Casual Presenters sought to help deliver (and develop) discovery and science clubs around Sydney

Children’s Discovery seeks to recruit inspiring educators to help us deliver our discovery and science activities. These include our pre-school Little Bang Discovery Club (during school hours), and/or after-school science club activities in various venues around Sydney. There are also full-day programs during school holiday periods.

Key responsibilities

  • Become trained to deliver high quality discovery science workshops at various locations in Sydney, principally public libraries.
  • Opportunity to assist improving existing programs, and develop new programs.
  • Opportunity to assist on educational instruction materials, web and social media.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Outstanding organisational and communication skills.
  • Ability to engage and sustain the attention and interest of young children (aged 3 to 5) and their accompanying adults; and children aged 6 to 12.
  • Broad understanding of scientific theories and laws, with the ability to interpret everyday experiences in terms of thinking scientifically.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to perform in public spaces.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Work to deadlines and deliver programs within scheduled time.
  • Clean driving record and access to own car.
  • Commitment to WHS and EEO principles within the workplace.
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Background in Primary education, Science or other relevant education or experience.
  • Experience with a variety of hand tools.
  • Working with Children Check as required by legislation.

The successful applicant’s role may be expanded depending upon interest, availability and qualifications.
Please send an email to with your CV, with a short letter addressing why you’d like to join our team.

Job Opening: Senior Editor at Nature Index, Springer Nature

Nature Research is looking for a Senior Editor to join the Nature Index team. See job description and link to application below.

Key Selling Points:

  • Join a global company and leader in publishing
  • Supportive management and a collegiate environment
  • Full-time, permanent position, with competitive salary


Oversee the creation of data-driven supplements and digital content about research trends, developments, and policies for the Nature Index.

Senior Editor

Nature Research is publisher of the esteemed science journal Nature.  We are seeking an editor to oversee the creation of data-driven supplements and digital content about research trends, developments, and policies for the Nature Index.

The Nature Index covers research in a unique way – with an emphasis on quantifying the impact of scientific investigation. Many of the stories are based on Nature’s proprietary database that tracks the publication of papers across a broad range of scientific disciplines all over the world.  Nature Index provides a close to real-time indicator of high-quality research output and collaboration at the institutional, national and regional levels.

The Role

Based at Nature’s Sydney, Australia office, the Senior Editor will:

  • Serve as editor for high-profile Nature Index supplements to Nature, conceiving and commissioning visually strong, well reported, data-rich publications
  • Work with Nature Index data analysts to identify data-driven story ideas
  • Oversee a digital news portal and social media accounts including frequent posts about research activities, funding and impact for – commissioning and editing pieces from freelance and staff science writers, and reporting and writing stories
  • Manage the Nature Index Associate Editor and social media producer
  • Edit copy to tight, coherent and compelling narrative, identifying and resolving problems with structure, tone or language

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong, demonstrated experience writing and editing about higher education, science or other technical topics
  • A demonstrated ability to edit stories so that they are understandable by scientifically interested readers who are not specialists in the subject matter
  • A university degree in science, plus some knowledge of the research enterprise
  • Strong interest in developing ways to present information visually both in print and online and adeptness with social media platforms;
  • Ability to work collegially with staff, freelance writers, designers and proof-readers both in the office and in Nature locations around the world
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience using Excel

This is an exciting opportunity and we are keen to have someone commence as soon as possible.  We will be reviewing applications as we receive them so please apply now via our corporate website with your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest and relevant experience.  Please also include two recent examples of your work as a science journalist.

Applications close 11.55pm Monday 19th June

Link to Corporate Website:


Apply for new position: General Manager of the Australian Science Communicators


You are invited to express your interest in appointment to the newly-created part-time position of General Manager of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC).

Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access. Committee meetings held via Skype.

The ASC is a professional body representing and supporting some 500 science communicators working in a wide range of roles. The ASC organises a variety of social and professional development events to allow its members to both mingle and learn, maintains a website, email lists for posting and a monthly electronic newsletter and stages National Conferences. The ASC enjoys a high profile in the science communication community and a strong relationship with relevant programs of the Commonwealth Government.

The General Manager will be responsible for the external relations of the ASC, including management of externally funded projects (such as those linked to the Inspiring Australia initiative), liaison with Government and with organisations that share its objectives, and delivery of National Conferences. The General Manager will report directly to the President of the ASC, and will work in parallel with the already-appointed Executive Officer who is responsible for internal administration and member value.

The appointment will be for six (6) months in the first instance but can be renewed subject to satisfactory performance. Remuneration will be calculated on the basis of one day’s work per week as a stipend but there will be opportunities for additional remuneration based on performance in certain areas.

Skills and Experience


·        Substantial experience in science communication, including awareness of the nature and activities of the Australian science communication community.

·        Verbal and written communication skills of a high order

·        Demonstrated success in the initiation, marketing and delivery of projects and collaborations

·        Strong administrative, relationship management and negotiation skills.


·        Experience in interaction with Government agencies.

·        Experience in the staging of conferences.


·        Manage a range of externally-directed projects intended to raise the profile and impact of the ASC in the science communication and wider communities.

·        Secure of additional revenue for the ASC through sponsorship or by the initiation of new externally-funded projects.

·        Build and sustain relationships with other relevant organisations, including Government.

·        Lead the staging of National Conferences.

·        Report regularly or as required to the President and the National Executive on progress and initiatives.

·        Attend meetings of the National Council and National Executive.

·        Work cooperatively with the Executive Officer.


Over the six month contract the remuneration will be $300 per week.

This is equivalent to:

Gross annual base salary:


Superannuation (9.25%):





Applications for appointment to this position, addressing all criteria and accompanied by a CV and references, must be received by the Executive Officer, Kali Madden,, by 28 June 2013. The employment contract which contains the complete list of duties, details of remuneration and performance bonus is available on request from Kali. It is anticipated that the appointment will commence in late July 2013.

Enquiries contact

Will Grant, ASC Vice President,, may be contacted to discuss the position. Email enquiries are preferred for an initial enquiry.

Post of ASC Assistant Treasurer – seeking applicants

Assistant Treasurer, Australian Science Communicators
Location: anywhere in Australia with broadband internet access
Honorarium: $300 per year.

The ASC is seeking applications from members interested in the post of Assistant Treasurer.

The Assistant Treasurer will assist the ASC Treasurer, David Ellyard, to manage the financial matters of the Association. The position offers opportunities to increase one’s financial skills and to be exposed to wider aspects of science communication and to the activities of the ASC.

The Assistant Treasurer position has been created as part of the succession planning for the management of the Association. It is intended that In due course the Assistant Treasurer will take over the full Treasurer’s role.

The Treasurer will induct and train the Assistant Treasurer. In the short term, the Assistant Treasurer will be responsible for a limited number of the Treasurer’s duties. Over time the Assistant Treasurer will gradually learn all the tasks of the Treasurer.

Duties of the Assistant Treasurer include:

  • Keeping the books under supervision of the Treasurer. (David Ellyard uses Quickbooks but other software (eg MYOB) could be used.);
  • Assisting the Treasurer prepare monthly accounts for reporting to the National Council and Executive;
  • Taking responsibility for the payment of invoices under the direction of the Treasurer.
  • Serving as a non-voting member of the National Council and Executive to contribute to discussions of programs and policy beyond their financial aspects.

The key selection criteria for this role are:

  • Demonstrated ability to be methodical and to keep financial records up to date;
  • Evidence of an interest in increasing one’s financial accounting skills;
  • Evidence of an established interest in science communication;
  • Computer and internet literacy. The successful applicant will be trained to use accounting software but it is desirable to have familiarity with Quickbooks, MYOB or similar accounting software;
  • Capacity to commit ~5 hours per month to ASC financial tasks;
  • It is desirable that the applicant is interested in the role of Treasurer in the context of succession planning of the ASC.

The Assistant Treasurer will receive an honorarium of $300. The Treasurer is allocated an honorarium of $1000.

Applications are invited by e-mail no later than 5 pm on 5 March 2012 for the attention of Jesse Shore, ASC National President at:

Please include a brief CV (two pages maximum) and a statement addressing the selection criteria with contact details of two professional referees (one page maximum).  Applications must be submitted in PDF or Word 2003/2007 format (.doc or .docx). Candidates must be current financial members of ASC.

If you have any technical questions about the role, e-mail David at:

Additional information:

ASC Treasurer – statement of duties (as provided by the current Treasurer).

1. Prepare monthly accounts for reporting to the National Council and Executive, and provide an explanatory commentary.

2. Prepare and oversight the budget.

2. Provide advice to the National Council and Executive on the money dimension of ASC policy and programs (eg the national conference).

3. Pay bills (not many of these; e.g. Executive officer’s fee is done by a periodic direct transfer). Mostly done by EFT since the Treasurer is the only signatory at the moment.

5. Do the banking (not a lot. Most income is from membership fees which come via YourMembership, our membership registration company).

6. Organise the annual audit (this takes a bit of time) and present the accounts at the AGM.

7. Prepare and submit the Annual Return to the authorities (Treasurer has done this as it mostly deals with the accounts, and eases the task of the ASC Public Officer).

8. Keep the books. (David Ellyard uses Quickbooks but other software (eg MYOB) could be used. This would be a key task of the Assistant Treasurer)

9. Maintain liaison (eg with President, Executive officer, YourMembership).

10. Serve as a member of the National Council and Executive to offer advice on programs and policy beyond financial aspects.

11. Circulate monthly bank statements for accountability.

12. Pay capitation by 1 July of each year. Capitation is set at 10% of the membership fees of the number of members in a branch. An additional 10% may be paid on application to the Executive (e.g. to fund a special project).

Learn the ropes – seeking an Assistant National Treasurer

David Ellyard is our long serving and excellent National Treasurer. To preserve his corporate knowledge and to plan for the future we will be inviting members to express interest in becoming Assistant National Treasurer. David will teach you the ropes of our financial procedures and build your financial acumen. This will be a good professional development opportunity for the right person.

I will be issuing the invitation soon which will have a list of the duties of the treasurer and which tasks the assistant treasurer can expect to deal with.

Jesse Shore
National President

Position vacant: SMART science communicator, NSW

Posted on behalf of Terry Burns (terry.burns [at]
The SMART program at the University as grown to the point where we are looking to employ a full-time science communicator from 7 February 2011. The position is funded initially for 10 months but we aim to make it ongoing.
SMART is based in Newcastle NSW but there is the opportunity to travel quite a bit.  The person we are after would need a solid grounding in contemporary science show presenting and be a capable leader. The appointment would be at the Team Leader, HEW 5 or 6 level (depending on experience).
General information about SMART is available from

RiAus Job opportunity – Program co-ordinator in Adelaide

Programs Coordinator

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) – rapidly establishing itself as a dynamic, contemporary and accessible national home for science; a place for people to listen, talk, blog, download and think about science in all its shapes and forms – currently has a vacancy for a Programs Coordinator. Passionate about engaging the public with science and technology, you will work on the development and delivery on a broad range of innovative science-communication activities for a variety of audiences. Educated to degree level in a science-related subject and with relevant postgraduate qualifications and/or experience, your knowledge of and passion for science will make you an invaluable member of our small but vibrant Programs team. A detailed job description is available at


Please apply by Friday 17 September (electronically or via hard copy) with a CV and covering letter to: Amanda Tyndall Head of Programs RiAus PO Box 3652 Rundle Mall Adelaide, SA 5000

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Science and Society Project Officer (Adelaide)

Job opportunity: Science in Society Project Officer The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is rapidly establishing itself as a dynamic, contemporary and accessible national home for science – a place for people to listen, talk, blog, download and think about science in all its shapes and forms.

In a joint venture with the Federal Government (DIISR Science Connections Program [SCOPE]), and supported by the SA Government’s Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST), the RiAus is currently recruiting a Science in Society Project Officer.

Working closely with DFEEST and the South Australian National Science Week (SWk SA) Coordinating Committee, the Officer will engage with organisations throughout SA and interstate to support the key principles and recommendations of the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia (IA) national strategy for engagement with the sciences. They will help develop a year-round program of science communication activities, including increasing awareness of and participation in SWk SA activities, and will develop links with and support the South Australian Government’s forthcoming STEM Strategy.

Educated to degree level in a science-related subject, and with relevant postgraduate qualifications and/or experience, you are passionate about engaging the public with science and technology. Adaptable and flexible, you are highly organised and able to work independently and as part of a team in a genuinely collaborative environment. For a detailed job description and details on how to apply, please go to:

Lisa Bailey Ph: (08) 7120 8605 | mobile: 0427 490088| Fax: (08) 8221 6563 | |

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