View Vacancy -- Head of Communication and Engagement - LMS 1552

Open Date
28/04/2021, 12:25
Close Date
16/05/2021, 23:55
MRC London Institute of Medical Science

The London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Hammersmith Hospital is a directly funded MRC  biomedical research institute that enjoys close links with its partners at Imperial College London and at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. LMS research focuses on strengthening the basic science underpinning our understanding of human diseases as well as its translation for health benefit.



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MRC - 2
Salary: £52,877 -£75,678 plus London allowances (£3,727 & £1,402) per annum
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

Overall purpose:

Leading the LMS’s communication and public engagement programmes, acting as an advocate for the LMS and for science.

Main duties:

Engaging with policy-makers to inform decision-making and develop strategic communications including the capacity to react to and influence policy

Forging and maintaining long term relationships with the media to maximise impact and exposure of LMS Science

Formulating and delivering an innovative public engagement strategy for the LMS with the Institute Director

Developing and successfully implementing public engagement events and initiatives and communications activities, including competitions, media events, press releases and publications

Developing the LMS’s communications strategy and managing delivery within an agreed budget

Organising and supporting development of partnerships with research organisations, community groups and industry

Supporting LMS Group Heads with public dissemination of research and embedding engagement with their research

Focus on securing external funding for public engagement and public understanding of science

Delivering communications/ media masterclasses for LMS and MRC scientists, providing training and coaching for scientists at all levels


Key responsibilities:

Enhancing the LMS’s visibility through communication of the excellence of its scientific output.

Work with MRC/ UKRI communications team and Imperial College London communications team to maximise the exposure and impact of the LMS. Ensuring smooth operational exchanges between these teams and bringing important areas of LMS science to their attention

Delivery of an effective website and social media programme and digital communications strategy.

Lead on stakeholder and community engagement for the new LMS building, due for completion in Summer 2022

Scientific writing: conveying complex concepts simply and clearly; producing articles about the Institute’s latest research, awards and events news; Institute brochures and publications on engagement events

Develop and manage public engagement events such as ‘Women in Science’

Management of staff/agency contractors/casual workers/volunteers

Supporting Group Heads in outreach and public dissemination of their science; supporting LMS administration with public outreach initiatives (e.g. equality & diversity).

Manage, support and develop the Grants, Engagement and Communications team, currently consisting of Engagement and Events Officer and Science Communications Officer


 Working relationships:

Supports the Institute Director and Group Heads in public engagement and outreach; works alongside Head of Grants and Partnerships.

Education / Qualifications / Training required:


  • Degree in science-related subject or equivalent

  • Journalism experience or qualification

Previous work experience required:


  • Experience in science communication and public engagement at a senior level
  • Previous experience of working in the media; understanding of media approaches and techniques to manage expectations
  • Experience of delivering training for scientists in handling the media
  • Experience of line-management; working to timelines; experience of managing projects and people

Knowledge and experience:


IT skills


  • Proficiency in all aspects of MS Office software

  • Basic competence in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

  •  Proficient in a range of software packages to prepare and produce documents, papers, letters, reports, grant applications, forms etc

  • Formatting and proofreading


  • Proficiency across a range of other packages including other Adobe Creative Suite software.

 Web editing


  •    Web-editing and writing experience

Personal skills/behaviours/qualities:


  • Creativity; the proven ability to generate interesting ideas and lead innovative projects
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of, and to lead, a team
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet agreed deadlines



  • Ability to work collaboratively and engage with stakeholders and management, seeking input and feedback


Communication skills


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral


  • Experience of designing and producing print and/or web publications


Administrative skills


  • Proven administrative experience


Event management


  • Experience in organising science-based events and outreach projects

Enthusiastic & pragmatic with a flexible approach to varied workload.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

We will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

This opportunity is closed to applications.