Hoxton, Greater London
c. £28.5k depending on experience, plus generous benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Communications Officer, London 

c. £28.5k depending on experience, plus generous benefits 

Medical research has never been more important. 

The wellbeing of billions of people across the world depends on continual medical advances across all areas of health. And this challenge needs immense support, innovation and persistence.

Although scientists have tackled many diseases and conditions that affect human health, there are still areas of medical need that receive little or no support. That’s where we step in. 

Funding research is our sole purpose. As the charitable foundation of the Medical Research Council (MRC), we are inspired by the responsibility and independence that our donated income gives us. We are guided by the wealth of expertise available to us and are bold and ambitious in the science we choose to support. We fund and support the most promising new medical research, wherever we discover great opportunities that are not being pursued.

Our current research priorities are the threat of drug-resistant infections, adolescent mental health and pain research. These are key public health challenges requiring ground-breaking ideas from some of the UK’s leading scientists. 

We are looking for a Communications Officer to join our small but expanding team in our central London offices. 

Reporting to the Senior Communications Manager, you will play a crucial role in telling the story of the Foundation, and that of the ground-breaking research and researchers we support. Your work will inspire potential supporters to help us fund even more cutting-edge medical research, and attract funding applications from emerging research leaders.  

Working three days a week for the Foundation, the other two days will be split evenly between two of our linked charities: the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) and the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF).

GACD is an alliance of international public funding agencies, which supports research activities intended to improve the prevention and treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory problems, cancers and mental health issues. Their work focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and key vulnerable populations, where 80 per cent of deaths from chronic diseases occur. 

AREF was established by the Medical Research Foundation in 2015, with the mission of improving the quality and impact of health research in Africa - by nurturing African-led research in and for the region. AREF’s vision is to grow a community of African researchers working in Africa, who lead world-class research that benefits patients, populations, policy makers and practitioners.

You will support the delivery and growth of proactive communications programmes across all three organisations, with the shared purpose of building their respective identities, reputations and profiles.

Who you are 

We need the very best people to help deliver our vision of advancing medical research, improving human health and changing people’s lives. We are inspired by our work and we will be looking for this in you too. Our team is proud to work for the Medical Research Foundation. We are ambitious for the Foundation and for ourselves. We are approachable - providing advice to everyone and explaining our work. We are dedicated and committed to achieving the most for our donors and our researchers.  And we are involved – constantly looking for new ways to engage and improve.  

What you can bring to the role

You will have some experience of communications in a health or science-focused organisation, supporting communications strategies across a range of channels, including traditional and social media. You will also have experience of producing creative communications content for a range of audiences, including translating complex scientific information for non-scientific audiences. 

You are able to communicate clearly with colleagues, scientists and other stakeholders. You work in an organised manner and have the ability to respond flexibly and positively to unexpected changes or demands. You have a strong grasp of digital media, including photoshop, social media management software and Google Analytics. 

Our offer:

  • A salary c. £28.5k, dependant on experience.
  • Annual pay award, performance award scheme and other rewards.
  • Generous pension contribution, with no qualifying period.
  • 30 days annual leave each year, plus public holidays.
  • 36 hour working week, usually worked over 5 days. 
  • Flexi-time system and core working hours of 10am to 4pm.
  • Employee assistance programme.
  • Other health-related benefits.
  • An opportunity to make a difference to human health.
  • Fantastic colleagues.

How to apply:

  • Provide an up-to-date CV which includes your contact details, education and vocational qualifications, membership of professional bodies, career history and explanation of any breaks in your employment history.
  • Provide a brief supporting statement setting out why you are the right candidate for this role making reference to the job description and the person specification. The case that you make and the way that it is presented will form a key part of the shortlisting process. Please note that CVs without a supporting statement will not be considered.
  • Complete our equal opportunities monitoring form.
  • Let us know if you are not able to make any of the assessment or interview dates (the pre-arranged dates can be found in the application pack).

A copy of the recruitment information pack and equal opportunities monitoring form are attached as separate documents for you to download.

Closing date for applications:  noon, Thursday 11th June 2020 

On-line testing:  19-24th June 2020

Interview and practical exercise:  29th June 2020 

Posted on: 21 May 2020
Closed date: 11 June 2020
Tags: Communications, PR