Research Communications Officer

Remote-first - With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

Employment type
Full time
£28,688 - £32,688 / year

To support our mission to beat blood cancer in a generation, we need a talented and creative Research Communications Officer. The role will help us tell stories of how research will take us to a place where no lives are lost to blood cancer.

Funding research is an integral part of our charity and determines how quickly we’ll beat blood cancer. This role will help us generate income by communicating the impact we have through funding research in an exciting and engaging way.

We need someone who is passionate about telling research stories to show our community where their donations go, and what impact they have. This is a great opportunity for a brilliant communicator to join a creative and agile team to promote the work that Blood Cancer UK does.

Working with teams across the organisation, you will act as an advisor, keeping teams up to date on the cutting-edge research we’re funding and what it could mean for people affected by the disease, to help us reach even more people with blood cancer.

We welcome applications to work full time or four day a week, please specify in your cover letter.

Key Responsibilities

1. Work with colleagues in the Marketing and Communications Team to create research content

Research, create and develop high quality, insight-led content for our website, social media channels and e-mail. This could include writing lay summaries of the research we fund, working with design to create animations describing recently published research and working with researchers to create video content to help our audience understand more about their work.

2. Work with colleagues across the organisation and support them to talk about research
Respond to research enquires from internal stakeholders such as the support services team.
Work with fundraising teams to support them when talking about research. This will include providing research information and sourcing updates on how research is progressing for the partnerships and philanthropy teams and working with public fundraising and individual giving teams to provide them with the information they need to generate income and engage new supporters.

Build a strong and collaborative relationship with the research team to support cross functional working.

Work with the research team and the Senior External Communications Manager to ensure Blood Cancer UK staff have the information they need about research and the confidence to use it, by organising learning sessions.

Work with the Media Manager to assist with media work relating to our research.

3. Create strong working relationships with the blood cancer research community

Build strong relationships with Blood Cancer UK researchers and support the fundraising teams when they need researchers to attend events where appropriate

4. Work closely with the external communications team to help establish blood cancer as a category

Be part of creative brainstorming sessions to come up with cut-through and innovative communications that will help us establish the category

Create tailored research content describing blood cancer as a category of, with rationale for why we fund across blood cancer.

THINGS WE ALL DO

• Promote Blood Cancer UK’s vision, mission and core values

• We’re all fundraisers. This is slightly different for all roles, and your team will have fundraising KPIs and objectives we all work to

• Attend and assist at Blood Cancer UK events and activities as required (NB this involves evening and weekend work)

• Be an effective ambassador for Blood Cancer UK at any activity you attend

• All staff are expected to adhere to Blood Cancer UK’s policies and procedures

• Do any other reasonable things your manager needs you to do

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

  • A BSc or equivalent in a science-based subject
  • Excellent written communication skills and have strong attention to detail
  • A proven ability of being able to make research findings accessible to a lay audience
  • Builds and maintains good working relationships with colleagues to foster team spirit, commitment to the team and achievement of shared goals.
  • Good understanding of different communications channels and audiences
  • Passion for communicating and writing science to different/lay audiences
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and diversity and the aims and values of Blood Cancer UK

Remote-first - With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours