THE ALAN TURING INSTITUTE

Science Communications Project Support 

Location
London (GB)
Salary
£25,000 (pro rata)
Posted
13 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Science Communications Project Support 

We are seeking a dedicated Science Communications graduate to help our Policy Officer and Communications Team.

JOB TITLE  Science Communications Project Support
LOCATION   British Library, London
SALARY    £25,000 (pro rata) 
HOURS   Full time
CONTRACT TYPE   12 week Fixed Term contract
CLOSES    27th September 2017  

The Alan Turing Institute (the Institute) is the national centre for data science, established in 2015 with the mission to make great leaps in transformational data science research that will have positive real-world impacts.

The Institute has cross-disciplinarity at its core; we bring researchers in mathematics and theoretical computer science, statistics and machine learning, algorithm for data analytics and distributed computing, computational social science and data ethics, and industry partners, to work together in an open and collaborative environment with a shared goal to generate world-class research in data science.

Our researchers are motivated by driving impact, both through theoretical development and application to real-world problems. In our first year we have identified six priority sectors to focus our translational research: Data-Centric Engineering; Defence and Security; Smart Cities; Culture and Media; Financial Services; and Health and Wellbeing.

We have attracted strategic partnerships with a broad range of users of data science including the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Intel, GCHQ and HSBC. We are looking to develop partnerships with government departments and have recently announced a collaboration with the Office of National Statistics.

We invite you to join us as we grow our research community, supporting our goal to develop the next generation of data science leaders, shape the public conversation, and push the boundaries of this new science for the public good.

THE ROLE
This role has been introduced to help communicate the research occurring at the Institute both internally and externally. Working closely with the Policy Officer and Communications Team, the successful candidate will work with researchers to support them to describe our programmes, projects and interest groups in an accessible way for policy makers and the general public.

This is a great opportunity to get to know pioneering research in data science across many applications such as health, engineering, technology, urban analytics, financial services, defence and security, and government. The person would ideally have worked in academic environments in the past, and be able to demonstrate examples of where they have turned complex technical language into jargon-free English.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The duties and responsibilities will initially include:

  • Design and administer a survey aiming to get Turing Researchers to explain and summarise their research in a non-technical way
  • Collect and edit the results of the survey
  • Interview Turing Fellows, Research Fellows and PhD students in follow up to the survey
  • Work with the Web Content Developer and Web Coordinator to update content on the Turing’s website relating to our programmes, projects and interest groups as part of our public engagement
  • Ensure that key deadlines for the project are met and update the Policy Officer of progress.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

ESSENTIAL 

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent qualification), or demonstrate equivalent work experience in a scientific communications background
  • Previous experience of working in an academic background
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the projects of researchers/academics and translate this into plain-English web content
  • Demonstrate examples of where complex technical language has been translated in to jargon-free English
  • Experience of developing and managing effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels 
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility to manage competing demands and pressures whilst remaining calm
  • Strong project management and organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail
  • Diplomatic, able to negotiate and to apply judgement in often complex areas.

DESIRABLE
A higher-level degree in a related discipline.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter that outlines how you meet the person specification above to jobs@turing.ac.uk. If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please contact them on 0203 862 3322 or email HR@turing.ac.uk. 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 27th September 2017

INTERVIEWS: w/c 9th October

Note if you do not hear back from us by the 6th October 2017, please assume your application has not been successful.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.
 
Please note all offers of employment are subject to continuous eligibility to work in the UK and satisfactory pre-employment security screening which includes a DBS Check.

Full details on the pre-employment screening process can be requested from HR@turing.ac.uk.