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Recruiter: NSPM Ltd
Location: CheshireDate posted: 03/10/2012

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Medical communications company, implementing clinical and marketing projects for international customers in the pharmaceutical industry are recruiting a medical writter. More details online.

Standing up for Science



This full day event is free and for early career researchers in all life, medical and bioengineering sciences (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).


During the workshop we combine discussion about science-related controversies in media reporting with practical guidance and tips for how to deal with the media.


Confirmed speakers include Dr Robin Lovell Badge, Head of the Division of Developmental Genetics at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research and BBC Radio 4 Today science correspondent Tom Feilden. 

Please find further information at flyer 0611.pdf.


Sense About Science is a small charity that equips people to make sense of science and evidence (


These workshops are very popular and places are limited. To apply send a CV and short covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and stating any affiliations you hold to Rose Wu


          Closing date for applications is Monday 6th June

ASSOCIATE MEDICAL WRITER – ideal for PhD graduate or post doc


We are looking for an associate medical writer for one of our London clients. If you have recently completed your PhD or a post doc wanting to move into medical education then this could be your opportunity!

Ideal candidates will have a natural flare for writing and great communication and interpersonal skills.

For more information on this role please contact Carys (in confidence) on 020 8891 6333 or 07768 448325 or email Carys on

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Downloadable Medical Writing Guide

NEW: Unique careers guide now updated for 2011

From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications.
3rd Edition, published March 2011
Written by Dr Annick Moon, Published by NetworkPharma, March 2011.

Free to download at

Please feel free to distribute the link or the document itself as appropriate. Printed copies are also available – please just ask for how many you want and I’ll happily send you copies free of charge.


This guide focuses primarily on the role of the Medical Writer in medical communications agencies. The Medical Writer’s role is to use science and language to deliver education and communication programmes for the pharmaceutical industry, while working to the highest ethical standards and adhering to industry regulations and guidelines. The aim of this guide is to give the industry information you need to decide if you are suited to the role of Medical Writer, and to provide the insider knowledge you need to excel at interview.

The UK is home to numerous leading medical communications agencies that serve the global pharmaceutical industry, and they’re crying out for good medical writers!

These agencies are looking for individuals with:

  • ideally a doctorate in a bioscience subject
  • ideally post-doctoral research experience
  • genuine enthusiasm for science and its application to medicine
  • flair for writing about science and medicine
  • the ability to work independently within a small-team environment

Medical writing can literally take you all over the world and provides attractive long-term career pathways.

This guide has now proven itself to be very useful. The new, 2011 edition provides up-to-date contact information from agencies who are looking for trainee writers.

You will find the guide and lots more useful information at – please pass it on.

Science News Reporting Internship

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The Researcher Development Programme at King’s and Progress Educational Trust (PET) are pleased to provide an opportunity for Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Law research students interested in science communication and legal/ethical issues arising from scientific developments to gain practical news writing experience under expert supervision through a BioNews internship. PET is a small UK charity (number 1011897) that provides information and facilitates debate on developments in human genetics, assisted conception and embryo /stem cell research and the ethical, legal and social issues they raise.

BioNews is a highly respected web- and email-based source of news, information and comment on assisted conception, human genetics and embryo and stem cell research, published weekly by PET since 1999. A completely free service, BioNews aims to keep readers up to date with developments and provide them with a range of engaging opinion on ethical and policy issues. The weekly BioNews email, published every Monday, is read by around 13,000.
Structure of Internships

The internship will last for a total of five days, spread over a nine-week period. Only one internship is available at this time, this is the second one this academic year and there will be one further opportunity later in 2010. The successful candidate is welcome to work at the PET office at 140 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8AX, but after the initial induction period of one full day the work can be done remotely if preferred. This is to enable the internship to fit flexibly around existing commitments. Following the initial training, which will be carried out by the BioNews Editors, the intern will be expected each subsequent week to research and write a draft BioNews story for editing by BioNews staff before publication. This will take the intern approximately half a day, so this period of the internship will last for four days, spread over eight weeks, during which time feedback will be given on each story by one of the Editors.

By the end of the internship the student will have acquired the following experience/skills:

  • Critical reading and evaluation of media coverage of genetics, stem cell and assisted reproduction, science and related ethical, legal and policy issues
  • Researching stories and checking accuracy by referring to press releases, original research papers, policy documents and reports.
  • Summarising this information and prioritising key points
  • How to write an effective news story
  • Writing for a non-specialist audience, avoiding scientific jargon
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Writing copy to a weekly deadline
  • An understanding of the conflicting values of scientists and journalists, and the pressures faced by both in relation to science news coverage

The interns will be supervised by BioNews Editors: Dr Vivienne Raper, Chris Chatterton and  Antony Blackburn-Starza

Dr Vivienne Raper

Dr Vivienne Raper is Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust. She is also a freelance journalist specialising in health and science, and has written for publications including How It Works, the Financial Times, the Nursing Times, Science, Biologist, Ethical Living, Cambridge Alumni Magazine, the East London Advertiser, the South London Press, Southwark News, and various other local newspapers and specialist biotechnology, health and pharmaceutical publications.

Vivienne is also a freelance copywriter, and has written brochure and press pack material for organisations including the UK Government’s Department of Health, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Johnson and Johnson, and the Healthcare Commission (now subsumed into the Care Quality Commission). Previously, she worked at the PR agency De Facto Communications, and she interned at the thinktank Newton’s Apple. She has a PhD in imaging and informatics from the University of Bristol and a Certificate in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. She blogs at Outdoor Science.

Chris Chatterton

Chris Chatterton is Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust. He is also studying for a PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. His research, conducted under the auspices of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, concerns the social and ethical issues surrounding new medical conditions.

Previously, Chris spent several years working as a research scientist at University College London’s Institute of Child Health, at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine, and at St Mary’s Hospital. In these posts, he worked on a number of projects examining genetic susceptibility to disease, including research on metabolic conditions, infectious diseases, asthma and allergy. He has a undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from King’s College London, a postgraduate degree in Genetics, Culture and Society from Lancaster University, and a postgraduate degree in Taxonomy and Biodiversity which he obtained while studying at the Natural History Museum. The latter gave him the opportunity to study insects preserved in amber, but unfortunately he was not allowed to look for dinosaur DNA.

Antony Blackburn-Starza

Antony Blackburn-Starza is Legal Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust.

He studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, went on to acquire an MA in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at City University Law School. He is particularly interested in medical ethics, patents and socio-legal approaches to new medical technologies. He teaches law part-time at the University of Kent.

Research students interested in applying should send a one-page letter to by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 17 December 2010.
The course will start on Thursday 6 January.