3rd Mar 2022

Join us –  Science Engagement Officer – Public and Community

Salary per annum: £27,536 – £33,330
Full Time/Flexible working considered
Closing Date: 31 March 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Engagement Officer to join the newly formed Science Engagement and Enrichment team, who will be able to play a key role in co-ordinating and delivering a new and innovative programme of engagement activities.

About the role

You will work closely with the Science Engagement Manager (public and community) to support the delivery of a creative and engaging programme of activities that enables interested adults to engage with campus staff to learn about genomics and the research taking place on campus.

The role’s primary focus is to identify and building relationships with community learning groups and to oversee the day to day delivery and reporting of the Science Engagement programme which may include visits offsite to community learning groups to deliver activities and talks with campus ambassadors. The role will also assist with development and delivery of a creative programme of educational events targeted to an adult audience, on and off site and online.

You will be required to work collaboratively with the Science Engagement and Enrichment team and wider campus staff to support campus learning and engagement events, to contribute to the development learning resources for www.yourgenome.org and the creation and sharing of outreach kits.

Evaluating our impact is a key priority, this role will ensure that activity is regularly recorded and captured, helping to build evidence of impact of the adult learning programme.

Given the range of activities this role will contribute to, there will be an expectation for occasional evening or weekend working, which will be offset through our approach to flexible working and TOIL policy.

Essential Skills

  • Degree in a subject related to the work of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, for instance a STEM subject, or other related discipline that might be linked to Science Communication
  • Experience of informal learning settings such as science centres or other learning settings
  • Experience of liaising with adult community groups
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • High-level interpersonal skills and ability to work within small and large teams
  • Flexibility in working style and practice including working for short periods away
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to communicate with internal stakeholders, from senior academics to support staff, with tact and diplomacy
  • Experience with basic computer software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve day-to-day conflicts with respect to delivery of activity
  • Driving license

Ideal Skills

  • Experience of working in research and/or its communication with external audiences
  • Experience of project management or coordination
  • Experience of evaluating projects and resources
  • Aptitude with design software such as Adobe Creative Suite or the development of web based learning resources

Other information

For an informal chat about the role please contact Francesca Gale, Head of Science Engagement and Enrichment (francesca.gale@wellcomeconnectingscience.org).

Interviews will be held on 11 and 14 April.

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About Wellcome Connecting Science Engagement and Society

Our work across Engagement and Society uses research and engagement methods to investigate the impact of genomics on people and communities. We listen, gather and share insights on public attitudes and experiences. And we use this understanding to create new and innovative ways to support a diverse range of communities, learners, educators, and researchers, discover how genomic science is relevant to our lives.

About Connecting Science

Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.  We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

Our benefits:

There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

  • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
  • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
  • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
  • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
  • and Summer holiday club
  • Life Assurance is accessible on day 1 for all
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract exceeding 12 months)
  • Enhanced maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
  • Private Healthcare Scheme
  • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
  • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

  • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
  • A car-share initiative
  • Free parking
  • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
  • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

In 2020 we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.