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NC3Rs Science Communications and Media Relations Officer, 2019
Deadline: 26 Nov 2019
Salary: £29,181.00 - £33,755.00 (plus London allowances)
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is a UK-based scientific organisation, dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research in testing (the 3Rs). Its work is based around four main activities:
Funding research and early career awards
Commercialising 3Rs technologies
Changing practice, policy and regulations
Providing 3Rs resources, training materials and other information.
Communicating effectively about the 3Rs is essential in delivering the NC3Rs mission. The Centre’s communications activities play a vital role in promoting the awareness, understanding and behavioural change required for widespread uptake of the 3Rs across the scientific community. More broadly public opinion polls demonstrate that there is increasing interest in learning more about the 3Rs. The NC3Rs supports its communication activities through a range of channels including its website, social media and public engagement events.
The Science Communications and Media Relations Officer is responsible for promoting and communicating the work of the NC3Rs to key stakeholders within the scientific community as well as parliamentarians, the media and the general public. This role involves supporting members of the NC3Rs team, as well as the wider community of NC3Rs-funded scientists, to communicate their work and also involves leading on the Centre’s public engagement activities.
External communications and content development
Write, edit, and distribute content for a variety of communication channels including the NC3Rs website, news items, press releases, social media and other promotional/informative material that communicates the NC3Rs’ activities.
Collaborate with colleagues to develop and implement an effective communications strategy.
Develop relationships with NC3Rs grant holders and other stakeholders to ensure that any media opportunities are identified and maximised.
Develop and maintain good relationships with the media including journalists from print, broadcast and online media to facilitate promotion of the NC3Rs and the 3Rs.
Act as the first point of contact for all media enquiries and coordinate the NC3Rs response.
Keep up-to-date on changes in the external environment, such as coverage of animal research in the media, so that the NC3Rs can be prepared to respond accordingly.
Public engagement activities
Develop and manage a programme of public engagement activities on the 3Rs to raise awareness of the NC3Rs and its activities and promote the importance of the 3Rs.
Manage the NC3Rs public engagement funding scheme which is available to NC3Rs grant holders.
Work with NC3Rs scientific staff to effectively communicate their work to non-specialist audiences.
Ensure consistent use of the NC3Rs brand and house style.
Other ad-hoc activities as required, for example; assisting in the preparation of corporate materials (e.g. annual report).