Job offer in Ireland Communications Officer at Queen’s University Belfast

Founded in 1845 as Queen’s College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we’re a member of the Russell Group, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

This post is available for two years to develop and implement the communication strategy for AHRC modern languages research with a particular emphasis on Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), a flagship programme in Modern Languages with four major funded projects.

It is expected that the post holder will work remotely and will be required to travel frequently to meet with the PIs of the four OWRI projects, which are based in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Manchester, and with the AHRC Modern Languages Leadership Fellow (based in Queen’s, Belfast). There will also be travel for collaboration with OWRI partner institutions across the country and with the Comms and Literature and Languages teams at the AHRC in Swindon. 

Although working remotely from any part of the UK, the post holder will be an employee of Queen’s University Belfast and will be line-managed by the Leadership Fellow.

Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

The successful candidate must:

  • Have a Degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject.
  • Have PR or Communications qualification OR relevant experience.
  • Have a minimum of four years employment experience in a press, PR or communications role.
  • Have ability to manage multiple, competing projects, work to deadlines and deal with a number of tasks and issues at one time.
  • Have demonstrable experience of managing media activities, including reputational issues.
  • Have experience of working with social media to execute communications objectives (especially twitter, Facebook and Linked-in) and an understanding of how content works across digital platforms.
  • Have an appreciation of the wider arts and humanities research landscape and of the issues and challenges facing AHRC communications.
  • Have experience of working with local, national and international media and an ability to develop high quality working relationships with the media.
  • Have willingness to travel frequently and work away from the office. Willingness to work outside normal working hours on occasion.

Full criteria can be found online at

Further information about the Project can be found at

Anticipated interview date: Thursday 25 January 2018

Salary scale: £32,548 – £42,418 per annum (including contribution points)

Closing date: Thursday 4 January 2018

Apply online at For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.