Media Officer

Institute of Cancer Research - Communications

he Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.  Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four cancer centres globally. The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations. We are world leaders in identifying cancer genes, discovering new targeted cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic science communicator to join its highly regarded media relations team. This is a rare chance to work alongside some of the world’s most brilliant cancer researchers in promoting cutting-edge science in areas such as cancer evolution, genetics and drug discovery.

The Media Officer will be a key team member within the ICR’s innovative and creative Communications directorate. You will be writing press releases, statements and blogs, pitching features and profiles to target publications, and arranging access to our scientists for national, local and specialist media. Central to the role will be the ability to form effective relationships – with our scientists, internal clients, external partners and of course journalists.

You will need to be able to get across complex messages about the ICR’s science and its benefit for patients, so a degree in a scientific subject will be essential, as will excellent written and verbal communication skills. You are likely to have experience of working with the media, and it would be an advantage if you have also written about science for online audiences. Most of all, you will need a passion for communication about cancer research, and the ability to think on your feet, prioritise work and meet deadlines.

For more information, please contact Claire Hastings, the ICR’s Senior Media Officer, on

Interviews will take place on Monday 12th of December

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