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The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is currently accepting applications for its summer 2018 Science Communication Fellowship. The fellowship begins on 28 May and ends on 31 August. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home at the beginning and end of the fellowship, and a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship.
The science communication fellow will gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience, through a variety of platforms including blogs, website content, and articles for our magazine, Options. The science communication fellow will work as part of the IIASA Communications Department, assisting with a variety of tasks including editorial work, website maintenance, media relations, event coverage, social media, and other communication activities.
The Science Communication Fellow will also work closely with participants in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), producing several pieces of work covering research from the program.
A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program
Applicants from all countries are welcome. However, IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.
Experience writing about science for the general public, via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets
Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia is a plus
Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
To apply, please email the following materials:
One writing sample of no more than 800 words, about a scientific topic and aimed at a general audience. Examples: Article for a newspaper or magazine, blog post, op-ed
One letter of recommendation
to Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department,
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
The application deadline is 11 January 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The stipend is Euro 4,000 for the three months. IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing. See here general information on working at IIASA. And here for frequently asked questions but note this page has been designed for attendees of the Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the science communication fellow.
For further information about this opportunity, please contact:
External Relations Communications and Library
43(0) 2236 807 319
About Laxenburg (near Vienna)
IIASA is located in a former 18th century imperial palace of the Habsburg Monarchy in Laxenburg, Austria about 15 km from Vienna. The facility has been gratefully provided by the host country Austria to the International Scientific Community. According to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey, Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the eighth year running in 2017. The survey covers 231 cities worldwide and is based on 39 criteria such as political and social, economic, educational, and environmental factors. Vienna has all the facilities of a modern, progressive city, in the heart of Europe.
While famous for its concert venues, opera houses, theaters, and museums, Vienna also provides opportunities for great outdoor activities on nearby Lake Neusiedl, the Vienna Woods, and the Alps.
Vienna has a wealth of different research and international governmental institutions, permitting extensive dialogue at local and international level between scientists and policymakers.