[Job] Royal Statistical Society vacancy, Coordinator for science journalism training, up to ??35k, clos 31 May #scicomm jobs

hat tip to @bengoldacre ‘s Twitter feed for this one.

Hopefully whoever gets this will also get an opportunity to do some sort of situated / ethnographic study / stakeholder engagement thingy… know your quarry and all that 🙂 Otherwise it’s throwing courses at people who might not have time to do them…?

To apply
Download the application form and equal ops form, job description is also there and attached here too. Contact details for queries below – I’ve not checked to see where the application should be sent but it might be on the form itself.


Current Vacancies
National coordinator for science journalism training

The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is seeking a multi-talented individual to take forward a government supported initiative in coordinating science journalism training.

A report to government, Science and the Media: Securing the Future, highlighted how problems associated with science reporting emanate from on-specialist journalists and editors. Fostering greater science literacy in the whole journalism community can only improve accuracy of content and, encouragingly, the report identified enthusiasm for training opportunities within several large media organisations. Although many opportunities are available they are uncoordinated and lack resources for further development, to which government has responded in funding a one-year position to coordinate training at a national level.

Your background is likely to be in journalism or public relations, ideally with a scientific focus. Your first goals will be to work with the journalism community to identify priorities for science journalism training, and with course providers to audit existing provision. You will develop and market an integrated programme of courses, and facilitate development of new and bespoke courses. Working with others you will develop an online presence for the project as a forum for journalists and providers, and as a library of resource.

An advisory group of science media specialists will provide direction and support. The role will involve, and benefit from, close collaboration with the Royal Statistical Society’s ten-year statistical literacy campaign to be launched in October 2010.

The position is supported by funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and is for one year. Secondment would be considered. The RSS offers a friendly and dynamic working environment based at our offices in London. Salary will be according to experience up to ??35,000 with excellent working conditions.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday, 31 May 2010

To apply please read through the job description and complete and application form and equal opportunities monitoring form here

For any questions please contact:

Andrew Garratt
The Royal Statistical Society
12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX
Tel: 020 7614 3920
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