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  • 21 Mar 2017 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Salary range £14,000 - £19,000 (depending on experience)

    Full time - 37.5 hours per week (any 5 days of 7)

    This post is suitable for a motivated, enthusiastic individual with a commitment to science learning and a passion for engaging a wide variety of public and community audiences with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

    You will play a key role in supporting Dundee Science Centre’s Community Engagement Programme of workshops, shows, events and festivals taking place within the centre and on outreach.

    You will develop, coordinate and deliver shows, activities and projects for early years, young adults, adults and family audiences. You will work with the team to build relationships with local groups in order to reduce barriers to engagement and create tailor made programmes to suit the needs of learners to inspire people from a range of backgrounds.

    You will coordinate and deliver training for the wider team to deliver science learning experiences for a wide range of audiences with a focus on quality assurance. You will be responsible for the smooth running of the exhibition, including creating and modifying weekly and daily staffing rotas for the exhibition.

    You will support the Exhibition and Community Engagement Manager with reviewing and reporting processes of the Exhibition and Community Engagement programme, carrying out audience research and analysis, and contributing to marketing and funding application processes. You will represent Dundee Science Centre in collaborative projects, initiate new partnerships and projects, and liaise with industry and Higher Education to incorporate research and discoveries into learning experiences within the Exhibition and Community Engagement Programme.

    Dundee Science Centre is looking for an outstanding individual with: a passion for public engagement and community education; excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and the motivation to work in a visitor centre environment.

    Qualification or knowledge/experience in a relevant area (public engagement, education or community education) is required. Experience in development, coordination, delivery and training of STEM learning experiences is required. Experience of providing science communication training is desired, as is experience of liaising with industry and Higher Education to incorporate their research and discoveries into learning experiences for a range of public audiences.  A full, clean driving licence is required.

    Evening and weekend work will be required, as will travel across Scotland.

    If you are excited by the prospect of working in Dundee Science Centre, please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you feel passionate about the position and why you are the best person for the post to:

    Rebecca Erskine

    Exhibition and Community Engagement Manager

    Dundee Science Centre, 14 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

    Email: rebecca.erskine@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

    Applications to be submitted by 5pm on 5th April 2017

    Interviews to take place Thursday 20th April 2017, no alternative dates are available.

    To request a job description, please email: hannah.parkin@dundeescienceecentre.org.uk

  • 21 Mar 2017 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A job vacancy is available at the Royal Astronomical Society, based in London, for an assistant editor to work on the astronomy journal MNRAS (https://academic.oup.com/mnras). Whilst it's primarily an editorial admin position, other duties could include helping to develop press releases and with media requests (including occasional TV/radio interviews), helping with public outreach events and conferences, and some involvement in policy activities, so may be of interest to some here.

    Qualifications in physics/astronomy not essential, closing date is 18th April 2017, and further details are on the website:
    https://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2964-job-vacancy-assistant-editor-mnras

  • 21 Mar 2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nesta is looking for a creative, passionate Digital Content Editor to join
    the Challenge Prize Centre, lead on content and promotion of the Longitude
    Prize, and to support the development of digital content across our other
    prizes.

    At Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, we research, design and manage
    innovation competitions to incentivise breakthroughs in science, technology
    and other domains in an effort to improve people’s health and welfare. The
    Longitude Prize launched in 2014 and is an international competition with a
    total budget of £10 million - £8 million of which will be awarded to one
    team that successfully develops a point-of-care rapid diagnostic test. This
    test will help address the challenge of overuse, irrational use and
    underuse of antibiotics. As of March 2017, 211 teams from 41 countries have registered to compete for the prize.

    The Digital Content Editor will be responsible for managing the Longitude
    Prize website and producing newsletters and blogs with input from health
    and science experts and teams that are competing to win the Longitude
    Prize. The postholder will also offer strategic digital communications
    support to other teams in the Prize Centre, which includes a very diverse
    portfolio from assistive technology to work on drones.

    The ideal candidate will:

      - Be educated to degree level or equivalent as a minimum, preferably in
      the sciences, journalism or related field.
      - Have experience within a digital communication role and experience of
      website content management.
      - Have proven experience working in an editorial capacity with a varied
      portfolio of written work, especially in sciences/medical fields.
      - Demonstrate a clear understanding of digital best practice, including
      user centred design, customer experience, accessibility, SEO and social
      media.
      - Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and attention
      to detail.
      - Have proven experience of basic technical skills relevant to managing
      a website, including content management systems.
      - Have an understanding of current and emerging web technologies and
      social media trends.
      - Have significant experience of developing and delivering digital
      communications projects.
      - Have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate
      technical details to nontechnical people.

    *How to apply: *

    For the full Candidate Specification and our Application Form, please visit
    our website. <http://www.nesta.org.uk/jobs/digital-content-editor-0>

    The closing date for completed applications is 9am, Monday 3 April.

    1st Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 April.

    2nd Interviews will take place w/c 17 April.

  • 21 Mar 2017 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parkinson’s UK is looking for a passionate and skilled individual to coordinate our Patient and Public Involvement Programme. The role involves working closely with researchers and people affected by Parkinson’s to coordinate and facilitate initiatives to ensure that research is focused upon the needs of people with the condition. 

    This is a challenging and varied role which requires excellent organisational and communications skills, a good understanding of health research, and experience of working with volunteers. To be successful, you will be creative and be confident taking initiative when working independently or as part of team.

    Salary: £31,000 pa 
    Contract: Permanent
    Closing date: 2 April 2017

    For further details and to apply, please visit our website: https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/parkinsonsuk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=620


  • 21 Mar 2017 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have a new opportunity for new entrants to science communication or those interested in dipping their toe in the water.  You may know just the person:

    The International Centre for Life is a pioneering science village in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is an independent and self-funding charitable trust, which does not receive public funding.  Life's mission is to ignite and nurture a curiosity in everyone for science, technology, engineering and maths and to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals.  Life Science Centre, which opened in May 2000, is the only purpose-built Science Centre in the north, attracting over 250,000 visitors per year. Life's varied and eclectic public engagement programme attracts a broad audience including families, adults, pre-schoolers and teenagers.

    Trainee Science Explainers<https://jobs.life.org.uk/jobs/trainee-science-explainers>
    (Starting hourly rate of pay in line with national living wage, rising to £8.44 after successful completion of training development programme.)

    We are looking for candidates who are as passionate as we are about engaging people with science.  Your role will be to make a visit to Life interesting, exciting, entertaining and fun for a wide range of audiences, but primarily for families and schoolchildren.   You will deliver hands on science workshops to school groups and scripted science and planetarium shows to the general public.  In addition, there will be opportunities to get involved in other elements of a changing exhibitions and events programme.

    The successful candidates will have a broad knowledge of STEM and will preferably hold a degree in a STEM subject or equivalent.  Above all, you will be a curious person who is enthusiastic, enjoys communicating with people and who shares our desire to help our visitors understand better the relevance of science in their lives.   A comprehensive training programme will be offered.

    Hours will vary according to the needs of the business but candidates should expect to work some weekends and public holidays.

    Please note that successful applicants will be subject to a DBS check. Details of our DBS policy are available on request.
    To apply for this vacancy, please send a letter of application and current CV to:
    Louise Richardson, HR Manager, International Centre for Life Trust, Management Suite, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP
    or by email to: humanresources@life.org.uk by Monday 3rd April 2017.

    The International Centre for Life is an equal opportunities employer and is accredited with the Equality Standard Gold Award.
    Registered Charity Number: 1059607


    Please share this with anyone you think might be interested. More details are available at https://jobs.life.org.uk/

  • 16 Mar 2017 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is looking for a Service Manager (Teacher Professional Development) to join us. The role is based in Cambridge, with some travel to meetings, events and conferences.

     

    In the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest non-governmental funder of chemistry education and we influence government policy to ensure that opportunities to develop skills meet the unique needs of chemistry. We believe that everyone should have access to a high quality chemistry education which is engaging, inspiring and relevant, and that good science education starts in primary school. The goal of our Education Publishing team is to provide relevant and useful advice, resources, and practical support to educators and their students in schools, colleges and universities.

     

    As Service Manager for Teacher Professional Development within our Education Resources team, you will report to our Education Resources Programme Manager, and will focus on optimising the value and sustainability of our current professional development provision for teachers. You will also develop new evidence-informed propositions, products, partnerships and business models.

     

    We are looking for:  

     

    Essential:

    ·         Experience of STEM teaching (or a demonstrable, deep understanding of the sector).

    ·         Demonstrable ability to communicate and persuade in different settings to different audiences, and to do so with tact and diplomacy. 

    ·         Excellent interpersonal skills to engage effectively with internal departments and external contacts.

    ·         Financial numeracy and budget management.

    ·         Collaborative and flexible approach to team-work.

    ·         Demonstrable experience of project management and high-quality delivery.

    Desirable:

    ·         Experience of teacher professional development and knowledge of best practice.

    ·         Experience of running market research, interviews and focus groups.

    ·         Experience developing partnership and business plans to support new product / service development and investment.

    ·         Degree in Chemistry or other science subject.

    ·         Experience of designing and delivering professional development activities.

    ·         Experience of using CRM systems and web analytics.

    ·         An understanding of issues facing schools, teachers and students involved in Chemistry/Science education.

     

    At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support you in your career and reward your contribution with an excellent benefits package. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

     

    https://careers-rsc.icims.com/jobs/1815/service-manager-%28teacher-professional-development%29/job

     

     

    Both roles expire on 26/03/2017.

  • 16 Mar 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is looking for a Service Manager (Learn Chemistry Partnership) to join us. The role is based in Cambridge, with some travel to meetings, events and conferences.

    In the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest non-governmental funder of chemistry education and we influence government policy to ensure that opportunities to develop skills meet the unique needs of chemistry. We believe that everyone should have access to a high quality chemistry education which is engaging, inspiring and relevant, and that good science education starts in primary school. The goal of our Education Publishing team is to provide relevant and useful advice, resources, and practical support to educators and their students in schools, colleges and universities.

    As Service Manager for our Learn Chemistry Partnership within our Education Resources team, you will report to our Education Resources Programme Manager and will have management responsibility for an Editorial Assistant. You will focus on optimising the value, coherence and sustainability of our partnership service for schools. You will also act as a champion for our customer groups, regularly researching teacher needs and testing potential solutions, building communities and support networks, and managing day-to-day aspects of service delivery and improvement.

    We are looking for:  

    Essential:

    ·         Demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, and to do so with tact and diplomacy.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal skills to engage effectively with internal departments and external contacts.

    ·         Financial numeracy.

    ·         Collaborative and flexible approach to team-work.

    ·         Demonstrable experience of project management and high-quality delivery.

     

    Desirable:

    ·         Experience of working with communities of teachers.

    ·         Experience of running market research, interviews and focus groups.

    ·         Experience of customer service management and support.

    ·         Experience of developing business plans to support new product / service development and investment.

    ·         Degree in Chemistry or other science subject.

    ·         Experience of designing and delivering services (online and face to face).

    ·         Experience of using CRM systems and web analytics.

    ·         An understanding of issues facing schools, teachers and students involved in Chemistry/Science education.

     

    At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we will support you in your career and reward your contribution with an excellent benefits package. If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.

    https://careers-rsc.icims.com/jobs/1816/service-manager-%28learn-chemistry-partnership%29/job

  • 13 Mar 2017 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions.  Our mission is to promote science and technology through thought provoking, fun and exciting experiences that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.

     

    GSC is recruiting for a highly motivated candidate to fill the exciting role of Planetarium Presenter. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a strong interest and passion for astronomy to work within Glasgow Science Centre's digital full dome planetarium to deliver high quality planetarium experiences for a variety of audiences and to act as a champion of science communication; supporting Planetarium Manager and Planetarium Officer with day to day operations, and to have sole responsibility for special evening planetarium events.

     

    This contract is on a permanent, 36 hour annualised contract on salary of £13,478 - £15,125 per annum.

     

    Key Duties:

     

    •           To develop and maintain a broad knowledge of astronomy research and topical astronomy news to ensure the planetarium show content is cutting edge.

    •           To operate and present within one of GSC’s flagship areas, establishing the planetarium as a world-class venue for astronomy education.

    •           To engage visitors and communicate astronomical concepts accurately within the Planetarium and the broader astronomy mission of Glasgow Science Centre.

    •           To deliver planetarium shows and other astronomy activities to a consistent 5* standard for public, education and community groups of all ages.

    •           To work with the Planetarium Officer to monitor quality of delivery in all planetarium shows

    •           To participate in training and receive/ give peer evaluation as required.

    •           To carry out individual projects and tasks as directed by the Planetarium Manager

    •           To represent GSC Planetarium at evening or off-site special events  e.g. Planetarium Lates, Sci-Fi Sundays, Sleepovers, Stargazing at Whitelee etc

    •           To provide appointed-person cover at identified events when required (enhanced hourly rate applicable).

    •           To deliver Sunday Morning Astronomy Clubs over 35 Sundays per annum.

     

     

    Skills, Experience & Personal Qualities:

     

    •           Confident with excellent interpersonal and communication skills - essential.

    •           Experience in astronomy, either academic, amateur, or science communication – essential.

    •           Experience of dealing with the public, community groups and school children – desirable

    •           Good presentation skills with ability to present to large groups/ audiences – desirable.

    •           Good working knowledge of IT – desirable.

    •           Positive and dynamic self-starter with a passion for excellence, creativity and innovation

    •           A genuine enthusiasm for science and technology with a high level of commitment to GSC’s vision and mission.

     

    To apply, please send a completed application form to recruitment@glasgowsciencecentre.org by Friday 17th March at Noon.

     

    Full job description and application forms are available to download from the main GSC website.

     

     

     

  • 13 Mar 2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re excited to announce that science made simple are recruiting for a new science presenter to join their Cardiff team!

    It’s a 12 month fixed-term full-time STEM Communicator role based in their Cardiff office but working across the UK and beyond, talking to all sorts of audiences about wonderful STEM stuff!

    All info needed and how to apply can be found in the link below.

    http://www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk/news-blogs/join-our-team-we-are-recruiting-a-stem-communicator

    Vacancy: STEM Communicator. Full-time, 12 month fixed term contract starting May or June 2017(Cardiff-based office) with a possibility of continued employment thereafter. For the right candidate there would also be the possibility of relocating and working from a different UK region after the 12 month period ends.

    Salary range: £16,120 – £17,680 (depending on qualifications and experience) plus benefits (investment in your CPD and an annual staff retreat, contributory pension scheme, additional bank holiday, employee profit-share scheme, international opportunities)

    Deadline for applications: 5pm on Sunday 26th March 2017. Interviews to be held in Cardiff, all day on the 4th April 2017.


  • 07 Mar 2017 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Circa £45,000 to £65,000 per annum - Permanent, Full time

    A fantastic opportunity has arisen to lead on the schools and colleges initiatives for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which exist to inspire future generations of engineers and technicians; to show the many routes into engineering-based training and careers; to create a positive image of engineering amongst young people, their teachers and parents; and, to develop the practical and employability skills that young people need to make them appealing to employers.

    Following 8 years of transformational change, growth and value improvement within the IET’s Education 5-19 department the current manager is moving on, opening up the role to a dynamic individual who can build on the existing programme of activity and further cement the IET’s place as a leading provider of engineering-themed STEM enrichment activities, teaching resources, grant funding and policy influence.

    • ·       The IET Faraday teaching resources
    • ·       The IET Faraday Challenge Day competition
    • ·       The FIRST LEGO League robotics-based life-skills challenge for the UK and Ireland
    • ·       Support for the IET volunteer network of STEM Ambassadors
    • ·       Grant funding with the IMechE, IOP and STFC
    • ·       Careers information with Tomorrow’s Engineers
    • ·       Support for a variety of teacher support and STEM skills development activity providers including, amongst others, F1 and 4x4 In Schools, Greenpower, EDT, Young Engineers, Big Bang Fair, Project ENTHUSE and Teach First

    This is a senior management role. The post holder will report into the Director of Membership of Professional Development. The post holder will be responsible for a team of 9 full and part-time staff – 4 managers and 5 administrators, working closely with other departments, particularly on fundraising and policy work.

    The IET is a world-leading professional body for the engineering and technician community. The IET Education 5-19 programme reflects the needs and interests of its members and the broader engineering community. The IET believes very much in increased impact through collaboration and works closely with other charities, professional bodies, academia, industry and the public sector.

    The post is based in Stevenage, Herts but will require extensive travel in the UK and some overseas visits.

    • ·       Degree or equivalent qualification.
    • ·       Evidence of relevant postgraduate study.
    • ·       Contract negotiation and senior management experience.
    • ·       First class communication, negotiation, networking and presentation skills (including for the media).
    • ·       Strategic thinking, planning and analytical skills.
    • ·       Ability to prepare and monitor business plans and budgets and to drive project implementation. 
    • ·       Innovative and creative thinker.
    • ·       Ability to design, manage and deliver change.
    • ·       A sound knowledge and understanding of the UK formal and informal education system
    • ·       Ability to work with a diverse range of partners at all levels.
    • ·       Experience of effective staff management
    • ·       Experience in curriculum development and teacher training         
    • ·       Expertise in influencing national policymakers
    • ·       Experience of reporting and delivering at Board level
    • ·       Experience of marketing to young people and raising awareness with the education community
    • ·       Experience of developing and encouraging innovative ideas to drive improvement.
    • ·       Experience of managing large, complex budgets
    • ·       Experience of managing large, complex programmes and/or projects
    • ·       A track record of achievement in developing, managing and implementing strategies that underpin the delivery of first class, integrated products and services.
    • ·       Experience of volunteer support
    • ·       Experience of customer management
    • ·       The role requires a significant amount of UK travel and occasional European and international travel. A valid passport will be required.
    • ·       The role often requires working with organisations with security sensitivities, which will require the post holder to have verifiable ID 
    • ·       The the post holder will be required to register as a STEM Ambassador and undergo a DBS check.
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