Public Engagement Manager

University of Cambridge - Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute

The Gurdon Institute is a vibrant, world-leading centre for research at the interface between developmental biology and cancer biology, supported by Wellcome and Cancer Research UK ( As a research centre, and a Department of the University of Cambridge, the Gurdon Institute has a major responsibility to contribute to society through public engagement. The Institute wants to inspire young people's interest and excitement in science, positively impact the public perception of fundamental research and make public engagement part of its research culture (

We are looking for an innovative and dynamic Public Engagement Manager to lead all aspects of public engagement and outreach at the Institute.  S/he will develop and implement the Institute public engagement strategy and will coordinate and oversee a wide range of outreach activities.

Candidates should have a degree level qualification in a scientific subject (biology related) and a post-graduate qualification in science or public engagement. Proven experience and expertise in:- communication, working with public engagement in science, managing projects and events, applying for grant funding and people management are all essential.  Applicants must have outstanding written and verbal communications skills, excellent organisational and administrative ability, demonstrate that they can communicate and work with people at all levels of scientific understanding and seniority as well as having leadership, problem solving and decision making skills. The person appointed will often have to work to tight deadlines, with occasional weekends and evenings, and should be keen to convey their enthusiasm for science to others. A first aid qualification would also be desirable.

Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2021 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.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Ann Cartwright (, 01223 334099).

Please quote reference PR12781 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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