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Vacancy details

Closing date: 05 March 2021
Location: Twickenham

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Science Writer

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a large health research organisation funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.  Its people, facilities and systems drive research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

The NIHR’s Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED), set up in April 2020, coordinates the dissemination of NIHR-funded research. CED is pioneering the use of new formats to reach all stakeholder groups. The goal is to encourage these groups to access and act on research.

The Centre is hosted by the science organisation LGC under a contract with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Centre staff are employed by LGC and work in its Grant Management Group (GMG) which also runs two other NIHR centres.

Job Purpose

The CED Science Writer will be responsible for supporting research dissemination by working as part of a team to prepare and distribute research summaries (Alerts), Collections (collated digests of Alerts) and Themed Reviews (which summarise research in areas of national priority).

Key Responsibilities

Initially working primarily on NIHR Alerts, the CED Dissemination Writer will:

  • Draft plain English summaries of scientific papers
  • Communicate with external reviewers to expand and clear their comments
  • Liaise with study authors and reviewers to receive feedback and clear final copy before
  • Help choose photos to illustrate the Alert
  • Work with stakeholder groups to identify needs and styles of outputs, and communicate this information to colleagues
  • Review and edit draft copy of other dissemination outputs
  • Have active involvement in the development and implementation of new formats for dissemination


Behaviours and Competencies Required: 

  • Exceptional communication and writing skills, including the capacity to communicate complex scientific concepts and ideas simply and clearly
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including excellent attention to detail
  • An outgoing and engaging personality with excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and verbal
  • A proactive, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic team player who can work independently and as part of a team and contribute to the development of a positive, can-do culture
  • Confidence and diplomacy when dealing with stakeholders in NHS Trusts, universities/industry and members of the public who have diverse levels of experience and seniority
  • Ability to understand the complex NIHR funding system in a way that emphasises the benefits to external stakeholders
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Demonstrates LGC’s core values of passion, curiosity, integrity, brilliance and respect

Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills:

  • A good biomedical science degree or equivalent expertise gained through previous employment in the life sciences sector
  • Previous experience of producing multimedia artefacts (videos, podcasts) or writing summaries of research results for a general or technical audience
  • Ability to search the published scientific literature and critically appraise research outputs
  • Experience of liaising with individuals in a variety of organisations with an ability to create favourable and ongoing working relationships
  • Advanced computer skills, in particular in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Proficient in the
    use of email and other web-based applications, including online databases


  • A postgraduate degree or workplace experience in medical/science communications
  • A track record of successful management and delivery of projects
  • Previous experience of working with the NIHR
  • An understanding of how clinical research in the NHS is carried out, and of the role of the NIHR

Please apply directly via the LGC page.