The Wellcome Trust offers NFTS Studentship

The Wellcome Trust is offering financial support for one PhD-level biomedical scientist to undertake a two-year MA at the NFTS in Games Design & Development, Directing Fiction or Screenwriting.

The Trust’s research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regards television as their most significant source of information about science. It believes that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds. It aims to increase the crossover between science and the media and to enable bright, articulate and motivated scientists to explore careers in the broadcast, games and film industries. The award will pay for tuition costs plus a grant to cover basic living expenses for the duration of the studentship.

Applicants should be PhD-level biomedical scientists wishing to explore a career in the broadcast, games and film industries. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent, some experience of science communication, and a demonstrable aptitude for working with TV, radio, film or games.

The studentships will only be awarded to applicants who have a confirmed place on the NFTS course of interest. After the application deadline, a shortlist of candidates for interview will be drawn up, with interviews taking place in late July.

The deadline for applications to Screenwriting and Directing Fiction is May 7, 2015 and Summer 2015 for Games Design and Development.  If you are interested in making an application, please contact Dr Jon Wardle – Director of Curriculum and Registrar – by email

For more information visit The Wellcome Trust’s website.

Vacancy at Royal Society – Press Officer

**The deadline for this post is passed, but this may help you identify employers, job titles or skills you need to research your next posting**

‘Whether it is meeting energy needs , GM crops or the UK’s science budget, this role will involve presenting the views of the Society on the major, high profile policy issues in science. You will also be involved in promoting the latest scientific breakthroughs and some of the UKs best young scientists. The ideal individual will have a demonstrable interest in science, engineering and technology, an understanding of the major policy issues, a first class track record in a busy press office or newsroom and a good knowledge of social media.’.

Sounds good?  Don’t forget to check out other vacancies, either at the Royal Society itself, or by browsing further through JobOnline.

More on Science Communication

An email from my colleague, Laura

“Just came across this blog which is a ‘database’ of jobs linked to science/health comms in some way. Idea is to ‘preserve’ them past initial advertisement as a reference for others looking into this field:

May be of interest to some of our postgrads..”

Well yes it might.

Tea-time Careers Seminar – Medical communication careers

Tea-time Careers Seminar

 Medical Communication as a career

PhDs and Postdocs thinking of a science career away from the lab would do well to consider this option for which there is currently a high demand.

Elif Fincanci-Smith of Darwin Healthcare Group and a couple of PhD employees will talk about their work and give hints and tips on how to break into this field.

Tuesday 2nd March

James Clerk Maxwell Building

Seminar Room G14

Waterloo Campus

17.00 – 18.30

If you want to come please let me know by emailing

Tea-time Careers Seminars in the Graduate School

We have 3 speakers coming to talk to us this term on Careers after the PhD.

First up on Tuesday 2nd Feb will be Dr David Wiseman who works for Cancer Research UK in the field of Science policy and management; then we welcome back Rachel Moss who did her PhD in Life Sciences here at Kings but now works as a management consultant for McKinsey. Thirdly Elif Fincanci-Smith who works in science Communication will talk about careers in this field.

Dates are

2nd Feb Science Policy David Wiseman

9th Feb Management Consulting Rachel Moss

2nd March Science Communication Elif Fincanci-Smith

They will take place between 17.00 and 18.30 in the Graduate School Training room Waterloo Bridge Wing 4.14.