Sense about Science is a unique campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings, and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policymaking.
We’ve changed many debates about science and evidence over the past 15 years by involving the public and researchers in challenging misleading claims; we started and lead the AllTrials campaign for all clinical trials to be registered and reported; we review the transparency of government’s use of evidence each year and run the Ask for Evidence public campaign. We help people use scientific questioning to navigate debates, from forensic genetics to radiation risks. Our direct approach to difficult subjects is ‘public led, expert fed’, and it is in high demand.
We now have a vacancy for a research and public engagement coordinator to provide research assistance and to support our public engagement programmes.
Duties will include:
- Researching and writing engaging briefings and public resources on complex or challenging subjects.
- Involving different sections of society in developing public resources – through research, workshops and testing – and liaising with them and with specialists to make these resources useful and accessible. A recent example is our work on child heart surgery outcomes.
- Creating well argued, attractive communications and presentations.
- Collaborating with our public engagement partners and managing joint schedules.
It’s a busy, lively office where we all muck in and no two days are the same. You will be working with the head of partnerships, who is responsible for public engagement projects and supporting other areas of the team’s work with research and assessment. You will also have scope to lead areas of work.
As well as a collaborative spirit and an appetite for responsibility, you will need:
- A good degree and ideally either a PhD or equivalent research experience
- Excellent analytical skills
- A flair for clear, engaging writing and for editing
- An understanding of debates about evidence and a keen interest in civil society engagement and the policy environment
- The ability to plan well but adapt quickly
- A very friendly manner.
You will also demonstrate:
- The ability to organise and prioritise your work
- Confidence, enthusiasm and initiative.
However, if you don’t have a CV that matches all these requirements but you are absolutely convinced you are right for the post, feel free to write to us to make the case. [emphasis mine] There is great scope in this job to develop the role and make it your own.
Starting salary £24,000 p/a. Central London (EC1R). Will include some travel and out of hours activity.
To apply: please submit a CV and covering letter to Emily Jesper-Mir, head of partnerships and governance. Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: 10 am [presumably Greenwich Mean Time], Thurs 22 June. Interviews on Weds 28 and Thurs 29 June. Please let us know in your covering letter if you are not available for interview on those dates.
It is essential that you explore our work before applying: www.senseaboutscience.org.
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