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Research Communications Officer

Employer
CHM
Location
Head Office, Milton Keynes. Flexible, Hybrid Working Model up to two days working from home p/w
Salary
Circa £33.5k pa
Closing date
15 Jul 2022
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The Research Communications Officer will strengthen the profile of this charity, communicating on their research portfolio, and developing stories of research impact in an audience appropriate way through all channels, working with the Marketing and Communications team to keep colleagues and our supporters up to date with research developments in the UK and internationally.

Research Communications Officer
Contract Type: 
Full Time - Permanent
Salary: Circa £33.5k pa
Location: Milton Keynes Head Office. This organisation offers hybrid working, employees have the flexibility to work from home up to two days per week.
Reports to: Director of Research, Policy and Innovation
Direct Reports: None

About the Employer:
Our client is an ambitious charity, passionate about finding a cure for brain tumours through the establishment of dedicated Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence around the UK and challenging the Government and larger cancer charities to increase the national investment for research into brain tumours to £35 million a year and bring parity with other cancers.

Their vision is to find a cure for all types of brain tumours. Their mission is to increase the UK investment in brain tumour research.

Following a year of change they are looking to grow their team in order to increase their contribution to the national investment in brain tumour research and to do more vital campaigning work in line with their 2025 strategy.

Job Purpose:
The Research Communications Officer will support the development and delivery of the research communications programme, including the following activities:

  • Identify opportunities within the organisation's research portfolio for proactive research communication
  • Produce exciting and engaging research content for a variety of channels
  • Develop strong working relationships with the researchers, keep up to date with their research, outputs, collaborations and successes for effective communication to colleagues and audiences
  • Develop high quality written and visual content, in conjunction with the marketing team, for a range of communication channels including publications, web copy, video, presentations, email communications, and social media content, that will cut through and have impact
  • Ensure that this charity's research is accessible, understandable, and shared creatively with audiences
  • Work with the digital team to ensure that research communications are optimised for digital channels
  • Identify opportunities to highlight the Research Centres of Excellence studies and academic outputs to demonstrate the breadth and impact of the Centres’ research activity
  • Translate research paper information into layman’s terms to communicate to the community the impact of the research that is being carried out in the charity's centres
  • Identify PR opportunities relating to research that is being carried out and assist the PR team to write press releases which raise awareness of the success of the charity's programmes of research
  • Identify topics for, and draft, brain tumour research thought leadership articles for publication in leading scientific journals and the charity blog
  • Contribute to and draft the Research section of the Believe magazine
  • Produce the weekly Research News update
  • Keep the research pages of the website up to date and impactful, highlighting research successes and breakthroughs
  • Working with the Communications team, provide a regular stream of research articles for e-news, the blog and social media
  • Use research communications to support fundraising activities
  • Provide weekly updates on activities and objectives

Skills and Experience:

Education and qualification

  • A post graduate qualification in a relevant science discipline or science communication is desirable

Specialist knowledge and skills

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate complex research messages to various audiences including to a lay audience and bringing research to life
  • Communicating science, delivering a proactive research communications programme
  • Committed to delivering excellent, consistent and professional standards

Relevant experience

  • Knowledge of the life sciences sector
  • Experience of communications within an academic, charity or healthcare environment
  • Experience of communicating technical and complicated information and concepts, and making them accessible to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of creating compelling, innovative and effective communications content, and optimising content for different channels (e.g. website, social media, email, publications)
  • Experience of conversing sensitively and empathetically with members of the public who may be going through current or recent traumatic experiences.

If you are passionate, energetic, professional and hardworking, and you think you've got what it takes to help this charity achieve its mission, then they would welcome your application.

In addition to a competitive salary, employment benefits include a generous holiday allowance, occupational sick pay, access to private healthcare, and free parking.

Closing Date: Monday 18th July 2022
Early applications are encouraged; interviews will commence before the closing date if suitable candidates are identified.

Application Process:

To find out more information, please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form and then redirected to complete your application for this position.

No agencies please.

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