Public Engagement and Communications Assistant

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Starting Salary £22,201 - £25,976 per annum
11 Jun 2018
25 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Public Engagement and Communications Assistant

Starting Salary £22,201 - £25,976 per annum

Band Salary £22,201 - £29,837 per annum

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) is a leading institute for biological research. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to contribute to the public engagement and communications activities at the LMB. 

As a member of the Public Engagement, LMB News and Website teams, you will draft LMB News and Insight on Research stories and other content to aid the communication of LMB’s science to target audiences using a variety of digital media, including the LMB website, social media sites and YouTube channel. You will post content on LMB’s social media sites and organise media visits and tours of the laboratory. The LMB will be taking part in LifeLab – a collaborative EU Researchers Night event taking place in September 2018 and 2019, and you will assist in the organisation and evaluation of these key events. Working with the Public Engagement team, you will help to develop new public engagement activities in collaboration with LMB scientists to showcase LMB’s research to target audiences for key events such as LifeLab and LMB Open Days. You will help to provide the infrastructure to enable LMB scientists to engage the public and inspire scientists of the future, coordinate the LMB work experience programme and help develop new longer-term public engagement and schools outreach initiatives to reach target audiences.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent with a keen interest in the LMB’s research and have sufficient scientific knowledge to communicate complex scientific ideas to different target audiences. You will have experience of event management and developing or delivering public engagement or outreach activities, excellent presentation and communication skills and strong writing and editorial skills. You should also possess excellent IT, organisational and interpersonal skills, have the ability to use your own initiative and be an effective team member.

Full training will be given in all aspects of the post and you will be able to participate in the MRC’s wide range of staff development opportunities.

The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology is a research institute within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation.

Working for UKRI MRC provides a whole host of benefits including a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement (40 ½ days including bank holidays & privilege days) and Benenden Healthcare membership.  You will also have access to employee shopping/travel discounts, on site sport and social facilities, as well as salary sacrifice cycle to work schemes and childcare vouchers.

To apply and access full details of the vacancy please visit our job board.

Closing date: 1st July 2018

Interviews will take place on the 6th, 9th or 10th July.

Final appointments will be subject to a pre-employment screening.

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer who participates in the Disability Confident scheme.