Sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what job you want in science communication. Job titles are varied and often vague, and job openings are not tied to an academic schedule. Below we've listed several examples of job listings in science communication at various levels, including the job title and a detailed description of responsibilities. While this list is not exhaustive, it should help you narrow down the job that best suits you, and figure out exactly what that job is called.

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Example Job Descriptions


SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCER - New York (Guerilla Science)

 

We are looking for a part-time New York-based social media producer to create and curate digital content at the intersection of science and culture.

The successful applicant has a demonstrated track record of communicating creatively about a wide range of scientific topics in multimedia formats. You have professional experience with STEM, a journalism or communications background, and a strong interest in at least one aspect of creative arts including music, visual art, design, performance, or theater. 

A full description of the role, including details on how to apply is available here.

Review of applications will start on April 15th, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.


FREELANCE WRITER - SCISHOW

If you’re reading this, then you’re a member of the SciShow community. And now’s your chance to make the community even better!

SciShow is seeking experienced freelance science writers to contribute to SciShow News, one of YouTube’s most viewed and trusted sources of science information.

Since you watch SciShow, you know how we talk to people: with intelligence, clarity, hopefully a little wit, and an abiding sense of wonder about the universe.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific discipline, and demonstrated experience writing about science for a popular, non-academic audience.

Your writing must be:

  • 100% bullet-proof and fact-checked accurate;
  • completely freaking fascinating;
  • entertaining, by which we mean “witty” more than just “funny”; and
  • passionate about imparting hard science to humanity in a way that is both educational and engaging.

If your experience hits these marks, then prove it! Send a cover letter, resume, and at least three links to examples of writing about science for a popular audience to info@thescishow.com, and be sure to include “SciShow News Writer” in the subject line.


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - MEDIA RELATIONS

(HHMI)

At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), we strive for creativity and excellence in all that we do. HHMI is one of the nation’s leading philanthropies and a major force in advancing biomedical research and science education. We have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director, Media Relations to join the Office of Communications at our headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. The Associate Director, Media Relations identifies, shapes, develops and disseminates stories about HHMI’s mission, model, and impact.

The Communications team tells HHMI's story through multiple channels, including: direct outreach to the media; the Institute’s web site, www.hhmi.org; social media networks; and a range of additional content. Our Office of Communications prizes a team-based approach to communications that works across functions to achieve results. The successful candidate will join a highly skilled, intellectually curious team that embraces an infinite learning curve.

The Associate Director, Media Relations is an original thinker who reports to the Director, Strategic Communications and News, collaborating closely with him and other members of the Communications team to raise HHMI’s visibility strategically by identifying and producing stories that demonstrate HHMI’s significant investment in science, our unique approach, and our impact on key areas of science and science education. The Associate Director, Media Relations serves as both a science writer and thought partner, providing strategic communications counsel and support to HHMI scientists, grantees and staff.

For more information, or to apply, click here.


COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR

BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (MIT)

Job Description: COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR, Biological Engineering (BE), to teach communication-intensive classes within the department.  Will work with BE’s faculty to develop and implement assignments that teach the rhetorical principles of written and oral communication; evaluate and respond to student writing and speaking in a variety of contexts, including individual conferences and small group peer workshops; assist in the development of instructional materials; and collaborate closely with BE Communication Lab personnel to create a robust communication instruction system for the department.  Will report to the department head, Prof. Doug Lauffenburger.

Job Requirements: REQUIRED:  a master's degree (Ph.D. preferred); a minimum of five years’ experience teaching academic writing and technical and professional communication; content expertise and field-specific experience writing and/or speaking in industry or academia in biological engineering or a related discipline; excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and administrative staff; excellent organizational skills; and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.  Experience with assignment design, oral communication instruction, or visual rhetoric preferred.  Job #11983

In addition to applying online here, please forward a curriculum vitae, cover letter including a summary of research and teaching experience, and the names/addresses of three references to:  Professor Douglas Lauffenburger, MIT, Department of Biological Engineering, Room 16-341, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307.


CHEMISTRY/PHYSICS TEACHER

(high school)

School for the Visual Arts and Humanities (SVAH) is looking for a credentialed chemistry/physics teacher to teach 4 periods of chemistry and 1 period of physics for the 2014-15 school year. SVAH is a small, innovative pilot school of 425 students located at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools campus in Koreatown. We are looking for someone with strong collaboration skills as you will be working directly with the 11th grade team to create and implement interdisciplinary units that are also project based. SVAH is a Linked Learning school with a Digital and Media Arts pathway. The ideal candidate is collaborative, resourceful (you will be the only chemistry/physics teacher at this small school), has good time management, be flexible and creative in curriculum development, and be willing to work above and beyond the duties of a classroom teacher (pilot schools generally require teachers to be leaders in different ways at the school). If you feel you would be a good candidate for our school, please send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Le at le.svah@gmail.com.


STAFF WRITER - SCIENCE ALERT

ScienceAlert is a fast-paced and rapidly growing media organization with 15 million page views each month. Working with us, you’ll have the opportunity to reach tens of millions of people each week across social media, and start global discussions with your stories. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

Job description: We're looking for a passionate, creative & self-motivated writer to join the ScienceAlert team. The ideal candidate will be on top of all the major science and technology news from around the world, be able to pitch interesting and thought-provoking features daily, and have an engaging and efficient writing style. You’ll need to pitch and produce three to five social media-ready stories each day, and assist the editorial team with editing and fact-checking as required.

This is a full-time position. Your location doesn’t matter, but you will need to be online often to stay in touch with our Sydney-based editors. What’s most important is that you’re quick on your feet and passionate about science and how it impacts the world.

Requirements:

  • At least three years’ demonstrated experience in digital journalism
  • Qualifications in science and/or journalism
  • Always on social media
  • On top of emerging trends in science, technology and media in general
  • Ability to think critically and work independently
  • Lively and relatable writing style
  • Ability to write clickable (but not click-bait) headlines and social media posts
  • Able to work the occasional late night and/or weekend
  • A thick skin and sense of humour are essential - we get plenty of trolls.

Salary Range: $60k-$70k AUD, depending on experience

Hours: 38 (mostly flexible) hours per week. Weekends and evenings as required.

How to apply: Please send your CV along with two published writing samples and five story pitches for the ScienceAlert website by May 18th to editor@sciencealert.com. No cover letter required, but let us know in a few paragraphs why you think you’d make a great addition to the team in your email. Please use the subject line: “Staff writer application”.


MEDIA RELATIONS / OUTREACH INTERN

  • Location: Hilo, HI
  • Deadline for Application:
  • Job Code: 15-0079

General Description of Position:

Gemini Observatory is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field.  The internship will include a full view of media relations, communications, and educational outreach.  The Media Relations/Outreach Intern is also responsible in supporting Gemini’s media relations efforts to communicate with scientific users and the general public.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with Public Information and Outreach (PIO) mentor to develop and execute a project plan that supports Gemini Observatory’s media relation efforts and/or education and outreach activities.
  • Create and implement new creative ideas using both “traditional” and “new” public outreach and media relations schemes to enhance Gemini Observatory’s overall image.
  • All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.
  • Assist with general media relations and outreach activities as directed.

 Other Functions:

  • Write and edit media resource materials (press releases, social media, “webfeatures”) and/or educational content for students, teachers and the public.
  • Create a final report at the conclusion of internship to reflect your overall experience to present to PIO Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned

 Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree program, demonstrating a minimum of 3.0 average, in areas such as:

                            -Astronomy/Astrophysics

                            -Science/Technology Journalism

                            -Communications (emphasis on science/technology)

                            -Media Relations (emphasis on science/technology and new-media)

- Education (with focus on physical science discipline)

  • Other related areas of interest (i.e. education/outreach) will be considered but candidate must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in science/technology communications with preference given to candidates with experience and education in astronomy or directly related field.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in written communications (samples will be required in application process), common office software.
  • Ideal candidate is interested in pursuing a career in science journalism, informal science education or a related science journalism/education field.

 Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately