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Join the Geoscientist team!

Are you interested in producing compelling and engaging content for the global geoscience community? We are looking for passionate geoscience communicators to join our new volunteer Contributors Team

Words by Amy Whitchurch
23 August 2021

This creative and rewarding role will allow you to refine your scientific writing skills, work with and receive feedback from an experienced team of editors, and build a portfolio of published work, both in print and online.

About Geoscientist

Geoscientist is the magazine of the Geological Society of London (registered charity no. 210161). It features a vibrant mix of science, opinion, news, interviews and more, and serves as a resource for the community, with articles that aim to inspire interest within and across many fields of expertise and interests.

Geoscientist is a stimulating magazine with global reach. Print issues are freely distributed to the ~12,000 Fellows of the Geological Society of London worldwide, as well as at international conferences, careers fairs and educational institutes. Our digital and multimedia content is also freely available to all at www.Geoscientist.Online.

Your role

Over the course of a year, you will pitch and deliver three ~250-word-long articles that summarise important and exciting geoscientific research discoveries or industry developments. The articles must be written in English and should be accompanied by suggestions for images to illustrate the piece. You are free to choose which research papers or projects to report on, but we encourage you to cover areas related to your own field of expertise. You will also produce one other article of your choice, be that an opinion piece, interview, short thought-piece, or feature, and this can take the form of a written article, video, audio or even drawn content.

You will receive full credit for your work, being named as author and listed as an official member of the Geoscientist Contributors Team on the magazine masthead and website.

The role is well suited to geoscientists who wish to develop their skills and experience in communicating complex scientific ideas in engaging and creative ways. We welcome applications from contributors at all career stages, with training in all areas of pure and applied geoscience, and with backgrounds in academia, industry or the public sector. The role is voluntary and remotely based, so applications from across the globe are welcomed.

We require a minimum commitment of twelve months, with the option to extend at the end of the term.


This creative and rewarding role will allow you to:

  • refine your scientific writing skills
  • work with and receive feedback from an experienced team of editors
  • build a portfolio of published work (in print and online)
  • gain hands-on experience working with a respected professional society and on an established geoscientific publication with diverse readership and global reach
  • expand your professional network

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Geological Society is unfortunately unable to offer payment for this role, but in addition to the above benefits you will also receive a free copy of Geoscientist each quarter, as well as complimentary registration to a virtual Society conference of your choice (or 25% off the registration fee of one in-person event).

To apply

Please email your CV and a one-page cover letter that outlines your area of geoscientific expertise and suitability for the role to geoscientist@geolsoc.org.uk (with the subject heading: Geoscientist Contributors Team).

To demonstrate your flare for science communication, please also include a ~250-word-long article that summarizes a recently published geoscientific research paper in an engaging and accessible way. The article must be written in English and should be accompanied by a suggestion for an image or figure to illustrate the piece. You are welcome to recommend images from stock libraries (but please do not purchase the image—inclusion of the weblink is sufficient).




More information about Geoscientist and the Geological Society of London:

Geoscientist magazine: https://geoscientist.online/

The Geoscientist Editorial Team: https://geoscientist.online/about/

The Geological Society of London: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/

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