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Head of Public Engagement with Science (maternity cover)

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The post-holder will engage the Institute’s community of scientists at all career stages to develop their enthusiasm, capacity and capability to engage the public in their work. They will develop a programme for public engagement with science that spans a diverse audience from the Crick’s local community in Camden and Somers Town through to a global audience reached through digital communications channels. 

The head of public engagement with science will deliver/implement the Crick’s strategy for public engagement. The post-holder is responsible for delivering public engagement’s events, exhibitions and digital programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and lead a strategy for public engagement in science that is grounded in the Crick’s local community of Somers Town and Camden, but reaches beyond it to a national and international audience.
  • Identify new ways to engage with target audiences, using the Crick’s research and Crick scientists to further raise and enhance the Crick’s profile and achieve its ambition: to engage and inspire the public.
  • Ensure that the Crick’s vision for engagement is communicated, understood and embedded throughout the organisation.
  • Work with the head of digital and creative to develop a strategy for public engagement with science that exploits the access opportunities that digital channels and content production can offer.
  • Develop actionable insights into different communities and stakeholders that enables a public engagement strategy that reaches and includes a diverse audience.
  • Inspire and engage Crick scientists and other staff to encourage their participation in the public engagement with science programme.
  • Develop and lead a training and development programme in public engagement for Crick scientists to elevate their skillsets in this area.

About us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • This is a rolling advert.
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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