Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC254361
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £31305 - £34028
Date Posted 21 July 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Part Time
Closing Date 11 September 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £31,305 - £34,028 pro rata for part-time
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 3 years
Hours: Part Time - 0.6 FTE (22.5hrs/week based on 37.5 hrs FTE)
Closing Date: 11th September 2020
Interview Date: W/C 28th September 2020

The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, is a not-for-profit consortium working to promote cooperation between European-level neutron facilities offering transnational user programmes to external researchers. Its nine initial members, together with other observer organisations, serve a scientific community of many thousands of researchers and aim to promote collaboration, continuously improve neutron source capabilities and develop policies and processes for the benefit of the science community. LENS seeks to appoint an Information Manager to help with a wide variety of communications activities that the consortium wishes to undertake.

Tasks for the Information Manager will include:

  • Daily and weekly updates to the neutron community website, proactively monitoring facility websites for new information and ensuring that all information on the site is accurate, reliable and up to date. Similarly for
  • Plan and oversee the revitalisation of to increase its visibility and relevance as a global node for neutron science. This will include consideration of target audiences, migration of other neutron-related website content, GDPR compliance, initiation of a periodic newsletter based on site content. Similarly for
  • Maintenance and development of original and repurposed content for website, including content-rich news articles covering LENS activities
  • Daily maintenance of @LENSinitiative, @NeutronSources and @EU_Neutron Twitter feeds
  • Establish and maintain as necessary a password-protected internal LENS site for document distribution and other inter-organisation needs as they arise
  • Assist with production and distribution of hybrid print-digital promotional materials for LENS
  • Assist with production and distribution of offline promotional materials for LENS
  • Assist with the organisation and operation of LENS meetings and events
  • Assist with LENS planning and participation in relevant conferences and meetings not primarily sponsored by LENS
  • Establish working relationships with LENS-member IT personnel who can support and develop the websites as needed
  • Promotion and communication of LENS awards, neutron schools and similar public initiatives
  • Coordination with BrightnESS2 project manager for proper use of funds available for LENS promotional and development activities
  • Other possible duties will be considered as the post develops, including closer working relationship and support for ENSA communications activities.

Some travel will be required to meet with colleagues at other facilities, to assist in the organisation of LENS meetings and events, and to represent LENS at external conferences and meetings.

Contacts and communications

You will be employed by ISIS (UKRI) and will be a member of the ISIS Impact Team coming under the ISIS Impact Manager. However, tasks and priorities will be set by the LENS collaboration – specifically working group 1 of LENS, with the contact persons for the post-holder being the members of subgroup 1, promotion and communications. You will have regular contact with staff of LENS collaboration facilities across Europe with regard to the range of duties listed above, and travel to European facilities and for LENS meetings will be required.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

We will assess the criteria below through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I).


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a science subject (S)
  • Experience with communication of science to a wide variety of audiences (S, I)
  • Experience of producing communication materials, both physical and digital (S, I)
  • Experience in writing for the web (S, I)
  • Experience in use of content management systems (S, I)
  • Experience using social media for organisation communications (S, I)
  • Experience of organising events (S, I)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills (S, I)
  • Able to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (S, I)
  • Ability to travel to meetings within Europe as required (I)
  • Self-motivated; able to work on own with remote guidance. (I)


  • Further qualification (e.g. Masters level) in science communication (S)
  • Experience of working with large scale research infrastructures (S, I)
  • Experience within the European neutron community (S, I)
  • Experience using design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud. (S, I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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