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Scientific Communications Officer - COSMIC

Wellcome Sanger Institute

We’re currently seeking a Science Communications Officer to join our team. You’ll come in at an exciting time as we build and innovate for the future, playing a vital role in shaping COSMIC’s success, direction and global impact. 

About Us:

COSMIC (Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer), is an expertly curated and world-renowned scientific cancer genomics data resource. COSMIC captures the overwhelming flood of cancer genomics data and transforms it into datasets and tools. Our goal is to accelerate breakthroughs across the patient journey, whether that’s supporting discovery, diagnostics, or design of new targeted therapies. 

COSMIC consists of a core database of somatic mutations, but we also have a variety of additional tools and products. These include COSMIC Cancer Mutation Census (classifying driver mutations), COSMIC Actionability (identifying and tracking the progress of drugs that target specific mutations in cancers), COSMIC-3D (visualising cancer mutations within 3D protein structures) and COSMIC Mutational Signatures (unique genetic ‘fingerprints’ found within cancers). 

Commercial biotech, pharmaceutical, and drug discovery companies pay for access to the data so that COSMIC (as a non-profit organisation) can provide the data resource free to support research and development for the academic community. 

Why we need you?

We know our data is complex but valuable, and our mission of the Communications and Marketing team is built around three pillars; Awareness (building our brand, product awareness, and reaching new audiences), Education (helping users feel confident using COSMIC), and Accessibility (optimising our web-content to meet user needs). This role involves working in a multidisciplinary team under the guidance of the Head of Marketing and Communications to help design and deliver relevant communications materials to deliver on this strategy. 

You’ll be a motivated and driven communicator, who’s passionate about science - particularly cancer genetics. You’ll use exceptional interpersonal skills to work closely with the COSMIC team and wider scientific community to identify great stories about our products and tell them via a range of different channels/media. This role would suit someone looking to develop their skills, gain new skills, and take ownership of the work.  

What will you be doing?

This is a varied role, and day to day will include activities such as writing blogs, running the social media channels, editing web-pages, sending the newsletter, attending conferences/events, and testing new communications/marketing ideas. In particular, the latter presents an opportunity to play to your strengths and learn/establish expertise in the team with a particular interest - as an example podcasting, video creation, or graphic design.

COSMIC’s communications and marketing function is designed to be audience-led. You will be working closely with the Scientific Intelligence Officer and Business Team to understand our audiences and design ways to engage with them. As part of this, you will also report back on key communications analytics to help refine marketing strategies, product development, and highlight the impact of our work.  

For further key responsibilities and job criteria, please download the job description.

Essential Skills
  • BSc in a relevant scientific discipline and experience working within a media or communications environment related to health/science or equivalent relevant experience
  • Experience writing and editing scientific content for a variety of audiences and for a range of different media including for blogs, websites, and reports 
  • Experience using social media, including LinkedIn and Twitter, ideally in a business environment 
  • Excellent IT skills and experience of, or willingness to learn, new software/tools such as InDesign, Canva, SendGrid, and web content management systems 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Be a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Collaborative worker who can thrive working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to coordinate and prioritise a complex workload, meet multiple, tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Creative problem solver who enjoys a test-and-learn approach to new ideas and can thrive in periods of uncertainty
  • A desire to learn and willingness to undertake relevant training to grow into the role
Other information

Application Process:

This role would be suitable for someone looking for a hybrid working environment, we also support flexible working.

If this sounds like you, please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out above and in the job description.

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis and the role may close early if a successful appointment is made.

Interview format:

The interview process will involve two 45 minutes - 1hr interviews. The first will be based on competency based questions and the second will involve a short task ahead of interview. 

Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £28,274 to £32,996 Grade 3
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th June 2022
Closes: 30th June 2022
Job Ref: 84874
 
   
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