:-

=   Track record in leading teams as a creative or executive producer, confident facilitating creative ideas and development sessions

=   Experience in developing a programme from scratch or transforming an existing programme

=   Evidence of personally generating innovative creative programming concepts Experience and understanding of change management within an organisation

=   Experience of brokering relationships and conversations between different knowledge and creative value systems

=   Experience of participatory projects and developing inclusive programmes and initiatives

Person Specification

=   Strong collaborative and leadership skills

=   Exemplary writing and communication skills, able to distil ideas and processes into inspiring and succinct form

=   Strong existing networks in the culture sector

=   National and/or international perspectives on public engagement work

=   Comfortable working in a public facing environment, interacting with audiences, speaking at events and to large groups

=   Experience of Line Management and leading departments/ teams

You will be entitled to a range of benefits:-

=   Pension:  We offer a pension scheme with 5% company contributions

=   Annual Leave: You are entitled to 25 days holiday in addition to bank holidays

=   Death in service benefit:  4 x your annual salary

=   Our people can access an Employee Support Programme which offers confidential advice & counselling

=   Use of the facilities: You are allowed free entry to the venue at any time with up to 4 guests. You are also entitled to 12 entry tickets per calendar year to give away.

=   Discounts:  You will be eligible for staff discounts of 20% off in the We The Curious café and 25% off in our shop, as well as a range of discounts with local businesses.

We believe in celebrating people’s differences. So regardless of your background or personal characteristics, if you are great at what you do, we want to hear from you.

Closing Date for Applications:- Wednesday 9th December 2020, midnight

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[Job, Horsham] Action Medical Research for Children, Comms & Eng Off, £33k, clos 25 Nov

Note that they may close the role early if they find a suitable candidate

Action Medical Research for Children
Communications and Engagement Officer

Hours: 35 per week
Horsham, West Sussex

Download full job description

[Permanent copy of the job description, as the link above will eventually stop working – this one is stored on this blog]

About Action

At Action Medical Research, we’re on a mission to save and change children’s lives through medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures.

A UK-wide charity, we’ve been funding medical breakthroughs for over 65 years, helping to beat polio, fight meningitis, prevent stillbirths and develop ultrasound scanning in pregnancy. Our work is now needed more than ever, including in the battle against COVID-19.

About the role

We are looking for an effective communications specialist with experience in medical research communications, content strategy and delivery across a range of digital platforms for different fundraising audiences. You will be comfortable working with the scientific content of medical research and be able to demonstrate an ability to translate complex material into engaging and accessible media across a range of channels. With experience in social media you will help us increase reach and engagement across our range of social platforms and be comfortable creating and monitoring social content. You will also have experience of writing compelling news and feature stories about our research and be experienced at selling in ideas to the media, as well as being able to support fundraising PR.

You will be part of a small dynamic team responsible for web, social media, PR and design.

To find out more about the post please read the job description.

How to apply:

Applications should be by CV with a supporting statement showing how you meet the skills and experience in the person specification. These should be sent to HR hr@action.org.uk by 25 November 2020, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and we will close the role before the closing date should a suitable applicant be found. If you have not heard from us by Friday 27 November then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted.

First interviews will be held 2, 3 and 4 December and second interviews the week of 14 December.

This is an office-based role with some remote working a possibility.

Benefits include 22 days annual leave plus additional closure days between Christmas and New Year and a Group Flexible Retirement Plan.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop digital content plans for warm audiences to reflect relevant subject areas for the charity as well as support fundraising appeals.
  • Develop engaging communication packages of research which can be used by fundraising staff to communicate with their varied audiences.
  • Produce multimedia content, including video stories, infographics, blog posts, web stories and other content to support charity activity.
  • Grow our social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter as well as LinkedIn and YouTube channels).
  • Create, schedule and monitor social content on a daily basis, with flexibility to respond to news events and appeals at short notice.
  • Provide timely responses and engage with supporter queries on social media (including managing any sensitive or controversial issues), coordinating with fundraising colleagues on messaging and follow up needs.
  • Develop an online influencer strategy to bring on board ambassadors and influencers who can help spread the charity messaging.
  • Write compelling news and feature stories about the charity’s medical research and to publicise these stories in the media.
  • Be the charity’s focal point for media activity on medical research and to nurture productive relationships with journalists and researchers.
  • To source, develop and manage relationships with families and write up their stories to provide copy for fundraising appeals, publications, social media and so on.
  • To write copy for the charity’s website, magazine, Research Review and other communications materials.

What you will need (person specification):

  • Experience of creating clear and engaging digital communications and assets across a range of digital platforms for a range of fundraising audiences.
  • Experience of using monitoring and evaluation tools to help understand how digital and social activity is performing.
  • Interest in medicine and child health issues, with the ability to understand scientific terminology and research outcomes.
  • Experience of working with academics and researchers.
  • Science degree and/or significant experience in communications within a medical environment.
  • Experience of using a CMS to develop and update web content (including images and video).
  • Ability to prioritise competing tasks, manage a busy work load, work quickly and deliver to deadline.
  • Good team player and communicator, with proven experience of building working relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Good knowledge of UK national and regional print, broadcast and online media, especially the healthcare/science correspondents and specialist medical press.
  • Proven experience of developing and delivering national media stories and working with print and broadcast journalists as well as consumer publications/ online channels and specialist medical press.
  • Sensitivity and tact when dealing with families affected by medical conditions.

The bullet points come from the advert on Wired Sussex Jobs.

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Open letter to UK Government / SAGE to improve those PowerPoint presentations #scicomm

I am now in the process of sending a copy of the letter (see 3 and 5 below) and a PDF (see 6 below) of the final 128 signatures. Thank you to everyone who signed.

To contact me: @JoBrodie / jo.brodie@gmail.com

Table of Contents

  1. Background to this
  2. The form to sign (closed)
  3. Copy of the letter
  4. Scicomm resources
  5. Related reports and other commentary
  6. Names or nicknames of people who’ve signed

1. Background to this

The (twice delayed) press conference on Sunday 31 October 2020 introduced a new form of lockdown, with background information as to why this step was being taken. There were slides for this (which you can download here) but they contained too much information and weren’t clear.

I also suggested encouraging the Government / SAGE to get input from people with experience of visually communicating scientific or medical information, for a non-specialist audience (eg health charities do this) and this open letter is the result of that.

See also: The government’s coronavirus data presentation is on the downslide
(2 November 2020) Gavin Freeguard, Institute for Government

If you missed the press conference you can watch it again below (or on YouTube).


2. The form to sign


Please click the image above to open the form in a new tab, or use this link. I had the form embedded here initially but I don’t think it was working.

Note: The names of people signing will be public (just use a nickname or first name only if you prefer) as will what people put in the interest / affiliation bit (this bit’s optional anyway) but your email address will not be shared and is also optional.

3. Copy of the letter

Dear UK Government / SAGE

Please employ professional science communicators with experience in visual storytelling to guide or produce future coronavirus presentations.

The slides used in the 31 October 2020 press conference were not clear and contained too much information for the time given to them on-screen.

Please make it easier for people to understand important information by presenting it more clearly.

Jo Brodie
Owner of psci-com, a mailing list for science communicators and public engagement practitioners.
(jo.brodie@gmail.com / @JoBrodie)

(Edit: I’ve also sent an email to the psci-com list about the campaign, this blog post and the letter / form to sign, asking subscribers to consider signing the letter too. A copy of that email is here).

4. Scicomm resources

5. Related reports and other commentary

a) indie_SAGE

The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies has published a report (#22, 13 November 2020) called “UK government messaging on Covid-19: Five principles and recommendations for a COVID communication reset” which I heard about thanks to @sophiacol alerting me to the tweet below.

b) The context of other communications

Not only are people not getting clear information from official sources but that information is competing with all sorts of bad information from internet randoms.

6. Where I have sent the letter so far

a) Number 10 / Cabinet contact form

https://email.number10.gov.uk/contact.aspx, via https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/prime-ministers-office-10-downing-street

Edit: update – I’ve also emailed them on publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Here’s what I’ve said –

Subject: Please work with science communication experts to improve the coronavirus slides

Dear UK Government / SAGE

Please employ professional science communicators with experience in visual storytelling to guide or produce future coronavirus presentations.

The slides used in the 31 October 2020 press conference were not clear and contained too much information for the time given to them on-screen.

Please make it easier for people to understand important information by presenting it more clearly.

Thank you
Jo Brodie and 128 signatories to this letter
(jo.brodie@gmail.com / @JoBrodie)
Owner of psci-com, a mailing list for science communicators and public engagement practitioners.

List of signatories

Background information

b) Twitter

c) My MP

I’ve emailed Matthew Pennycook, the MP for Greenwich to ask if he can help me disseminate this further.

d) Signatories

I’ve emailed everyone who signed and who left an email address (these are not being made public) to let them know where I’ve sent it and to ask them for further suggestions.

e) Emailing cabinet office

Matthew Pennycook suggested emailing the cabinet office via publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk so I have done that too.

f) Guardian’s Comment is free

Torsten Bell wrote about the confusing slides and I’ve added a comment that links back to this post. 

6. Names or nicknames of people who signed

Download this list as a PDF. An embedded version of the PDF is also added at the very end of this post, after the table of names.

Note that the names are presented alphabetically, the ‘number’ doesn’t refer to the order in which people signed.

Number Name Interest / affiliation
1 A data visualisation specialist Office for National Statistics
2 Aine University of Glasgow
3 Al Science communicator
4 Alfredo Scientific editor
5 Ali Halliday Freelance Science Communicator
6 Alice Researcher
7 Alison Robinson Research manager
8 Amy Johnson Science communicator
9 Andy Lloyd Science Communicator in a science centre
10 Anna Science communicator
11 Anna Khoo Data journalist
12 Aran Shaunak Science Communicator
13 Ashley Kent Science Communicator
14 Becky science communicator
15 Bunty Scientist who disseminates information about scientific research to patients
16 C Scott Science Communicator
17 Callum MacKellar Science communicator and videographer
18 Cansu Kuey PhD Candidate/Science Communicator
19 Catherine Tuckey Outreach lecturer
20 Charlotte Science Communicator and Patient Advocacy Manager at a cancer charity
21 Charlotte Professional communicator
22 Charlotte Hartley Science communicator
23 Charlotte Slaymark Earth Scientist
24 Chloe Kembery CIPR accredited member
25 Cristina Torrente Science Communicator at a national museum
26 David Gilmour Learning technologist
27 David Price Public Engagement Manager at Gov funded facility
28 David W Promoter of interest in STEM careers
29 Dee Science communication
30 Dr Amy Tyndall Science Communicator
31 Dr Beth Anderson Education Coordinator
32 Dr Dan Science communicator
33 Dr Emma Weitkamp  
34 Dr Jackie Bell STEM engagement practitioner and science communicator
35 Dr Jenny Shipway Science Communication consultant
36 Dr Jo Science Science Communicator
37 Dr Kate Oliver Science consultant and freelance science communicator
38 Dr Kirsty Ross Public engagement professional at Universities of Strathclyde and St Andrews
39 Dr Lucy Wallace Communications consultant
40 Dr Shannon Leone Fowler University of Roehampton
41 Dr Wendy Cousins Academic, Northern Irish person
42 Ellie Cawthera Communications Coordinator Imperial College London
43 Em Science Communicator
44 Emma Science communicator
45 Esther Lie Educator / Public engagement professional
46 Fedrick D’Souza Member of public
47 Felicity Marketing Communications professional
48 Felicity Perry Science Communicator at a publicly funded research institute
49 Fiona Gilsenan Communications Manager
50 Flora Jefferson MSci Science Communication Student
51 Fola E Member of the public
52 G Price Nutritionist and science communicator
53 Georgia Science Communicator and Marketer
54 Heather Doran  
55 Heather O. Science Communicator
56 Heike Waldmann PowerPoint Specialist
57 Helen Pilcher Science Communicator
58 Helene Fransolet Public Engagement Manager
59 Holly P  
60 Ines Science Communicator, University of Edinburgh
61 Jack  
62 Jacqueline Currie Science Communicator
63 James Lees Science Communicator
64 Jennifer Allerton science communication professional
65 Jess Science publisher
66 Jo PhD researcher
67 Joanna Owens Science writer and editor
68 Joe Medical Writer
69 Jorien Science Communicator
70 Jules R Science & Health Communicator
71 Julie Member of public
72 Karen Stoneham Central London university employee
73 Karl Byrne Science Communicator and LSHTM Public Engagement Manager
74 Kat Gulyas Global Health Communications Specialist
75 Katrina Wesencraft Science writer
76 Keith Bradnam Science communicator
77 Khalil Thirlaway Science Communicator
78 Kirsty Science education professional
79 Laura McCallum Science communicator
80 Laura Roberts Outreach and Dissemination Manager, University of Sheffield
81 Leah Fitzsimmons Public Engagement Officer, University of Birmingham
82 Lily Researcher
83 Lisa Taylor @ScienceAmbass Sci Commer & informal science communicator
84 Liza Public engagement professional
85 Mariana Science communicator
86 Megan Rosenfeld Science Communicator
87 Mhairi Stewart Head of Public Engagement, University of St Andrews. Chair, Scottish Public Engagement Network
88 Mike Darkes Science Communicator
89 Mike Whitfield  
90 Naomi Stewart Science Communicator / Communications Manager, LSHTM
91 Natalie Dyer Student- MSc Science Communication
92 Nia John Science Communicator
93 Olivia Academic and science communicator
94 Paul Protheroe Member of public
95 Petra Boynton The Research Companion
96 Philip Ball Freelance writer
97 Polly  
98 Professor Adam Hart Professor of Science Communication
99 Professor Alice Roberts Academic, author, broadcaster
100 Richard Ellam Science communicator/designer
101 Robin Hayward University of Stirling
102 Rosie Clarke  
103 Rosie Johnson Science Communicator
104 Rowan Hooper Senior editor, New Scientist
105 Rowena Fletcher-Wood Science communicator
106 Ruby  
107 Samantha Academic/Science communicator
108 Sandy Public Engagement Professional
109 Sarah Science Communicator
110 Sarah Cruise Communications coach
111 Sarah Hughes Member of the public
112 Sarah McLusky Research & Engagement Manager, Durham University
113 Sarah Williams Public health comms
114 Shalini Member of the public
115 Simon Darnley Head of Nursing
116 Simon H Environmental Specialist
117 Simon Stones Health Advocate, Consultant, Researcher, and Writer
118 Siobhan Fairgreaves Science Communicator
119 SMOB Member of the public who would benefit from: better content design; clearer communication of the science that I need to understand.
120 Sophia Collins Public Engagement Practitioner
121 Sophie Protheroe Science communicator
122 Steven Gray PhD Researcher, UoE
123 Sue Protheroe Member of the public
124 Sylvia Grice  
125 Timothy Haire Mathematician
126 Tom Ziessen Public engagement specialist
127 Vic S Member of public that got fed up with hearing “Next slide please.”
128 Zara Qadir Imperial College

PDF embedded version below (may not show on all browsers, link to download is here)

Click to access scicommopenletternov2020.pdf

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Free places where you can advertise jobs in science communication – UK focus, #scicomm

Most of the posts on this blog are aimed at jobseekers, with either job adverts or information about places to find out about jobs in science communication. This post is aimed squarely at employers and recruiters.

I’m sending a copy of the email below to various medical research charities to encourage them to share relevant job ads on the psci-com list (which I run) but anyone that employs science communicators can advertise freely on psci-com – as long as the job ad satisfies certain criteria. Just ignore the bits that talk about charities if you aren’t one 🙂

Free places to post (or find!) science communication job adverts
ABSW – Association of British Science Writers
BIG Stem Communicators Network – formerly the British Interactive Group
• LinkedIn – there are various groups, as well as your own charity page
• Medical Journalists’ Association (contact)
• psci-com (Jiscmail mailing list) <– the subject of my email to medical charity employers, copy below
• SciCommOps (jobs announcement newsletter)
• Science Communication Jobs (Facebook)
Stempra – STEM PR Associations
• Twitter – add #Scicomm Jobs to the tweet to increase reach


Your charity can post science communication job adverts to psci-com, free – please email relevant job ads to psci-com-request@jiscmail.ac.uk.

I own and run psci-com, a UK-based mailing list for science communication professionals hosted on Jiscmail, each message also goes to Twitter. The list has been in existence since at least 1998 and I took it over in 2012. Currently there are 4,700+ email subscribers from all over the world (predominantly UK with a large number in London). It’s free (for anyone) to post job adverts there that are about public engagement with science or general science communication (‘scicomm’) for a non-technical audience.

If you have a job vacancy in which the post holder would be producing scientific content (written, spoken, video, infographics – anything) for a public audience then you can post it to the psci-com list at no cost. You can send jobs to me at psci-com-request@jiscmail.ac.uk and if suitable I’ll forward them for you. Jobs that involve producing scientific content aimed only at researchers or healthcare professionals are outside psci-com’s remit.

Job adverts for psci-com must

  • include an explicit salary or range (actual numbers, not ‘competitive’) – psci-com supports the Show The Salary campaign
  • include available / maximum budget information if the job advert is aksing freelancers to bid for work
  • be clearly relevant to ‘the public’ as an audience (the job doesn’t need to be solely about public engagement, but must include it), this includes patients and patient involvement in research
  • be relevant to science, medicine, technology
  • include location information (during Covid where people work remotely please consider whether people can apply from outside UK, or do they need to prove eligibility to work in the UK?)

And of course all the usual things like closing date, how to apply, who to contact for informal chats and links to job descriptions / person specifications etc.

Although I now work in academia my background was as a Science Information Officer at Diabetes UK (2003-2012), a job that I found advertised on their website. It wasn’t ‘badged’ as a science communication job and I’m keen for medical research and patient charities to categorise their relevant job ads in that way, and get them under the eyes of scicomm professionals.

Also, if yourwebsite.org.uk/jobs doesn’t automatically redirect to wherever you’ve placed your vacancies page please consider asking your IT people to set that up. This can save people searching on your website for jobs, careers, opportunities, work for us, work with us, recruitment, vacancies etc.

Thank you very much, please send me your (relevant) job ads 🙂

Best wishes
(psci-com owner)


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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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