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Research Communications Officer

Medical Research Foundation

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £29,000 to £36,000 pro rata depending on experience
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th February 2024
Closes: 11th March 2024

London and remote, c. £29,000 - £36,000 full time (0.8 FTE considered), permanent

This is an exciting time to join the Medical Research Foundation, as we prepare to launch our new five-year strategy. We are looking for a science communications professional who can help us engage and inspire more people about the research and researchers we fund. You will be passionate about communicating science and adept at creating compelling written and digital content.

The Foundation’s mission is to drive the life-changing advances of tomorrow, by laying the foundations for ground-breaking new discoveries today. We know that many health conditions are overlooked and underfunded, that new health threats will continue to arise, and that there will always be a need for high-quality, high impact medical research.

But to continue funding life-changing research, long into the future, we need to raise our profile and engage more people with what we do.

Reporting to our Head of Communications, you will tell the stories of the research and researchers we fund. Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Showcase the research and researchers we fund, through news stories, press releases, web content, social media campaigns, fundraising propositions, and sponsored events.
  • Write and create content for our research webpages and research-focused social media channels.
  • Support fundraising through the provision of engaging research summaries.
  • Seek out inspiring science stories and produce impact case studies, based on a strong understanding of our research funding portfolio.
  • Work with the Research team on expanding its science seminar programme.
  • Support our funded researchers with public-facing talks and events.
  • Write content for corporate publications.
  • Advise and support teams across the charity to ensure all our research communications are clear, accurate and evidence-based.
  • Plan and manage researcher photoshoots.
  • Identify and help to evaluate sponsorship opportunities.
  • Identify opportunities to engage with external media.
  • Support communications activities around key events.
  • Maintain and protect our brand.

Who you are

You will be a communications assistant (or equivalent), looking to take the next step in your career. You will have experience of supporting successful communications strategies within a health/science-focused organisation, including translating complex scientific information for a lay audience. You will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly (spoken and written) across a range of issues and to a variety of audiences.
  • Use interpersonal skills to build effective relationships.
  • Plan and organise work and respond flexibly to changing priorities and multiple deadlines.
  • Provide communication advice and recommendations to colleagues.
  • Work independently and find solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrate high level of IT/digital skills, such as Adobe Photoshop, social media management software, Google Analytics, or generative AI tools such as ChatGPT.

We will offer you

The salary will be £29,000-£36,000 pro rata depending on experience and we will double-match pension contributions up to 10% max employer contribution.  The post is offered full-time (36 hrs) but we will consider part-time (min 0.8 FTE).  We offer 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata), excellent financial, health and social benefits and an opportunity to join a dedicated team making a difference to human health.  We operate a hybrid working policy with part of the week office-based and part remote.

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