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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2 Responses to Other resources for finding science communication jobs – March 2019

  1. This blog is such a great resource!

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