Communication Officer

Job summary

The Institute of Infection is seeking a Communications Officer who will hold an essential role in contributing to and implementing the Institute’s communication activities. You will work on a wide range of communications activities aimed at improving the Institute’s outreach to internal and external audiences. You will interact directly with academics and their teams who are engaged in infection research at Imperial. You will support the...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02873
  • Date posted 11 January 2022
  • Closing date 8 February 2022

Job description

Job summary

The Institute of Infection is seeking a Communications Officer who will hold an essential role in contributing to and implementing the Institute’s communication activities. You will work on a wide range of communications activities aimed at improving the Institute’s outreach to internal and external audiences.

You will interact directly with academics and their teams who are engaged in infection research at Imperial. You will support the Institute’s Co-Directors as they deliver the Institute of Infection’s mission and raise its profile.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new Institute and play an instrumental role in promoting it to new audiences, growing its community, and developing and implementing a new and innovative communications strategy.

About the Institute of Infection

The Institute of Infection was founded in 2020 as Imperial’s newest Global Challenge Institute. All of Imperial’s seven Global Challenge Institutes facilitate interdisciplinary research to address societal challenges, nurture relationships with stakeholders, and provide thought leadership. The Institute of Infection will use this approach to address the complex challenges posed by infections and the diseases they cause. By enabling, training, and empowering researchers to work across different fields, it will seek to dissolve the traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines. The Institute interfaces with and champions the large infection research community at Imperial College. Externally, it interacts with a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Working with the Institute of Infection Co-Directors and Institute Manager, you will develop and execute an effective and creative communications strategy for the Institute, playing a critical role in growing and engaging the community.

  • You will produce the Institute’s internal newsletter and communications; creating and curating content that meets the needs of the Institute’s diverse community.

  • You will maintain and improve the Institute of Infection website.

  • You will provide day-to-day management of the Institute’s social media channels and be responsible for identifying opportunities to grow and develop the online audience.

  • With the Institute manager, you will assist with the planning and delivery of Institute events, with particular focus on promotion and technical set up.

  • You will work with researchers, the Imperial communications network, media, political, and philanthropic contacts to promote the Institute of Infection nationally and internationally.

  • You will ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of all communications and engagement activities.

Essential requirements


  • Experience planning and executing organisational communication strategies.

  • Experience communicating complex, scientific and technical concepts to a diverse range of audiences.

  • Experience managing websites and social media accounts in a professional setting.

  • Experience working with academics, or within an academic environment, and collaborating with personnel from a range of backgrounds and disciplines

Further information

The post is Part Time (0.5 FTE) and Fixed Term for 1 year based at the South Kensington Campus, London.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Melanie Bradnam, Institute Manager at m.bradnam@imperial.ac.uk.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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