Tuesday 13

Several job opportunities (science communication, climate change, citizen science, public engagement, bibliometric research, synthetic biology & open science, digital innovation)

Posted by RRI Tools on 13 Feb 2018

  • Deputy Editor at DeSmog UK

DeSmog UK is seeking a Deputy Editor to join its growing team of investigative journalists dedicated to cutting through the spin clouding the energy and environment debates in Britain.

The Deputy Editor is responsible for helping manage the day-to-day operations of DeSmog UK, including writing and editing articles, project managing freelancers, and undertaking in-depth investigations. Working with the Editor, they will help shape the editorial direction of the outlet and manage content flow.

DeSmog UK is seeking a candidate with at least three years' experience working as a journalist or in the media, with a strong working knowledge of UK politics and climate and energy issues. They must be organised and enthusiastic, as well as a dogged reporter dedicated to telling stories others are missing. Working with an ambitious and collaborative team, they should be brimming with ideas and happy to help guide others in their reporting and writing.

A Bachelor's degree in journalism or a subject related to climate change, politics or social policy is required. Additional useful qualities include knowledge of web CMS, familiarity with UK media law, and experience with FOIA and data journalism.

Deadline for applications: February 18th 2018

For more info see here

  • Programm Manager/in at OeAD - Fachabteilung Public Science


Mitarbeit im Zentrum für Citizen Science:

  • Recherchen zum Thema, Community-Building
  • Betreuung von Webseite und Social Media-Kanälen
  • Mithilfe bei der Organisation von Veranstaltungen
  • Unterstützung bei Ausschreibungen
  • Unterstützung bei der Abwicklung und Weiterentwicklung des Citizen Science Awards
  • Betreuung der Allianz für Responsible Science
  • Erstellung von Berichten an den Auftraggeber

Betreuung der Young Science-Themenplattform:

  • Akquise, allgemeine Administration, Betreuung der webbasierten Plattform
  • Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Werbematerialien
  • Präsentation bei ausgewählten Zielgruppen
  • Messebetreuung
  • Webinare abhalten

Deadline for applications:  18. Februar 2018 

For more info see here

  • Research assist­ant at Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Cen­ter for Tech­no­logy and Soci­ety

The aim of the Pro­ject is to develop bib­li­o­met­ric meth­ods that link the micro level of indi­vidual know­ledge pro­duc­tion to the macro level of sci­entific com­munit­ies and their know­ledge dynam­ics. Tasks include the devel­op­ment of bib­li­o­met­ric meth­ods, the design and imple­ment­a­tion of algroithms, and per­form­ing exper­i­ments with the meth­ods. 


  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Dip­lom, Mas­ter or equi­val­ent) in social sci­ence dis­cip­line (with an emphasis on quant­it­at­ive meth­ods) or a nat­ural sci­ence dis­cip­line
  • excel­lent Eng­lish lan­guage skills
  • the abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently on the design, Organ­isa­tion and con­duct of empir­ical invest­ig­a­tions
  • the pro­ject com­bines know­ledge and meth­ods from stat­ist­ics and lin­ear algebra, pro­gram­ming (desivarble are R, SQL, and a script­ing lan­guage like Python), Bib­li­o­met­rics and the soci­ology of sci­ence - know­ledge in one of these fields and the will­ing­ness and abil­ity to mas­ter the oth­ers are expec­ted

Deadline for applications: 23/02/18

For more info see here

  • Report Writer at CSIRO Data61, Australia's largest data innovation group

We are looking for a report writer who will prepare written material for companies, governments and public audiences relating to the research, consulting, marketing and thought-leadership work of Data61. You will have outstanding skills in written communication and the ability to comprehend and communicate complex technical matters relating to digital technology for non-technical audiences.

The position is well suited to a science journalist. It will require the ability to handle tight timeframes and multiple tasks with high levels of team work, collaboration, cooperative problem solving, initiative and independence.

You will report to the Director of the Data61 Insight Team. The Data61 Insight Team conducts research and consulting work into digital economy trends, risk and scenarios to inform governments, companies and communities. The work of the Insight Team helps organisations design and implement strategies and policies to navigate digital disruption.

Deadline for applications: 26th February 2018

For more info see here

  • A position is available in IKMZ’s Science, Crisis and Risk Communication team, University of Zurich 

The position can be filled as either a PostDoc or a Doctoral position.

What would you have to do?

  • pursue your PhD and/or research projects
  • attend conferences and publish
  • take part in team projects
  • teaching (1,5-2 hrs./semester)
  • some administrative work

What should you bring with you?

  • passion for scientific work
  • a (good) degree in communications or a related subject
  • experience with/interest in research on online communication and/or automated text
  • analysis
  • experience with/interest in science communication
  • some German skills, organizational skills

What can we offer you?

  • a broad range of questions from stakeholder communication over media/online
  • content research to media effects analyses
  • a research-oriented team
  • a great working environment, and inspiring intellectual atmosphere, excellent resources 

Deadline for applications is March 5, 2018

For more info see here

  • Co-ordinator for Synthetic Biology Centre at the University of Cambridge

We are seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives at the University of Cambridge. The role-holder would work 50% to support the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre and 50% with the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SynBio SRI). The purpose of the role is to help develop and implement a strategy that will enable both initiatives to become known leaders in the field and sustainable in the longer term.

OpenPlant is a consortium funded by BBSRC and EPSRC comprising 20 labs spanning the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute (Norwich). The work of the Research Centre is intended to promote novel research on tools and applied traits for plant synthetic biology, open sharing of foundational technologies, and responsible innovation. The role-holder will work with the OpenPlant Directors and Management Group, including the OpenPlant Project Manager based in Norwich, to co-ordinate a variety of activities within the Research Centre.

The SynBio SRI aims to catalyse interdisciplinary exchange between engineering, physics, biology and social sciences to advance Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. The role-holder will work with the SRI Co-Chairs and Steering Committee to develop, plan and deliver the SRI's vision and strategy. They will facilitate efforts to promote development of open technologies, build shared resources, and provide a hub for networking and discussion.

Responsibilities will also include co-ordinating seed funding competitions such as the Biomaker Challenge and OpenPlant Fund; organising formal and informal scientific meetings and forums; developing and managing relationships with stakeholders within and external to the University; seeking small and large-scale funding for future activities. The role-holder is additionally responsible for ensuring that synthetic biology activities in Cambridge are actively communicated and promoted, and is supported by the part-time SynBio SRI Events and Communication Co-ordinator.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and knowledge of Synthetic Biology research, policy and practice. They will have the ability to foster relationships with and between academics at all levels in an interdisciplinary context, and build partnerships with companies, funders and policy makers. A successful track record in attracting research funding would be advantageous. Excellent organisational and communications skills are essential, together with proven problem-solving skills and initiative.

Deadline for applications: 12 March 2018

For more info see here 

  • Digital communications officer at 10:10 Climate Action, London

10:10 brings people together to do bold, beautiful things that help tackle climate change.

Got a way with words? Social media whizz? Love talking to the public? Problem solver? Adore data? Care about climate change? Think tech is awesome, but engaging the public with it is even better? We’re looking for a new digital communications officer, and you could be just who we’re looking for.

A key copywriter for 10:10, you’ll bring the sparkle that intrigues our supporters, catches the eyes of new audiences and motivates everyone to take more action on climate change. You’ll work across our campaigns - from tree planting to solar railways - offering you a chance to engage with a lot of different people, in a range of ways. You’ll run our social media accounts, help us write and send emails, produce content for our website, answer supporter enquiries and generally keep an eye on how big, diverse and engaged our audiences are. You’ll also help us develop a picture of our audience and the ways they choose to engage with us, collating data from our CRM, Facebook, Google and more.

You’ll report directly to the communications manager, working alongside our press officer and creative lead, as well as the director of communications. You’ll also work closely with campaigners and fundraisers. It’s a small office, and everyone works together.

Supported by the rest of the team, you’ll take a proactive approach to increasing and diversifying our audiences, developing strategies for engaging hard-to-reach groups. You’ll also be expected to contribute to general marketing, media, outreach, fundraising and campaign strategy. And everyone in the office chips in to make the tea, take out the bins and do the washing up, so there’s that too.

Deadline for applications: 12th March 2018

For more info see here


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