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Public Engagement Manager

Posted by , on 8 December 2016

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge

Salary: £29,301-£38,183

Reference: PS10876

Closing date: 08 January 2017

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance.

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council ( The Institute comprises over 300 scientists whose research spans fundamental science through to clinical applications. Our vision is to develop a deep understanding of stem cell biology for the prevention and treatment of human disease.

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 create 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 develop this ethos across the institute.

The PE Manager is responsible for the implementation and development 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 developing a reward and recognition framework for researcher-led public engagement that aligns with institutional public engagement priorities. The role involves both long-term, strategic planning and detailed event management (see further particulars). The PE Manager will manage one part-time (50%) Events Administrator and there may be opportunities to expand the team from 2018 onwards.

We are seeking an innovative and self-motivated public engagement professional to lead the programme through an exciting phase of growth. As we plan for our move to custom-built premises on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018, you will need to take the lead on multiple large-scale, innovative projects in order to cement PE in the working culture of our institute.

You will be educated to degree level (or equivalent), ideally in a scientific subject. You will have had experience in a similar role, preferably having managed a small team. You must demonstrate a proven track record in relationship building, event organisation, report writing, and data management. You will have outstanding organisational and administrative experience and be comfortable working to tight deadlines with minimal supervision. You should have demonstrable experience in web-based/social media communication and you should have excellent 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 and SCI Administrator and will report to the Institute Director.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This 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 upload your current CV and cover letter with your application by Sunday 08 January 2017.

Interviews will be held on the morning of Monday 23 January 2017.

Informal enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to David Kent at

Please quote reference PS10876 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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