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Community Engagement Officer – IPIC

PMO-26 Community Engagement Officer – IPIC

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

This is an exciting new role to build a community engagement programme where we share our research with the public and the benefits it brings to society. The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Research Centre that brings together over 200 researchers from the Tyndall National Institute, Dublin City University, Munster Technological University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork to develop new light enabled technologies. Our work focuses on developing the next generation of highly-compact and miniaturised photonics technologies in order to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges, including revolutionising the speed of data transfer for the continued growth of the internet, delivering new smart medical devices for improved patient outcome and developing instrumentation for point-of-care diagnostics and wearable devices.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about engaging the public in emerging science and technology, specifically in photonics based technologies and its application to address challenges such as rural broadband and health & wellbeing.   

You will be responsible for developing new connections and partnerships with a range of organisations, focusing on people and communities currently not engaged with science. You will have demonstrable experience of working with stakeholders using a range of engagement techniques/methodologies (especially collaborative, co-creation engagement). In return you will have the opportunity to lead the creation and shaping of a pioneering project within IPIC, one that will build a national community engagement programme in partnership with a research team of over 200. In addition you will coordinate IPIC’s external communications activities. The work will require strong organisation, decision-making and communication skills, and the ability to work independently.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop, own and implement a community engagement strategy for IPIC.
  • Engage relevant communities in meaningful ways, acting as a visible and accessible point of contact between Centre and community members.
  • Develop, deliver and disseminate community engagement activities to agreed budgets and timelines.
  • Integrate continuous assessment and evaluation into the programme and use this to evolve the programme to achieve its objectives. 
  • Combine physical events (both on and off site) with web platforms to achieve regular engagement with local networks and non-traditional audiences across Ireland.  
  • You will advocate for and build community engagement within IPIC and embed engagement practice into the Centre and our core research programmes.
  • Train and support researchers in planning and delivering high quality engagement activities.
  • Support our researchers to translate their research into digitally relevant, shareable content.
  • Work closely with the IPIC Education & Public Engagement (EPE) Officer and support the wider IPIC EPE programme.
  • Prepare reports on the programme when required and present it to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage IPIC social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram) to increase community engagement and visibility of IPIC’s research.
  • Develop content to aid in the dissemination of IPIC research and EPE outputs.
  • Participate in education and public engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • Have a scientific, social sciences or relevant degree
  • Experience of developing and/or delivering community engagement activities
  • Demonstrable experience of working with stakeholders using a range of engagement techniques/methodologies (especially collaborative, co-creation engagement)
  • Have strong organisation, decision-making and communication skills
  • Be able to work flexibly, independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organise own time and act on own initiative
  • Be a friendly and confident communicator
  • Passion for sharing science with all audiences
  • Full driver’s license

Desirable Criteria

  • Proven record of developing relationships and partnerships with key senior external stakeholders
  • Experienced in the utilisation of digital platforms to engage the public
  • Experience in scientific research would be advantageous
  • Project management skills

Appointment may be made on the SEA Scale (B) €32,646- €46,643.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with the public sector pay policy.

Closing date is 9th July, 2021.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMO-26

Step 2 - Return the completed application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.