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Trainee Press Officer

Salary: £25,700

1 year, fixed term

Location: London (Euston). We’re an office-based organisation and staff are expected to be in the office as default five days a week.

To start: ideally Monday 16 September 2024

Application deadline: 9 am Monday 1 July 2024

Interviews: in person at our London office, Friday 12 July 2024

The Science Media Centre is looking for a new Trainee Press Officer after our first year-long Traineeship, launched last year (and which was a success!), comes to its end. This is the perfect role for someone with a passion for science who wants a career in science media relations. It focuses on the messy, contested science stories that hit the news headlines as well as science that is open to mis-reporting. This is an office-based role in a fast-moving, open-plan team based in the Wellcome Collection building.

The traineeship will be a one-year contract and the successful candidate will be trained to:
• Respond to media enquiries from... national and international news outlets;
• Gather comments from scientists on breaking news or new research findings on topics as varied as genome editing, AI, e-cigarettes, diet and nutrition, and climate change;
• Monitor the top scientific journals on a daily basis and identify new findings which need expert comment;
• Add scientists to the SMC database;
• Contribute to editorial decisions about press conferences.

Candidates should have:
• A degree or equivalent in science;
• A proven interest in science in the news;
• Enthusiasm to act at a junior level and work in high pressure environment.

You can find a copy of the Trainee Press Officer role profile here:


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Ed Day, Press Officer, on 0207 611 8321 or ed@sciencemediacentre.org, or Mia Shepherd, current Trainee Press Officer, on 0207 611 8344 or mia@sciencemediacentre.org.

If you wish to apply please send your C.V. and a covering letter to jobs@sciencemediacentre.org detailing why you want this particular role and how you fit the role requirements. Your covering letter should not be more than one side of A4 long. Please do not apply via LinkedIn.

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