Media and Communications Officer

The Genome Analysis Centre
Job Location: 
£28,100 - £31,300
Job Description: 

• Researching, writing and distributing press releases about scientific discoveries.

• Liaising with the media on everyday basis and answering journalist’s inquiries, arranging media interviews, news briefings and press visits.

• Liaising with scientists for gathering information, advise TGAC staff in media relation developing program and target the media with new and evolving media.

• Collating and analysing media coverage, maintaining and updating the media data.

• Base writing and editing articles for TGAC publicity material, including TGAC’s newsletter and annual report; devising and coordinating photography and graphic Design.

• Assisting the T&O team to organising outreach events including exhibitions and open days and represent TGAC internationally.

• Liaising with national and international media colleagues and organizations.

• Responsible for ensuring the scientific contents of the TGAC’s website complies with agreed styles, guidelines and editorial policies and ensure that all contributions complies with these.

• To be responsible of monitoring internal and external Media postings and participating in these as required.

• Assisting the Training and Outreach team in promoting events.

• Managing the social media sites for TGAC and GEL.


We are seeking a highly motivated and organised Media & Communications Officer to ensure The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) has a strong public image and presence; helping people understand the organisation and the services we provide through a variety of media.

As TGAC Media & Communication Officer you will write and edit materials based on scientific results and projects from TGAC and related efforts for various media like press releases, web content, flyers and annual report. You will also be in charge of the social media and support promoting TGAC activities and scientific highlights. You enjoy writing and are very capable of turning complex scientific information, practices and theories into clear, precise and attractive language. You have a strong sense of what content is suitable for experts as well as other audiences (e.g. general public). You will be part of the Training & Outreach Team and liaise with TGAC scientific and support staff.
You have at least a degree, or equivalent in life sciences and experience in the field of communications or media. You have proven experience in writing press releases and content derived from scientific articles. You are an exceptional communicator, in both spoken and written formats. You are able to express ideas clearly and logically. You have excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

Contact Information: 

For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit: or contact HR by calling 01603 450462 or emailing

About Our Organization: 

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity, working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.

TGAC is strategically funded by the BBSRC to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which TGAC contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics. Close links exist between the NRP partners and new opportunities for collaboration in exciting new initiatives are under development. The NRP recently received £26M of government investment to facilitate innovation and further develop infrastructure to attract science and technology companies to the Park to enhance the vibrant environment and realise economic impact from research investment.

TGAC is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.

TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience. TGAC has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. TGAC also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.