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Science Communicator, Spin Up Science, Bristol

08 Aug 2018 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We are looking for an enthusiastic team-member, with skills in science communication, to help support a new company working to champion and inspire the next generation of scientific innovators.

Spin Up Science Ltd (www.spin-up.science) was incorporated in 2018 to support entrepreneurial scientists, inspire future innovators and establish the UK as a centre for technology commercialisation. We work to connect scientists and engineers across the UK’s academic institutions with local industry through training programs, invited talks, technology showcases, and hands-on opportunities to work alongside enterprises to foster local scientific innovation ecosystems. Our goals are to support the development of scientists and engineers as leaders and innovators, strengthen the connection between innovation in the public and private sector, and increase the number of scientific and technology companies in the UK. 


We are currently recruiting for an individual with a proven aptitude for science communication to join our team. The role is varied and would involve delivery of self-directed programs to further our core goals of developing entrepreneurship in scientists, as well as showcasing the local scientific start-up community.  We are looking for someone passionate about science communication and confident across a range of mediums including articles, presentations, creating infographics, social media campaigns, and video. Successful candidates would also take on key responsibilities in the organisation and administration of the business, particularly organising and facilitating events, workshops, training and conferences for scientists and industrial partners.


This is an exciting and stretching role which requires excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), a flexible and adaptable approach, resilience, and the ability to think quickly whilst making effective decisions. The post-holder would be working closely with start-ups, industry, academics and researchers, with the freedom to help direct and deliver creative communication content.


As a small team all with scientific backgrounds, we can offer candidates a friendly and enthusiastic working environment, and for the right candidate there maybe opportunities to contribute towards shaping the direction of the business. Based in Unit DX, Bristol’s first science incubator, the position is offered as a 12-month contract in the first instance.


To apply please provide a C.V., a short cover letter (optional) and a sample of your writing. The writing sample would ideally explain a scientific concept to a non-specialist audience (e.g. in the form of a blog post, summary of a scientific paper, or short essay).


Informal enquiries about the role can be directed to Dr Ben Miles or Dr Sarah Jelbert at hello@spin-up.science. We are happy to consider applications from bright, motivated people who possess some, but not all, of the skillset below.




Person specification:


Essential


-       Scientific background (B.Sc., M.Sc., or Ph.D)

-       Experience of, or aptitude for, science communication

-       Excellent written communication skills

-       Enthusiastic and confident presentation style

-       Knowledge of, or interest in, start-ups and entrepreneurship

-       A positive and collaborative approach to teamwork

-       Sound organisation, administration and planning skills, including a demonstrated ability to manage complex tasks, challenging projects and competing deadlines concurrently

-       Understanding of appropriate behaviours for engaging with external and internal business stakeholders, potential mentors and industry partners

 

Desirable


-       Skills in photography and/or video production

-       Experience of event planning and organisation

-       Experience of website design and management

-       Experience in teaching, training or consultancy

-       Experience in interacting with an interdisciplinary community

-       Ability to think creatively and strategically and to plan ahead

 


Job Type: Full-time though we may consider part-time applications

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