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Research Communications Officer

Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive individual with experience of communicating complex topics to a lay audience.

Research Communications Officers have a passion for communicating science, delivering a proactive research communications programme that is accessible to staff, supporters and the public.

This will involve gathering and managing information about Diabetes UK’s research portfolio and developing stories of research impact to help increase support for Diabetes UK research.

Interview Date: 4-6 September 2019

Role Responsibility

The Research Communications Officer will support the development and delivery of the research communications programme, including the following activities:

  • Identify opportunities within Diabetes UK’s research portfolio for proactive research communication
  • Produce exciting and engaging research content for a variety of channels
  • Act as a research content expert for Diabetes UK, supporting teams across the charity to talk clearly and effectively about diabetes research
  • Support the Head of Research Communications to raise awareness of the diabetes Clinical Studies Groups and the work of the wider directorate
  • Represent Diabetes UK externally, speaking on behalf of the charity
  • Support the Head of Research Communications in the wider management of the research communications programme and delivery of other work as necessary

The Ideal Candidate

The best person for this job have the following skills:

  • Knowledge of the diabetes research field and scientific research methods
  • Ability to communicate complex research messages to various audiences
  • Evidence of a first degree in a relevant science discipline (a post graduate qualification in a relevant science discipline or science communication is desirable)
  • Working for a research funding body or charity
  • Committed to delivering excellent, consistent and professional standards
  • Enthusiastic and proactive

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • 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 flexible working 
  • Discounts on gym membership and days out 
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan 
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time.  There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 million more with undiagnosed Type 2.

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

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

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We've recently been awarded a One Star Accreditation status by Best Companies.  And this year we were named 65th in the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. 

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

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