Communications Officer - Plymouth Marine Laboratory

03 May 2017 8:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

£19,430 - £29,146 per annum


Full-time; open-ended appointment

PML is a dynamic, highly innovative, independent and impartial provider of research and advice relating to coasts and oceans, globally and locally.  PML is an independent research business with charitable status and a NERC Collaborative Centre. Researchers at PML collaborate externally with universities and research institutes across the UK and internationally such that PML has been an integral part of the UK’s strategic marine science capability for over 30 years.

Job Purpose:

You will be working as a member of a small Communications Team, within a busy working environment, and liaising with a much larger number of people across the organization and externally. The key purpose of your role will be to promote the PML Group both externally and internally primarily through the creation of press releases and news stories on the PML website, through social media channels, the eNewsletter and other outlets.  You will also manage PML Group's social media presence, ensuring promotion of PML Group, engagement with audiences, and evaluation.

Key Deliverables:

Promote the PML Group externally through creation of news articles and press releases by (1) primarily researching new scientific publications from PML scientists, teasing out a “hook” or story, and "translating" complex scientific concepts into copy for a non-specialist audience and (2) writing news articles and press releases to cover corporate activities. Monitor media coverage to assess success.  Liaise with media, acting as primary point of contact for external enquiries. 

Manage PML Group's social media, generating content, increasing audience and monitoring success.    Manage MarineRipple Twitter Feed for the UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee.

Promote PML Group externally through (1) production of quarterly e-newsletter and monitor success of articles through use of appropriate analytics; (2) creation of articles for other organizations' newsletters or appropriate outlets; (3) arrangement of/involvement in outreach events, including production of materials, as appropriate.

Act as editor of PML News (internal newsletter).

Update PML website with latest information, including high profile visits to PML, (taking photographs as required), events, etc., and link to social media.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements

You must have

·      Either scientific background with experience or keen interest in science communication, or (science) communications/media background with keen interest in/understanding of science.

·      Excellent written and oral skills; ability to distill complex information into accessible copy.

·      Good organisational skills; methodical; good interpersonal skills; an eagerness to learn new skills;

·      Experience in Microsoft Office and good general IT skills; proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite would be advantageous

·      Good team player

·      Preferably you will have first degree in science/science communication/media/journalism or related field, or at least 1-2 years' relevant work experience.

Applications to be submitted by Friday 2nd June 2017.

Interviews will be held week commencing: 19th June 2017.

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