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Public Engagement Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Public Engagement Assistant at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. The Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. The Institute comprises over 300 scientists whose research spans fundamental science through to clinical applications. Our vision is to develop a deep understanding of stem cell biology for the prevention and treatment of human disease. The role will be based in the Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute on Tennis Court Road until the Institute relocates in 2018 to a new purpose-built institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Public Engagement (PE) is an essential part of our work. We seek to provide opportunities for the public to explore and interact with research developments and for researchers to improve their understanding and engagement with public views. Overall, the Institute aims to have highly visible public engagement woven into all aspects of our scientific research.

The Public Engagement Assistant will support the delivery of PE events and activities led by Institute researchers, from logistics and planning through to promotion and delivery, including production of accompanying print/digital materials where necessary. The post holder will also be responsible for coordinating a series of PE skills training workshops and talks for Institute staff, and will support the collection and analysis of PE data.

The Public Engagement Assistant will report to the Public Engagement Manager and will also be required to liaise with the Institute Public Engagement Steering Committee (PESC), central University of Cambridge PE team and PE officers from other Departments, Institutes or Centres when necessary. The role is part time (0.5 FTE), with some evening and weekend work required when necessary.

Applicants should demonstrate a proven track record of event management and administrative support, ideally having worked in a public facing role previously. You should have excellent written and verbal communications skills and experience drafting social media/website content and using design software would be preferable.

If you have any queries regarding this position please contact Rebecca Jones at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 2nd October 2017, with interview to be held on the 12th October.

Please quote reference PS13245 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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