Looking for a job in the geosciences? Visit the General Assembly Job Spot!

The General Assembly can be an excellent source of information for those looking for jobs or doctoral positions. The Job Spot next to the EGU Booth (Hall X, Blue Level) has a searching station linked to the EGU jobs portal, so you can find the latest vacancies and who’s providing them. Check the session programme and see if they’re here too – what better place to meet them than at the biggest geosciences event in Europe?!

There are notice boards nearby, so you can put up your CV to let employers know you’re available too.

If you’re looking to pick up some skills for job applications, head over to the #EGUjobs Short Course this evening: Enhancing your Career Prospects – Part 2: Marketing Yourself in Job Applications and Interviews (SC12: 17:30–19:00 in B1).

Employers may submit their job announcements free of charge here or by using the computer available at the General Assembly Job Spot.

The Austria Vienna Centre (Credit: Markus Winter)

Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: Communications Officer

The EGU is seeking to appoint a Communications Officer to work with the EGU Media and Communications Manager in maintaining and further developing media- and science-related communications between the EGU and its membership, the working media, and the public at large. The Communications Officer will also work under the direction of the EGU Executive Secretary on activities related to the promotion of the organisation. The position will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany.

More information about this vacancy, including main tasks, requirements, application materials, and salary and starting date, is available in PDF format or on the EGU website.

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to the Media and Communications Manager, Dr Bárbara Ferreira (, +49-89-2180-6703). Applications should be submitted by e-mail in a single file to by 8 May.

Do you know anyone who might be interested in this position? The EGU would be grateful if you shared this opportunity widely.

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Job opportunity at the EGU General Assembly

We have a vacancy for a science communication or science journalism student in Europe to work at the press office of the 2014 General Assembly, which is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 27 April t0 2 May. Applications from geosciences students with science communication experience are also welcome. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with experience in photo and/or video reporting.

The student will join the team assisting the EGU press officer and the journalists at the press centre, and is expected to help run press conferences. Other tasks include reporting on the events at the Assembly through photographs and video and distributing EGU Today, the daily newsletter at the General Assembly.

This is a paid opportunity for science communication students to gain experience in the workings of a press office at a major scientific conference, and to interact with journalists, freelance science writers and public information officers.  Like the other student assistants at the conference, the successful candidate will receive €600 for the week and will be given support towards travel expenses.

The position is open to University students (final-year undergraduates or postgraduates) or recent graduates in science communication/ journalism or to students in the Earth, planetary and space sciences with experience in science outreach. Applicants must have an expert command of English and good computer and internet skills.

Applications must include

  • Cover letter and CV (one page each) summarising relevant experience
  • Two samples of recent science communication work such as photo features, videos or written articles (published or unpublished, aimed at a general audience)

Application documents (in English) should be submitted by email in a single file to Bárbara Ferreira, the EGU Media and Communications Manager ( Bárbara can also be contacted for informal enquiries.

The deadline for applications is 7 February 2014.

Update (Bárbara Ferreira, 6pm, 08/01/2014): Please note that people who are presenting an abstract at the General Assembly are not eligible to apply. 

Press conference at the 2012 EGU General Assembly. Credit: Sue Voice

The European Geosciences Union (EGU, is Europe’s premier geosciences organisation, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. The EGU organises a General Assembly that attracts over 11,000 scientists each year, as well as reporters interested in hearing about the latest research in topics that range from volcanology and earthquakes to climate science, and from solar physics to planetary science.

7 ‘P’s to a Successful Interview

Following their talk at EGU 2013, Helen Goulding and Sarah Blackford have put together their top tips for finding a job, whether you’re looking to stay in science or use your skills elsewhere. Sarah shares her secrets in the second post in this short series…

“Congratulations! You have been invited for interview.” These are the words everyone wants to see following the submission of a job application. But the initial flush of pleasure and excitement can soon give way to feelings of trepidation and apprehension. So how can you reduce your anxiety and ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding at interview? The 7 ‘Ps’ can help to put you on the right career track:

Purpose – Keep in mind the purpose of an interview, which is for the employer to find out more about you and vice versa. Meeting you in person will allow him/her to see how well you communicate and whether you will fit into the team/organisation.

Plan – Review the job description, company/research group and personal requirements. Find out the details of the interview location and set-up. This should have been specified in your interview letter but, if not, contact the organisation to ask how long the interview will be and who will be on the interview panel. If there is a presentation, who will be in the audience? This will help you to make the content of your answers and/or presentation relevant.

Prepare – You are bound to be asked to clarify or expand on much of the content of your application/CV so make sure you can give examples relevant to the employer and bring the content to life. Think of one or two brief questions to ask the interviewer (but don’t ask about salary until you’ve been offered the job!).

Predict – As with an exam you can probably predict many of the questions you are likely to be asked. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer and imagine what you would want to know from the applicant. As well as detailed technical questions (depending on the job), they are likely to ask you open-ended questions. For example:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • What can you bring to the organisation?
  • Tell me about any challenges you encountered during your PhD/research? How did you deal with them? What was the outcome?
  • If you had a grant of €5million, what would you want to spend it on? (In other words, what big ideas do you have in your mind in terms of this research area).

Practice – Try to set up a mock interview or just practice saying some of your predicted answers out loud to yourself. This will help you to familiarise yourself with your evidence and identify any gaps or weak areas in your performance which you can work on a bit more.

Perform - Good body language and eye contact is essential to make a good impression. Dress to impress (at the same level of formality as the interview panel) and don’t forget that how you say what you say – the tone and assuredness of your voice – is as important as what you say.

Persist  Using these ‘rules’ you should be able to optimise your chances for a successful outcome to your interview. However, if you are turned down don’t take it personally. Ask for feedback, review your performance, move on and persist with your applications – imagine and believe in your ultimate success!

By Sarah Blackford

Sarah Blackford is a qualified careers consultant and author of ‘Career planning for research bioscientists’. For more information on interview technique see:


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