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Research Communications Officer - 5 Year Funding

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Diabetes UK where you can be a crucial part of helping us create a world where Diabetes can do no harm! 

We have secured an incredible and unprecedented £50 million investment from the Steve Morgan Foundation which will fund research and pave the way to the development of new treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.

In our mission to transform the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes and to lead the race towards a cure, we have formed an exciting partnership with the Steve Morgan Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd (JDRF).

The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge is a very different and exciting way of funding research. It will support collaborative research of greater scale, accelerating progress towards a cure for type 1 diabetes. 

In collaboration with world-class scientists and people with diabetes we have narrowed down the research areas of The SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge, and one area of focus will be on research to replace or rescue insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas.

To join our friendly team please take a look at the information below and apply today!   

Interview Date: Tuesday 14 June 2022 (face-to-face in London, E1 1FH)

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK. You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@diabetes.org.uk

Role Responsibility

As a Research Communications Officer your focus will be on engaging the research community with Diabetes UK’s funding schemes, including the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge, and communicating the impact of Diabetes UK- and SMF-funded research to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll bring good knowledge of the research funding landscape and research methods, as well as an ability to critique scientific papers. You’ll have experience of communicating complex scientific topics and messages in understandable and engaging ways to various audiences and will have developed research content in different formats tailored to the needs of different audiences. You’ll be comfortable working on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and able to form good working relationships within and outside of an organisation.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days in your first 5 years here. Pro rata’d for those on part time hours or fixed term contracts.
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out-of-pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments)
  • Early finish Friday and agile working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life
  • Access to Remote GP, physiotherapy, mental health support, and much more
  • Annual Season ticket loan (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Home office season ticket (to help you spread the cost of any equipment or furniture you wish to purchase)
  • Excellent Family-friendly and Carers policies, e.g. generous maternity, paternity, and neo-natal policies – considerably higher than statutory leave and pay
  • Cycle to work scheme (after successful completion of your probation period and for contracts that are permanent or over 12 months if fixed term)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities which we are delighted have continued remotely during the pandemic 
  • We have a variety of well-being sessions throughout the year

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.

 

Diabetes UK

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