Researcher and Science Writer - The Health Sciences Academy (2022)

Researcher and Science Writer

Job Title:Researcher and Science Writer
Reporting to:Research Director
Job status:Full time
Salary:Entry level
Start Date:Immediately

Your opportunity

We’re looking for a talented and driven individual to research and write educational content for our course materials on a wide range of scientific topics – from nutrition biochemistry to microbiomics; eating psychology to neuroscience; genetics to nutritional epigenetics.

As our Researcher and Science Writer, you will be investigating topics from peer-reviewed scientific studies, explaining experiments and findings in entertaining ways to keep our students hooked, while conveying the immediate practical application of the research findings.

This is an opportunity to share your enthusiasm for practical science and behaviour change through researching the literature and writing pedagogically-rich resources that our students – new and aspiring nutrition professionals – will absorb and use to help their own 1-to-1 clients.

This role is ideal for you if…

  • You are passionate about science and its practical application
  • You love igniting a learner’s brain cells by describing new discoveries and ideas
  • You are a pro at conducting literature reviews from full-text scientific studies
  • You enjoy explaining complex information in simple, conversational sentences
  • You can quickly digest copious amounts of data while distilling the practical application
  • You are able to deliver high-quality written work in a fast-moving environment

Bonus points if…

  • You have experience with investigating, analysing and explaining published research from renowned, high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • You are already equipped with a toolbox of educational writing strategies and narratives that captivate and enhance learning enjoyment
  • You write with originality and personality, and enjoy sustaining a company's brand voice and values across all written materials

Your responsibilities include:

  • Familiarising yourself with our certifications and products, brand voice and target audiences
  • Meeting regularly with our Research Director to discuss new research and writing projects, learning objectives and different learner avatars
  • Researching and translating the science into practical, written content on a wide range of subjects – from nutrition biochemistry to microbiomics; eating psychology to neuroscience; genetics to nutritional epigenetics
  • Developing keyword lists, focusing topic searches and sifting the evidence from peer-reviewed journals and databases such as PubMed
  • Investigating, examining and vetting studies for the production of learning materials
  • Explaining complex scientific studies, experiments and findings in writing through using simple and conversational language
  • Conducting literature reviews and writing key messages in a clear, coherent manner
  • Conveying the utility and the real-life practical application of the subject being taught
  • Making sense of inconsistent findings, clarifying the context and extracting what’s usable for the student
  • Organising portions of the content into charts and tables where relevant, and proposing visuals and graphics that illustrate the points being made
  • Actively participating in creative meetings to brainstorm ideas and concepts for the words and visuals to be produced
  • Editing written work for consistency across all materials created, eliminating contradictions and consolidating terms
  • Revising, editing and proof-reading written content as needed
  • Taking feedback from surveys and learner queries to research new topics or expand existing materials
  • Keeping up-to-date with new published studies, developing resource lists and creating data complications
  • Updating course materials regularly with new science that replaces old concepts
  • Creating supporting learning materials, such as worksheets, quizzes, polls and questionnaires

The work WILL be challenging… but it will NEVER be boring!

Other activities:

  • Engaging in various aspects of curriculum design and course structure development
  • Working with our scientific researchers and other team members:
    • to plan and deliver your research and writing projects
    • to update, improve, redesign and expand existing materials
    • to answer learner questions by providing solutions, examples and links to the research
  • Documenting and sharing best practices and “working knowledge” with others in the team (and company)
  • Participating in the production of survey studies for publishing in peer-reviewed journals on food practices, behaviour change, dietary beliefs and health psychology

Your qualifications and experience:

PhD/MSc/MRes/BSc/BA student (also open to very talented candidates or recent graduates) on any of the following subject areas:

  • Nutrition biochemistry, dietetics, applied nutrition, nutrigenomics, eating psychology, nutritional neuroscience or similar from a top university, along with educational writing experience using plain language gained in either mainstream science education or science writing for layman audiences; or…
  • Education, linguistics, pedagogy, science communication, health psychology, health sciences, medical sciences, social sciences, brain sciences, live sciences or similar from a top university, along with research and writing experience on nutrition biochemistry and related topics.

NOTE: While we take into consideration your education, it’s not the only thing that describes your talents. If you think you can do this job, and you can demonstrate it in something you’ve done (previous research and writing projects, educational materials you’ve created, your own literature review and write-up on a topic, science-based content you’ve written in plain language, behaviour-change initiatives that you have led), then we want to hear from you.

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Your strengths and competencies:

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate:

  • Superior research and writing skills directly from peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to write about scientific concepts in a fun, accessible and digestible way
  • Capacity to grasp complex information and boil it down to a clear, coherent message
  • Strong sense of narrative, story-telling and conversational writing
  • Outstanding command of both oral and written English
  • Excellent attention to detial (i.e. did you spot the typo?) and impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Natural cross-checking and proof-reading tendencies
  • Ability to quickly spot and fix inconsistencies in any form of content
  • Both analytical yet creative thinking
  • Motivated by explaining the science simply and helping learners become agents of change
  • Organised with an ability to produce written content to the highest standards
  • Fast-learning capacity and eagerness to expand your skillset
  • Ability to adapt and improve methods of working so that any mistakes identified are not repeated
  • Love for science and knowledge of our subject areas is a ‘must’!

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Your profile

To be most successful in this role:

  • You’re curious and fanatical about looking for answers in the research. When findings may seem contradictory at first, you go deeper to understand if they actually complement each other.
  • You don’t stop at the abstract or jump into premature conclusions. You always open and read the full text to look for the caveats, additional context and exceptions.
  • You have a natural ability to make sense of complex scientific papers and translate them into easily-readable, practical content.
  • You enjoy adding a touch of story-telling when you explain study designs and findings.
  • You’re a genius, unconvoluted communicator. You have an ability to explain complex topics to a 10-year old who in turn successfully explains them to an 8-year old.
  • You’re an excellent wordsmith. You know what keeps a reader engaged and what ticks them off.
  • You know all those little phrases and triggers that inspire someone to keep reading. You’re a super star at creating intrigue and capturing a reader’s imagination.
  • You love creating transformational learning experiences with your writing.
  • Sparking positive changes in health behaviours and attitudes gives meaning to your work.
  • You feel motivated by making science fun for learners and helping them understand the utility of their newly-gained knowledge.
  • You are a master at creating emotions through the written word. You’re not easily satisfied, and won’t rest, until you find the most entertaining yet coherent way to explain a new concept.
  • You’ve got an eye for beautiful layouts. You know what works and what doesn’t, and which graphs, images or tables go well with different pieces of content.
  • You talk in HOWs, not ifs, buts or maybes. You get things done. And you work with a smile.
  • Your attention to detail is second to none. You spot that needle in the haystack (or a typo) from a mile.
  • You know that punctuation can change the meaning of a message. You’re in love with the Oxford comma.
  • You’re passionate about helping others. You help your family, friends and always want to make time for others where possible.
  • You love collaborating and feedback (however harsh) is always welcome, either from your boss, a professor or your peers.
  • When given a target or goal, you’re able to define the steps needed to make it happen AND you’re able to implement those steps yourself – even if everyone is on holiday.
  • When you have a deadline, you respect it. Because others depend on your work.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, you try again. And then again.
  • You love sharing knowledge and new learnings with others in the team (and company).
  • You thrive with variety, and see it as an opportunity to learn even further.

What’s in it for you?

  • Learning directly from some of the most brilliant minds in science education and digital pedagogies
  • Professional development alongside our talented scientists, researchers, writers, developers and team members who are also keen to learn, grow and share their knowledge
  • High-impact role where you’ll have the autonomy to apply your own creativity and produce entertaining and usable learning materials
  • Making a meaningful contribution to thousands of students – plus their clients, families and friends!

What we offer

  • Working in our brand-new, riverside London offices
  • Having your own desk and office equipment
  • Mentorship from our leadership team
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Career progression within the organisation
  • The chance to truly make a difference

We’re looking for someone who can sift the research and translate the science into easy-to-understand practical content for our learners. We’re already impacting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide – and in the next few years this will be tens of millions. If you’re able to help us accelerate our growth, you’ll reap benefits beyond what many companies can offer.

Next steps

If you have the required expertise and wish to be considered for this exciting position, please apply with your CV and personal statement explaining why you can research and write practical, educational content for our students, along with at least two samples of your work.

Highlight your passions, skills, and motivations for applying. Tell us how your skills and expertise would contribute to this stellar team. Also include links to any relevant work, presentations or writings you have created so we can see proof of your talents.

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Important: This is an in-office position, so please do not apply if you are not already living in or are willing to relocate to London.

For more details, visit our careers page.

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