Now Accepting Applications!

The Center for Engineering Mechanobiology (CEMB) is launching a new Science Communication Fellowship program for mechanobiology trainees who want to maximize the impact of their work, contribute to building the ‘brand’ of the CEMB, and share their passion for science.

We seek motivated, social media-savvy trainees to work with the Center leadership and members to promote center accomplishments and activities, make mechanobiology research accessible to everyone, and develop science communication trainings or services that will help all researchers improve their science communication skills.

Fellows will be expected to work approximately 5-7 hours a week on program responsibilities, and will be compensated $25/hour. A one-year commitment is required and must be approved by your advisor. Primary responsibilities will be focused on social media communications, but fellows will have the opportunity to pursue other projects based on interests. Fellows will also have access to science communication and professional development training (including up to $500-750 for additional training) and career coaching throughout the program.

As a CEMB science communication fellow, responsibilities will include:

  • Working as a team with CEMB leadership and staff to develop a communication and marketing plan for the CEMB.
  • Contributing to the CEMB Twitter account, with the goal of increasing followers. Frequency and types of interactions will be based on agreed upon communication plan.
  • Executing other aspects of the marketing plan based on fellow’s interests and expertise.
  • Participating in career development meetings

Depending on the fellow’s interest, other opportunities may include:

    • Outreach: Participating in science communication/outreach training with The Franklin Institute
    • Writing: Creating newsletters and press releases for CEMB research; or consulting fellow trainees in writing best practices
    • Teaching: Developing and teaching mechanobiology-related modules for undergraduates and pre-college students (K-12); or developing workshops or trainings for CEMB trainees and faculty in areas of interest, such as science writing, outreach, presentation skills, etc.

Interested trainees should submit the following documents to Annie Jeong (annjeong@seas.upenn.edu) by July 30, 2021.

  1. CV/resume
  2. Cover letter including a statement of interest, relevant qualifications, and available start date, and a
    1. brief statement (no more that 1-2 paragraphs) describing: What would you do to increase the visibility and brand of the CEMB, our research, and our activities?
    2. Please share any relevant social media handles as examples of your activity (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, etc.)
  3. Letter of support from PI and graduate program (chair or administrator) stating an agreement that,  if selected for the CEMB Science Communication Fellows program, you will be able to work up to 7 hours per week on program related activities and can accept compensation up to $25 per hour.
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