Hello. I’m Jon Brock, a freelance science writer and a grant writer and consultant at WriteMedia.
As a science writer, I specialise in psychology and neuroscience. I’m a regular contributor to Nature Index, a supplement of Nature which focuses on issues in scientific publishing. I’ve written for Scientific American, The Guardian, Lateral, The Conversation, The Psychologist, BPS Research Digest, Frontiers for Young Minds, Spectrum News, UNSW News, Hacker Noon, Towards Data Science, Inspiring Australia, and Careers with STEM. My writing has featured in the 2019 and 2021 Best Australian Science Writing anthologies.
Since 2019, I have been an Associate at WriteMedia, working with researchers across various Australian universities and medical research institutes. I have written and edited grant applications to a wide range of funding opportunities from the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, and Medical Research Future Fund. Successes include two MRFF Frontiers Stage 1 applications, two NHMRC Synergy grants, and numerous NHMRC Investigator Grants. Most recently, I was lead grant writer for CRC SAAFE, the successful $149m Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food, and Environments.
I have a PhD in Psychology from the University of Warwick (UK) and completed post-docs at the University of Bristol and University of Oxford. This was followed by an ARC Australian Research Fellowship in Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, Sydney. My research focused on neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome, combining psychometric assessments with eye-tracking and EEG and MEG measures of neural activity.
Please note, this website is for interest only and should not be seen as a substitute for professional advice. Opinions expressed are my own (at the time of writing) and may not reflect the views of current or previous employers.