Science Projects and Communications Officer

Animal Free Research
£28000 per annum
Closing date
1 Sep 2022

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Science Projects and Communications Officer
UK (home working with some travel)

The Organisation

Animal Free Research UK is the leading charity working to create a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering. By pioneering excellence, inspiring and supporting scientists and influencing change, we are ending the use of animals and improving medical research.

By 2040, we aim to transform medical research and regulation in the UK so that the development of treatments for human diseases can be entirely animal-free and breakthroughs can be achieved faster.

We are now looking for a Science Projects and Communications Officer to act as our scientific communications expert and work with colleagues across the charity to help produce a range of content on a permanent, full-time basis working 35 hours per week.

The Benefits

- Salary of £28,000 per annum
- Pension
- Remote working, with occasional meetings in Central London
- 30 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays
- Join a charity that places ethics at the heart of science

This is a brilliant opportunity for a scientific communications professional to help us spread our knowledge and expertise as we improve biomedical research practices.

In this rewarding role you will be crucial to enabling us to communicate complex, scientific information to both expert and general audiences. You’ll be key to increasing support for our work as we seek to end the use of animal testing in medical research.

So, if you want to help us build a cruelty-free future, we want to hear from you!

The Role

As the Science Projects and Communications Officer, you will develop and deliver communications that use our evidence-based approach to promote the transition to animal free research.

Specifically, you will support the production of scientifically accurate content for a variety of channels. This will be utilised as part of our marketing and fundraising strategies.

Alongside your communications activities, you will also provide support to a host of events, including our annual Summer School event for undergraduates as well as conferences and other events within the scientific community.

Additionally, you will:

- Write up research findings for both lay and technical audiences
- Undertake appropriate desk-based research and compile scientific evidence in support of projects
- Act as key point of contact with external project partners, organising and minuting meetings, providing papers and contributing scientific expertise
- Provide regular scientific input into the Community of Practice

About You

To be considered as the Science Projects and Communications Officer, you will need:

- Experience in preparing accessible short reports and briefings for internal and external audiences
- Experience of writing, and editing science-based publications, including peer-reviewed scientific articles
- Experience of producing compelling copy and accurate lay summaries of complex scientific information
- Demonstrable scientific data gathering, discovery and analytical skills
- Knowledge of the field of biomedical research and the potential to replace animals in research
- Excellent administrative skills and ability to efficiently co-ordinate multiple projects
- The ability to use Office 365, CRMs and project management software to a high standard
- A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline
- Personal commitment to animal protection and the aims and objectives of Animal Free Research UK

Ideally, you will have experience of project management as well as of acting within an advisory or expert role.

Applications for this position close on 2nd September 2022.

Interview date: Thursday 22nd September.

Other organisations might call this role Scientific Communications Officer, Communications Officer, Technical Writer, Technical Copywriter, Scientific Copywriter, Communication and Engagement Officer, or Research & Communications Officer.

Webrecruit and Animal Free Research UK are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

So, if you can effectively communicate our mission and work as a Science Projects and Communications Officer, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


By pioneering excellence, inspiring and supporting scientists and influencing change, we will end the use of animals and improve medical research.

  • Rigorous and evidential – we present factual, reliable information. Our work is evidenced-based, thoughtful and respected by our peers.
  • Pioneering – we place ethics at the heart of science through innovative, solutions-focused research. Our determination drives scientific discovery forward.
  • Compassionate – we care deeply about people and animals. Our ambition to end suffering is heartfelt and unswerving.
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