Closing date: 17/03/2017
Location: Granta Park, Cambridge
Salary: Circa £27,000
The Science Communications Officer will help increase awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) in the media, and in direct-to-public activities. The role plays an important part in developing ARUK’s brand as an expert charity that is seeking to create a movement of people to defeat dementia.
This is a challenging, creative and busy role with a focus on creating compelling communications copy, as well as providing accurate and swift media responses to breaking news stories.
What you will be doing:
Work with the Science Communications Manager to implement communications programmes and initiatives.
Take a lead in supporting ARUK’s fundraising activities through the provision of timely and engaging research summaries and progress reports.
Liaise with the Research and fundraising teams to find suitable projects, success stories and researchers for inclusion in public and donor-facing communications.
Liaise with and support researchers to host donor lab tours, give public-facing talks and attend events and cheque collections.
Work closely with the Research team and wider Fundraising teams to ensure that ARUK’s research portfolio, strategy and ambition is communicated to the public through a variety of channels including the website, blog, social media, newsletters, public meetings, science festivals and other events.
Support in the development of public-facing communications for our major research initiatives such as the Drug Discovery Alliance, Dementia Consortium, Dementia Research Institute and Insight 46.
Contribute to ARUK’s proactive and reactive media communications relating to dementia research. Develop effective working relationships with relevant members of the media; respond promptly to queries, including out-of-hours queries (organised through an on-call rota, and occasional ad hoc), seek appropriate sign off.
What we are looking for:
Educated to degree level in the life sciences.
Experience of devising and implementing creative communications projects, events and campaigns.
Ability to identify and develop creative and engaging public communications opportunities emanating from scientific research.
Ability to understand complex research and translate it effectively for a lay audience.
Excellent journalistic skills and news sense.
Ability to communicate appropriately with people affected by dementia and their families.
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/