Darren Osborne Regional Science Cadetship


  • Be a part of Australia's independent national broadcaster 
  • Spend 6 months working with some of Australia’s best science journalists
  • Convenient CBD location in the heart of Ultimo (near Central Station)
  • Applicants must be from regional Australia
  • $57K - 71K p.a. (pro rata) + choice of 15.4% super 

About the ABC

The ABC is the nation's most trusted and independent source of Australian conversations, culture, and stories. With over 4,500 employees from diverse backgrounds, based in more than 50 locations around Australia and overseas, the ABC is proud to create, curate and deliver high-quality content that informs, educates and entertains.

About the Role

In memory of former ABC Science news editor Darren Osborne, ABC RN is seeking a science enthusiast from regional Australia for the inaugural Darren Osborne Cadetship.

This is an early career opportunity for someone with a passion for science and an interest in telling stories that connect with Australians, about anything from astronomy to zoology.

You will spend six months working within RN’s Science Unit (based in Ultimo), developing your ability to create high quality, compelling content for a variety of ABC audio and digital platforms including the ABC News website. You will work in a supportive environment as you learn to report on the latest scientific research, provide context for scientific developments and issues, and write features that allow a lay audience to understand and appreciate the ‘wonders of science’.

We are seeking applications from those currently residing in regional Australia and looking to relocate to Sydney for 6 months. The ABC will contribute towards relocation costs as well as 2 weeks accommodation to help get you settled into Sydney. 

About You

You should be based in, or recently hail from, regional Australia. For the purposes of this cadetship, this means anywhere outside the five biggest metro centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide – and the selection panel will give priority to applicants who can demonstrate a deep commitment to rural and regional Australia.

You have a genuine enthusiasm and passion for science that is evident in your writing in addition to:

  • Some experience in digital content production
  • A qualification in a science-related field (desirable)
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, with a passion to tell stories

Please upload a cover letter (1 page max) outlining why you’re the right person for the cadetship.

Please upload 2 samples of your writing to support your application. If they are published online, you’re welcome to include links.

For an overview of the role, please refer to the position description: Download File Regional Science Cadet - PD.pdf 

For more information on working at the ABC visit abc.net.au/careers

For further information contact Jonathan Webb, Science Editor on (02) 8333 1407 

Recruitment Agency applications will not be accepted.

If you are an ongoing employee and would like to apply for this role, please note it may not always be possible for your manager to facilitate your request. If you have any questions about the Temporary Assignment Policy please contact your HR Team, ABC People.

The ABC strives for equity and diversity in the workplace, and to promote a culture of opportunity. Through its services the ABC seeks to represent, connect and engage with all of the Australian community. In line with our focus on  diversity, applications are strongly encouraged from Indigenous Australians, people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disabilities. The ABC also aims to achieve a gender-balanced workforce.

Applications close: 29 Oct 2017 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time