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Science Writer

Salary range £33,477 to £40,507 per annum plus additional benefits

The Wellcome Sanger Institute has been at the forefront of pioneering scientific research in genomics for the last 25 years. Our commitment to delivering big, bold exploratory research that pushes the boundaries of what is known and what is possible in genomics remains central to who we are and what we do. The Institute is a vital part of the Wellcome Genome Campus - home to some of the world's foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale, and creativity to solve some of humanity's greatest challenges.

Our Communications team support this work through telling the story of this important work across many internal and external communications channels.

We are growing our team and have created a brand new and exciting role to serve the communications needs of the Institute and Campus and are seeking a Science Writer to join us.

  • You’ll produce accurate and engaging science writing and related content for varied audiences across our channels.
  • This broad writing role will cover producing copy for websites, key publications, blogs/features, social media and the occasional press release.

 Self-motivated and driven to deliver high quality communications, you will be highly organised, focused with strong diplomatic skills.

You will be able to demonstrate strong persuasion and social skills and enjoy a dynamic, reciprocal and considerate environment.

Job Reference

Essential Skills

  • Experience of writing clear, accurate scientific communications 

  • Scientific degree or demonstrable equivalent understanding of biology 

  • Demonstrable ability to write media releases, blogs and social media content and to write for the web 

  • Demonstrable ability to influence and negotiate with managers at all levels in an organisation 

  • Demonstrable ability to coordinate with external and internal stakeholders for delivery of agreed services/goods 

  • Excellent communication ability including written and oral skills 

  •  Strong information gathering and problem solving skills 

  • Able to manage multiple concurrent projects and work under pressure on a daily basis and manage a high-volume workload with conflicting priorities 

  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a non-confrontational manner but retain authority 

  • Good influencing and persuasion skills 

Ideal Skills

  • Demonstrable skills in image manipulation 

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Passionate about understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health.

Our Campus: Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme and Campus Nursery
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Your cover letter should evidence examples of proven experience against the essential skills criteria.

Closing date: 10th June 2018