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Science Writer (Philanthropy) – Communications

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Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London

Short summary

The Communications and Public Engagement team includes around 30 staff working across a wide range of projects and activities encompassing education outreach in the local community, exhibitions, public engagement in science, media and public affairs, and digital and internal communications. This is a busy and responsive team that supports the operational effectiveness of the Institute as well as delivering its promise to “engage and inspire” the public in scientific research and its outputs.

Led by the Director of Communications and Public Engagement, this team seeks to develop the profile and reputation of the Crick as an Institute that is grounded in its local community while producing science that matters to the world. It is a creative team that is dedicated to science story-telling and connects with a wide and complex array of external partners in the university, commercial, philanthropic, media, educational, public engagement and museum sectors.

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and delivering inspiring and impactful scientific content and ideas appropriate to fundraising needs, including high-quality long-form articles and publications, and creative marketing copy.
  • Creating content suitable for a lay, high-value philanthropic audience, with both compelling narrative and scientific accuracy.
  • Proactively seeking out appropriate and compelling stories in support of wider philanthropic campaigns.
  • Providing expertise in support of delivering fundraising pitches, events, interviews, talks video content, and interactive engagement.
  • Acting as the key liaison between Crick and Cancer Research UK Communications/Philanthropy teams. Working effectively to understand the style, brand and tone of voice of both organisations, and ensure effective information sharing and collaboration.
  • Managing key stakeholder relationships including researchers, fundraisers and philanthropists. 
  • Developing an in-depth knowledge of Crick research, operations, and strategic initiatives and confidently communicating that at all levels.

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, 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.
  • The closing date for applications is 07.06.2023
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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