Science Communication Officer

Imperial College London

Direct Entry Job 2 years London, UK

Uploaded 21 Oct 2021

Job Description

Job summary

The main objective of the Science Communication Officer role within the Research Project Management (RPM) Team is to lead on the communication management for the RPM’s portfolio of research projects as well as to support on the communication and marketing strategy for the office.

The current portfolio is mostly funded by the European Commission and made up of projects from the Horizon2020 Programme, but it will soon include projects from the new Horizon Europe Programme.

The new programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies. You will have the opportunity to be part of this exciting new chapter in European Commission research funding and will ensure that RPM projects’ communication meet the funder’s goals and requirements.

The RPM office is an integral part of Imperial’s Enterprise Department, which provides commercial and business management services to support the award and delivery of funded programmes and projects.

The work of Enterprise directly underpins Imperial’s mission, thereby supporting the development of new or enhanced research, education and/or translation capabilities across all faculties of the university and on behalf of Imperial’s academic community. The RPM has a specific focus on managing high-profile international projects (and bids) funded by the European Commission.

Duties and responsibilities

You will work alongside other members of the RPM team to provide efficient leadership on all communication requirements and deliverables for our portfolio of projects. The role includes implementation of the communication activities (for the duration, closure and follow-up of the existing projects), as well as supporting the development of communication strategies for new proposals and future projects.

It will be important for you to interface with key academic staff, College supporting services staff as well as external partners from various projects’ consortia. You will produce marketing and website material and manage several social media accounts. The role will also include coordinating event management for the projects’ workshops, conferences, and societal/outreach events and support RPM to engage and participate in Imperial-led activities and events.

Person Specification

Essential requirements

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate that embraces change and adapts quickly to our variety of research projects and its demands. Some of the essential requirements are:

  • Science communication and marketing qualifications and/or experience.
  • Communication experience including producing marketing and website material and managing social media accounts.
  • Excellent communication and liaison skills.
  • Experience of working in large and complex organisations, especially in higher education.