[Job, London] Natural History Museum, PR Officer, £27.4k, clos 25 Jan


Natural History Museum
PR Officer

Job description: JD – PR Officer

Vacancy reference: CW/NHM/PRO
Location: South Kensington
Employment type: Fixed Term
Area of business: Directorate
Closing date: 25/01/2016

Salary: £27,467 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 23 months fixed term contract
Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 January 2016

Role description:
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

A fixed term opportunity is available in our award-winning External Affairs team for a skilled PR Officer. This is a busy and varied role promoting our exhibitions, events and research to media and stakeholders, contributing to the Museum’s purpose to challenge the way people think about the natural world.

You will be delivering and evaluating high impact PR campaigns that contribute to fundraising objectives and enhance the profile and reputation of the Museum.. You will maintain an awareness of the news agenda and understand how to best reach target audiences through a mix of channels to develop and nurture excellent relationships, particularly with journalists. With proven copywriting skills you will be drafting press releases, statements, blogs and speeches, as well as responding to media enquiries on tight deadlines.

Role competences:
To be successful in this role you will be educated to a degree level or equivalent, with CIPR accredited qualifications or a willingness to learn. You have a track record of delivering ambitious PR campaigns, shaping stories for maximum influence. You must have experience of reactive media relations and enjoy working as part of a dynamic team. You apply your resourcefulness and creative thinking in your work and are adept at expressing complex ideas in a compelling way for non-specialists. You show great judgement even under pressure and are also experienced in identifying and managing reputational risks and opportunities.

Please note that the postholder will form part of the out-of-hours cover via the 24/7 Press Office duty rota.

The full role competencies are available for you to view in the role description, available at the link on the top right of this advert.

Online application process:
Apply on-line before the closing date through the NHM recruitment portal.

You do not need to complete the competencies section of the online form, but we ask candidates to complete the mandatory fields on the website and attach:

· A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
· A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.

Please note that applications from candidates without a covering letter identifying how they match the role competencies will be rejected.

Please note the disclaimer on our website.

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[Closed, Chesterfield] Arthritis Research UK, Info & Enquiries Officer, closed 14 Jan


Spotted this one too late, but adding it to the database for the collection.

Arthritis Research UK
Information and Enquiries Officer

Job description: Information enquiries officer JD FINAL v2


Salary: £21k + benefits

Location: Chesterfield
Hours: 35 per week, Monday to Friday
Closing date: 1pm Thursday, 14 January 2016

We are looking for a highly skilled information & enquiries officer to join our supporter care team where you will be responsible for:

  • Providing a professional, well-informed and efficient first point of contact for all general enquiries to Arthritis Research UK via phone, email and post
  • Ensuring that anyone who contacts the Charity and is seeking information about arthritis and/or sources of support related to living with arthritis receives a high-quality professional response and is promptly directed to the appropriate sources of information and support as required
  • Providing meaningful management information and analysis about both the volume and type of enquiries received to inform effective decision making. Overseeing an existing Information & Enquiries project and effectively capturing insights gained from this service so that they can be shared across the organisation and used to inform on-going development of the charity’s information provision
  • Taking ownership of enquiries, ensuring our key messages are communicated in an inspiring and motivational way, sensitively cross-selling engagement opportunities from across the organisation  


  • Will have recent experience of dealing with the general public, providing information over the phone and in written format
  • Should have a natural ability to demonstrate empathy and confidentiality with people in distress
  • Must possess an excellent customer service ethos including general call-handling
  • Will have excellent computer literacy skills and be fully conversant with Excel and databases


To apply for a job with us, you must:

  • Provide a short, up to date, CV and
  • Provide a succinct covering letter

Our job descriptions contain a person specification, which detail the key experience, skills, knowledge, and competencies required for the role. We tell you what we will be looking for in the application, and at the interview. To give yourself the best chance of being shortlisted, you must demonstrate – by giving brief, bullet point examples wherever possible – how you meet the key requirements of the role in your covering letter. Once you have completed your application please email it to recruitment@arthritisresearchuk.org 


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[Job, Midlands] Medical Mavericks, freelance workshop deliverers, daily rate, #scicomm jobs


Medical Mavericks
Freelance workshop deliverer(s)
The company is based in Wolverhampton but being based in the Midlands isn’t essential as the job involves lots of travelling around.

I’ve copied the Word document text below so that this page is indexed on search engines but the whole information is also here: Medical Mavericks Workshop Deliver SuperStar
Medical Mavericks Workshop Superstar
Freelance Role – January through to July
Rates from £50 to £120 per half day / day plus expenses.

We are the UK’s best team of science communicators and we need several newbies to become part of our science superstar delivery team, but I know what you are thinking… what the hell does Science Communication mean…. And what does the delivery team do?

Being a Science Communicator basically means you have to be able to explain & break down anything sciencey so that your audience, usually a school pupil, can understand it or be interested by it. Quite tricky at times so you have to think on your feet.

Our superstar delivery team visits schools, colleges, universities and public events all around the UK (and abroad occasionally) to inspire pupils to consider their future career path or health with some pretty awesome science kit. You see we take a hospital unit and sports science lab into schools so kids can play with real medical equipment.

What kind of kit? We have everything from basic blood pressure machines up to real ultrasound machines that the kids can use to see their own bones, muscles and organs in their body! On the sports science side we even have a piece of kit that lets people race Usain Bolt! It’s called The Accelerator and we invented it.

So where do you fit into this as one of our delivery team?

We’re visiting more and more schools and events each term and we need a bigger team to travel around the UK and deliver our amazing workshops.

One of your most important roles will be to inspire the pupils (& the oldies!) that we see and show them how totally awesome science is. As a workshop deliverer we spend a lot of time on the road, so it is probably not the best role if you like to spend time at home with family (especially if you have kids). You will also be expected drive one of our vans (if you have a drivers license), so as well as a sci-commer you also become a white van man (or lady!).

During a typical day, we would either travel to a school on the morning if it is local, or stop over the night before. We arrive at the school for 8am, unload the van and set up the kit for the workshop. So, if you don’t like lifting or can’t lift – this job is not for you.

We repeat workshops anything from once to 6 times in a day and sometimes run 2,3 or 4 other workshops at the same time. These days are epic and we usually see whole year groups throughout the day and create an amazing buzz in the school! You need to be comfortable speaking to groups of people ranging from 10 to 400 or aged any where from 5 to 70+!!!

You get to wear scrubs as well… need we say any more?

It’s not all about visiting schools and colleges either. The role also involves going to Science Fairs, Festivals and Conferences to promote Medical Mavericks and drum up some more business. You may also be asked to help put together resources, posters, lesson plans, videos & podcasts as part of our marketing materials.

Experience is not needed for once (yes, you read that right!) and it is a chance to be part of a growing an exciting team at Medical Mavericks. HOWEVER, you need to be able to think for yourself, take the initiative and enjoy a challenge and hard work. The one thing we ask is that you know your stuff when it comes to human physiology and / or sports science and be happy speaking to people of all ages!

As this is a freelance role, you may be asked to work from home on some tasks and you may be responsible for organising your own travel around the UK. You would also be responsible for declaring your own tax. Don’t worry, this is not as scary as it sounds and we can help you with that.

Some of the people we have worked with include (yes, we are name dropping here…) the BBC, SKY, the Wellcome Trust, Mo Farah Foundation, NHS, Abu Dhabi Science Festival and many more.

So if you think you this is the job for you, don’t want to work in an office every day and spend most of your time inspiring kids with amazing medical and sports science equipment you have to follow the instructions below:

Send us an email, snail mail letter, or link to a video and tell us why you are perfect for the job. You can send a CV…. But that is sooooo last year and very boring. Plus everyone lies about themselves on them – seriously! See how imaginative you can be! Here is where you can send your imagination to:


Medical Mavericks
2 Burmarsh Walk


  • The role involves travelling around the UK so you will be away from home for good periods of time. (all week, most weeks during peak seasons)
  • A driving license is very beneficial
  • We pay for hotels and food and travel as well as your salary
  • Lifting and spending long periods of time on your feet is part of the job
  • Speaking to large audiences is part of the job.
  • Being based in the Midlands is beneficial, but not essential.

This is an open job application and there is no closing date. Immediate starts available for successful candidates.

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[Job, Norwich] Tyndall Centre, Comms Officer, £31.6-37.7k clos 5 Feb #scicomm jobs

Note that they will consider a part-time / jobshare thing, which is encouraging (and to be encouraged!).


Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research University of East Anglia
Communication Officer


Further particulars: Further Particulars for ALC573

Salary: £31,656 to £37,768 per annum
Closing date: 05 Feb 2016 noon
Location: Norwich

Science Communication Position
The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia is recruiting a Communication Officer to help to maintain and further the Centre’s excellent reputation for high quality and interdisciplinary research.

Managing the external communications of the Tyndall Centre, you will help to maintain and further the Centre’s excellent reputation for high quality and interdisciplinary research and its relationship with external audiences; identify new opportunities for engagement, and facilitate the cohesiveness and branding of the Centre across and within its host institutions and researchers. In addition, you will support the day to day management of the Centre, with operational and strategic input into the coordination of the activities of Tyndall UEA and the wider Tyndall Centre.

You will have excellent written, verbal and visual design skills; experience in science communication and preferably a communication or environmental sciences degree; experience in the use of social media, the production of publicity material, and in explaining scientific research to a variety of audiences.

This full time, fixed term position is funded initially until 30 September 2017.

Part time job share (salary pro rata to full time) and secondment arrangements will be considered.


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[Open] Biochemical Society’s Science Communication competition, clos 8 April 2016

I’m one of the judges in this competition! More about the judges here http://www.biochemistry.org/GetInvolved/ScienceCommunicationCompetition/TheJudgingPanel.aspx

Biochemical Society
Science Communication Competition
closing 8 April 2016

Each year the Biochemical Society looks for talented science communicators to take part in our annual Science Communication Competition. The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

To enter, submit an original piece of writing or video on a biomolecular topic of your choice. Your article or video must be aimed at the general public and must be submitted with an entry form.

Winning entries receive a cash prize, as well as a mentoring session with one of our mentors; Freelance science writer , broadcaster and award-winning science blogger, Dr Kat Arney, freelance science communication consultant and trainer, Dr Steve Cross, and the Science Media Centre, which provides accurate and evidence-based information about science through the media. 

Mentors will review your winning entry and will provide feedback and suggestions to make your entry ready for publication. They will also be able to discuss the various skills needed for a career in science communication, and give winners advice based on their own career experiences.

Your winning entry will be published in the Society’s magazine, The Biochemist and on the Society’s website. 

The Science Communication Competition closes at midnight on 8 April 2016.

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[Job, London, 3mo] Gastronaut, Key Science Demo Developer, clos 20 Jan 2016 #scicomm jobs

Key Demo Developer

Closing date: 20th January 2016
Salary:      circa £25,200 (£2,100/month) pro rata (depending on experience)
Or             £100-150/day on freelance basis (depending on experience)
Location:   London N5, with location trips incl a week at NEC Birmingham.

The best job in the (Science Communication) world: developing and delivering Big Bang Headline shows and various research/production projects

Short-term full-time job starting ASAP (January 2016) to March 22nd 2016, with potential ongoing work afterwards. If the right candidate wants to do this role as a freelancer or part-time, and they have fantastic experience and ability, it may be possible.

The company: Gastronaut (www.thegastronaut.com) is a multimedia company run by producer Stefan Gates, creating major kick-ass scicomm/food stage shows, TV projects and books. The main show currently in pre-production is the headline show for Big Bang Fair ‘Gastronaut and the Quantum Mechanical Chocolate Factory’, a Wonka-esque fantastical food/science show involving robots, chocolate engineering, flying fish and instant strawberry clouds. Other shows, TV and book projects are also ongoing, and most of the company’s work involves exploring, playing, ideas-generation, building stuff, assessing risks and blowing things up. The office and workshop are full of noise, laughter and general trouble-making. Culturally it’s Radio 6, with occasional bouts of Rudimental and One Direction. Lunch is always provided.

Job: Key demo developer – a bright, fun, hard-working, creative person with excellent research and DIY skills and a great grasp of multidisciplinary science communication and live stage presentation who can help build and deliver the planned show for Big Bang Fair, including prop-building, risk assessment and a bit of production management. You’ll be working with Stefan, two brilliant co-presenters and a small team of assistants on the main show, and will be on-stage to present it. You’ll be expected to help out with other Gastronaut projects and shows, too (including prep and on-stage work and YouTube videos). There’s occasional weekend performance work, and time off in lieu is given for this. You should be happy to have a DBS check carried out, and a clean DBS certificate is essential to the role. NB previous key demo developers have had a great time and gone on to jobs in TV.

Skills required: Excellent DIY/engineering and research skills, a great understanding of multidisciplinary science communication and general nerdery. You should be responsible, creative, self-disciplined and happy to work independently. You should also be a lot of fun to be with, adaptable and understanding of the strange demands of the media. It would also be helpful (though not obligatory) for the candidate to have media production skills for YouTube videos, experience of working with children and a full UK driving licence.

To apply, send your CV and an informal letter about yourself to Stefan@thegastronaut.com and see www.thegastronaut.com and youtube.com/GastronautTV

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Not a job, but Sue @ScienceNelson is looking for your radio science programme topics

If she’s not following you let her know and she can do so in order for you to send your DM 🙂

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