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Applications open for Ivan Noble post
Ivan Noble, BBC
Ivan had broad interests across science and technology
The BBC is now taking applications from science and technology writers hoping to fill its Ivan Noble bursary post.

The position was set up in honour of the journalist, who died of a brain tumour earlier this year.

Ivan combined broad interests with a unique energy - traits the BBC hopes the new writer will emulate.

Before his death aged 37, Ivan charted his illness in his regular "tumour diary" column, which was later published as a book.

Over a period of six months, the bursary winner will work on the Science/Nature and Technology sections of BBC News Interactive, which produces stories for the web and other text platforms, such as Ceefax and mobile phones.

The BBC is looking for someone who is just starting out on their writing career.

Applicants should have either a couple of years' experience as a journalist in print or broadcasting, or a minimum of one year's professional training in journalism with related work experience.

Applicants, most probably, will have been educated to degree level in a science, engineering or technology subject.

Ivan found out he had a brain tumour in August 2002
He started writing an online diary soon after, but never referred to his family by name
He died on 31 January aged 37, leaving Almut and two children

"We're also looking for someone who is alive to the possibilities of new media - someone who can present science and technology stories in ways that make the most of the web medium and our other text platforms," said Jonathan Amos, the Science/Nature assistant editor for BBC News Interactive.

Ivan's wife Almut has welcomed the announcement of the bursary.

"Ivan's illness was only a very short period of his life and the bursary is there to remember his life before he was ill," she said.

"He was a science and technology writer and this is what the bursary marks. I'm very pleased and honoured that the BBC has chosen to remember his professional life before he was ill."

Ivan Noble's book, Like a Hole in the Head, is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Click here to find out more about the bursary position and to make an online application.

The BBC expects to hold interviews in the autumn.



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