Science Policy and Communication

Example Job Adverts

Please find below some recent job advertisements sourced by the Careers and Employer Liaison Centre (CELC). 

It should be noted that this is not an exhaustive list, but is merely meant to demonstrate the employment opportunities available to graduates of this discipline.

Macmillan Science and Education, Dynamic Science Journalist

Nature, the international weekly journal of science, is looking for a dynamic science journalist to edit our magazine supplements.

Working as part of a small team, the editor will be responsible for the high-quality delivery of Nature supplements — including Nature Outlooks — plus client-branded custom publishing projects in the Asia Pacific region. We are looking for an experienced editor who can take ownership of projects, show initiative and drive improvement. This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious science journalist to apply their first-class editorial skills within a growing section of a prestigious title.

What you will be doing:

  • Assuming editorial responsibility for the quality and timely delivery — in print and online — of Nature supplements and custom publishing projects
  • Commissioning, managing and evaluating freelance science writers
  • Editing science news features and expert commentary pieces for a non-specialist audience
  • Outstanding customer focus
  • Overseeing the creation of graphics and multimedia to enrich the text
  • Helping to drive continuous improvements in editorial standards, processes, policies and workflows
  • Identifying editorial ideas for future supplement projects
  • Collaborating with commercial colleagues to secure new, and renew existing, business
  • Working in conjunction with the Publisher and other supplement editors to develop new print and online products and services that meet both readers' and clients' needs.

Desired Skills and Experience
What we would like you to have:

  • Experience reporting and/or editing in a science journalism role
  • Expertise in covering a broad range of science, technology and biomedical disciplines, and in communicating science to non-specialists
  • The ability to take copy written by journalists and researchers and turn it into lively, lucid, and compelling stories
  • A proven record of success in juggling multiple editorial projects simultaneously whilst maintaining quality
  • Strong organisational skills, and resilience under pressure.

The role will suit you if:

  • You're passionate about science and science journalism, and enjoy working in a fast-paced, commercial editorial environment
  • You're comfortable running editorial projects
  • You're looking to work autonomously and flexibly, but as part of small, close-knit team.

 

Neuroscience Research Australia, Science Communicator

NeuRA – Neuroscience Research Australia – is an international leader in brain and nervous system research. We're looking for a talented, creative communicator, with a passion for science, to join the Communications team. Your focus will be on raising the public profile of our research and achievements. You'll be exceptional at the translation of scientific output into meaningful and clear messages for lay audiences and the execution of engaging communications across diverse media and platforms. Interview skills for podcasts and a professional, efficient writing style come easily to you. You can drive innovation in the delivery of information to the community, whilst ensuring consistency, credibility and quality of the content.

Key responsibilities

  • Proactive and reactive media – pitch interesting and thought provoking stories to the electronic, print and broadcast media – point of contact for journalists including after hours enquiries – media monitoring and dissemination of coverage to researchers
  • Develop and implement media strategies to promote research and fundraising initiatives
  • Develop in-house media training program for researchers – one-on one and group
  • Coordinate media interviews, filming, photography and media conferences
  • Assist with the development, writing, editing and production of NeuRA's publications including our NeuRA Magazine, annual 'Profile', research data and other publications
  • Commission and edit NeuRA Blog posts
  • Assist with the maintenance and management of NeuRA's website including updating NeuRA's news pages
  • Produce NeuRA Podcasts from the initial interview to final Soundcloud upload
  • Assist with high-level social media applications to maximise exposure
  • Assist with the production of videos for website and social media including YouTube

Essential:

  • A science communication or journalism qualification and a passion for understanding fundamental science
  • High-level written science communication skills with proven ability to produce quality, accurate copy for publications and online content
  • Strong commitment to quality and professionalism
  • Advanced understanding of research publications
  • Extensive network of current media contacts with strong relationships
  • Advanced knowledge of WordPress and all social media platforms
  • Capacity to complete work promptly and respond accurately under pressure.

Desirable:

  • Working knowledge of editing applications – Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Audacity, GarageBand or other Experience within a research environment.

 

Kelly Scientific Resources, Recruitment Consultant

As a Kelly Scientific Recruitment Consultant you will be passionate about creating career paths for scientists. You will be comfortable speaking to senior leaders about their recruitment requirements and educating potential candidates about their work options.. Industry focus will include the education, biotechnology, research and medical fields.

While previous experience in recruitment is preferred, candidates with sales or customer service who show excellent promise will be considered.

  • Desirable applicants will possess: Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with computer programs, including Fast-Track, Outlook and Microsoft Suite
  • BSc or industry experience in the science field
  • Ability to source new opportunities for business development
  • A desire and competitive drive to succeed.


The University of Technology Sydney, Marketing and Communications Officer (Science)

UTS Science is seeking a passionate marketer, effective communicator and highly organised planner to tell the many stories of UTS Science, serving as the Marketing & Communications Officer.

Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, this role is responsible for the implementation of marketing and communications strategies for brand and profile management.

  • You will promote the faculty's research to internal and external stakeholders both locally and internationally.
  • You will source, plan and write content to profile and promote faculty's successes, programs and events across a variety of internal and external channels.
  • You will liaise with media outlets to seek opportunities for stories releases.
  • You will develop promotional materials, resources and engaging events that promote the faculty to future students, industry and the community.
  • You will collaborate and work on faculty's social media channels, review and update websites and publications.

This is a proactive role that assists in the development and implementation of UTS Science's marketing and communication strategies. If you're an experienced communicator, a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and organisation skills, then this is the role for you.

 

Australian Science Teachers Association, Communications and Events Manager

The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is responsible for the organisation and delivery of a varied calendar of events and conferences from one-day workshops for 20–30 participants up to major national conference for 500+ delegates. In addition, ASTA is responsible for the management and implementation of a range of national projects and programs. ASTA is keen to appoint a Communications and Events Manager to support the delivery of our events and deliver effective communications and promotion solutions.