A summer potluck of science-communication jobs

6/22/2018 12:22:54 PM

ICYMI, Bill Sullivan (AToday contributor and professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine) recently presented his secret formula on how to serve up a killer research seminar in the latest issue of AToday. This formula generally applies to any form of science communications, in leading your audience through a three-course storytelling narrative that leaves them satisfied (and more knowledgeable) in the end. Some important tips he mentions include avoiding the alphabet soup of technical jargon and confusing acronyms and focusing on the specific research question at hand so as not to overwhelm. And, what he describes in the essay is exactly the role that science communicators play in making science more accessible and engaging to targeted audiences like the public.  

So, for this week, we dish out a summer potluck of interesting sci-comm jobs we recently ran across and that other folks contributed. Also, be sure to check out the list of related blog posts below for other useful resources and advice for finding jobs in this field.   

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific is hiring a scientific curator to research and compile information from clinical data and trials as related to cancer biomarkers. This person will serve as an expert in translational oncology for the curation team in its efforts to maintain an internal database of knowledge for the company. This position is located in Ann Arbor, Mich. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in cancer biology or genomics. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The biotech company ArcherDX (Boulder, Colo.) is looking for a scientific communications specialist to join its marketing team to help build brand recognition and generate sales through the creation of engaging content in both print and digital formats. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related area. The company currently is interviewing for this position, so applications need to be submitted ASAP. You can reach out to Jared Snider (creative marketing manager) with any questions.  
  • The Research Development team in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University is seeking a proposal manager who will assist faculty throughout the grant-submission process. This is a highly proactive and productive team that is dedicated to advancing the research agenda of the university. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a science or business field and a minimum of two years of experience in proposal development. The application deadline is June 29. You can contact Faye Farmer (executive director of research development) with any inquiries about the position. (If you need to know more about careers in research development, see this article in the ASBMB Today archives by Joanna Downer, director of research development at the Duke University School of Medicine.)  
  • The Graduate School at North Carolina State University is recruiting a technical academic writing specialist who will develop and implement curricula to train graduate students in writing and research-communication skills. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a science or engineering field (or a writing specialty within these areas). The job was posted earlier this year, but the position is still open, as it recently was shared with the ASBMB through a Graduate Career Consortium message board. The contact on the message board is listed as Laura Demarse (assistant dean for professional development).  
  • The Kavli Foundation (Los Angeles) is looking for a digital content and engagement manager who will create content that engages the public and research community with the foundation’s science initiatives in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. No application deadline is provided. Note: The job says it was posted a year ago, but I recently saw it listed on a job board, so definitely reach out to see if it’s still open before applying.  
  • iBiology, a nonprofit located at the University of California–San Francisco that produces educational videos by leading scientists, recently posted on Twitter that it’s hiring an associate director of research talks. This person will manage the video pipeline, create accompanying education materials and run the Young Scientist Series competition. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biological sciences. No application deadline is provided. The anticipated start date is Sept. 4.  
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is recruiting applicants for several positions in its communication and public relations division. These include a communications coordinator at its Chevy Chase, Md., office and a science writer located at the HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Va. See the job postings for details and qualifications. No application deadlines are provided.    
  • Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting the needs of scientists in developing countries, is hiring a communications associate. The incumbent will advance the mission of the organization by creating compelling content for print, web and social-media channels. There is no minimum education requirement for the position and only experience needed. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Atlantic magazine (San Francisco) is searching for a senior writer to join its expanding technology team. The writer will focus on narrative-form magazine articles that cover the sociopolitical impacts of technology and other industry trends. There is no minimum education requirement and only experience in news reporting is needed. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University seeks a postdoctoral research associate to advance the center’s science-communications training methods in the area of climate science. See the job posting for preferred qualifications. Note: The posting mentions needing a Ph.D. in a communications or social science field, but I’d reach out and ask about flexibility in degree areas. I presume that scientists with experience in both climate science and communications would be eligible as well, but I can’t say for sure. The application deadline is July 20.  
  • OpenAI, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focusing on creating safe artificial general intelligence systems that benefit humanity, is hiring a science communicator. This person will write and edit content for the blog and collaborate on other communication projects. Minimum qualifications include professional experience as a science writer or having worked as a science/engineer with communications experience on the side. No application deadline is provided. H/t to Daniel Pham (ASBMB public affairs manager) for pointing this job out on Twitter.  

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Bonus job posting  

The ASBMB is hiring a diversity and undergraduate education coordinator to support the important work carried out by the Minority Affairs and Student Chapters Steering Committees in promoting and improving the status of both diversity and undergraduate education in the biochemistry and molecular biology sciences. The position will close soon, so apply ASAP if interested. You also can reach out to Danielle Snowflack (director of education, professional development and outreach) with any questions.  

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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