NC3Rs, Communications Manager- IRC66128, circa ??40-43k, closes 8 October 2012 #scicomm jobs

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

Communications Manager ???



The NC3Rs is a scientific organisation established in 2004 after a report by the House of Lords on the use of animals in scientific procedures. It works with the scientific community, including universities, the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, research funders and regulators to support the development of new research tools and models with reduced reliance on the use of animals and/or improved animal welfare. It has an annual budget of approximately ??5.5 million and its activities are divided between its role as a research funder and programmes led by its own small team of scientists. Further information can be found at

Job description


This is a full time post based at our office in central London.

The NC3Rs has a wide stakeholder group including scientists, regulators, research funders, politicians and the media. Ensuring that we are able to communicate effectively with these groups is essential to the delivery of the 3Rs.

The main responsibilities of the Communications Manager are to:

– Develop a programme of public engagement on the 3Rs to raise awareness of the NC3Rs, its objectives and successes;

– Support increased scientific and regulatory activity on the 3Rs;

– Develop good relations with other organisations involved with communicating science to the public;

– Promote the NC3Rs and the 3Rs in the media developing good links with journalists from broadsheet, internet and trade publications; prepare press statements and briefings;

– Monitor and report on media coverage of the NC3Rs and related activities;

– Prepare corporate publications and other communication materials (e.g. annual report, leaflets, posters, advertisements etc), including liaising with external design agencies;

– Manage the NC3Rs brand;

– Organise the NC3Rs annual science review meeting and other events (e.g. parliamentary events);

– Promote and manage the NC3Rs 3Rs prize.

Person specification

The Communications Manager will be expected to have:

– Proven experience of science communication, including on complex and controversial issues, for both scientific and public audiences;

– Experience of working with the media (print and broadcast);

– A degree or PhD in a biological science (desirable but not essential);

– A good understanding of the use of animals in research and a commitment to the 3Rs and animal welfare;

– The ability to network effectively with a range of stakeholders and to think creatively developing novel solutions to challenges;

– Excellent oral and written communications skills, and the ability to represent the NC3Rs externally;

– Evidence of excellent organisational skills and management of a varied workload;

– The ability to plan and act proactively and work to deadlines.


Benefits include flexible working, excellent holiday entitlement, and MRC final salary pension scheme.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 8 October 2012. The interview for this vacancy will take place on 30 October 2012.

Applications must be made online. First visit the RCUK jobs site at and search for IRC66128. Click ‘Apply’ on the RCUK jobs site and follow the instructions to register for the RCUK iRecruitment site.

Applicants who are unable to apply online, should contact RCUK by telephone on 01793 867003. Please quote the IRC66128 when calling. 

Please ensure you include a copy of your CV, covering letter and contact details for three professional referees within your application.

Applicants are shortlisted for interview based on how they meet the criteria in the person specification. Your cover letter should provide evidence of how you meet these criteria.

Final appointment will be subject to pre-employment screening.

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