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Senior Communications Officer (Science)

King's College London - News and Brand PR - Strategic Comms and External Relations

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £43,205 to £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd June 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 090386
 

About us

King’s College London is amongst the top 40 universities in the world and one of England’s oldest and most prestigious universities. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. Focused on delivering positive change at home in London, across the UK and around the world, King’s is building on its history of addressing the world’s most urgent challenges head on to accelerate progress, make discoveries and pioneer innovation.

Our vision is to become the UK’s leading university for future-facing science education and a global powerhouse in interdisciplinary research that accelerates scientific breakthroughs. With an ambitious vision, effective communications with key audiences, including with the media, is crucial.

As Senior Communications Officer (Science), you will develop and implement proactive communication packages that position King’s College London nationally and internationally as a leader in science education and as a global powerhouse in cross-disciplinary scientific research, resulting in positive, engaging and impactful.

About the role

As part of the multiple award-winning News and Brand PR team, the senior communications officer will lead on proactive science communications in the national and international media, and on King’s digital channels. The appointed individual will have a strong history of communicating complex science research findings to a lay audience.

The role holder will have a demonstrable track record reporting on scientific research responsibly and accurately and has a multitude of tools in their arsenal including, but not limited to, press releases, media pitches, video, infographics and digital content for the national and international media, King’s staff and students and the general public.

This is a fantastic opportunity to tell compelling scientific research stories to a lay audience. The role holder will be a confident self-starter with curiosity for scientific research and possess excellent storytelling and writing skills. They’ll have experience in newsgathering and translating research into a compelling story for video or digital channels and are able to create opportunities for engaging with the media beyond press releases.

The role holder will be a liaison point between journalists, science media and the University, building and maintaining contact lists. As part of the News and Brand PR team, they will also support the two Senior PR and Communications Managers to proactively promote key research and strategic initiatives across faculties and departments.

This is a full-time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract. The team follow a hybrid working model, with staff able to work remotely three days a week and the rest of the time spent in our central London office. 

Closing date: 23 June 2024

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