Careers

Why should you work for IFLScience?

Frankly, we're awesome. You get to talk about science all day and hang about with our other awesome employees. And you don't just get to enjoy coming to work every day, you also get amazing benefits like:

  • Up to 6 weeks paid vacation.
  • Up to a year's family leave for new parents, fully paid.
  • A three-day weekend once per month, just because we like you.
  • Private health insurance.
  • A yearly "holiday bonus" to cover a vacation somewhere exciting.
  • Up to 8% pension matching scheme.

Please note that some of the benefits listed above accrue over time and are not available immediately.

Here are some recommendations from former employees of ours:

"Sometimes they break out into song. Also, the dog gives excellent cuddles."
   - Ben Taub, former staff writer

"From Science to kittens, the fun never stops".
   - Phil Sinyavsky, former head of ad operations

Why you should work for IFLS, according to current employees:

"Our receptionist is a dinosaur, our cocktails come with dry ice, and Obi Wan Kenobi lives in our board room"
   - Katy Evans, copy-editor

"Cookies appear a lot. And doughnuts. And sometimes puppies. Also there's a poltergeist in our lift"
   - Dr Robin Andrews, staff writer.

"Our lunch time crossword sessions are really exciting"
   - Jonny O'Callaghan, senior staff writer.

Open positions will be listed below. However, we're constantly growing and we welcome speculative applications. if you're interested in working with us, please feel free to email jobs@iflscience.com and we'll keep your CV on file for when we next have an opening.

ALL of these positions are based in our Covent Garden office. We are not currently advertising for remote positions. The salary for each is negotiable, and will strongly depend on the experience and qualifications you bring to the table.

Health writer

We're looking for an experienced science writer, who will focus on medical and health subjects. This doesn't mean that's all you'll be writing about, not by a long shot. One of the great things about IFLScience is that one day you can be writing about drug interactions, and the next day it can be outer space. However, we are looking for someone who has the experience and expertise necessary to cover complex health studies, and explain them to a general audience.

This role is full time, and will be based in our Covent Garden office. Remote applicants cannot be considered for this position.

Qualifications:

  • Health sciences/biomedical sciences degree
  • Some form of journalism experience, the more the better.
  • Passionate about science communication

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and two writing samples to jobs@iflscience.com.

The subject line should read "HEALTH WRITER"

Applications close March 31st.

Weekend/flexible writer

We're looking for a general science writer. This is a full-time position, but the hours and days may vary. We're specifically looking for someone to keep the site running during the weekend, and to cover staff vacation days during the week. We're flexible to your needs, and you'll be able to change which days you work during the week depending on your schedule.

As you'll often be working days when most of our staff won't, you'll need to be comfortable covering a large variety of stories. You'll also need to be very motivated, and capable of thinking for yourself. You'll have a large amount of freedom with regards to your schedule and tasks.

Saturdays and Sundays will be spent working from home, and weekdays will be based in our Covent Garden office. Remote applicants cannot be considered for this position.

Qualifications

  • Science degree
  • Journalism experience/journalism post-grad degree.
  • Passionate about science communication.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and two writing samples to jobs@iflscience.com.

The subject line should read "WEEKEND WRITER"

Applications close March 31st.

Editorial assistant

We're looking for an editorial assistant to join our busy London office. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to build a career in journalism.

This role will vary greatly from day to day. You may spend your time writing short articles, republishing content from our partners, transcribing interviews, and writing "listicle" type articles.

We believe in promoting from within, and other editorial assistants have gone on to become writers and editors at IFLScience.

You don't need a science degree, but you do need to be passionately interested in the topic and comfortable writing about a wide variety of subjects. If you devour David Attenborough documentaries and love talking about CERN's latest findings, you'll fit right in. You don't have to understand everything (no one does), but you should be interested and excited to learn.

Qualifications

  • Journalism experience. Can be degree or practical.
  • Passionate about science.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and two writing samples to jobs@iflscience.com.

The subject line should read "EDITORIAL ASSISTANT"

Applications close March 31st.

Social media assistant

We're looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Social Media Assistant who will to be responsible for one of the largest and most active pages on Facebook. This person will be pivotal for the ongoing growth of the company, and we expect this role to grow quickly within the next year. For the right candidate, it's not outside the realm of possibility for you to be managing your own team within twelve months.

The primary function of this role is to manage the daily articles posted to Facebook and create educational and fascinating posts for our various channels.

Secondary responsibilities include the implementation of new untapped social media channels such as Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram etc. to support the growth of our website.

This role would strongly suit someone with a strong social media presence of their own - do you run a science-based social media channel? We'd love to hear from you!

You need to be excited about science, and have an excellent eye for viral content. We immediately recognise what works and what doesn't.

Qualifications

  • Experience in social media management. This can be professional or personal.
  • Degree in science or journalism.
  • Passionate about science. This is a requirement for ALL our positions, but is particularly important for this one. You will be expected to eat, sleep and breathe science.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and two writing samples to jobs@iflscience.com.

Please also include links to any relevant social media channels. The subject line should read "SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT"

Applications close March 31st.

Video content writer/editor

We're looking for someone to join our growing video department. This person will be responsible for writing scripts for our short videos, and so should have an excellent general grasp of science and the ability to condense complex topics into simple language.

As we grow, it would be ideal for this person to be comfortable speaking on camera, and doing voice-over work. For the right candidate this role could develop into a presenting role on our YouTube channel.

Until then, this role will largely consist of script writing, video editing/creation and the occasional voice over work for our animations.

You should have an excellent eye for viral content, and will be responsible for choosing stories for the video team to cover.

Qualifications

  • Science degree.
  • Strong video editing skills.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and a link to your current show reel to jobs@iflscience.com.

The subject line should read "VIDEO CONTENT WRITER"

Applications close March 31st.

Video editor

We're looking for a video editor to join our fast growing video team. You'll be responsible for creating short, informative videos to go on our Facebook page and website, as well as longer videos for clients. To begin with you'll be working with stock footage, although we eventually hope to begin filming our own content live. For these reasons, experience with cameras and filming would be a plus.

You'll be expected to brainstorm ideas for video content along with our editorial team, so a strong interest in science is essential! You don't need a degree and you don't need to understand quantum physics, but you do need to be interested and engaged. If you glazed over in science class, this probably isn't the role for you.

Requirements.

  • Experience in a video editing position
  • Experience with most major video editing software.
  • Experience with basic animation would be a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and a link to your current show reel to jobs@iflscience.com.

Please also include links to any relevant social media channels.

The subject line should read "VIDEO EDITOR"

Applications close March 31st.

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