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Research Communications Officer

Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring on-going high-quality care and support. There are currently 4.5 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 11.9 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm – if you’d like to be part of that, why not join us?

Main responsibilities

As Research Communications Officer, you will be responsible for communicating science to Diabetes UK colleagues, supporters and the public. This will involve developing an in-depth knowledge of Diabetes UK’s research portfolio and developing engaging research impact stories to inspire support for Diabetes UK research.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing Diabetes UK research portfolio, to identify opportunities for proactive research communication.
  • Acting as a research content expert for Diabetes UK, supporting teams across the charity to talk clearly and effectively about diabetes research.
  • Engaging with the diabetes research community, to build and maintain relationships with key research players.
  • Producing engaging and understandable content for various Diabetes UK channels, including social media, publications, Diabetes UK website and external events.
  • Responding to press enquiries and proactively working with the media team to highlight the work of Diabetes UK-funded researchers.
  • Representing Diabetes UK externally, speaking on behalf of the charity.
  • Supporting the Head of Research Communications in the wider management of the research communications programme and delivery of other work as necessary.

The essential qualifications, experience and knowledge required to carry out this role are:

  • First degree in relevant science discipline

  • Experience communicating complex topics to a lay audience

  • Experience communicating through multiple channels

  • Experience working to deadlines and managing multiple streams of work

  • Evidence of knowledge of the diabetes research field

  • Ability to effectively communicate complex research messages to various audiences

  • Clear understanding of scientific research methods and processes

  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a team

  • Excellent computer literacy

What we can offer you:

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays

  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments)

  • Early finish Friday and flexible working

  • Discounts on gym membership and days out

  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life

  • Annual Season ticket loan

  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities

  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and permanent health insurance

For more information and to apply please go to the i-appoint website

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