a) The results of a previous poll asking readers which hashtag style they preferred (#scicomm jobs versus #scicommjobs) suggested that #scicommjobs is the favourite, so I’ll start using that a bit more, although not exclusively.
b) If you’re not already familiar with patient and public involvement in medical research (charities, NHS etc) then you might want to read Simon Denegri’s blog – he’s Chair of INVOLVE which is all about that sort of thing. I think this role is more about getting input from people with dementia in terms of them feeding in to research priorities but you might also be interested in related work on getting patients and carers involved in co-writing plain English lay summaries of medical research charity-published studies, more at Patients Participate! (note the blue Downloads, and External links panels on the right hand side)
c) There’s is a similarly-titled, but non-scicomm job, called ‘Engagement Officer’ that closes on 22 May and which pays a little more (£26k). More details.
Research Engagement Officer (Tower Hill, London)
Job description: Job_Information_Pack_-_Research_Engagement_Officer_-_May_2013
Location: Tower Hill, London
Closing Date: 06 Jun 2013
Salary: £22,272 per annum
Hours: 35 per week
Contract type: Permanent
Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK alone and numbers continue to grow.
Alzheimer’s Society is growing its research programme into the prevention, cause, cure and care of dementia, with a record £5.2 million spent in 2012/2013. At the heart of the Society’s research programme is the Research Network, which consists of approximately 250 people with personal experience of dementia. The Society is a pioneer in ‘public and patient involvement’ in research and continues to set high standards for the involvement of ‘lay’ experiences in biomedical and care research.
We are looking to recruit a Research Engagement Officer to support the engagement of people affected by dementia in our research programme. The post holder will work on a day-to-day basis to support the work of the Research Network but will also support the development of a wider research engagement function at the Society. This is an exciting time for the development of the Society’s research programme and the post holder will work together with the Research Engagement Manager to develop new channels and methods to engage new and existing audiences in dementia research.
You will have strong organisational, events management and interpersonal skills to coordinate the various activities of the Research Network to agreed deadlines. You will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an eye for detail, to ensure that the Research Network contribute effectively to our research. Your ability to communicate and empathise with people affected by dementia will ensure a first class volunteering experience for the Research Network. You will be able to think creatively about how to make the full use of people’s personal experiences of dementia to support dementia research.
Interview date: 19 June 2013
For an informal discussion on this role please contact Matt Murray, Research Engagement Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0207 423 3603
Please download the Information Pack, Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form below.
No CVs or agencies please.
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Alzheimer’s Society is an equal opportunities employer.