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Scientific Communications and Outreach Officer

07 Oct 2021 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Scientific Communications and Outreach Officer - Universities Federation for Animal Welfare/Humane Slaughter Association.

Salary: £28331 to £36914 plus £2194 London Weighting (where applicable)
Full time, Hertfordshire (UK) based (with the possibility of home and/or flexible working)

Application deadline: 22nd October 2021


Are you a talented science communicator who shares our passion for using scientific evidence to benefit the lives of animals? Can you help us improve the way we disseminate knowledge about animal welfare to a wide range of audiences?

The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) are two sister charities focussed on the promotion of scientific, evidence-based approaches to animal welfare. We fund research, support the animal welfare science community and advocate for evidence-based improvements to animal welfare worldwide.

Communicating animal welfare science to both specialist audiences and the wider public is key to turning science into real-world improvements in animal welfare. Both charities are looking to improve the way they translate animal welfare science information into effective communications aimed at various audiences.

You will have a comprehensive scientific knowledge (likely including a degree or postgraduate qualification in a biological science or veterinary medicine) and be a natural and experienced communicator. The ideal candidate will have a portfolio of science communication work through which they can demonstrate their skills.

The postholder will work closely with our internal scientific and technical staff as well as the scientists and experts we work with to produce communications using multiple channels including web, e-learning resources, print, social media, video etc. You should also have experience of promoting news-worthy stories to the media through press-releases and other routes. Experience of graphic design, infographic production and video editing would be advantageous.

This position can be office-based, or predominantly home-based: however, the postholder will be expected to attend some meetings at our offices in Hertfordshire and to undertake travel within the UK and possibly overseas. Because we’re based in the UK, the appointee will need to be UK-based and legally entitled to work in the UK.

The candidate must be comfortable with the charities’ approach to animal welfare which includes co-operation with industries which use animals, including the livestock and slaughter industries. Whilst both charities promote the highest standards of animal welfare, they do not oppose the use of animals per se.

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