Communications and Administration Officer (Catalyst Coordinator)

Imperial College London - Respiratory Translational Science, Respiratory Infections Section, National Heart & Lung Institute

Applications are invited for a Communications and Administration Officer (Catalyst Coordinator) to provide high quality communications and administration support to the Human Infection Challenge vaccine (HIC-vac) network as funded by MRC Global Challenge Research Fund Networks in Vaccine Research and Development.

Vaccines are amongst the most practical and cost-effective ways of mitigating the impact of infectious disease, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Although they already prevent an enormous number of infections, new or improved vaccines are needed. Human Infection Challenge (HIC) is an excellent way to expedite vaccine development, enabling vaccines to be tested at reduced cost while providing abundant information about disease pathogenesis and mechanisms of protection. Our network will draw upon the extensive HIC experience of the UK’s many research groups. It will draw together our collective experience and share best practice. The network will work with commercial partners to promote the development and use of HIC in vaccine development, communicating the advantages of HIC to regulators, policy-makers and the public. This network will thereby keep the UK at the forefront of global vaccine research.

Working closely with the HIC-vac Network Manager you will support all aspects of the Network operations and events; leading on delivering its public and scientific advocacy objectives and aims; managing the communications budget; nurturing new links with LMIC, academic and funding partners; and building a positive social media presence for the HIC-vac network.

As an enthusiastic communicator, you will reach out to the scientific and public community on Human Infection Challenge research. You will have recent experience of writing for websites and social media; organising topic-related events and training exchanges for multi-partner network projects.  You will also have the financial and scientific administration experience to support the pump-priming funding award scheme and its associated governance, systems and processes. 

You should be educated to degree level and have project management experience, ideally of multi-partner network projects, coordinating events, and budget management skills. You will be a team player with a track record of designing and delivering projects to achieve research outputs.

The post is full-time (or 4 days per week considered), fixed term, for two years’ in the

first instance and will be based at St Mary’s Campus, Paddington, London

Informal enquiries should be directed to Claire Puddephatt (

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