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Science Communications and Media Officer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, Oxfordshire
£31931 - £32931 per annum
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Science Communications and Media Officer
Salary: £31,931 per annum

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire

We have a vacancy for a Science Communications Officer in our Science and Technology Facilities Council team, to source and write content from the world's most exciting research and innovation activities. Your storytelling skills will help us share the excitement and social impact of our world-leading science, engineering and technology to a range of audiences through digital and traditional channels. Your compelling content and creative ideas will generate increased public and stakeholder interest in our research programmes.

You will be part of a small team working closely with other communications colleagues and researchers across STFC and the wider UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) community to source, research, write and edit, innovative content and will assist in developing STFC's presence within the print and broadcast media. You will contribute to a range of corporate communications and PR activities and events across the campus. You will have good written and verbal communications skills, as well as strong journalistic instincts and a grasp of how to structure a narrative. You will be comfortable with fast turnarounds and juggling multiple jobs simultaneously.

An important aspect of the role will be to liaise with academic and expert staff to ensure opportunities are sourced to showcase our research facilities in press, journals, magazines, and broadcast media, as well as across our online platforms.


  • Excellent writing and visual presentation skills

  • Broadcast/print journalism/press office experience

  • Demonstrated experience in sourcing and producing news, features and presentations to tight deadlines

  • Significant experience of breaking down complex subjects/topics into engaging content

  • Experience of managing communications projects

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in journalism or a related subject.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.

The closing date for applications is 3rd September 2021.

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