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Communications Manager (THIS Institute) (Fixed Term)

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) seeks a talented Communications Manager with a flair for turning complex scientific content into effective, easy to understand, imaginative communications.

Our work at THIS Institute is underpinned by the principle that efforts to improve healthcare should always be based on the highest quality evidence. We work alongside NHS patients and staff, as well as academics and the public, to produce evidence about improvement that is both highly relevant and scientifically excellent.

Reporting to the Communications and Engagement Lead, the Communications Manager will play a crucial role in maximising the impact of our work and growing our reputation for first-class research. The post-holder will be responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of communications plans and generating content to promote the institute's research, helping to increase the reach of our research and build the institute's reputation for research excellence.

The post-holder will work collaboratively with members of the research team to ensure all communication outputs are clear, appropriate for target audiences, and adhere to the high level of scientific rigour. They will advise on the most appropriate communications approaches to meet objectives, and identify opportunities to enhance the institute's profile. And they will produce original content including news stories, features, reports, and social media content. Applicants must have demonstrable experience of devising and implementing integrated communications strategies. To be successful in the role, you will need to be a strategic thinker with a strong news sense and superb writing and editing skills. You will have significant experience of working with technical and complicated information and concepts, making it both compelling and accessible to professional and public audiences. And you'll be a strong team player, comfortable building excellent relationships both with colleagues across the University of Cambridge and with external stakeholders.

Funds are available until 31st March 2022. The post holder will be based at The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0AH (approximately two miles south of the city centre).

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Danielle Doyle, Communications and Engagement Lead by email (

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Closing Date: 14 October 2019

Interview Date: 29 October 2019

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 RH19942 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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