Science to Data Science Summer School: August 2014

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Science to Data Science Logo Skilled data scientists are in great demand on the European job market currently and PhDs with analytical backgrounds make excellent data scientists.

This five week workshop aims to train analytical PhDs and scientists in the skills they need to find jobs in the data science/analytics sector. It will provide an introduction to industry tools and techniques, and allow participants to work with industry professionals in real-life projects supplied by the sponsor companies. The goal is to see all participants in data science employment soon after the end of the programme.

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Job Vacancy – Scientific Consultant – Quintessa

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Scientific Consultant, Quintessa Ltd

Quintessa is seeking a well-qualified and self-motivated individual to work on environmental and energy issues, including the management and disposal of radioactive wastes and the remediation of nuclear sites. The new recruit will work as part of a team that focuses on the development and application of quantitative and qualitative techniques and associated software for integrated environmental assessment and decision making, providing advice to regulators, industry and government agencies.

Closing Date: 31/03/2012

Location: Henley-on-Thames

Person Requirements: We are interested in hearing from students who have recently graduated, or will be graduating in 2012, and have: – Demonstrable academic excellence in relevant scientific areas; – Strong quantitative capabilities; – Excellent written and verbal communication skills; – The ability to conceptualise problems, develop associated mathematical models and implement these in existing software tools.

Degree Discipline: MSc/PhD in either Earth Sciences, Physics or Mathematics.

How to Apply: If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career applying your problem-solving skills at Quintessa, please email your CV with a covering letter to:

For Women in Science – £15,000 Fellowships for female post docs

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L’Oréal-UNESCO’s For Women in Science is an international programme which recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Each year, the International Programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists and awards them with fellowships to help further their research.

In 2012, four awards of £15,000 each, will be offered to outstanding female post doctoral researchers in the UK & Ireland.

Adjudicated by a panel of eminent scientists, the fellowships can be used in any number of ways to enable women scientists to further their careers and facilitate world class research.

 In total, since 1998, more than 1200 women in 103 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to further their studies. Further details and how to apply.

Job Vacancy – Communications and Science Officer

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Many of you are interested in science communication as a possible career path, so I thought I’d flag up this current vacancy as an example.

Communications and Science Officer

North Western Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority | Carnforth, Lancashire | £19,126 to £28,636

You will have some key tasks:
– Communications, education and public relations. We need a newsletter, website articles, liaison with NWIFCA members, press releases, planning and policy documents;
– Sub-Committee administrator including arranging meetings, preparing agendas, reports and minutes;
– Scientist. You will be part of the team delivering surveys and research.

Closing Date: 05/12/2011

Location: Carnforth

Degree Discipline: You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills combined with a strong scientific background and a degree in a relevant subject, preferably with marine or fisheries experience.

How to Apply: To apply send your CV with an account of your suitability for the post, including a short handwritten letter (scanned for email) to the address above or email Further information can be found on the IFCA website.  

Interested in Science Policy?

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The Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) has launched a programme of Professional Development Policy Seminars for early career researchers, introducing them to the opportunities and the realities of engaging with policy. In collaboration with the Society of Biology, the next seminar in the series will be for early career biologists from a range of disciplines and interest areas. The seminar will take place on 11 November and discuss how policy officials seek science advice, the ways in which science gets into policy, and will explore examples of the challenges and opportunities.  

The seminar will take place at Charles Darwin House, London on 11 November.

It will provide a dynamic introduction that will encourage and enable scientists to engage and to improve dialogue with policymakers.

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Naturejobs Career Expo

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This year the Naturejobs Career Expo (NJCE) will be held at The Business Design Centre, London, 22nd September 2011.

Now in its fifth year, the Naturejobs Career Expo claims to be the UK’s largest careers fair and conference for the scientific world. The Expo promotes the UK and Europe as great places to pursue a career in science, be it in industrial research, research organisations or academia. It presents opportunities from organisations in the public, private, national and international sectors.

Jobseekers can meet with potential employers offering hundreds of genuine vacancies. The conference plenary and workshop sessions will provide an opportunity to meet high profile scientists and gain careers information and advice.

Over 1000 experienced UK and European scientists, in physics, chemistry, the life sciences and medical sciences, actively seeking their next career move attend.

Of the 2010 London event attendees:

  • 72% were in full time employment
  • 65% held a PhD degree
  • 79% were over 25 years old

 The conference has plenary and workshop sessions hosted by high-profile speakers. Split into 3 different streams (Graduate, Post-Doctoral and Non-Traditional) the conference attendees are able to mix and match across the different sessions, with a wide range of topics of science career paths and career related issues. Offering insight and inspiration to delegates, it stimulates debate as well as providing support and motivation for finding the right position.

Whilst this is running, there is also a career exhibition with exhibitors from Academia, Industry and Government. Actively recruiting, it enables delegates to meet employers face to face and find out more about current opportunities.

Attendance is free, but all attendees must register

Job Vacancy – Experimental Scientific Officer, Newcastle University

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Salary: £27,428 – £35,788
Closing Date: 11 September 2011
The Bioinformatics Support Unit is a successful cross-Faculty service providing high quality scientific support for a range of bioinformatics projects. You will have experience of a range of Bioinformatics techniques, to work in the Unit on the development and delivery of scientific projects and liaison with relevant academics. You should have at least a first degree in a relevant science related subject and preferably a PhD.  You will have previous experience in bioinformatics support and an understanding of UK research funding procedures.
For an informal discussion on this opportunity, please contact either Dr Simon Cockell (Senior Experimental Scientific Officer), 0191 222 7253,; or Professor Anil Wipat (academic lead), 0191 222 8213,