Closing date: 17/03/2017
Location: Granta Park, Cambridge
Salary: Circa £27,000
We are looking for a candidate with strong communication skills and a good understanding of the research environment to join our team as Science Media Officer. You will work closely with the media to react to breaking research findings, as well as supporting other teams across the organisation to communicate our research portfolio to a lay audience.
This is a challenging, creative and busy role with a focus on increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK in the national and regional media.
What you will be doing:
Preparing, writing, issuing and promoting press releases relating to research, both national and regional.
Coordinating reactive press comments in response to breaking news stories often at short notice, including producing internal briefs for spokespeople, obtaining sign-offs and accompanying to interviews.
Developing effective working relationships with relevant members of the media; responding promptly to queries, including occasional out-of-hours queries.
Finding and cultivating appropriate spokespeople: scientists, medical professionals and ARUK staff.
Proactively seeking new ways to promote the work of ARUK through the media, including scientific and medical trade titles and feature pitching.
Exploring press opportunities around ARUK’s major strategic initiatives including the Drug Discovery Alliance and Join Dementia Research and events such as the ARUK annual conference.
Maintaining good communication of upcoming breaking news stories within the charity, briefing staff and looking for opportunities to promote breaking news to supporters.
Occasionally acting as a spokesperson in media interviews, alongside others.
Producing engaging and accessible project summaries and progress reports to effectively communicate the importance of dementia research.
What we are looking for:
Educated to degree level in the life sciences.
Experience of working with national and consumer media on research stories and/or sensitive and high profile health topics.
Previous experience of translating scientific work for the public.
Previous experience of delivering projects involving multiple stakeholders.
Excellent journalistic skills and news sense – the ability to spot a good story within complex science.
An ability to distil detailed scientific work into accurate yet engaging copy for journalists or the public.
Interviews will be held between 27 – 30 March 2017. Please indicate on your covering letter if you are unable to attend on either of these dates. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/about-us/work-for-us/jobs/