[Job, London] Royal College of Pathologists, Events Coordinator, £29.7k, clos 4 Feb 2019

Royal College of Pathologists
Events Coordinator

Full time, 35 hours per week
£29,768 per annum

Info pack / job description

We are looking for an experienced Events Coordinator to deliver academic and professional development events for medical professionals.

The Events Coordinator is responsible for planning and delivering events from start to finish, working closely with a lead pathologist responsible for each event. The role involves:

  • event planning, administration and delivery
  • delegate booking and registration
  • support for speakers
  • sourcing and managing suppliers
  • event promotion
  • budget management
  • event evaluation.

The successful candidate will be an experienced events coordinator, with a successful track record of delivering events, conferences and meetings, providing high quality customer service, and have a positive approach to problem solving.  The role will involve some travel to events across the UK.

Benefits include 25 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays, rising with length of service, a defined benefit company pension scheme, and an employee discount scheme.

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with over 11,000 members who are doctors and scientists working in hospitals, universities and laboratories in the UK and overseas.  Pathology is at the heart of modern healthcare.  Pathologists work to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor diseases and are involved in the diagnosis of disorders affecting every organ of the body, from before birth to after death. The majority of tests requested by doctors will be performed and interpreted by a clinical scientist or medically qualified pathologist.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 4 February 2019.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 12 February.

The College values diversity and welcomes applications from all members of society.

For further information and to apply for the role, please download the information pack, and return your completed application form to recruitment@rcpath.org. [Application form is on the website but I’ve not saved a copy of it – Jo]


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[Job, London] Royal Coll Physicians, Dir Comms, Policy & Research, £72.3-80.3k, clos 10 Feb 2019

Royal College of Physicans
Director of Communications, Policy and Research – ref COM197 https://jobs.rcplondon.ac.uk/VacancyDetails.aspx?FromSearch=True&MenuID=&VacancyID=652

Permanent link to Job Description and Person Specification below – Jo.

Salary: £72,328 – £80,364 per annum
Location: London
Level: Management

Deadline: 10/02/2019 23:59
Hours: 35
Job Type: Full Time

For this role appointments are usually made at c£75,000 – £80,000 per annum.

Full Time, Permanent

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has an exciting opportunity for a senior individual to lead a dynamic team and contribute to the delivery and achievement of the College’s ambitious strategy.

The director for communications, policy and research works closely with the president, chief executive and academic vice president and other senior officers/executive directors to deliver the programme of work under theme four of the RCP’s five theme strategy – ‘we will shape the future of health and healthcare.’ It is by definition a make a difference role, enabling the voice of the patient and physician to heard through influence and policy shaping.

About the Role
This is a key appointment in continuing to build on the influence, standing and reputational profile of the RCP. The role’s key responsibility is enabling the RCP to have strong and evidence informed policy for influencing other professional bodies, the government and policy makers in the midst of challenging times for the NHS.

The post holder will:

Provide leadership, support and development in building sustainability into all aspects of communications, policy and research
Continue to build on the RCP’s established reputation
Be an active contributor to the strategy executive and executive leadership teams, and contributing to the direction of the RCP, its overall management and cross-organisational activities.

About the RCP
We are a patient-centred, clinically-led organisation with a core mission to improve patient care and reduce illness. As the leading body for physicians, with 35,000 members in the UK and internationally, we aim to lead debate and influence the way in which healthcare is designed and delivered, promoting good health and leading the prevention of ill-health.

You will be joining the College at an exciting time of growth and development, with the College’s commitment to opening a centre of excellence in Liverpool (“RCP North”), already in Phase 1 development with the opening of a new building in the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter in 2020. This major commitment demonstrates the modernity, accessibility and relevance of the College to our membership.

For more information about the role and our benefits please view the job description and person specification & Benefits and Perks.

Dr Ian Bullock, CEO is happy to speak to potential candidates wishing further information specific to the role and the RCP. Please contact Louise Sadler, louise.sadler@rcplondon.ac.uk, who will arrange appointments accordingly. PLEASE NO AGENCIES.

For any queries relating to the application or interview process please contact the RCP HR Recruitment team at recruitment@rcplondon.ac.uk

Closing date: 10 February 2019

Interview date: 18 February 2019 (London)

To apply for this role please submit your CV and Covering Letter outlining how your skills and experience match the job description and person specification.

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[Job] UK Imgng & Oncol Conf, PR services #scicomm jobs

UK Imaging and Oncology Conference (UKIO)
PR Services
Unknown salary, unknown closing date

Conference is in Liverpool but not sure where you have to be to do this…

“Looking to recruit a PR/Comms freelancer or small agency to provide PR services for a large medical/science conference”

PDF rfp – press pr for ukio 2019 final, text below

Press & PR services for UKIO Congress 2019

Product information and context

The United Kingdom Imaging & Oncology Congress (UKIO) is the permanent amalgamation of two well-known conferences – the UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) and the UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO). 2019 will be the first year that this unified event will run as UKIO.

The Congress is organised by ROC, (Radiology Oncology Congresses) a charitable partnership of the British Institute of Radiology, The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and The College of Radiographers. Profile Productions are the current professional congress organisers.

This annual event consists of a three-day multidisciplinary scientific congress and technical exhibition which run simultaneously in one location. The event is aimed at all those involved in the field of radiological science and radiation oncology and attracts over 2,000 attendees. The 2019 congress is taking place on Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 June 2019 at the ACC and ECL Liverpool.

The 2019 theme is Personalise & Humanise. The scientific programme, that promises to be both innovative and varied will create a true multidisciplinary congress, covering the widest range of topics. A very strong team of Vice Presidents and programme committee members guided by UKIO President, Dr Julian Kabala, are working to create a challenging education programme including a number of plenary sessions and debates.

The scientific programme is comprised of themed streams:

• Clinical.
• Radiotherapy & oncology.
• Research; workforce & education; policy and QI.
• Imaging technologies and informatics.
• Proffered papers.

The congress will include a wide range of topics, from current procedures to advances and new technologies, from clinical applications to management challenges.

For further information about the event, please visit www.ukio.org.uk.

Business objective

The Congress is the biggest event on imaging and oncology in the UK, and the must-attend event of the year for the multi-disciplinary team working in the field of radiological science and radiation oncology. Specifically, it aims to:

• Offer a forum for high quality education and professional development.
• Provide a platform for the presentation of cutting-edge research and innovation.
• Showcase latest innovations in industry.
• Influence government and decision-makers.
• Educate and provide information and news from the imaging and radiotherapy field to the general public.

Communications/PR objective

ROC is currently looking for Press and PR services for the 2019 congress – starting in January 2019 through to post-event reporting in July. As this is an annual event there is potential for a long-term contract after the first year. The PR work will sit alongside an existing marketing campaign of email and postal campaigns, social media, print and digital advertising, promotion at other events, Facebook ads, SEO.
The PR objective is to:

The PR objective is to:

• Lift the overall profile of the event.
• Improve visibility of the event to the existing audience, particularly bearing in mind that it has a new identity, name and brand that the existing audience may not immediately recognise.
• Create awareness of the event amongst other related healthcare organisations.
• Raise awareness amongst the general public of imaging and radiotherapy.
• Generate media coverage in the medical/healthcare and consumer press.

Who do we need to engage?

The PR campaign will need to:

– reinforce visibility with Current audiences, including:

• Past delegates of UKRC and UKRO.
• New delegates.
• Committee members and programme leads.
• Presidents/Officers of the three societies (BIR, IPEM and SCOR)
• Members of the BIR, IPEM and SCOR.
• Industry/exhibitors.
• Existing press links

– reach and expand into new audiences, such as:

• Other related healthcare societies.
• Health management sector and press
• Scientific and specialist computer applications sector and press
• Medical and scientific researchers
• Healthcare/medical press.
• Healthcare/scientific correspondents of mainstream media.

Scope of work

We envisage the scope of services needed to include:


• Develop and expand the existing list of journalists in the diagnostic imaging and clinical oncology / radiotherapy sectors (national and international) and nurture relationships.
• Build a list of healthcare/scientific correspondents in the mainstream media and nurture relationships.
• Work with Profile Productions and UKIO leads (president/section leads and marketing group) to identify key stories based on specific programme themes or key speakers.
• Interview key speakers and protagonists.
• Generate press releases (1-2 per month) aimed at different audiences and be responsible for sell-ins to journalists.
• Manage involvement of Congress stakeholders / spokespersons with the press – including writing briefing documents, providing key messages to deliver etc.
• Work with industry/exhibitors to identify and support key stories and major announcements to be made at UKIO.
• Manage press accreditation for Congress – own the media invitations and manage the media guestlist.
• Support a press office onsite at the Congress.
• Generate onsite press materials and stories (including working with the marketing team of exhibitors where appropriate).

Digital and social media:

• Integrate online and other PR activities within the online marketing plan.
• Build online exploitation into all campaign ideas.
• Produce and help deliver a social media strategy.
• Work with key Congress stakeholders (committee, speakers, the three societies, partners, exhibitors) to integrate the Congress into their social media presence.
• Manage Congress social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).
• Write all social media copy.
• Link press releases to social media stories.
• Manage the Congress social media accounts onsite.


• Brief photographer.


• Provide timely reports on PR activities throughout the planning process.
• Produce follow-up press releases post-Congress (e.g. on outcomes of debates, success of the conference etc).
• Gather feedback from journalists on the Congress.
• Produce a post-event report of event coverage for ROC.



• Liaise with the three societies – BIR, IPEM and SCOR – on focused PR for their members.
• Manage all reactive enquiries.


• Press releases produced.
• Press coverage generated (in both healthcare/medical press and mainstream press).
• Social media engagement – pre-event and onsite.


We are looking to secure services ASAP, to run through the planning and marketing period of the conference to onsite in June and post-event reporting in July.

Enquiries and proposals

Proposals should be made in writing and emailed to julie.churchill@profileproductions.co.uk.

For any further information, please contact sue.elcock@profileproductions.co.uk or julie.churchill@profileproductions.co.uk.


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[Job][Germany] Max Planck Inst Marine Microbiol, PR person wanted, clos 31 Jan 2019

Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie
Mitarbeiter in der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Public relations employee
Close 31 Jan 2019, salary details unknown

The text below is a Google Translate-derived translation of the actual job advert [note that the link will fade over time] which is in German. This is the link [which will also fade] to the English translation. The text below will last for however long this website lasts 🙂

At the bottom of the original advert the online application button is on the right.

The text below has not been changed from Google Translate’s translation.

The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology is a research institute of the Max Planck Society. It was founded in 1992 in the state of Bremen and employs around 200 people. In close cooperation with numerous university and non-university research institutions, we explore the diversity and function of microorganisms in the ocean and their interactions with their environment. Researchers from all over the world, engineers, technicians and administrative staff together make an important contribution to global marine and environmental research.

We are looking for the next possible date one

Employee in public relations m / w / d (Full-time)

These are your main areas of activity:

  • They independently and creatively arrange the work and direction of the press and public relations in consultation with their colleagues.
  • Together with the other employees of the press and public relations department they develop new communication strategies and measures.
  • They place our work in the media, answer press inquiries and maintain contacts with journalists and the media.
  • They represent our institute externally and internally, for example in relevant committees and at events.
  • They present our research using visual media, for example, creating science videos and other modern formats of science communication.
  • They look after our website and our presence in the social media.
  • They organize and supervise visits to institutes, events and exhibitions, possibly also on weekends.

Your skills:

  • Prerequisite is a successfully completed study in a natural science and / or communications science subject (preferably biosciences / geosciences, possibly with a doctorate)
  • Several years of professional experience in the field of science communication
  • Good knowledge of the regional and national scientific landscape
  • Good networking in the regional and national media
  • Comprehensive knowledge in the field of video / visual media and photography
  • Very good German and English knowledge in spoken and written
  • Strong teamwork and very good communication skills
  • Intercultural competence as well as customer and service oriented thinking and acting
  • Independent, structured and efficient way of working
  • Safe handling of relevant Apple and MS Office tools, Internet and social media

We offer a responsible and varied work in a growing interdisciplinary and international research institute, a pleasant, collegial working environment and a modern workplace. A wide range of individual training opportunities is also at your disposal. The position is initially limited to two years, a takeover in an indefinite employment relationship is sought. Remuneration is based on the collective agreement of the public service TVöD (federal government).

Have we piqued your interest?
Then we look forward to your meaningful application until 31.01.2019 . Applications to this position are made exclusively through our online application portal accepted.

The Max Planck Society endeavors to employ more severely handicapped people. Applications of severely disabled persons are expressly desired.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Types of science communication jobs – a list

Cross-posted to my Stuff that occurs to me blog

Prospects.ac.uk is a website with a listing of the types of jobs associated with a particular degree / discipline, full list here https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/

Some examples

The biology one does mention ‘science writer‘ as an option but largely focuses on continuing to be a scientist – I didn’t find much on the site promoting jobs in science communication. Pinching the list idea of job types from Prospect and the idea of the range of different scicomm sectors from myself I’ve come up with a starter-list of types of things science communicators might do.

Perhaps you’ll be reading this and going “oh for heaven’s sake she’s forgotten X”, hopefully you’ll tell me 🙂 @JoBrodie

There’s a lot of overlap among the different sectors mentioned, I suppose we could also divide jobs into those where you communicate science face to face, by written media (blogs, newspapers), or spoken (radio) or on TV…

Museums, science centres

  • Museum explainer – someone who supports visitors as they meander through the exhibits
  • Science show or Planetarium presenter – someone who gives a short talk and possibly answers questions
  • Blogger (likely to be part of another role though) – someone who shares interesting or even quirky aspects of the centre’s collection

Science or medical journalism

  • (Blogger – unpaid, own time)
    • As anyone can create a free blog this is a low-cost (beyond time) way of getting some writing practice and seeing what works, while building up a portfolio. While it’s highly unlikely that the blog itself would provide an income it may lead to other opportunities.
  • Writer / journalist for newspaper or medical journal etc
  • Editor / Commissioning Editor
  • Researcher / fact-checker
  • Social media / blogger (as a job) / podcast or other audiovisual content creator, including medical or scientific illustrator or animator
  • For science or medical journals some of these jobs may also be combined with the admin of seeking reviewers for articles submitted, and managing the article submission and publication process.

TV or radio presenting, or contributor, editor, producer, researcher

  • (This can also be a subset of science / medical journalism)
  • Might be a helpful idea to create your own YouTube channel so people can see what you’re like on camera, perhaps not just presenting to camera but interacting with an interviewed guest. Or something like a podcast.
  • See also a post of mine from 2011 on How to be a science presenter, from a BBC Science talk at the Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Social media / blogger (as a job) / podcast or other audiovisual content creator for the programme’s website or medical or scientific illustrator or animator – providing content for the programme itself

Medical research charities / patient groups (also science research-funding Research Councils)

  • Head of Research / Research Grants Manager / Research Grants administrator
    • all involve the administration of the charity’s research portfolio which includes managing applications and finding reviewers for them. There is also a lot of translating all this science into plain English to tell supporters what they’ve funded and why it’s important, also for fundraising colleagues to be able to use that info to raise funds.
  • (Science) Information Manager / Officer aka Public Information Officer (PIO)
    • this job may be combined with other Comms roles but typically includes helping colleagues, healthcare professionals and the public (eg via a Q&A helpline) make sense of the latest and historical research into the relevant condition and help keep everyone up to date. Often this task overlaps with librarian work.
  • Director of Communications / Head of Press / Press Officer / PR & publicity
    • this can incorporate science communication when writing a press release about research the charity has funded (or commenting on research from elsewhere) but will also involve policy work, and promoting events or news items that might be less scicomm-oriented.
  • Publications editor / writer
    • Some charities have a magazine for members, also a more medical one for healthcare professionals and even without that there’s a high chance that there will be patient information leaflets or info leaflets for medics. These may be written in-house by staff with a biomedical background.
  • Illustrator / animator (see refs to this above also)
    • Most leaflets have illustrative drawings and the charity may well have a YouTube channel or Instagram and will need clear content that explains complex info.

Government / Policy

  • Researcher / writer of brief ‘POSTnotes’ for ministers via the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology.
  • Department-specific roles eg in BEIS etc.

Learned societies / professional bodies

  • Head of public events, event manager, officer – some learned societies will have a programme of public events
  • Social media / blogger (as a job) / podcast or other audiovisual content creator – to share info with professional members and the public about events or subject-specific information
  • See also Publications editor / writer in Medical charities section as many societies have their own members magazine.
  • Illustrator / animator (see refs to this above also)


  • Public engagement co-ordinators / managers
    • this role may be attached to a particular department (eg one for the Biology dept, another for chemistry) or attached to a dedicated Engagement department. Individual large research projects may also employ their own to both involve stakeholders in the development of the research and later to support dissemination of the project’s results.
  • Scicomm as a sideline to research
    • For people already working as scientists in a university there are plenty of opportunities to share their own research, comment on others’ research in the news media. Also plenty of opportunities to make their work accessible via public lectures, fun events, having school groups visit (or giving talks to schools).


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