[Job, London] NICE, Media Rel’ns Exec, £25.3-35.2k, clos 17 June

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NICE: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Media Relations Executive

Job Reference: 907-NICE297
Salary: £26,302 to £35,225 pa

Permanent copy of job description: NICE-ATR_JD-MEDIA_RELATIONS_EXEC-EA-623894-26052016

Closing Date: 17/06/2016
Interview Date: 24/06/2016
Contact Name: Margaret Hanson-Omani
Telephone: 020 7045 2178

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:

• Producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners.
• Developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services;
• Providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

Please note, if the advertised role is based in London and is on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area Supplement. No other roles attract this supplement.


Media Relations Executive (design)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Media Relations Executive (design) – Band 6 + HCAS
Based in London, permanent full-time position (37.5 hours)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.

Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by producing evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners; developing quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social care services and providing a range of information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

The Communications Directorate is made up of a number of teams: media relations; external communications (which includes NICE website, events and exhibitions, public affairs and stakeholder relations); enquiry handling; internal communications; and publishing. Together they use a variety of channels to communicate with a wide range of audiences in the NHS and beyond. They contribute to the core work of producing guidance and other products through their roles in editing, production, distribution and promotion. And they help to protect and enhance the reputation of NICE through daily contact with the public, media, parliamentarians and other key groups.

The Media Relations team is responsible for promoting the work of NICE and protecting the organisation’s reputation. Working closely with other centres and directorates across NICE and with members of advisory committees and guidance development groups, the team provides advice, support and manages issues that are of interest to journalists, communicating clearly on a range of often complex and sensitive issues.

Job summary
The postholder will work cross-functionally and alongside colleagues working within the wider communications team. The Media Relations Executive (design) will play a key role in ensuring the effective delivery of NICE’s communications strategy with a particular focus on communicating the activities of NICE and its guidance to the media using innovative design and branding.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.

* We offer a range of benefits including the NHS pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme
* We provide a thorough induction programme
* Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities
* We promote flexible working to help staff achieve a healthy work life balance
* We value equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community
* We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria in line with the NHS Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification as your application will be shortlisted against these criteria.

Please provide full contact details for all referees within your application form including email addresses. Referees provided must include your current line manager and cover the last 3 years of your employment history.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Please note all contact is made via NHS Jobs in the first instance, please check your account regularly. If you are shortlisted for interview you will be required to provide proof of ID and the right to work in the UK. (Please refer to attached guidance documents for further details). Failure to bring the required proof will mean that we may be unable to proceed with your interview.

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[Job, New York] NSLS II (Synchroton), Science Communicator #scicomm jobs

Not sure what the salary or closing date for this is.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: National Synchrotron Light Source II
Science Communicator
Job ID: 697

Apply at the link above.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory’s almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a nonprofit research and development institution whose purpose is to advance ideas and knowledge through a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research.  The National Synchrotron Light Source II currently has a full-time opportunity for a Public Affairs Representative at the facility.

Position Description

Organization Overview:

Will be responsible for internal and user communications and outreach efforts at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility at Brookhaven Lab. NSLS-II is a new, large research facility that produces extremely bright beams of x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared light used to examine a wide range of materials and accelerate advances in energy, environmental science, and medicine.  Candidate will report to the NSLS-II Director.

Position Description:       

  • Raise the profile of the National Synchrotron Light Source II and its mission, vision, capabilities, advances, and initiatives among key audiences, including potential visiting researchers, the synchrotron science community, internal stakeholders, and policy makers.
  • Communicate to key audiences about NSLS-II’s scientific advances, personnel, capabilities, news, and developments through the production of activity and progress reports, periodic newsletters, brochures, and promotional materials in electronic, web-based, and hard-copy formats;
  • Develop content for the NSLS-II website;
  • Work closely with the NSLS-II User Office to develop and distribute communications to the 4,000-plus visiting researchers who will conduct experiments at NSLS-II each year when it is fully operational.
  • Manage NSLS-II social media feeds targeted to inform scientific facility users about NSLS-II updates, news, and key deadlines
  • Participate in outreach efforts related to scientific meetings, special events and tours;
  • Work closely with the NSLS-II Director and User Office to coordinate all NSLS-II internal and user communications.
  • Serve as a liaison with the Media & Communications Office and assist in the development of news releases, feature stories, and other informational materials

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, science, or a related field.
  • Science-writing experience.
  • Experience in desktop publishing and web-based communications and outreach.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with a wide range of customers and colleagues, including scientists, university faculty, and administrators, and in interacting with a diverse community of scientific, professional, and technical personnel at all organizational levels is necessary.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Graduate degree in journalism, science, or related field

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive.  Our benefits program includes but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • On-site Child Development Center, Swimming Pool, Weight room Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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[Job, London] Digital Science, Comms Ass’t (paid internship), £?, clos 20 June #scicommjobs

It’s a day of paid internships (the best kind). Have a look at the previous post for another one and also for information about the UK Gov’s portal for paid internships for graduates.

Digital Science
Communications Assistant (Paid Internship)

Purpose of the role: 

  • To support the Digital Science Marketing and Communications team in a range of duties, including: social media, blogging, press releases, at events and conferences and other for ad hoc marketing duties.

Key tasks:

  • Day-to-day posting and updating of social media channels, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn
  • Working with the Community Manger to help with the social media strategy and online thought-leadership
  • Working with the Community Manager to help create and deliver content across all our communications channels, in line with Digital Science’s strategy and vision
  • Recruiting and identifying bloggers for the Digital Science blog & portfolio blogs
  • Posting and updating content on the Digital Science website
  • Helping to collect and display media coverage for Digital Science and our portfolio companies
  • Testing out new tools and technologies that could help to increase our efficiency online
  • Helping to support the training of Digital Science and portfolio company staff on social media and press
  • Answering and delegating enquiries from media, individuals and other organizations
  • Coordinating logistics for media and press opportunities
  • Responding to customer inquiries as needed
  • Helping with the filming and organization of the internal Digital Science Speaker Series
  • Other ad hoc duties such as helping with press releases and attending events
  • Supporting the running of a proactive and reactive PR department for Digital Science, working closely with the portfolio companies
  • Assisting with the delivery of specific media campaigns in the UK and USA
  • Keeping abreast of the news agenda by monitoring a wide range of print and online media
  • Developing and maintaining our database of external stakeholders, including media relationships
  • Coordinating and administering communications tools that are coordinated centrally, e.g. PR Newswire, press cuttings, etc.

Key relationships:

  • Digital Science Community Manager
  • Digital Science Global Marketing Manager
  • Conference Marketing Manager
  • Press and Communications Director


  • A science-related degree
  • Laboratory experience preferable


  • Working knowledge of social media and associated tools
  • Writing, blogging and editing experience
  • Excellent writing and proofing skills are essential
  • Excellent organizational skills to effectively plan resources and timescales
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines


  • Science communications
  • Marketing experience is preferable

Deadline: 20th June

Please send a covering letter and a CV to careers@digital-science.com

(There’s a big red button at the bottom of the page [linked above], clicking on it opens a new email message to the email address given).

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[Job, London] GCI Health, Jnr Account Exec, £paid, clos 30 June #scicomm jobs

I’m always pleased when I hear of a new site that helps people hear about jobs and career opportunites. Graduate Talent Pool (paid internship opportunities) is an initiative by the UK Government to do just that, for graduates, and I’ve been alerted to a scicomm-relevant job there, thanks to this tweet.

GCI Health
Junior Account Executive on the ‘The ZEST Project’ Graduate Scheme

Apply at the link above, or email thezestproject@gcihealth.com. There is mention of a video submission so watch out for that 🙂
Confusingly (to me) the job ad closes on the 30th but the advert, with application button, will disappear (why? why??) on the 22nd but you can still email them.

Job description

Job description

Healthcare communications is a growing field of specialist PR and the perfect opportunity to utilise many of the key skills you will have developed as a graduate. Our clients challenge us to find solutions for all manner of communications challenges to help meet the needs of their stakeholders. Our work reaches across a broad range of platforms, from company rebranding and product launches to disease awareness campaigns, internal newsletters to digital strategy.

Typical responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Managing event logistics and working with suppliers, including designers and printers
  • Working with the media, compiling comprehensive media lists and locating specialist media outlets
  • Shaping the news, selling and pitching potential news stories to journalists
  • Contributing to the creative outputs and online presence of the agency through team brainstorms, blogging and content development

Company information

We are GCI Health, one of the world’s largest specialist health communications and medical education agencies. We create award-winning health communications solutions, placing patients at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to make our employees the happiest and most inspired the industry has to offer, knowing our business potential has no limit if we stay true to this philosophy.

As a health communications public relations and medical education agency we work for a range of different multinational pharmaceutical clients, health NGOs and charities, as well as innovative start-up organisations. Truly, no two days are ever the same here.

Our areas of work

Life Sciences

We provide core brand communications and medical education support throughout a product life-cycle, encompassing data and regulatory milestones, Health Technology Appraisals and issues management. Our Life Sciences expertise span the global, pan-European and UK environments

Consumer Health

We build programmes that activate patients, consumers and their influencers; be it patients with disease-specific educational messaging, or consumers more broadly with a health or wellbeing message

Market Access Communications

We develop initiatives that communicate the value proposition of a brand, be it product or corporate focused, to support broader access strategies. We are passionate about the role that communications has to play in achieving access objectives

Strategic consulting

We offer counsel on optimising the performance of in-house communications teams, at an affiliate level or across an international network. Analysing ways of working including roles, responsibilities, team structure and behaviour to inform recommendations on potential routes for new efficiencies and impact

Person requirements

What qualities we are looking for?

An inspired individual with a strong passion for healthcare and a genuine desire to communicate complex health issues to a range of different audiences.

Key attributes we will explore at the interview stage include:

  • A genuine interest in healthcare, medicine and the challenges faced by patients
  • High level written and verbal communications skills
  • An ability to demonstrate a keen eye for detail
  • Creative flair
  • An interest and understanding of the changing media landscape
  • An interest in digital communications as an increasingly influential platform
  • An eagerness to learn everyday on the job and actively contribute to our vibrant team

What experience we are looking for?

We will consider candidates from all degree backgrounds and are looking for the right candidate who would fit straight into our friendly communications agency.

Experience we will look for at the interview stage includes:

  • Experience of writing and editing for different audiences (i.e. working on a university paper, magazine or blogging)
  • An active interest in social media and digital platforms
  • Experience working in busy office is always a bonus, however all candidates without experience will be assessed equally on their other skills




Greater London

Contract, duration and working hours

Contract: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Working time: daytime

How to apply

To apply, read through the available accompanying information on our website, fill in the information, and then submit this form along with your video submission via email to thezestproject@gcihealth.com, all before 5pm on the 30th of June. Feel free to include a cover letter if you like.

Closing date: 30/06/2016

This vacancy listing will no longer be availablerom 22/06/2016 <- on their page, will still be here on mine!









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[Job, London] Natural History Museum, PR Officer, £27.4k, clos 25 Jan


Natural History Museum
PR Officer

Job description: JD – PR Officer

Vacancy reference: CW/NHM/PRO
Location: South Kensington
Employment type: Fixed Term
Area of business: Directorate
Closing date: 25/01/2016

Salary: £27,467 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 23 months fixed term contract
Closing date: 9am on Monday 25 January 2016

Role description:
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.

A fixed term opportunity is available in our award-winning External Affairs team for a skilled PR Officer. This is a busy and varied role promoting our exhibitions, events and research to media and stakeholders, contributing to the Museum’s purpose to challenge the way people think about the natural world.

You will be delivering and evaluating high impact PR campaigns that contribute to fundraising objectives and enhance the profile and reputation of the Museum.. You will maintain an awareness of the news agenda and understand how to best reach target audiences through a mix of channels to develop and nurture excellent relationships, particularly with journalists. With proven copywriting skills you will be drafting press releases, statements, blogs and speeches, as well as responding to media enquiries on tight deadlines.

Role competences:
To be successful in this role you will be educated to a degree level or equivalent, with CIPR accredited qualifications or a willingness to learn. You have a track record of delivering ambitious PR campaigns, shaping stories for maximum influence. You must have experience of reactive media relations and enjoy working as part of a dynamic team. You apply your resourcefulness and creative thinking in your work and are adept at expressing complex ideas in a compelling way for non-specialists. You show great judgement even under pressure and are also experienced in identifying and managing reputational risks and opportunities.

Please note that the postholder will form part of the out-of-hours cover via the 24/7 Press Office duty rota.

The full role competencies are available for you to view in the role description, available at the link on the top right of this advert.

Online application process:
Apply on-line before the closing date through the NHM recruitment portal.

You do not need to complete the competencies section of the online form, but we ask candidates to complete the mandatory fields on the website and attach:

· A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.
· A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.

Please note that applications from candidates without a covering letter identifying how they match the role competencies will be rejected.

Please note the disclaimer on our website.

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[Closed, Chesterfield] Arthritis Research UK, Info & Enquiries Officer, closed 14 Jan


Spotted this one too late, but adding it to the database for the collection.

Arthritis Research UK
Information and Enquiries Officer

Job description: Information enquiries officer JD FINAL v2


Salary: £21k + benefits

Location: Chesterfield
Hours: 35 per week, Monday to Friday
Closing date: 1pm Thursday, 14 January 2016

We are looking for a highly skilled information & enquiries officer to join our supporter care team where you will be responsible for:

  • Providing a professional, well-informed and efficient first point of contact for all general enquiries to Arthritis Research UK via phone, email and post
  • Ensuring that anyone who contacts the Charity and is seeking information about arthritis and/or sources of support related to living with arthritis receives a high-quality professional response and is promptly directed to the appropriate sources of information and support as required
  • Providing meaningful management information and analysis about both the volume and type of enquiries received to inform effective decision making. Overseeing an existing Information & Enquiries project and effectively capturing insights gained from this service so that they can be shared across the organisation and used to inform on-going development of the charity’s information provision
  • Taking ownership of enquiries, ensuring our key messages are communicated in an inspiring and motivational way, sensitively cross-selling engagement opportunities from across the organisation  


  • Will have recent experience of dealing with the general public, providing information over the phone and in written format
  • Should have a natural ability to demonstrate empathy and confidentiality with people in distress
  • Must possess an excellent customer service ethos including general call-handling
  • Will have excellent computer literacy skills and be fully conversant with Excel and databases


To apply for a job with us, you must:

  • Provide a short, up to date, CV and
  • Provide a succinct covering letter

Our job descriptions contain a person specification, which detail the key experience, skills, knowledge, and competencies required for the role. We tell you what we will be looking for in the application, and at the interview. To give yourself the best chance of being shortlisted, you must demonstrate – by giving brief, bullet point examples wherever possible – how you meet the key requirements of the role in your covering letter. Once you have completed your application please email it to recruitment@arthritisresearchuk.org 


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[Job, Midlands] Medical Mavericks, freelance workshop deliverers, daily rate, #scicomm jobs


Medical Mavericks
Freelance workshop deliverer(s)
The company is based in Wolverhampton but being based in the Midlands isn’t essential as the job involves lots of travelling around.

I’ve copied the Word document text below so that this page is indexed on search engines but the whole information is also here: Medical Mavericks Workshop Deliver SuperStar
Medical Mavericks Workshop Superstar
Freelance Role – January through to July
Rates from £50 to £120 per half day / day plus expenses.

We are the UK’s best team of science communicators and we need several newbies to become part of our science superstar delivery team, but I know what you are thinking… what the hell does Science Communication mean…. And what does the delivery team do?

Being a Science Communicator basically means you have to be able to explain & break down anything sciencey so that your audience, usually a school pupil, can understand it or be interested by it. Quite tricky at times so you have to think on your feet.

Our superstar delivery team visits schools, colleges, universities and public events all around the UK (and abroad occasionally) to inspire pupils to consider their future career path or health with some pretty awesome science kit. You see we take a hospital unit and sports science lab into schools so kids can play with real medical equipment.

What kind of kit? We have everything from basic blood pressure machines up to real ultrasound machines that the kids can use to see their own bones, muscles and organs in their body! On the sports science side we even have a piece of kit that lets people race Usain Bolt! It’s called The Accelerator and we invented it.

So where do you fit into this as one of our delivery team?

We’re visiting more and more schools and events each term and we need a bigger team to travel around the UK and deliver our amazing workshops.

One of your most important roles will be to inspire the pupils (& the oldies!) that we see and show them how totally awesome science is. As a workshop deliverer we spend a lot of time on the road, so it is probably not the best role if you like to spend time at home with family (especially if you have kids). You will also be expected drive one of our vans (if you have a drivers license), so as well as a sci-commer you also become a white van man (or lady!).

During a typical day, we would either travel to a school on the morning if it is local, or stop over the night before. We arrive at the school for 8am, unload the van and set up the kit for the workshop. So, if you don’t like lifting or can’t lift – this job is not for you.

We repeat workshops anything from once to 6 times in a day and sometimes run 2,3 or 4 other workshops at the same time. These days are epic and we usually see whole year groups throughout the day and create an amazing buzz in the school! You need to be comfortable speaking to groups of people ranging from 10 to 400 or aged any where from 5 to 70+!!!

You get to wear scrubs as well… need we say any more?

It’s not all about visiting schools and colleges either. The role also involves going to Science Fairs, Festivals and Conferences to promote Medical Mavericks and drum up some more business. You may also be asked to help put together resources, posters, lesson plans, videos & podcasts as part of our marketing materials.

Experience is not needed for once (yes, you read that right!) and it is a chance to be part of a growing an exciting team at Medical Mavericks. HOWEVER, you need to be able to think for yourself, take the initiative and enjoy a challenge and hard work. The one thing we ask is that you know your stuff when it comes to human physiology and / or sports science and be happy speaking to people of all ages!

As this is a freelance role, you may be asked to work from home on some tasks and you may be responsible for organising your own travel around the UK. You would also be responsible for declaring your own tax. Don’t worry, this is not as scary as it sounds and we can help you with that.

Some of the people we have worked with include (yes, we are name dropping here…) the BBC, SKY, the Wellcome Trust, Mo Farah Foundation, NHS, Abu Dhabi Science Festival and many more.

So if you think you this is the job for you, don’t want to work in an office every day and spend most of your time inspiring kids with amazing medical and sports science equipment you have to follow the instructions below:

Send us an email, snail mail letter, or link to a video and tell us why you are perfect for the job. You can send a CV…. But that is sooooo last year and very boring. Plus everyone lies about themselves on them – seriously! See how imaginative you can be! Here is where you can send your imagination to:


Medical Mavericks
2 Burmarsh Walk


  • The role involves travelling around the UK so you will be away from home for good periods of time. (all week, most weeks during peak seasons)
  • A driving license is very beneficial
  • We pay for hotels and food and travel as well as your salary
  • Lifting and spending long periods of time on your feet is part of the job
  • Speaking to large audiences is part of the job.
  • Being based in the Midlands is beneficial, but not essential.

This is an open job application and there is no closing date. Immediate starts available for successful candidates.

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