Part-time Communications and Information Officer

The Role

As the SCAR Communications and Information Officer, you will help us promote SCAR’s activities both within the Antarctic research community and beyond. You will play a key role in growing our social media presence. You will also assist with preparations for SCAR meetings and conferences. You will support the smooth running of the Secretariat by further developing its internal information management systems and helping maintain SCAR’s website. You should have at least a first degree in a science-related subject (or equivalent work experience) and ideally some experience of working within an office environment. Experience of working within a research environment would be an additional advantage. You will need to have excellent IT skills and to demonstrate good written communication skills. You will also need to be highly organised and be able to juggle multiple tasks at once, often to tight deadlines.

Key criteria


  •  A Bachelor’s degree in a science-related subject (including social sciences) OR equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Good written communication skills.
  • Experience of using social media for promotion and dissemination of content.
  • Excellent IT/technical skills and a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office software (particularly Excel).
  • Ability to rapidly familiarize with new IT systems and interfaces.
  • Highly organized ; able to multitask and meet tight deadlines ; experience of working effectively within a team.


  • Experience of writing content for the web.
  • Experience of writing or editing information on technical subjects (see below *)
  • Experience of website maintenance/back-end website management.
  • Experience of working in an office environment.
  • Experience of working within an organization with links to polar science/earth sciences more broadly.

The successful candidate is expected to assume the post as soon as possible after the interview (to be held during the week of 5th November 2018).

What we can offer you

  • The opportunity to help facilitate vital international research on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and to become a part of a vibrant international community.
  • The opportunity to play a key role in shaping SCAR’s communications within the Antarctic research community and beyond, to other research communities and wider publics.
  • The opportunity to develop /refine valuable IT and communications skills as part of a small and friendly team.
  • A beautiful and historic office setting in the heart of Cambridge at the Scott Polar Research Institute, home to a diverse community of researchers interacting closely with SCAR.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification ( for full details of the role and for application requirements.

Informal enquiries can be made to the SCAR Secretariat via

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, by the closing date of 22 October 2018, the following documents in full, by email to the SCAR Secretariat, e-mail:

  1. curriculum vitae including the names and full contact details of at least two referees.
  2. A covering letter explicitly addressing each of the key criteria.
  3. An example of your written communication (in English) if available – e.g. any articles, web pages or other material you have written (see note below *).
  4. A written submission of no more than 300 words on ‘Why SCAR matters’ aimed at a lay audience.
  5. Proof of eligibility to work in the UK or a statement indicating that application for a work visa will be made.

Interviews will take place during the week of 5 November 2018. If you are unable to attend during that week, or have any special requirements for interview, please contact the SCAR Secretariat by emailing

A printable version of the Job Details (as set out in the advert), and the Job Description and Person Specification (as detailed above) is available  from the link below:

a broad range of outputs are considered relevant – e.g. news articles, web content, press releases, internal operational documents and memos, research reports. Sole authorship is preferred ; if you need any advice, please email

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Key Information


The starting salary will be from £22,000 up to £25,000 pro rata depending on qualifications and experience


Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research


Fixed Term


Part Time




Administration, Climate Change, Communication, Education, Environment, Policy & Legislation


Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

22nd October 2018 at 6:00pm