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Scientific Communications Lead (Fixed Term)


The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is seeking a Scientific Communications Lead to support our internal and external communications activities, internal and external events and monitoring research outputs. Reporting to the Head of Scientific Administration, you will be expected to work independently on and manage a wide range of projects, while working with a small team on key events such as the Institute Retreat and Symposium.

The CRUK CI is a translational research institute based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus that takes an interactive and collaborative approach to applying basic research to clinical problems. Our research covers a range of topics including cell biology, genetics, bioinformatics, imaging, drug discovery, pre-clinical models and clinical trials. We support and encourage local, national and international collaboration to help us meet our goals of using research to improve outcomes for patient diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

In the course of the role, you will maintain fit-for-purpose websites (intra- and internet), support visitors from TV and radio networks, prepare printed documents including a small number of posters, brochures and leaflets, produce a local newsletter and represent the Institute at various communications meetings.

You will have a first degree in a scientific subject. A PhD is highly desirable, however equivalent research/scientific writing experience will be considered. You will be able to demonstrate excellent writing skills, including the ability to assimilate complex scientific information, extract key messages and write clear, compelling content for varied audiences and platforms.

You will have strong IT skills in particular a working knowledge of the web content management system, WordPress. Overall you will demonstrate a good working knowledge of the latest communications technologies, including up-to-date experience of online media.

Self-motivated and able to multi-task, you will have a track record of delivering to tight deadlines without compromising on quality. Adaptable and flexible, you will demonstrate an ability and willingness to learn new skills, concepts and ideas and adjust the role according to needs of the Institute.

In return we offer a competitive package and the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment supporting cancer research.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

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.

The closing date is 23rd July 2018, with the interview date to be confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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

Please quote reference SW16102 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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