|John Innes Centre
JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.
The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
The John Innes Centre prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. For more information, go to http://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
|Job Title||Communications Officer (Digital and Print Media)|
|Closing Date||3 Apr 2018|
|Starting Salary||£24,300 - £29,750|
|Hours per week
|Expected/Ideal Start Date
||01 Mar 2018|
|Main purpose of the job
||The role will support scientists to effectively communicate their findings using printed and digital media, and will be responsible for defined long term projects including development, writing and publication of corporate publications, newsletters and supporting the delivery of events.|
The successful candidate will complete tasks under guidance and independently in the following areas: designing printed and digital materials, liaising with external graphic designers and printers, curating imagery, proof-reading and preparing items for print, video production work including filming and editing. The role will also include liaising with freelance writers, publishers and film makers to ensure the successful delivery of these projects.
Additionally, this includes supporting the team with photography, websites, social media and content writing as required. Including updating and refreshing websites/webpages, organising events and sourcing and writing articles, features and blog posts for the organisations.
||Communications & Engagement|
||Communications and Engagement for the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory|
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer (Digital and Print Media) to join our Communications and Engagement team. This role will support the scientific endeavour of the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury’s Laboratory, ensuring the delivery of consistently high-quality communications and engagement on behalf of both institutes.
The role will support scientists to effectively communicate their findings using printed and digital media, and will be responsible for defined long-term projects including the development, writing and publication of corporate publications, newsletters and supporting the delivery of events.
The successful candidate will complete tasks under guidance and independently in the following areas: designing printed and digital materials, liaising with external graphic designers and printers, curating imagery, proof-reading and preparing items for print, video production including curating, filming and editing. The role will also include liaising with freelance writers, publishers and film makers to ensure the successful delivery of these projects to a range of audiences.
Additionally, this role includes supporting the team with photography, websites, social media, content writing and other tasks as required. This may also include updating and refreshing websites/webpages and sourcing and writing articles, features and blog posts for the organisations.
The ideal candidate:
Will demonstrate an ability in communicating complex or scientific concepts using a range of digital and printed media, this is essential to be successful within the role. We are seeking expertise and experience in graphic design and video editing software including Adobe CC - Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro as well as excellent knowledge of recording equipment, editing software and film techniques.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £24,300 to £29,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a permanent contract.
For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site http://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 1003418.
We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The closing date for applications will be 3rd April 2018
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
||Internal: The whole range of staff who work at JIC and TSL, including the Head of Comms and Engagement, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Director, the Head of Policy and International|
External: Externally contracted designers, publishers and printers, RCUK, BBSRC, Gatsby Foundation, UEA, NRP, other educational bodies and scientific institutions, the UK government and general public.
|Main Activities & Responsibilities||Percentage|
|Curate, develop and produce content for use across a variety of communications channels, including written, photographic and video content for use both internally and externally||30|
|Lead the production of the JIC Advances Magazine, ISP publications and various scientific/communication publications.||30|
|Support the head of communications and engagement with planning, producing and distributing corporate publications including the annual report.||10|
|Project manage the production of a range of printed and digital communications materials. ||10|
|Support the team to provide clear internal communications over a range of media and channels.||10|
|Maintain JIC contacts database and send out emails via Mailchimp as and when required.||5|
|Support the head of communications and engagement in planning and delivering events.||5|
|Carry out any duties necessary as determined by the head of communications and engagement||
|Education & Qualifications||Requirement||Importance|
|Educated to degree level||Essential|
|A-Level Biology or related science subject||Desirable||
|Specialist Knowledge & Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Experience in communicating complex or scientific concepts using a range of digital and printed media||Essential|
|Efficient time management and prioritisation skills||Essential|
|A broad theoretical and practical knowledge across the communications portfolio.||Desirable||
|Experience of working in a fast-paced communications team ||Essential|
|Experience in digital design, layout and branding||Essential|
|Expertise and experience in graphic design software including Adobe CC - Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro||Essential|
|Expertise in filming and editing videos||Essential|
|Experience of project managing external designers, writers and publishers. ||Desirable||
|Interpersonal & Communication Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Excellent written and visual communications skills||Essential|
|Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to build professional relationships at a range of levels in the organisations. ||Essential|
|Creative and resourceful with proven problem-solving abilities ||Essential|
|Manages own time effectively||Essential|
|Represents employer by being a positive brand ambassador||Essential|
|A keen attention to detail||Essential|
|Ability to work both in teams and independently||Essential||
|Promotes equality and values diversity||Essential|
|Willingness to work in ad hoc teams recognising leadership and contributions of others||Essential|
|Good research and analytical skills||Essential|
|Takes responsibility for meeting own development needs||Essential|
|Able to think clearly and deliver high quality work under pressure||Essential|
|Keen interest in science/ research||Desirable||