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Science Communications Officer

We are looking for two people with an excellent grasp of biomedical research to join our Science Communications team as Science Communications Officers.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

We are looking for two people with an excellent grasp of biomedical research to join our Science Communications team as Science Communications Officers. The team works to confront misconceptions about dementia, increase awareness of ARUK’s brand and promote the charity’s research expertise. It also underpins many of our fundraising activities by providing accessible and engaging copy that inspires support for our work. You will work closely with teams throughout the charity to explain how ARUK’s research initiatives are bringing about ways to transform the lives of people living with dementia.

This is a creative and busy role with a focus on delivering engaging communications copy to fundraising teams and creating compelling content for our digital channels, as well as helping to provide accurate and swift media responses to breaking research news stories and engaging directly with supporters and the general public.

What you will be doing:

  • Support ARUK’s fundraising activities through the provision of timely and engaging research summaries, progress reports and donor and public-ready content that showcases ARUK’s work to its fullest.
  • Ensure that ARUK’s research portfolio, strategy and ambition is communicated to the public through digital channels including our website, blog and social media.
  • Work with the Research, Social Media and Design teams to find and communicate suitable projects, success stories and researcher case studies for inclusion in a charity-wide impact project as well as public and donor-facing communications.
  • Work with the Science Communications Manager to implement communications programmes and initiatives supporting the achievement of the charity’s ambitions.
  • Help devise and develop innovative and creative communications products, programmes and campaigns that engage the public across all ages and demographics with the work of ARUK and the power of dementia research.
  • To liaise with and support researchers to host donor lab tours, give public-facing talks and attend events and cheque collections.
  • Contribute to ARUK’s proactive and reactive media communications relating to dementia research. Develop effective working relationships with relevant members of the media; respond promptly to queries, including out-of-hours queries (organised through an on-call rota, and occasional ad hoc), seek appropriate sign off.
  • Liaise with scientists, journalists, university PR contacts, ARUK colleagues, Trustees, Patrons, other charities and organisations, IT and other support agencies as appropriate. 
  • Deliver presentations about dementia and our communications around dementia and research as part of staff induction events and lunchtime Q&As.
  • Support in the development and implementation of communications plans for ARUK launches and major initiatives, liaising accordingly.
  • Support the Public Engagement team in the delivery of ARUK’s public engagement strategy, providing support at key public engagement events, including festivals and exhibitions.
  • Maintain a watching brief of the (science) communications sector (both charity and corporate sectors) to identify emerging technologies and trends that might benefit ARUK’s work.
  • Support the Science Communications Officer (Researcher Engagement) to promote Alzheimer’s Research UK and our funding opportunities to an audience of researchers.
  • Ensure activities comply with ARUK’s branding and style guide.
  • Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the team manager in line with the responsibilities of the post. 

Location: Granta Park, near Cambridge.  ARUK also offer Agile Working, giving employees the flexibility to work from home.

Salary: Circa £31,000 per annum, plus benefits 

The closing date for applications is the 22 August 2021 with interviews likely to be held w/c 30 August 2021. We would encourage applicants to submit their application at the earliest opportunity as the closing date may be brought forward at any time. Should we wish to contact you to arrange an earlier interview this will be arranged based on the availability of the candidate and the panel. When applying, please indicate in your cover letter if you are unable to attend on a certain date.