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Earlham Institute

Earlham Institute is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

Earlham Institute is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which Earlham Institute contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

Earlham Institute is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

Earlham Institute’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. Earlham Institute has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. Earlham Institute also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.

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Post Number1003220
Job TitleScientific Communications & Outreach Manager
Closing Date6 Aug 2017
GradeSC5
Starting Salary£38,520 - £47,080
Hours per week 37
Expected/Ideal Start Date 04 Sep 2017
Months Duration Indefinite
Main purpose of the job Operating within the Business Development & Communications (BD&C) group, the Scientific Communications & Outreach Manager (SCO) role is the anchor point for EI content development and outreach activity. Stakeholder engagement is embedded in the Earlham Institute Mission statement, it is essential for us to explain our science to our stakeholders and learn what they feel about it. Working within the busy communications team and reporting to the Head of Business Development & Communications, the SCO will help to shape the scientific communications and public engagement strategies whilst supporting the broader awareness raising activities of the institute. This is a content focussed role that requires the planning and scheduling of editorial content and delivery of effective communications and engagement activities across internal and external stakeholder groups, shaping our science coverage through researching, interpreting, writing and editing scientific news, articles and features for a range of media channels and delivery of outreach events. Networking skills, to develop internal and external relationships, with technical ability in scientific writing, media communications and public engagement activity are essential.

Department Business Development and Communications Group
Group Details The Business Development and Communications Group works to develop the processes, mechanisms, networks and relationships that support our scientists to share their knowledge and realise the social and economic impact of their research.
Advert Text An exciting opportunity for an outstanding candidate is available as we seek to appoint a Scientific Communications and Outreach Manager to join the Business Development and Communications team at the Earlham Institute.

Background:

The Earlham Institute (EI) is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation. EI is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience.

The role:

EI is at the cutting edge of scientific technology, and the Business Development & Communications Group have an important role to play in communicating our research and activities to a global stakeholder base. The Scientific Communications and Outreach Manager (SCO) role is the anchor point for EI content development and outreach activity with responsibility for bringing our research to life by creating high-quality, persuasive and impactful content and effective public engagement activities. The SCO will help to shape the scientific communications and public engagement strategies whilst supporting the broader awareness raising activities of the institute.

This is a content focussed role that requires the planning and scheduling of editorial content and delivery of effective communications and engagement activities across internal and external stakeholder groups, shaping our science coverage through researching, interpreting, writing and editing scientific news, articles and features for a range of media channels and delivery of outreach events. A commitment to providing innovative and inspiring opportunities for people to engage with the work of the institute is essential, as is an understanding of how to be innovative across the digital communications landscape.

The successful candidate will be an effective science writer, their background in the life sciences will enable them to lead content creation within the Communications team and support our scientific colleagues to deliver a range of effective media output, managing press engagement to maximise coverage. Working with the Head of Business Development and Communications they will help to develop and deliver both content and public engagement/outreach strategies, devising programmes to inform, engage and inspire stakeholders about the Institute, our research and activities. Equally, we are passionate about providing our scientists with training, support, and recognition for their engagement activities and the SCO will play an important role in establishing activities within EI. With Line Management responsibility for the Press, Marketing and Outreach Officer, the SCO will be responsible for monitoring, analysis and reporting of communications activity.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in life sciences, preferably within the field of molecular biology, genetics or bioinformatics. Technical ability and experience in scientific writing, media communications and public engagement activity are also essential, as is the ability to develop effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £38,520 to £47,080 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post on a permanent basis.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.

The closing date for applications will be 6th August 2017.
Key relationships Internal:      Reporting to the Head of Business Development and Communication, the SCO will be a key member of Communications Team with a role to play in raising awareness of the Institute work, achievements and activities through communications and public engagement (outreach) activity. They will interact across all functions within the Institute.
External:     Media representatives and press, Norwich Research Park (NRP) Communication and Public Engagement/ Outreach Offices, NBI partnership communication and external relationship staff, BBSRC media, communication and outreach staff. Key Stakeholder groups including the general public and educational organisations.
Other:      Conference, exhibition and events organizers, funders, collaborators and their respective communications/media/outreach staff. Press.
Main Activities & Responsibilities
Support communications strategy development
•     Working with the Head of BD&C to develop a content strategy. Plan and schedule editorial content across all communications channels that is in alignment with EI research and activity.
•     Co-ordinate and assist with the development and implementation of strategy to deliver impactful public engagement and outreach activity.
Lead content creation within Communications team
•     Research, develop, plan, create, manage and evaluate content and projects for:
‒     multi-media channel releases ensuring it is current and relevant.
‒     specific communication campaigns. Stakeholder Insight to identify targeted campaign areas that can be used to inform marketing plans and advise communications team on PR strategies and campaigns
•     Conducting interviews with colleagues, collaborators and establishing a network of contacts to identify and optimise news opportunities.
•     Producing articles for publication in print and online according to agreed style and keeping to strict deadlines. Proof reading, reviewing and amending work in response to feedback and selecting appropriate artwork.
•     Reading, researching and analysing specialist media and literature, e.g. scientific papers, company reports, newspapers, magazines and journals, policy reports, blog posts, press releases and internet resources including social media.
•     Provide a first point of contact for media and other stakeholder inquiries, arranging media interviews, news briefings and press visits.
•     Advise and support EI staff with their communications and marketing requirements ensuring brand compliance.
•     Provide creative, editorial and operational support for communications projects
•     Drafting, editing and distributing materials for the press and other audience groups. Including, content writing and editing articles for EI publicity m
•     To produce, create, curate and maintain engaging copy for the Institute website, supporting the digital communications team with content for the Institute’s social media and digital presence and other social media as required.
•     Support effective internal communications activity through multi-channel approaches, from the preparation and management of an internal newsletter through to arranging and delivering lab tours for media/communication visitors.
•     Use the suite of communications tools available with the communications team.
Lead Public Engagement/Outreach activity within the Institute
•     To project, plan, organise, facilitate and deliver interactive, educational and informative content, events and activities about the Institute’s research for internal and external stakeholders.
•     Inform, motivate and support the Institute’s academic staff and postgraduate students to engage in public engagement and widening participation activities and build a pool of departmental resources for these activities
•     To lead specific training for Institute staff and students in public engagement.
•     Be the first point of contact for EI Public Engagement and Outreach activity and a point of contact for media enquiries.
•     Building relationships across media and wider stakeholder groups, including organisations involved in science outreach and communications. Provide a point of contact for media and other stakeholder inquiries, arranging media interviews, news briefings and press visits.
•     Coordinate EI contribution in events, conferences, exhibitions and fairs targeting the general public
Support Institute Marketing activity
•     Support development of brand materials through content generation and creative work. Including, but not limited to) newsletters, flyers, brochures, posters, social media content/design, annual reports; photographic content and graphic design.
•     Assisting the Business Development and Communications Group to organise events including exhibitions and open days and represent EI internationally.
•     Help market and communicate events across EI and its subsidiaries.
Undertake Line Manager duties
‒     Manage the Press, Marketing & Outreach Officer
‒     Complete appraisal process activities and support personal development.
‒     Manage a budget for paid editorial
‒     Ensure good return on investment from paid editorial activity
To monitor, analyse and report on communications activity.
•     Undertake monitoring activities (internal and external) on public engagement and media activity performance. Analyse and collate performance data to provide insightful reports.
•     Produce monthly, quarterly and ad hoc digital communications report for the Head of Business development & Communications
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the role

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
A PhD in life sciences preferably within the field of molecular biology, genetics or bioinformatics.Essential
A degree or equivalent professional qualification in scientific communications or journalism Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Experience in working with database and image librariesEssential
Understanding of managerial theories and evidence of applicationEssential
Pragmatic and analytical approach to problem solvingEssential
Ability to innovate and generate creative solutions to practical challengesEssential
Ability to prioritise and manage workloads, delivering to tight deadlinesEssential
Specific skills in content generation and copy writing for a range of media releases, including attention to detail in spelling, grammar and other established conventions (and differences) between print and social media. Essential
The ability to spot a good story within complex science and distil it into engaging copy to inform, engage and inspire a wide variety of audiencesEssential
Strong experience in communications – including planning and developing compelling content and reaching audiences with creative communications and campaignsEssential
Excellent journalistic skills and an understanding of how to influence and use the media.Essential
Excellent spoken and written English skillsEssential
Ability to lead the preparation, organisation and facilitation of eventsEssential
Good knowledge of the digital marketing landscape and content strategy Essential
Familiarity with publishing and media monitoring softwareEssential
High levels of computer literacy to include MS Office, PowerPoint, internet and databasesEssential
Experience in graphics software.Desirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Experience in publishing and the use of web-based and digital media, including monitoring activityEssential
Experience in delivering eventsEssential
Experience of working with a broad range of internal and external contactsEssential
Experience of working to deadlines and budget constraintsEssential
Demonstrable experience in delivering science communications and public engagement across different channels to agreed target levelsEssential
Experience in communicating complex scientific ideas to different target audiences, ranging from scientists to the general publicEssential
Knowledge of planning and delivering marketing / communications campaigns, projects, or initiativesEssential
Experience in commissioning design and print work Desirable
Experience in devising and coordinating photography and graphic designDesirable

Management and LeadershipRequirementImportance
Experience in a managerial role within a communications settingDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Experience in delivering presentations to a wide range of audience types and sizesEssential
Ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels both internally and externally Essential
Flexible and creative with an ability to learn new skillsEssential
Target driven approach with the ability to collect, analyse and report effectively on communications activitiesEssential
Excellent Communication and interpersonal skillsEssential
Being able to work independently to own initiative and be proactiveEssential
Ability to communicate clearly and be able to work effectively as a member of a team, taking responsibility for the wider team’s delivery of tasks and urgent projectsEssential
Ability to respond to and manage changeDesirable

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Confident, enthusiastic and a ‘can do’ approachEssential
Interest in science and society and different methods of communicationEssential
A focus on high level of standards output and attention to detailEssential
Travel to international and national eventsEssential
Ability to adapt role and hours to changing demands of the workplaceEssential
Flexibility to travel, attend/represent EI in events, also on site with some unsocial hoursEssential
Ability to cover communications role outside of normal office hours, so some weekend, and night time working may be required when workload demandsEssential
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential