Science Communications Officer job opportunity (Sydney)

SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER PV1018 MATERNITY LEAVE (12 MONTH CONTRACT) Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) was Australia’s first dedicated paediatric research facility and continues to be one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent medical research centres. Located at Westmead, its research focuses on the areas of embryonic development and birth defects, cancer, nerve cell signalling and gene therapy. CMRI’s research programs are supported by state of the art facilities and dynamic, committed research and support staff; our achievements are made possible by a network of community supporters and the Jeans for Genes® fundraising campaign. CMRI is currently seeking the services of an experienced Science Communications Officer for a maternity leave relief contract. Duties will include:- · Manage the functionality, structure and content of the organisation’s website, which will include: write, compile, edit and upload content via the Elcom content management system, ensuring editorial accuracy. · Support and manage the media needs and opportunities for all CMRI’s research and some of its fundraising activities in collaboration with external PR company · Deliver and project manage the outreach program (to school students, teachers and community groups) and participate in future program reviews · Write, compile and provide editorial content for the Institute’s publications, including: the website, newsletters, brochures and fundraising materials · Manage the Internal Communications Committee and produce the quarterly internal newsletter · Respond to public enquiries about CMRI’s research programs, and refer where appropriate to support services As the successful applicant, you will have the following skills and attributes; · A minimum of five (5) years experience in professional writing in relation to science, medicine and research · Tertiary qualifications in communication, marketing, PR or a related discipline. · Demonstrated ability to provide, under limited direction as a member of a small team, high quality, timely and professional science and/or corporate writing and editing. · Experience producing written material for specific audiences including scientists, collaborators, supporters and donors, government and industry stakeholders, and the public. · Experience producing promotional and display material and provision of support for promotional events. · Experience in media liaison, developing and executing an appropriate PR strategy and writing press releases. · Computer skills, including high level knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, and experience working with a CMS. · A sound understanding of the concepts and terminology common in science and medicine. · Ability to work to deadlines, manage conflicting priorities, and high attention to detail. · Demonstrated high level interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. · Willingness to travel to deliver presentations and attend media events as required, which may be outside normal working hours. · Current C Class driver’s license and own vehicle. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic and professional organisation that is experiencing exciting growth. You will be provided with a competitive remuneration package in accordance with qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include the provision of private medical health insurance, a Public Benevolent Institution salary packaging scheme and participation in an employer-contributed superannuation fund. Applications including a cover letter (citing Position No. 1018), plus resume should be submitted to:

Human Resources Manager Children’s Medical Research Institute Email:

Applications must be received by 25th October 2010. Further information on CMRI may be found at and Enquiries regarding this position can be directed to Sonia Tecli on 8865-2800

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