2015 edition: places where UK science communicators could work (London-heavy)

Cross-posted to my main blog

Since 2003 I’ve been keeping a great big public list of vacancy pages where science communicators and health info communicators work, or might work, in the UK. Initially this was just a list I kept for myself as part of trying to find a job, then I discovered the world of blogs and realised others might find it useful too.

There are places that are obviously science communication-y sorts of places, such as science museums, learned societies and medical research charities but all sorts of other places fit the bill and have vacancies pages that may be worth noting.

Universities will have scientists who also do science communication stuff, and departments and larger projects might also have someone whose job relates to wider public engagement and scicomm, so uni vacancies pages are a good bet. Similarly any organisation with a science PR department.

Many organisations don’t pitch the jobs they make available as ‘scicomm’ (though there has been an increase in them doing this in recent years) so I advise thinking of this list as a bouncing off point to find other examples within a sector (eg there are loads of medical charities here but I’ve not got all of them) or to find a new sector (I don’t have much here on big industries).

Full list is here: Scicomm jobs – list of vacancies pages employing science communicators (examples below).

The original 2009 list, updated in 2013 is here: Where London science communicators might work

What I would like is to hear about similar lists in other cities and countries which I can then combine with this list. I mean yes of course I can google science centres and museums in, say, Canada or Italy and provide a list but it’s probably better done by someone who knows the area.

What I would also like is for all organisations which have a vacancies page to set up a page-redirect so that typing /jobs after the homepage address always takes you to wherever their vacancies page is. Organisations use such a variety of terms to describe jobs that it would be helpful to aim for some overarching consistency: jobs, vacancies, work with us, work for us, recruitment, careers etc.

Here are some examples where I’ve found the vacancy page. I’m about halfway through my list.

Biochemical Society http://www.biochemistry.org/AboutUs/Vacancies.aspx
Bloodwise (formerly Beating Blood Cancers) https://bloodwise.org.uk/jobs
Breast Cancer Care https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/about-us/jobs
Breast Cancer Now http://breastcancernow.org/about-us/jobs-and-internships
British Computer Society (BCS) http://www.bcs.org/category/9091
British Ecological Society (BES) http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/about-us/opportunities-within-the-bes/
British Heart Foundation https://jobs.bhf.org.uk/BHF/Vacancies/VacancyMenu.asp
British Institute of Radiology http://www.bir.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/
British Liver Trust http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/about-us/vacancies-at-the-trust/
British Lung Foundation https://www.blf.org.uk/Page/Jobs-at-the-British-Lung-Foundation
British Medical Association http://www.bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/jobs-at-bma
British Paediatric Neurology Association https://www.bpna.org.uk/?page=jobs
British Pregnancy Advisory Service https://www.bpas.org/about-our-charity/work-with-us/current-vacancies/
British Science Association (nee the BA) http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/current-vacancies-at-the-bsa
Cambridge University http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/
Cancer Research UK http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/charity-jobs
Civil Service https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi
Coeliac UK https://www.coeliac.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/work-for-us/
Cystic Fibrosis Trust http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/who-we-are/working-with-us
Diabetes UK https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/Jobs/
Food Standards Agency https://www.food.gov.uk/about-us/jobs
Genetic Alliance http://www.geneticalliance.org.uk/jobs.htm
Glasgow Science Centre http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/employmentopportunities/
Institute of Physics (IOP) https://iopjobs.org/current/
JDRF https://jdrf.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us/
Kidney Research UK https://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/about-us/careers
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/vacancies
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine https://jobs.lshtm.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx
Macmillan Cancer Support https://jobs.macmillan.org.uk/jobs
Marie Curie Cancer Care https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/jobs
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders http://www.msf.org.uk/latest-vacancies
Meningitis Now https://www.meningitisnow.org/support-us/who-we-are/join-team/
Meningitis Research Foundation http://www.meningitis.org/jobs
MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority) https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency/about/recruitment
Motor Neurone Disease Association MNDA http://www.mndassociation.org/about-us/jobs/
MRC (Medical Research Council) http://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/working-for-mrc/job-vacancies/
Multiple Sclerosis Society https://www.mssociety.org.uk/jobs/vacancies
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/about-us/work-for-us/
Myeloma UK https://www.myeloma.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/
National Autistic Society http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/jobs.aspx
National Maritime Museum, NMM http://www.rmg.co.uk/work-services/jobs-volunteering
National Osteoporosis Society https://www.nos.org.uk/about-us/vacancies
Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/careers.html
Nature http://www.nature.com/npg_/work/index.html
NCC-WCH (National Collaborating Centre for Women’s & Children’s Health) http://www.ncc-wch.org.uk/careers/current-vacancies/
NDCS http://www.ndcs.org.uk/about_us/jobs_at_ndcs/
NESTA (National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts) http://www.nesta.org.uk/work-us
Ovarian Cancer Action http://ovarian.org.uk/about-us/vacancies
Pancreatic Cancer UK http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/about-us/about-the-charity/work-for-us/
Parkinson’s UK http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/work-us
Pelican Cancer Foundation, The http://www.pelicancancer.org/job-opportunities
Psoriasis Association, The https://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk/pages/view/vacancies
PSP Association http://www.pspassociation.org.uk/jobs/
RNIB http://www.rnib.org.uk/about-rnib-jobs-rnib/current-vacancies
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, The http://www.roycastle.org/support-us/volunteer/opportunities
Royal Academy of Engineering http://www.raeng.org.uk/about-us/jobs-at-the-academy
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew https://careers.kew.org/vacancies.html
Royal College of Anaesthetists http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/job-vacancies
Royal College of Emergency Medicine http://www.rcem.ac.uk/College/Job%20Vacancies
Royal College of General Practitioners http://www.rcgp.org.uk/work-at-rcgp/rcgp-vacancies.aspx
Royal College of Nursing http://careers.rcn.org.uk/
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/about-us/rcog-vacancies–working-for-us/
Royal College of Pathologists https://www.rcpath.org/about-the-college/college-vacancies.html
Royal College of Physicians https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/about-rcp/jobs-rcp
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow https://www.rcpsg.ac.uk/the-college/careers/staff-vacancies.aspx
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh https://www.rcpe.ac.uk/about-rcpe/introduction-vacancies
Royal College of Radiologists https://www.rcr.ac.uk/college/about-college/working-us
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh http://www.rcsed.ac.uk/the-college/working-for-rcsed.aspx
Royal College of Surgeons of England https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/about/working/index.html/
Royal Geographical Society http://www.rgs.org/AboutUs/Jobs+at+RGS-IBG.htm
Royal Institution http://www.rigb.org/about/work-with-us/jobs
Royal Observatory Greenwich http://www.rmg.co.uk/work-services/jobs-volunteering
Royal Pharmaceutical Society http://www.rpharms.com/about-us/working-with-us.asp
Royal Pharmaceutical Society http://www.rpharms.com/about-us/working-with-us.asp
Royal Society https://royalsociety.org/about-us/Jobs%20at%20the%20Royal%20Society/
Royal Society for Public Health https://www.rsph.org.uk/en/about-us/vacancies.cfm
Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/about-us/work-for-us/
Royal Society of Edinburgh https://www.royalsoced.org.uk/812_Vacancies.html
Royal Society of Medicine https://www.rsm.ac.uk/about-us/working-for-the-rsm.aspx
Royal Society of Meteorology (weather / climate, not meteors) http://www.rmets.org/news/jobs
Royal Statistical Society http://www.rss.org.uk/RSS/About/Current_vacancies/RSS/About_the_RSS/Current_Vacancies.aspx
Royal Vetereinary College http://jobs.rvc.ac.uk/Vacancies.aspx
RP Fighting Blindness http://www.rpfightingblindness.org.uk/index.php?tln=thecharity&pageid=274
Science Museum http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/jobs.aspx
Shine http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/aboutus/recruitment
SPARKS https://www.sparks.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/
Stroke Association, The https://www.stroke.org.uk/working-for-us
Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham http://www.tqg.org.uk/about/jobs
Techniquest, Cardiff http://www.techniquest.org/jobs
Tenovus http://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/
The Brain Tumour Charity https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/about-us/join-the-team/
The Lullaby Trust http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/jobs
Tommy’s The Baby Charity http://www.tommys.org/workfortommys
Tuberous Sclerosis Association http://www.tuberous-sclerosis.org/work-for-us
WellChild https://www.wellchild.org.uk/who-we-are/work-with-us/
Wellcome Library http://wellcomelibrary.org/what-we-do/jobs-at-wellcome-library/
Wellcome Trust, The http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/about-us/jobs/current-vacancies/index.htm
Wildfowl & Wetland Trust http://www.wwt.org.uk/working-with-us/
World Cancer Research Fund http://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/about-us/jobs
Yorkshire Cancer Research http://yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/working-for-yorkshire-cancer-research/
Zoological Society of London https://www.zsl.org/about-us/jobs

 

 

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