Join our team – we are recruiting a STEM Communicator

We’re excited to announce that we’re recruiting for a new Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM) Communicator to join one of the UK’s leading science outreach organisations – that’s us!

science made simple and space made simple at our 2015 staff retreat playing team building games!

science made simple at our 2015 staff retreat playing team building games!

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

Full details are given below including a job specification and person specification.

You can download an application form here.

Please submit this by post or email to info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk.

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.

Any questions please give us a call on 02920 876 884

About us…

science made simple is an award-winning social enterprise based at Cardiff University that was established in 2002. We specialise in the development and delivery of innovative science, engineering and maths shows for schools and events across the UK. Last year we delivered over 500 shows to a total audience of around 75,000 people and in the last 5 years alone we have worked in over 20 different countries. We also frequently work on engagement projects in partnership with university research scientists.

We take pride in appointing only the most talented and passionate presenters who have a love of science and engineering and the skills to communicate that enthusiasm to a variety of audiences. We believe in investing in the training of our presenters so we would expect you to be open to new training opportunities to build your presenting skills within this position. We strongly value the input all our team have in the development of the business as we continue to grow and provide regular opportunities for staff to have a say in how we can improve what we do. Following a 3-month probationary period we can offer access to a contributory pension scheme and a staff profit-share scheme.

About the job….

We are looking to appoint a new member of our team to start as soon as possible from April 2017. The new person will be based at our head office in Cardiff but will work across Wales and the UK.

This position will require you to learn and present a range of our existing shows (for primary school, secondary school and family audiences) and deliver them at various venues across the UK. This will include a fair amount of travelling on a day-to-day basis and around 6-8 weeks a year (in total – not all at once!) staying away from home. A clean driving licence and confidence with driving is essential as you’ll be driving our vans. Whilst on tour your accommodation and subsistence expenses are covered (within our terms and conditions). When you are not touring and presenting you will be helping to develop and grow the business by building successful relationships with our clients and supporting the marketing team. You will also be actively involved in the creative process of developing new shows and other science communication projects as and when they arise.

Due to the nature of the job an enhanced DBS check will be required. It is also a possibility that the successful candidate will get involved in our international work in which case a full passport would be required.

About you…….

  • Do you love engineering and science?
  • Do you have a passion and a skill for presenting this to others?
  • Do you love being on the road?
  • Is the average desk bound 9-5 job not for you?
  • Do you want to build your reputation and profile in science communication?

If so this job may be perfect for you, and we would love to welcome you to our team!

As with many small businesses you will need to turn your hand to a variety of tasks. This position will give you a great opportunity to learn more about all aspects of running a small business as well as to hone your skills in science and engineering communication. Aside from being an excellent presenter we are looking for someone with a passion for working with schools and for travel in Wales, the UK, and eventually further afield.

science made simple is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We shortlist applications without using personal details to mitigate against unconscious bias.

Job Specification

STEM Communication roles:

  • Learn and deliver a range of science shows to school (primary and secondary), family and adult audiences (you will deliver around 65 shows a year)
  • Assist in the creation of new content to enhance the existing shows and develop new ones
  • Contributing to SMS science communication projects as assigned (this could involve; administration, resource creation, show or workshop creation, research, or liaising with clients)
  • Collect and review evaluation data about the shows to feedback into our show development process

Business support roles:

  • Organisation of own bookings including checking kits, logistics, liaising with venues two weeks in advance of booking with help from the admin assistants
  • Submitting expenses and statistics on a weekly basis
  • Follow any systems or procedures required by the company to maintain and implement a safe and healthy working environment, with customer service as a priority
  • Providing social media support
  • Creating copy for marketing materials and our website, including contributing to our blog
  • Any other task or responsibilities as requested by the Line Manager to maintain the efficient operation of the company
  • Attend one networking event a month – this may be outside normal working hours
  • Be aware of the wider workplace and use initiative to ensure efficient running and even workloads

Practical/technical roles:

  • Maintaining and refreshing the equipment of existing shows
  • Become competent with AV equipment

 Person Specification

 Essential

  • A passion for presenting
  • A passion for travel
  • A degree in science or engineering (or related subject) – or equivalent evidence of self-led interest in the subject areas
  • Some practical experience of presenting STEM subjects to schools or family audiences
  • Organisational and administrative skills
  • Good time management and proven ability with multiple task management
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a larger team
  • Confident with IT (including skills with Powerpoint, Word, Internet research, social media etc) 
  • A clean UK driving licence and willingness to work away from home for a week at a time (we will provide a company van)

Desirable

  • Awareness of the broader STEM communication or informal education sector
  • Experience of developing materials and resources for schools
  • Customer service or business experience
  • Good writing skills
  • Theatre experience, or performance skills of some kind
  • Video editing skills
  • The ability to present in Welsh

You can download an application form here. Please submit this by post or email to info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk.

Any questions please give us a call on 02920 876 884

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