Research Assistant in Science Communication (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics United Kingdom

Research Assistant in Science Communication (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Assistant within the Winton Centre for Risk & Evidence Communication to start in late March/early April. This is a varied post that would suit someone with a background in science communication who can write articles and blogs for the popular press, work closely with press officers on our work to support accurate science communication, and also work directly with patients and clinicians in our academic research on risk communication in a medical context.


You would be working closely with other members of the team, including post-doctoral psychologists, other research assistants as well as the Chairman, Sir David Spiegelhalter and the Executive Director, Alexandra Freeman. You will be expected to be confidant writing articles or presenting to the general public in a variety of media outlets, as well as conducting structured interviews with patients and clinicians as part of our research projects. This will involve regular travel around England since we work with many different clinical centres.


The successful candidate will have experience in scientific communication (in print, online or broadcast media), as well as an interest in health or medicine and be highly organised and used to team working whilst also being independent. They are also likely to have a degree in a scientific discipline (and potentially a masters in science communication) - if not they will need to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of scientific principles and the research process.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


You will need to upload a full curriculum vitae, and examples of or links to some of your work (not to exceed three pages). The contact details of two referees will be required; please ensure that your referees are aware that they may be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.


If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Informal inquiries can be made by contacting Alexandra Freeman (


Please quote reference LF17933 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


Interview date: As soon as possible after the closing date; likely on week commencing 11 March 2019.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our staff.


The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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