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Science Communicator

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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.


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140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

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140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

Thursday, October 22, 2015 

140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

Spanish life sciences company Grifols is set to create 140 jobs in Dublin as part of a €100 million investment.

The Barcelona-based company, a producer of blood plasma products for the treatment of illnesses, is opening a new centre for its bioscience division at Grange Castle Business Park in West Dublin.

The 22,000 metre site facility, which will house operating activities including the warehousing of plasma, product labelling, and administrative and commercial activities, is expected to come on stream early next year, in the first half of 2016.

The company, which was established in 1940, reported sales of €3.3 billion last year. It employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide. The group’s bioscience division generated sales of €2.5 billion in 2014, equivalent to 75 per cent of group revenue.

The €100m international logistics centre in Grangecastle, Dublin was opened by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton today who said the jobs boost was testament to the quality workforce available in Ireland in the life sciences sector.

About Grifols

Grifols runs a network of 150 plasma donor centres in the US which together produce 75m litres of plasma a year. It is then moved to three facilities in the US and Spain where it is transformed into 26 different types of plasma-derived products. Those products are then shipped to 67 countries. Two years ago the company decided it needed to expand its operating and distribution infrastructure. The new 22,000sq.m facility in Grangecastle will act as a central warehouse for all plasma coming from the US. It will also house the company's regulatory and quality activities, R&D global management office and other administrative and commercial activities.

Details of career opportunities with Grifols are available here.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The CareersPortal Team