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Monday, 27 April 2009

Job advert: Science Writer wanted

The Education & Outreach Office in the Earth Observatory of Singapore is seeking a skilled writer/editor with experience in translating scientific and technical information into layman’s language for scientific or research organisations.

Preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of natural hazards, earth science or environmental science. Some regional travel to research sites will be required. This position will report to the Education & Outreach Director of the EOS.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Write and edit inhouse brochures, research updates, press releases and policy briefs that showcase the work of EOS scientists and collaborators
  • Maintain oversight of EOS website to ensure a regular supply of fresh content such as research updates, hazard alerts and other public awareness stories
  • Assign and manage feature articles and educational materials contracted to outside contributors and translators when needed
  • Support EOS scientists in preparing high-quality speeches and presentations for media conferences and other events
  • Manage in house or contract designers and printers for publication of online and print materials


  • Exceptional English writing skills with a minimum of 5-7 years experience as a journalist or science writer
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a recognised university, preferably in journalism, communications or English. Degree in other disciplines acceptable with a minimum of 7 years demonstrable experience as a published journalist or writer
  • Proven ability to interact collegially with a team of international scientists and other technical experts, and to translate technical content into compelling stories
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
    Familiarity with web and print publishing procedures, and Web 2.0 technologies such as RSS feeds, blogs and podcasting
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply by using the prescribed Personal Particulars Form (Administrative and Support positions) obtainable from:

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to the following address: