Research Communications and Outreach Executive

May 18, 2020

Fighting Blindness is a patient-led charity with a vision to cure blindness, support people living with sight loss and empower patients. We are the leading Irish charity funding research into treatments for sight loss.

To date, we have invested over €18 million in more than 100 research and clinical projects. Over the past 35 years, we have grown from a small support group for families affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to a nationally recognised brand.

We are seeking a Research Communications and Outreach Executive to join our team.

Salary: Competitive (depending on experience)
Hours: Full Time
Period: Fixed term contract – for 2 years
Starting date: Immediate
Location: Remote until further notice (normally based at 7 Ely Place, Dublin 2)
Holidays: 24 days
Reporting to: Head of Research

Closing Date: Monday, June 08, 2020 at 12 noon


Main Duties and Responsibilities

Scientific Communications

  • Responsible for responding to research related enquiries from people living with sight loss and members of the public.
  • Supporting the Communications department by providing regular website and social media content.
  • Supporting the Communications department with research related PR.
  • Producing accessible summaries of Fighting Blindness research to convey the value of research to a lay audience.
  • Reporting the outputs, outcomes and impact of research funded by Fighting Blindness to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Developing a range of educational materials relating to research.


Public and Patient Involvement in Research

  • As main point of contact, coordinating public and patient involvement (PPI) in research including preparation of training packages, facilitating focus groups and providing support to research and clinical community with initiatives.
  • Representing Fighting Blindness on external PPI committees.


Engagement and Outreach

  • Outreach activities including representation of Fighting Blindness and the research function at community groups, schools, information events, support programmes etc.
  • Assisting with the coordination, logistics and development of workshops, symposia and the annual Retina Scientific Conference and Public Engagement Day.


Research Administration

  • Liaising with funding bodies and grant holders with respect to post-award reporting and financial administration, evaluating progress against original aims of the project.
  • Supporting future calls for research including international peer review and pre-award administration.
  • Assisting with the organisation and reporting of research focussed meetings.
  • Supporting the Target 5000 multi-disciplinary team, liaising with both clinical and scientific stakeholders.
  • Performing additional tasks necessary to achieve the overall objectives of the research department and organisation.


Person Specifications

Desirable Qualifications

  • Scientific communications or a background in health discipline or biomedical science.


Desirable Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to explain and tailor complex information with clarity and confidence to non-scientific audiences.
  • Experience in grant writing and grant management.
  • Self-motivated with a high level of organisational ability, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to build effective working relationships with patient, clinical, scientific and industry/biotech community.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team in a fast-paced and high-delivery environment.
  • Ability to think creatively, problem solve and work under pressure to a high standard.
  • Demonstrate flexibity and adaptability in the work place.


Interested candidates should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Anna Moran at Fighting Blindness is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing Date: Monday, June 08, 2020 at 12 noon