Communications Officer (MT0503, COM2A, GR4)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

The Quebec Bio-Imaging Network’s (QBIN) was created in 2008 to promote and facilitate the establishment of fruitful collaborations between researchers from all over the province interested in exploring normal and pathological function in humans, and studying pathophysiological processes and therapeutic approaches to various diseases using bio-imaging techniques. The network’s objective is to consolidate the leadership of Quebec researchers on the national and international scenes by supporting a variety of scientific activities in basic and clinical research, strategic initiatives and structuring projects that use imaging techniques in humans and animals.

Under the direction of the QBIN Director, the Communications Officer will be responsible to develop and implement an innovative research communications program to promote Quebec Bio-Imaging Network members, their research projects, as well as their impact on healthcare to the broader scientific community and the general public.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop comprehensive communication plans, written and online communication materials including press releases, articles, blog posts, video capsules, etc.
  • Develop new opportunities to maximize QBIN’s presence in the global landscape. Develop content and manage social media content and channels.
  • Develop story ideas and work with QBIN members (faculty, staff and students), freelance writers and other professionals to generate multimedia content. 
  • Develop and establish strong media contacts.  Act as resource and liaison to strengthen relationships of QBIN members with media representatives and the general public.
  • Develop communication plans and programs for the planning and delivery of press conferences, symposia, workshops, and other activities.
  • Prepare and compile communications benchmarking reports for QBIN Communications Committee and QBIN Directors.
  • Recognize sensitive issues that have the potential to create significant precedents and refer these issues to QBIN Directors.


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

Degree in communications, science, engineering or medicine preferred. Past accomplishments in scientific communication to specialist and lay audiences. Experience in identifying, commissioning and/or editing compelling stories. Demonstrated leadership in communications projects. Demonstrated use of digital content (including written, graphical, or video format) and social media strategies. Proficiency in measuring the impact of digital communications. The ability to liaise with internal and external clients and to work autonomously and as part of a team in a fast-paced, changing, deadline oriented environment. Proficiency in French and English, spoken and written.

Additional Information: 

Possibility of renewal for 2 more years.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application online at Click on “APPLY NOW” and clearly indicate the reference number.

The deadline to apply for this position is January 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Medicine will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

Faculty of Medicine
Brain Imaging Centre
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $50,800 - $63,500 (midpoint) - $82,600
One (1) year
Reporting to: 
Director, Quebec Bio-Imaging Network
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