Category Archives: Scotland

[Job] POST, Communications Mgr, £25k, clos 3 August 2014 #scicomm jobs

Have a lovely browse through the POSTnotes – four page briefing notes aimed at parliamentarian-types in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords, and also available to the public. I always feel like Winifred Hooper from the West Wing (‘The Stackhouse Filibuster‘) whenever I read one.

POST = Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology
Communications Manager – yes that does appear to be the link ;)
Closing 3 August 2014, c £25k

Job description: JD – Communications Manager

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is looking to appoint an ambitious science communication specialist to oversee POST’s communications activities. POST is the UK Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. The right candidate will help POST develop its website, manage its social media activity, ensure its publications reach the right people at the right time, and organise a series of parliamentary seminars and exhibitions.

Job Title: Communications Manager
Salary: circa £25,000 per annum
Salary Band: C
Contract Type: Permanent
Number of Posts: One
Hours: Full-time
Closing date: midnight on 03/08/2014

The Role
The post holder will be responsible for managing the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology’s (POST) communication activities, including its online presence, events and publications.

The Person
The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:
• Writing and editing written copy for print and online outlets
•  Editing web pages (including using content management systems; developing websites to meet corporate goals; working with web designers)
• Use of social media to promote and disseminate content

Annual leave starting at 28 days pro rata
Interest-free season ticket loan
Child care voucher scheme
Discounted membership of the in-house gym

All applications must be submitted on a House of Commons application form (see links above).

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[Job] BHF, Research Comms Officer, £27k, clos 16 July 2014 #scicomm jobs

Posted on July 9, 2014 by

British Heart Foundation - working together to beat heart diseaseBritish Heart Foundation
Research Communications Officer

Permanent link to job description (cos it’s trapped in this blog’s Media library): Research Communications Officer

Heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. The BHF is the nation’s heart charity and the UK’s premier charitable funding body for cardiovascular research. With an active research portfolio totalling over £400m, the Research Communications Officer plays a vital role as the link between BHF-funded researchers and the public.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a talented and creative science communicator to join the Health and Research team in the BHF Multimedia department. This position plays a key role in promoting our research funding in ways that are relevant to the public and patients.

The Research Communications Officer advises and assists colleagues across the organisation, providing a first class research information service matched to fundraising or PR needs, and works directly with journalists to promote BHF research in local and national media.

This varied role would suit a person with an enthusiasm for biological sciences and an ability to write fluently and persuasively for a range of audiences. The successful applicant will be a confident, creative self-starter who is able to juggle tasks and work under pressure to deliver a first class science communication service.

To apply for this role please use the apply button below. Our process involves submitting your CV and a covering letter, which should outline your interest and explain how you meet the role’s criteria. Please note we will only accept applications via this method.

Salary: £27k
Closing date: 16 July 2014

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UK Science Festivals – a list of the ones I know about #scicomm

If your favourite science festival isn’t listed please let me know – comments below, jo dot brodie AT gmail dot com or @JoBrodie, thank you.

I bet someone has a list of science festivals in other countries – I would like to link to it here if you know of it. These are festivals that are open to the public or schoolchildren.

Science festivals and other festivals where science communicators might be involved
Acknowledgements: British Council’s list of science festivals. The British Science Association also has a great list of festival (annual and one-offs) and local BSA chapter events too. Here’s a list of science festivals in Scotland. Also British Interactive Group (BIG) listed above.

Art & Mind (Winchester)
See also Winchester Science Festival

Bangor Science Festival
14-23 March 2014

Big Bang Fair
13-16 March 2014

Brighton Science Festival
6 Feb – 2 March 2014

Bristol – Festival of Nature
7-15 June 2014 (Harbourside event 14-15 June, outreach programme May – July)

British Science Festival (city varies each year)
6-11 September 2014, Birmingham

Caithness International Science Festival
18-22 March 2014, Family Science Fun day Saturday 22 March 2014

Cambridge Science Festival
10-23 March 2014

Cardiff Science Festival
14-21 July 2014

3-8 June 2014

Darwin Festival – Shrewsbury
8-22 February 2014

Dunbar SciFest
22-23 March 2014

Dumfries & Galloway Science Festival – Wildscience
28 April – 4 May 2014

Dundee Science Festival
1-16 November 2014

Durham University Schools’ Science Festival
1-3 April 2014

Edinburgh International Science Festival
5-20 April 2014

Fife Science Festival

Glasgow Science Festival
5-15 June 2014

Green Man Festival
Einstein’s Garden –
Science At Play –
14-17 August 2014

Highland Science Festival

London Science Festival
12-19 November 2014

Manchester Science Festival
24 October – 3 November 2013

Middle of Scotland Science Festival – not sure if it will be annual, info for 2013
4-5 May 2013

Midlothian Science Festival
4-19 October 2014
5-20 October 2013

National Science & Engineering Week
14-23 March 2014

Newcastle ScienceFest
Maker Faire: 27-28 April 2013

Oban Festival of the Sea (marine life)
18-28 May 2014

Orkney International Science Festival
5-11 September 2013

Oxfordshire Science Festival
7-23 March 2014

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
2-7 July 2013

Salter’s Festivals of Chemistry – take place at different schools around the UK

Sidmouth Science Festival
13-19 October 2014

Winchester Science Festival
See also Art & Mind which appears to be a separate event
20-22 July 2013

Wrexham Science Festival
17-25 July 2014

York City of Festivals – science might not be every year
13-29 June 2013

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[Job - closing soon] Breakthrough Breast Cancer, External Consultant (health info stuff), £?, clos 28 Feb 2014

Pinched from psci-com…

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is currently updating two of its health information products:  The best treatment: your guide to UK services for people with a family history of breast cancer and Breast cancer risk: the facts.  Assistance from an external consultant is needed to work alongside Breakthrough’s health information team to conduct a thorough review of the evidence underpinning these two publications, ensuring that the updated information is completely accurate, evidence based and referenced and that Breakthrough meets the requirements of the Information Standard in this regard.

The external consultant will normally be able to work remotely, although face-to-face meetings may occasionally be required.

The consultancy period shall consist of a maximum of 52.5 working days between 17 March (TBC) until end September which shall be spread as set out below:
3 days a week (45 days in total) will be required from 17 March – 27 June.  Some flexibility may be available but this would need to be agreed with Breakthrough at the start of the project.

An estimated additional 7.5 days of consultant time will be required between 30 June and end September.

Required skills:

  • Ability to understand complex scientific information, including reading and critiquing scientific journal articles, and conducting reviews of scientific literature
  • Knowledge of research principles and a good understanding of the systems by which information about research and policies can be obtained
  • Excellent critical appraisal skills and the ability to interpret data to the highest degree of scientific accuracy
  • Experience writing or contributing to evidence-based health information intended for a lay audience

Desirable skills:

  • Understanding of the UK health system, cancer services and NHS structures, both nationally and locally

For further information on this opportunity and how to apply, please contact Caitlin Palframan, Senior Manager Policy Insight at Breakthrough on by 5PM on Friday 28 February.

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[Job, Milton Keynes] Transport Systems Catapult, Communications Mgr, £40-45k, clos 26 Feb 2014

Note they’re also recruiting for an Events Manager and Communications Executive.

Transport Systems Catapult
Communications Manager
and – you’ll need to register to apply online.

Salary: £40-45k
Closing 26 Feb 2014

Combining public and private investment, a world-class research facility and the best minds in the industry, Transport Systems Catapult will play a transformational role in transport systems technology and innovation. We will enable UK industry to work collaboratively to produce integrated solutions to the transport challenges of the future. We will drive UK global leadership in intelligent mobility, delivering integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems. We are here to make a difference.

We’re now looking for a creative and experienced communications manager with a deep understanding of the National news media, outstanding journalism skills, and ability to manage our news across a variety of channels.

As Communications Manager you will be responsible for managing our news, generating inspiring and engaging content, and promoting our work through the National media. You will also have the opportunity to devise and lead creative campaigns to help communicate the importance of our work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Devise, scope, and manage communications campaigns which deliver corporate objectives
  • Generate news in the National print, broadcast, and digital media that helps promote the work of the Transport Systems Catapult, helps it engage with key stakeholders, and deliver thought leadership in the sector
  • Devise, produce and deliver creative content for a wide variety of channels
  • Manage the organisation’s flow of news and content

You probably have 5-10 years’ experience in a similar capacity and are educated to degree level. You are an expert in media relations and content generation. You are comfortable working across a variety of media, including digital and press, and you understand how to construct a relevant and exciting message to a diverse range of stakeholders.

Our audience includes the private and public sectors, academia, research bodies and delivery partners. Our message is exciting, innovative and both technical and commercial, so you should be experienced in quickly understanding and applying new information in a media context.

Innovative, inspirational, passionate, energetic and enthusiastic, you are a natural networker. Your preferred working style is collaborative and inclusive, and you are comfortable with ambiguity. You are a very strong communicator, able to work with a range of technical and non-technical people.

Efficient transport systems are essential to the health and wealth of the UK, its businesses, its economy and its people. The Transport Systems Catapult will support UK industry in exploiting the massive global market for new products and services that will drive the integration of transport and its systems.

The Transport Systems Catapult forms part of an elite network of seven technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board. Together, they represent a £1bn public and private sector investment over the next five years.

Some of the early challenges that will be addressed through the Catapult include seamless journey systems, remote asset management and monitoring, traffic management and control systems, journey assistance systems, infrastructure integrity and security, connected vehicles, and novel economic and business models.

To find out more about Transport Systems Catapult and other exciting positions, please visit our website via

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[Paid internship] Greenpeace, Energydesk researcher / reporter, £London living wage, clos 20 Feb

Energydesk Researcher & Reporter Internship (6 mths full time or 10 mths 3 days per week)

Job description:  Energydesk Researcher & Reporter_Applicant Pack

Salary:  London living wage £8.80 per hour
Closing Date: 20 February, 2014 – 10:00
Interview Date: 27 February, 2014 (All day)

Greenpeace UK is currently looking for an intern to assist with the continued development of its Energydesk news site.

We need someone who can dig deep into global and UK energy and climate issues but is also comfortable monitoring and responding quickly to breaking news, working efficiently and accurately.

You’ll be a budding energy researcher or investigative reporter, who can originate and develop original research or data-led stories on energy and climate change, whilst maintaining journalistic standards. You will assist in finding guest bloggers and pursue your own investigations.

This role would be perfect for someone who is undertaking or has just completed a relevant post-graduate qualification and is looking for specialist journalistic experience or research experience in an NGO.

It is our aim to provide a valuable learning experience for our interns. The appointed intern will receive training in research and writing from an experienced journalist along with an opportunity to receive and provide feedback both during and after the placement.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their support for, and belief in, the aims of Greenpeace and be able to commit to the full period of the internship.
How to Apply:

For further information about the internships and how to apply, please download an Applicant Pack below or alternatively email to request one.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the internship.

Greenpeace are unable to cover the costs of travel or relocation to London, or provide help with finding or funding accommodation.

As we receive a large response for available opportunities, we are unable to respond to those applicants who have not been shortlisted and we apologise for this in advance. If you do not hear from us within a week of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

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[Job, Maine USA] MDIBL, Director, Office of Education & Conferences, $?, clos? via @kejames

MDIBL - Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Director, Office of Education and Conferences

MDIBL seeks an outstanding individual in a senior leadership position to lead and expand our rapidly growing science education, outreach, and conference programs. Applicants should possess the personal characteristics and professional experience to lead the existing program, and possess the vision, drive, and entrepreneurial spirit to grow the program in strategically important new directions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for and track record of advancing science education and must enjoy working with many constituencies including students from middle to medical school, parents, faculty, physicians, and members of the general public. The candidate must be able to thrive in a fast-paced and independent office environment. The ability to manage multiple ongoing projects and deadlines is essential. This salaried position is eligible for the lab’s full benefits package.

Review of applications will begin in late January and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Amy Saucier, executive administrative assistant to the president, and reference the Director of Education Search, MDI Biological Laboratory, PO Box 35, Salisbury Cove, Maine 04672 or e-mail

MDIBL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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[Job] Genetic Alliance UK, Public Engagement Officer, £25.5k, clos 20 Jan 2014

Genetic Alliance UK
Public Engagement Officer
£25,500 pa
Closing: Monday 20th January 2014, 5pm

Job description: jobdescriptionscicommofficer-december2013

Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of individuals, patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 160 patient organisations. Our aim is to ensure that high quality services, information and support are provided to all who need them. We actively support research and innovation across the field of genetic medicine.

We have an exciting job opportunity for an individual with experience and skills in science communication and public engagement in biomedical science. We are looking for a self-starter who works creatively with initiative and enthusiasm to deliver high quality work within agreed timescales.

The successful candidate will be a team player who will lead on the development and delivery of a series of innovative engagement activities that inform, provoke debate and discussion on issues relating to medical innovation. They include: controversial issues in basic biomedical research, the application of next generation DNA sequencing in the NHS and neurological enhancements. Our target audiences are individuals and families living with genetic conditions, patient groups and medical research charities. Engagement and consultation activities will involve a variety of methods including face-to-face meetings and workshops, smartphone & online apps, webinars and live chat. Work will be in close collaboration with the policy team to ensure results and recommendations generated from our engagement activities will be suitable to directly inform and influence health and science policy.

The full job description is available at:

To apply for this post please send a covering letter and CV to Mrs Buddug Cope, Director of Development by email to: or for more information telephone 020 7704 3141 to talk through the post with Buddug.

The closing date for applications for this post is Monday 20th of January 2014, by 5pm.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th of January 2014.

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Danish, Finnish, Swedish or Norwegian Customer Service Advisor- Full time, Edinburgh


Are you interested in customer service roles which will give you an opportunity to use your language skills?

Are you looking to start the New Year with a new career?

If the answers to the questions above are YES then we can help.

Our client is a global organisation based in Edinburgh. Due to rapid expansion and growth we are looking to recruit innovative individuals who have career aspirations and flair for success within a customer services environment. The roles involve interaction with customers who require assistance and or advice regarding their products. These roles are purely customer orientated and involve no sales.

The salary is competitive starting at £15,100 + a potential quarterly bonus. Other benefits include but are not restricted to:

* Personal development and growth through interactive training
* Pension
* Private health care
* Free life assurance
* Financial Study Assistance so you can reach your true potential
* Generous discounts at florists, wine merchants, memberships etc
* Option to participate in childcare voucher scheme if eligible
* 24 hour canteen with free drinks!

Also we are currently recruiting Customer Advisers with one or two of the following languages plus English:

French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Search offers a REFER-A-FRIEND scheme. We are offering an outstanding incentive for you to refer your friends to us! We’ll give you a total of £75 of vouchers or an I Pod* per referral with no limits on the amount of candidates you can refer to us.

*Terms & condition apply


For more information call Claire on 0131 718 8036 or apply on line

Children’s shop supervisor

Treehouse childrenswear are looking for a shop supervisor to start in January 2014. All applicants must have previous experience working in Retail and be able to work weekends. Professional shoe fitting experience is desired but not essential as training can be provided.
Working hours will be 25 – 35 per week split over 4 to 5 days including weekends.

Based in Stockbridge, we are a childrenswear shop with a difference. You must have bundles of enthusiasm, patience and enjoy working with children. Treehouse is a one stop shop for mums and dads, with clothes, shoes, books & toys plus the hairdressing section, a unique concept in Scotland.

Duties include:
Merchandising stock displays and windows
Pricing and maintaining stock levels
Providing excellent customer service
Managing staff and shop rota
Children’s shoe fitting and providing expert advice
General housekeeping of shop floor and stock rooms
Cashing up, banking and maintaining records
Support with website stock levels
Report to Shop Owner/Manager

All applications will be treated with strict confidence. Please hand your CV to Sophie to .

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