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Public Engagement Manager (Temporary/Secondment Cover)

Department/Location; Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
Salary: £29,799-£38,833
Reference: PS15242
Category: Academic-related
Closing date: 20 April 2018

Fixed-term: 1 year, or on return of the substantive post holder, which ever is earliest.

The Wellcome - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem and progenitor cells (

Public Engagement (PE) is an essential part of our work. We seek to provide opportunities for the public to explore and question research developments and for researchers to improve their understanding of public views. The purpose of the PE Manager role is to grow and support a community of scientists who recognise the importance of dialogue with the public and who have the skills and opportunities to undertake PE activities. Overall, the CSCI aims to have highly visible public engagement that is woven into all aspects of scientific research and the PE Manager is envisioned to advance this ethos across the institute.

The PE Manager is responsible for the implementation and expansion of the PE Programme, which includes a wide variety of public events for different target communities, as well as digital engagement activities and professional development training for researchers. The post holder will also be responsible for continuing a reward and recognition framework for researcher-led public engagement that aligns with institutional public engagement priorities. The role involves both strategic monitoring and detailed event management. The PE Manager will manage one part-time (50%) Events Administrator. We are seeking a public engagement professional to lead the programme through an exciting phase as we move to our custom-built premises on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in late 2018. You will need to take the lead on multiple large-scale, innovative projects in order to cement PE in the working culture of the institute.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), ideally in a scientific subject, and have had experience in a similar role. You must demonstrate a proven track record in relationship building, event organisation, report writing, and data management. You will have organisational and administrative experience and be comfortable working to tight deadlines with minimal supervision. You should also have written and verbal communication and negotiation skills.

The post will work in close collaboration with senior roles in the Admin team, with supervision from the PE steering committee, SCI Administrator and will report to the Institute Director. The role will also have support from a Wellcome PE mentor and current role-holder.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to Rebecca Jones at

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 20th April 2018, with interviews being held week commencing 23rd April 2018.

Please quote reference PS15242 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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