Science Communications Associate
Boston or New York /
Wastewater-based epidemiology went from a relatively niche technology to a widely-used public health tool since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the underlying science is not yet understood by large swaths of the population. There is a need to fill the gap between scientists and various types of stakeholders (e.g. policymakers, press, general public) with respect to the use and applications of this technology.
This role will help develop content and support our leaders in communicating the science underlying Biobot’s products to external and internal audiences through a variety of channels (social media, website, blog, etc.). As Biobot’s first full-time science communicator, you will join a dynamic and enthusiastic team to coordinate and establish Biobot as a leading voice and thought leader in the novel and exciting field of wastewater-based epidemiology. You will work with our scientists to create written and visual content that elevates and communicates the company’s products and R&D efforts, with a focus on making technical concepts accessible to a broader audience. You will also engage with team members across our business development and customer success teams to ensure that we are consistently communicating our science and placing it in the context of Biobot’s broader company narrative.
- Develop content designed to highlight Biobot’s products and research and help elevate the company’s scientific reputation.
- Engage with journalists and publications interested in writing stories about Biobot; proactively pitch stories to media outlets as necessary.
- Create and implement Biobot’s science communication strategy; plan activities to build awareness of Biobot’s products and research among key stakeholders, such as academics and public health officials.
- Represent Biobot through frequent engagement in public fora, relevant scientific and professional groups, and on social media.
- Work with leaders and scientists across Biobot to understand and translate our science for a broad range of stakeholders, ranging from health practitioners to elected officials to the general public, using different formats.
- Work with colleagues across the company to create a consistent articulation of our company’s mission, products, and scientific expertise.
- 3-5 years experience in public relations, journalism, or communications translating scientific concepts for wider audiences.
- PhD, Master's, or equivalent professional experience in a scientific discipline not required, but preferred.
- Strong knowledge of key factors and best practices for effective oral and written science communication.
- Ability to take initiative, execute alone, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to manage and coordinate agencies/subcontractors.
- Presentation experience and an eye for design.
- Strong interpersonal skills – ability to network and communicate with people from various backgrounds.
- Strong familiarity with/experience in the biotechnology industries is a plus.
- Competitive compensation & options.
- Flexible time off policy.
- Healthcare coverage: medical, dental, & vision.
- Team offsite retreats.
- Laptop and equipment.
About Biobot Analytics
Named as one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies in the world in 2021, Biobot Analytics is a wastewater epidemiology company and uses technology developed at MIT to measure sewage to better understand population health in cities. We first launched an opioid product to support government and public health officials in responding to the opioid epidemic, and in 2020 launched a Covid19 product to estimate the scope of the outbreak in communities. We are operating in almost 500 communities across 43 states, and generating Covid19 case estimates for over 13% of the U.S. population.
Inspired by the potential of wastewater epidemiology, we are the first company in the world to bring wastewater epidemiology to market. We are VC backed by top investors including The Engine, DCVC, Y Combinator and Homebrew.
Battling the drug epidemic and now the Covid19 outbreak is just the beginning - we’re transforming sewage into a data asset and building a public health database. Eventually, Biobot will be an early warning system for disease, a map of nutrition disparities, and more. Headquartered in the Boston area with an office in NYC, we aim to create the bedrock of human health infrastructure and smart cities in countries across all six continents.