Scientific Communications Manager

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Job Title Scientific Communications Manager
Job Reference 0093/16/CH
Post Type Full time / 12 - 18 month Fixed Term (Maternity Cover)
Division CEO
Salary information £32,480 to £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943)
Application deadline 06/11/2016

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

The successful candidate will be required to deliver communications programmes for information management, publications and scientific conferences to ensure good information management within the organisation.

Reponsibilities / Duties:

  • Participate in the planning and delivery of yearly communications programmes for information management, scientific user community engagement aligned with the overall 5 year Comms strategy;
  • Act as a deputy to the Head of Communications, where necessary;
  • Plan and deliver the yearly programme of publications, events and conferences for the organisation;
  • Ensure appropriate evaluations are put into place to monitor the delivery of these programme of activities i.e. evaluate and review publications programme to ensure Diamond multiple audiences’ needs are fully met;
  • Project manage the annual review of the facility, working closely with internal and external contributors;
  • Participate in the planning and delivery of Diamond News, technical publications and scientific literature such as proceedings associated with events and conferences as appropriate;
  • Create an information resource databank ( corporate statistics, presentations, scientific graphics etc.) for use by the organisation;
  • In close consultation with Science Directors, research, identify and prioritise scientific and conference papers in collaboration with staff and scientific users to maximise their PR potential in collaboration with the PR manager;
  • Be responsible for visit and event enquiries, ensure prioritisation and organisation is fully managed in close consultation with the Head of Communications;
  • Plan, manage and deliver events for Diamond with support from local team coordinators;
  • Host and deliver presentations and tours visits as required;
  • Produce reporting and documentation to monitor events delivery and quality; and produce yearly statistics on visitors profile and interest.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Excellent project and people management skills;
  • Ability to synthesise information quickly and accurately;
  • Strong copywriting skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Experience in science communication or equivalent with a portfolio of communications related publications;
  • Experience of  planning and supervising scientific events;
  • A creative flair for writing and presenting information;
  • Understanding of complex communications systems underpinning communications activities;
  • Able to work individually as well as part of team;
  • Self-motivated and ethically-minded in dealing with information dissemination.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Degree in science or science related discipline or equivalent;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to manage people;
  • Knowledge of publishing packages like the Adobe creative suite or equivalent;
  • Experience of matrix working with large scientific  communities;
  • Experience in using communications systems including scientific publication;
  • Ability to write in another European language.

Further Information

Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

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