Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC239627
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24029 - £31808
Date Posted 09 January 2017
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 February 2017
Interview Date 24 February 2017

Salary: £24,029 - £31,808
Grade: Band C/D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (will consider reduced hours down to 0.8 FTE)
Closing Date: 3rd February 2017

The ISIS neutron and muon source, based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, is a world-leading research centre which generates beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials, from soap films to superconductors, engineering to earth science, advanced battery components to biomolecules. ISIS has over 30 research instruments serving an international community of 3000 scientists. Each year over 400 science papers are published based on ISIS research. ISIS has an ongoing programme to increase its capacity and capability which will lead to growth in publications and other outputs. In addition, the UK has recently made a significant contribution to the construction of a new neutron source, the European Spallation Source, in Sweden, and ISIS will be providing much of the work for the UK’s participation.

You may be a scientist with a strong interest in communications who would like to further develop your skills and experience in producing publications and website within a science environment. Or you may be a digital communications, publishing or events professional with some science experience who wishes to gain further skills at a world-class science facility.

Working with ISIS scientists and users we expect you to take responsibility for ISIS’ publications and website. ISIS has an extensive website aimed at its user community, and there are opportunities to develop this, for example to provide on-line training materials. ISIS produces its own publications, such as its annual review, alongside STFC publications, and you would seek to develop these.

Reporting to the ISIS impact manager you will also proactively look for other opportunities to promote the facility, and you will form part of the ISIS communications team alongside a public engagement manager, communications students and facility scientists. You will have strong writing, editing and proof reading skills, and a desire to enhance your experience through developing communication channels with our user community and others in an accessible manner.

There will also be opportunities within the role to take on the management of visits and major events, ensuring these are well planned, managed and delivered in a consistent fashion.

You will also look for opportunities to promote ISIS at external events and represent ISIS at events organized by the STFC corporate team.

For appointment at the higher level:
With extensive experience in publishing, events or website management you will seek to define a strategy for delivering our key publications and taking editorial control of the newly migrated website. You will also oversee the project management of major scientific conferences, identifying new opportunities to promote ISIS science through events, publications and online.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • maintain and develop the ISIS facility website for the ISIS user community
  • monitor ISIS website usage, and engage with appropriate social media to enhance ISIS’ online presence
  • coordinate regular publications for the ISIS user community and visitors
  • work with other communications professionals within STFC to develop ISIS’ presence in publications and online
  • support other ISIS communications activities as required
  • help with the coordination of visits and other event.

To be appointed at the higher level - Band D

  • develop a strategy for ISIS publications, taking account of the variety of ISIS stakeholders
  • be responsible for production of key ISIS publications such as the annual review
  • editorial control of the ISIS website, managing a team of content editors to ensure content is current, accurate and appropriate for the target audience
  • project manage and deliver major scientific conferences for the facility, working with partners such as the Institute of Physics.

Contacts and Communication
Reporting to the ISIS impact manager this post will communicate extensively with scientists and engineers across ISIS, with external facility users and with the STFC communications team.

Personal Skills and Attributes
You will need to have excellent communications skills, demonstrated in a scientific environment. You will need some experience of web writing or publication production, event organization and social media in an organizational context.

You will need excellent writing, editing and proof reading skills. You will also need to be highly organised, enthusiastic, capable of taking projects from initial idea to finished product, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. You will need to be flexible, working on a diverse range of activities with competing time frames, able to manage your own time and delegate where necessary.

Any other relevant information
Some UK travel may be required.



  • educated to degree level in a scientific discipline or equivalent.


  • further qualification in science communication or equivalent
  • study at degree or post-graduate level in the physical sciences or equivalent.

Knowledge and Experience


  • web writing or publication editing/production
  • event organisation.


  • experience of working in large scientific organisations
  • experience of scientific research
  • experience of managing production of digital content
  • website management/content writing/statistics monitoring
  • experience of using social media in an organizational context
  • graphic design
  • IT skill: Adobe Creative Suite.

For appointment at the higher level – Band D


  • proven Project management experience
  • experience of managing publication cycles from identifying themes and content to design and production AND Extensive experience of technical writing or proof reading in a scientific context
  • OR Experience in managing large scientific websites, using content management systems and managing teams of content editors
  • OR Experience of managing large scientific conferences, including overseeing all logistical elements, identifying and working with sponsors and managing proceedings.


  • experience of developing social media strategy for a large organisation
  • experience of developing video or multimedia content
  • experience of managing a large and diverse programme of events for a wide range of audiences.

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • excellent writing and presentation skills
  • excellent time management skills
  • highly organised and proactive, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • ability to re-prioritise rapidly and re-deploy work depending on the situation
  • excellent attention to detail
  • ability to work independently and balance complex workload
  • ability to build relationships quickly and confidently in all levels of the organisation
  • excellent team-working skills with a willingness to help colleagues when necessary
  • keen interest in science and technology.


  • good project and people management skills.

Special Requirements


  • able to travel occasionally within the UK and internationally.


In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 3rd February 2017.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.