Science Writer

UWE Bristol

£30,046 - £33,797 (pro rata)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: R02408

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Tuesday, 22nd June 2021  

About us: 

A Science Writer is required to join the team producing Science for Environment Policy. The person appointed will contribute to a range of materials produced by the Science for Environment Policy service, including writing articles for the weekly electronic News Alert, writing policy briefs as required, and participating in systematic content selection for the service.

Science for Environment Policy is produced by the Science Communication Unit, UWE, and published on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment. The weekly news service is distributed free to over 20,000 subscribers and presents accessible summaries of scientific papers for environmental policymakers in Europe. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a vibrant team dedicated to facilitating the transfer of research knowledge to the policy community in Europe.

The Science Communication Unit is internationally renowned for its diverse and innovative activities, designed to engage the public with science. Recently designated a University Centre of Excellence, the Unit has particularly built a reputation in practical delivery of science communication projects as well as a growing reputation in science communication research. Recent practical projects delivered by the Science Communication Unit include ClairCity, on urban air pollution, and RETHINK, dedicated to rethinking the European science communication ecosystem. The Unit also undertakes horizon scanning work, recently delivering a report on the ethics of artificial intelligence for the European Parliament.

The Science Communication Unit is committed to improving the quality of interactions between science and society and training would-be science communicators via our flagship MSc in Science Communication and PgCert in Practical Science Communication. Dedicated continuing professional development workshops, including our successful Science Communication Masterclasses, provide opportunities for practitioners to enhance their knowledge and skills sets. A bespoke training programme allows organisations, such as the Research Councils and MRC Research Units to benefit from specific expertise within the unit.

About you: 

We are looking for experienced writers with a practical understanding of writing about science for a non-expert audience. Experience of writing for policy audiences and to weekly deadlines is desirable. All applicants must have good attention to detail, familiarity with working directly from scientific papers and with referencing conventions, and a flair for accurate, accessible and engaging communication in written form.

You will have excellent time-management and organisational skills, demonstrate the ability to meet targets and deadlines (including with longer pieces of writing), and must also have the initiative to read, absorb, and produce complex scientific content within exact timeframes. Demonstrable interest and familiarity with environmental research or policy topics will be beneficial in this role.

You will need a degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience. A postgraduate qualification in Science Communication or similar will be beneficial, as will experience of editing.

All material produced by the writer must place research in a suitable policy context. It must match the style of material currently produced by Science for Environment Policy, and be suited to an international audience of policymakers and other interested, but not expert, users of research, e.g. industry audiences.

About UWE Bristol: 

We are an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include an impressive 88% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, placing us 2nd of all universities in England and 7th in the UK. We are 6th in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) and importantly, 96% of UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. We have also achieved TEF Gold status, have been ranked 21st in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2021 and 29th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • A generous holiday allowance of 27 days pro rata
  • Up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • Flexible working
  • Excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • Access to employee assistance programme
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • Onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Savings on purchases via Wider Wallet scheme
  • Option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Ruth Larbey on 0117 328 84231 or email: [email protected]

This is a fixed-term post until 30th November 2021 (with possibility of extension), and is part-time working 18.5 hours per week. This post is not available on a job share basis. This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus.

The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

The University will be implementing a hybrid way of working once restrictions from Covid 19 end, therefore you will be expected to come onto campus to work for part of your working week. Exact days to be agreed.

Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to provide your right to work documents at your interview.

Closing date: 22/06/2021 at 11.59pm

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