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Advocacy training and jobs

7/20/2018 3:50:27 PM

The U.S. Congress will soon be adjourning for the traditional summer recess. But this recess is not all about fun and games for politicians, who spend this time catching up with constituents in their home districts to stay in touch with local issues. And here at the ASBMB, the public-affairs team is gearing up for the August is for Advocacy campaign to correspond with the legislative summer break.

The month of August is a perfect time to get up-close with your legislative representatives to share your personal science stories and ask for continued support of research funding. In addition to supporting your research, this is a good way to get a sampling of what advocacy is all about and gain hands-on experience in science policy.

To help you prepare, the team is hosting a training webinar on Wednesday, July 25, with information on how to set up a meeting with your representative and successfully navigate the conversation. You also can check out the great resources on the ASBMB Grassroots Advocacy Network website with access to past training webinars, an advocacy toolkit and state fact sheets.

In honor of these advocacy efforts (and for those of you interested in further pursuing careers in this area), this week we feature an updated roundup of science-policy resources, fellowship and jobs. Also, be sure to check out the blog post from earlier this year on careers in science policy for even more great info.

Author’s note: For your planning purposes, the U.S. Senate has canceled most of its summer recess (yes, you can be sure that good ole politics is at play) and will be on break for only one week at the beginning of August. The House of Representatives is still scheduled for its regular recess, which includes all of August.  

Resources list

  • The Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy Coalition maintains the Global S&T Policy Resource Database on its website. This is a comprehensive listing of programs related to science-policy fellowships, training opportunities and other resources. (FYI, ESEP is the same group that runs the @SciPolJobs Twitter account, which is a curated list of recent job postings in science policy. I definitely recommend following that account, and several items in this week’s jobs roundup were found from that source.)  
  • The American Chemical Society has a number of resources available on its website to keep chemical scientists updated on policy news and encourage members to get involved with advocacy. This includes the Act4Chemistry advocacy toolkit, which is free to access, and includes tips and resources for effective advocacy at the grassroots level.  
  • Adriana Bankston, associate director of fundraising and strategic initiatives at Future of Research, has started a LinkedIn group for science-policy enthusiasts. The group is a place to share and discuss relevant science-policy news and resources. Recent items shared include links to useful articles and tutorials on how early-career scientists can get involved with science policy.  
  • The National Science Policy Network is providing microgrants to early-career science-policy groups that are managed by graduate students and postdocs. Preference will be given to projects that engage early-career scientists in advocacy training and hands-on experiences in science policy. See the website for application instructions. The deadline to apply is Aug. 10.  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The Society for Neuroscience (Washington, D.C.) is recruiting a policy and advocacy fellow to serve a six-month term. Preference is for a graduate student or early-career scientist with strong interest in pursuing a career in public policy. No application deadline is provided. (H/t to ASBMB Communications Director Angela Hopp for sharing this posting.)  
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, D.C.) will open the application system for the Science and Technology Policy Fellowships program Aug. 1. Fellows are assigned to yearlong terms across various government agencies to work on current policy issues. Applicants must hold a doctoral-level degree and be a U.S. citizen. The application deadline is Nov. 1.  
  • The AAAS also is seeking a director of grassroots advocacy to grow the organization’s efforts in this area. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and four years of experience with field organizing or other political campaigns, including at least one year in a supervisory role. The application deadline is Aug. 5.  
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Washington, D.C.) is now accepting applications for the 2019 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. Fellows spend 12 weeks in an immersive experience to learn more about the role of science policy in decision-making. Participants also receive a stipend. The program is open to graduate and professional-school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years. The application deadline is Sept. 7. (Note: Former ASBMB science-policy analyst Chris Pickett pointed out on Twitter that this is one of the few policy fellowships open to non-U.S. citizens, although a current visa is required.)  
  • The NASEM also is hiring an associate program officer to support the activities of the Board on Health Sciences Policy within the Health and Medicine Division. The HSP works to strengthen the rigor of biomedical research and ensure the translatability of research to policy-making. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and three years of professional experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The National Institute for Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.) is seeking a policy analyst to support the functions of the Program Coordination Office. General qualifications include a broad interest in science, strong writing and communication skills and a collaborative work ethic. Reach out to the contact in the posting for more information and to submit a resume. The application deadline is Aug. 5.  
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, D.C.) is hiring a senior associate to provide research and programmatic support to its Antibiotic Resistance Project. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a science, policy or health-related discipline and four years of related professional experience. No application deadline is provided.  

Bonus job. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (Bethesda, Md.), a coalition of biomedical researchers and organizations of which the ASBMB is a member, is hiring a science-policy analyst to develop and communicate policy positions that support its member base. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in science or public policy and one to three years of relevant experience. No application deadline is provided.

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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