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Scientific Knowledge Exchange Coordinator (fixed term/secondment)

The Isaac Newton Institute (INI) is a national and international visitor research centre running programmes on selected themes across the whole of the mathematical sciences, with applications in a very wide range of societal, scientific and technological areas. It attracts 2500 leading scientists per year, both from the UK and from overseas, to interact on research over extended periods.

The Newton Gateway to Mathematics is the impact/knowledge exchange initiative of INI, developing programmes of work and activities covering numerous scientific areas. Work undertaken in support of this includes translation and dissemination of mathematical sciences to wide audiences, and brokering relationships between contacts for the purposes of stimulating future research and collaboration. Most activities are based at the Isaac Newton Institute and the adjacent Centre for Mathematical Sciences site, but some events are held at other locations through the UK. During the pandemic all events have been delivered virtually and it is likely that in the future a significant portion will continue to be hybrid or virtual.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Scientific Knowledge Exchange Coordinator to provide technical research and knowledge exchange support to the Gateway and INI, involving scientific exploration and analysis of the research programmes and related activity, in particular the translation and dissemination of scientific details and information to a broader audience, including:

  • Gathering scientific and market data from secondary sources
  • Conducting primary research to gain insights from academics and individuals in business/industry and government, to help identify knowledge exchange opportunities
  • Analysis of information to inform various activities
  • Managing the scientific content for the Gateway website, including writing copy for events
  • Effective translation and communication of technical subject matter to inform wide audiences
  • Project managing activities and work streams

The post holder will initiate and maintain connections between the mathematical sciences and the users of maths, for example external partners and stakeholders from industry and business, policy makers and research funding bodies including the Research Councils, as well as other academic institutions.

Applicants will need a first degree in the mathematical or other physical sciences discipline, along with a good pass English GCSE or equivalent. Whilst a knowledge of mathematics is a key component of this post, the post holder needs to have a passion for communications, and be able to act in the role of science communicator. Therefore experience in a similar research/analyst/communications type role is preferred. The post holder will need excellent interpersonal skills with a confident and pro-active approach to dealing with people at all levels of seniority. They will be required to work independently on their own initiative, as well as being part of a team.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available for 18 months.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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If you wish to discuss this post please contact Samantha Skehel, the Institute Administrator, by sending an email to:

Interviews will take place during w/c 7 June 2021.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Please quote reference LN25893 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.

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

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