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ScicommJobs is run by @JoBrodie (me!) and began life in October 2009 on Posterous, moving to WordPress in February 2013.

The introductory explanatory post, first posted here https://scicommjobs.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/welcome-to-the-scicommjobs-posterous/ (originally published on the Posterous site), is reposted below.

What is the SciommJobs Posterous for?

Short answer: It’s for vacancies and job descriptions relating to science communication (and similar) jobs jthat catch my eye and that are based in London. It’s also a store for other resources about scicomm jobs and job postings.

Longer answer:
I have some theories about job postings…
1. Sometimes organisations don’t appear to be aware that the job they’re advertising relates to science communication.
2. More generally, job postings have a very short life before disappearing from the organisation’s website.

This is my attempt to harvest suitable job descriptions and ‘trap’ them in the brief period that they’re out in the wild and make them available for longer (consequently there will be vacancy postings listed here that are out of date).

I think it’s useful to extend their life because someone who isn’t currently applying for ‘more senior role X’ might find it useful to see what ‘desirable / essential’ skills they ought to have when the time comes that they will apply for that more senior role.

It’s also interesting to see what roles an organisation has ‘in play’ – but the only window of opportunity available to see what roles are available is when someone leaves creating the vacancy. It’s a bit like being able to find out about the existence of a library book only at the point when it’s been returned – while it’s out on loan it is absent from the database.

Job descriptions do change however and so things will go out of date, however I still think it’s better to have some information about a role, and perhaps how it’s changed, than none at all.

More on this here
Thoughts on job vacancies pages

See also the accompanying Facebook group
Science Communication Jobs (mostly London)
http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=4105267490 <– I’m not really updating this anymore, Facebook’s a bit of an uphill struggle 😉

About me

I’m Jo Brodie, from London. I work on the EPSRC-funded CHI+MED project – we’re finding ways of making interactive medical devices safer. My job title is Public Engagement Co-ordinator and I do a mixture of science communication (writing), public engagement (writing and admin) and co-ordinating the public engagement activities of the researchers on the project (admin). A bit chunk of the text that’s on our website and blog has been written by me, but with help from others on the project – I also write our newsletters. I’m based at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the CHI+MED project runs over four universities: UCL, QMUL, Swansea and City – I spent the first year or so of the project based at UCL. CHI+MED stands for Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices.

My involvement in science communication has been heavily medical / health from almost the start. After leaving the lab (neuroscience, lipids, chromatography, mass spec) I worked at ScienceLine which was great fun and then got a job as a Science Information Officer at Diabetes UK, where I stayed for eight years. For the last couple of years I worked part time at both DUK and CHI+MED, now I’ve swapped DUK for Computer Science, helping out on my boss’s public engagement project cs4fn, for schools.


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