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Science Communication Specialist

Applications are invited for the new position of Science Communications Specialist. The role will support the Department of Biochemistry and the Cell and Molecular Biology Programme of the Cambridge Cancer Centre (CCC) with the role holder employed by the Department of Biochemistry. The Science Communications Specialist will enable the two institutions to achieve their strategic objectives by promoting newsworthy content through digital and other channels to enhance the profile of each institution, both internal and external.

The remit will include developing and managing digital/online initiatives, engagement and content across multiple channels, coordinating with staff and external partners across numerous research programmes, analysis and reporting of results, campaign planning and content strategy. Whilst both Biochemistry and CCC have similar visions the strategies and operational plans will be specific for each institution.

Key to the success of this role will be the incumbent's ability to engage with key stakeholders to identify the needs of both institutions and develop coherent strategies which deliver content through a multi-channel approach. Content, although scientific in nature, will need to be tailored to defined audiences ranging from academia to industry to potential students. The role holder will be a significant producer of content but will also be the content manager operating through a networks of contributors, motivating them as necessary, to ensure a strong stream of newsworthy items.

The successful applicant will have a background in delivering content through utilizing digital/online communications platforms and engaging sites. Whilst a technical background is not required the ability to liaise with IT functions to ensure the infrastructure, both hardware and software, is aligned with the strategic communications requirements and timelines is necessary. The ability to generate high standards of science focussed content is essential as are excellent English language skills. A natural communicator you will be adept at motivating others to contribute timely and relevant content. A minimum of a first degree in a science subject is required and evidence of formal digital/online communications training would be advantageous.

Reporting to the Departmental Administrator for Biochemistry the role will also have a strong link to Dr David Adams of the CCC. Whilst based in Biochemistry the role holder will be expected to travel to the Sanger Institute in Hinxton as necessary.

Funding will be for two years in the first instance.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact Nick Smith in the first instance by email (

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Please quote reference PH12344 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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