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Head of Communications - European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

EMBL is seeking an outstanding individual to lead and manage all communications and public relations activities at EMBL.
The Head of Communications reports to the Director International Relations and is responsible for the development and execution of the EMBL communication strategy. He/she conceives, oversees and implements a broad range of integrated communication activities reflecting the laboratory’s missions and strategic direction. These activities are targeted at both internal and external audiences at all five EMBL sites in Europe and aim to promote, enhance and protect EMBL’s reputation. Targeted initiatives also support an active communication network between EMBL and its alumni, scientific partners, collaborators, research organisations and industry. 
More specific responsibilities include: 
- Manage a team of nine communication professionals, promote a culture of high performance, stimulate initiative and provide strategic guidance and opportunities to develop
- Oversee and produce print materials
- Manage all web and online communications
- Oversee all international media relations to ensure coverage surrounding EMBL’s research activities, special events and public announcements
- Serve as a communications counsellor to the Director General and EMBL leadership
- Liaise closely with other departments to ensure that EMBL presents a consistent image in all its activities 
- Collaborate with EIROforum and other related research organisations
- Exploit new communication trends to advance EMBL’s reputation and identity and explore relevant funding sources
- Monitor the impact and success of EMBL’s communications activities
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate for this appointment will have at least 10-15 years of experience working in science-related communications and public relations including extensive people management experience within a performance driven organisation. A university degree in the life sciences combined with an advanced qualification in communications is needed. 
More information and online application form:
Closing Date: Sunday 27 July 2014 
Name: Sonia Furtado Neves  
Organisation: European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for enquiries only - applications must be made via the online form)

Medical Writer - Barcelona

Koonec is a medical writing and translation company that is focused on quality. We are currently expanding and would like to find a permanent Medical Writer to join our on-site team.
Unavoidable requirements:
- Have a PhD or medical degree
- Be a native English speaker
- EU citizenship or Spanish work visa
- Willing to relocate (financial assistance would be provided) or currently living in Barcelona
The ideal candidate will have:
- Published >3 articles
- Written or edited >10 manuscripts
Recruitment process:
If selected as a candidate, you will undergo (consecutively, if the prior phase goes well):
1. A short unpaid editing test (approx. 1000 words)
2. A paid writing test (literature review on a selected subject, 3500 to 5500 words, at least 40 references)
3. A video interview
4. An on-site interview
5. Other tests may be required
If all these go well and we consider you a good fit, we will help you relocate and offer you a permanent contract with a more than adequate monthly salary.
For further details or if you have any questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
To make an application, please send your CV and covering letter (including your degree, a brief account of your relevant experience in research and writing, and details of your current position) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
We look forward to hearing from you!
Closing Date:
Thursday 31 July 2014 
Joan Minguet  
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Environmental Writer - the ENDS report

The ENDS Report is the UK’s No 1 source of intelligence for environmental professionals, delivering news, analysis and research on environmental policy, legislation and initiatives across the environmental, carbon and sustainability agendas. 
We are looking for a journalist/writer with excellent reporting and writing skills, enthusiasm, and an ability to find the stories that no one else spots. Experience in writing about environmental issues would be a strong advantage, as would knowledge of policy, law, business and/or science. You will need to be comfortable with dealing with numbers and statistics.
We are particularly interested in applicants with proven expertise in environmental science or environmental policy and politics or an ability to specialise in these areas.
The successful candidate will join a team of experienced staff writers and will work to uncover leads and write insightful and compelling copy for this expert audience. The role involves producing news on a daily basis for a website and in more detail for a monthly print title. You will be expected to come up with ideas for news coverage, file content from conferences and events, construct detailed analyses and research and write informative feature articles.
A vital part of this role is the ability to establish and develop good relationships with key contacts and leading figures in the sector so a proactive approach and excellent networking skills are essential.
Ideally you will have some experience of data journalism and understand how social media can be used to enhance news coverage. The role will include regular attendance at specialist events in London and around the UK.
Person Specification
• Required skills and abilities
• Journalism experience including evidence of familiarity with and ability to grasp complex political and procedural processes
• The ability to write clean, detailed copy under pressure
• Knowledge of environmental policy, law, business and/or science Interviewing skills
• Experience of using a content management system
• The ability to build and manage a large network of contacts
• Creativity, time management and a knowledge of media law
Please send your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Closing Date: Thursday 1 May 2014 
Jason Alner, Haymarket Media Group
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Cancer World - Journalist Grants 2014

In order to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer, Cancer World magazine is launching a journalist grants programme. Print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a Cancer World Journalist Grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer.

Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to 2,500 Euro. Recipients of the grant will be required to complete their project within an agreed time-frame and submit their articles, radio reports or videos for publication in Cancer World magazine and on the Cancer World website. Cancer World magazine will give grant recipients the right to reproduce articles/videos through other media channels.

Do you have an idea for a story that explores systematic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients?

Can you provide comprehensive coverage on a topic?

If so, submit your proposal to us by 12 September 2014.

For full details on how to apply please visit
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22
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Freelance Contributors Horizon Magazine

We are looking for freelance contributors for Horizon (, a web magazine published by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation.

The idea behind the magazine is to inform the general public about research being funded by the EU. Ideally we want journalists with experience writing for a newspaper or newswire who have an interest in science.

For more information, please contact the editor Ben Deighton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Cancer Reporter Award - Call for nominations



The European School of Oncology (ESO) is seeking nominations for its annual Best Cancer Reporter Award which honours excellence in cancer journalism. The Award is presented each year to a professional journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing public understanding about cancer. 

The winning journalist will receive a price of €10,000 and there will also be one runner up prize of €5,000. In addition, articles from award-winning journalists will be published in ESO’s Cancer World magazine (   

Would you like to nominate a journalist from your country who deserves to be recognised for excellence in cancer journalism?

Do you think that you should be rewarded for your critical and accurate reporting on cancer?

If so, submit a nomination form to ESO by April 30, 2013.

 For full details and a nomination form visit 
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22
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