|In my opinion Cancer Research UK have been more or less at the forefront of science communication within the ‘third sector’ (ie charities), specifically medical research charities, for quite a few years.
I’m sure plenty of other charities have been communicating science for aeons – it’s difficult not to if you fund research or want to support people with a health condition – but @CR_UK seem to have been one of the first to be explicit about doing science communication.
It seems to me that many other charities are now more aware that what they’re doing is #scicomm and they’re more involved in that ‘world’, attending the various sciencey / engagementy events in a way that just a few years ago I’m not so sure they were. Or at least it wasn’t obvious to me…
This isn’t an exhaustive list and every charity is different, but charity science communication generally involves in no particular order
1. telling the public about the scientific research you’re (well, that your public is) funding
2. telling your fundraising team about the areas being worked on so that they can share this with potential supporters
3. providing health advice and guidelines, based on good evidence, and putting new information in context for general public and healthcare professionals
4. telling the media about results from your research, or commenting on results from others’ research
5. answering general public or staff enquiries
6. other things I’ve not thought of Cancer Research UK has a fantastic science blog and podcast which is also accompanied by a transcript (useful for those with hearing difficulties and also amenable to search engines). Previous jobs posted from them include
Right, enough blethering from me 🙂
Cancer Research UK
Senior Science Communications Officer
This is a great role for a Science Communications person. You will get to play a central role in meeting the bespoke needs of our internal customers. Details of the role
Senior Science Communications Officer
??27,000 – ??32,000 pa + ??3,750 location allowance About the job
In your role as Senior Science Communications Officer, you will be responsible for seeking out and delivering inspiring information about the charity???s research portfolio to meet the bespoke needs of fundraising teams. You will work particularly closely with our Marketing, Corporate Partnerships and MyProjects teams, capitalising on the charity???s major research projects and initiatives to help leverage more income and build deeper supporter relationships. As well as researching and translating science content for fundraising teams, you will help track their changing information needs and priorities, ensuring that our outputs and future strategy reflect these. About you
To join us, you???ll need to be a confident, positive and solutions-focused individual with excellent motivational and interpersonal skills. A strong science background is essential, ideally to PhD level or equivalent. And a good knowledge of the cancer field is desirable with the enthusiasm to keep up to date with this ever-changing field and our research portfolio. You will be an excellent all round communicator (verbal and written), with a proven track record in communicating complex science to a range of non-scientific audiences. You will be a strategic thinker with excellent time management skills. And you will understand and have enthusiasm for the communication needs of successful fundraising and marketing activities. About us
Cancer Research UK is the world???s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. We are entirely funded by the public ??? last year our total income from fundraising, investments and charitable activities was ??498 million. With over 3,500 staff, we are a large, complex, dynamic and diverse charity. How to apply
All applications should be made via Cancer Research UK???s careers website. Click on the apply button for more information. Our online application process involves attaching your CV and covering letter which should outline your interest in applying for this role and explain how you meet the criteria as set out in the role profile.
Closing date: 26th October 2010
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