[Job, Cardiff] Science Made Simple, STEM Communicator, ??15.5-19k, clos 14 Sep 2012 via @scimadesimple #scicomm jobs

Science Made Simple
STEM Communicator

STEM Communicator Full time (Cardiff)

Salary range:?????? ??15,500 ??? ??19,000 depending on skills and experience

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 14th September

science made simple are an award winning STEM* outreach company based at Cardiff University. We develop and deliver interactive shows for schools and festivals across the UK and reach around 75,000 people each year. We offer shows for all ages from Bubbles shows for nursery schools, to Neuroscience events for teenagers, and non-verbal physical theatre shows for all the family. We are looking for a new member of our team who shares our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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 also strongly 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 in successful years our staff benefit from performance related bonuses.

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 traveling 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. 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 supervising customer bookings, marketing and building successful relationships with our clients. 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 CRB check will be required. It is also highly likely that the successful candidate will get involved in our international work in which case a full passport would also be required.

We are seeking a experienced STEM communicator but would also welcome applications from those new to the field looking for a trainee level post. Finding the right person is as important to us as you having the right experience.

science made simple was established in 2002 by Wendy Sadler, and has grown from a one-man (woman) band to an exciting social enterprise that spans all regions of the UK. We also work regularly overseas and in the last two years have toured to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway and South Africa ??? to name but a few. We???re a highly passionate group of people who aim to make a difference and continually re-evaluate what we do to ensure we are giving the best possible quality experience to all those we meet. We currently have 3 staff based in two regional offices in Manchester and Norwich and are looking to expand to other new regions in the next three years. There are currently 8 staff based in our Head Office in Cardiff where this position is also to be based.

Candidates should be available for interview in Cardiff on Tues 25th September. Position available from mid-October.

*STEM = science, technology, engineering and mathematics ??? and yes, we do them all!

What we would like from you:

  • A passion for STEM communication
  • A degree in science or engineering or a related subject ??? or equivalent evidence of self-led interest in the subject areas
  • Experience of presenting science to schools or family audiences
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Dedication, initiative and an entrepreneurial flair
  • Basic IT skills (including skills with Powerpoint, Word, Internet research etc) and familiarity with Macs
  • Creativity

What we can offer you:

  • A friendly, creative and flexible working environment
  • A team of experienced presenters to help with your training
  • CPD support to help develop your skills
  • The opportunity to play a part in how the business develops
  • Access to a contributory pension scheme after a probation period of three months

??What to do next:

Download an application form and job spec and person spec from our website or email wendy@sciencemadesimple.co.uk to request one or ask any specific questions. Application forms can be sent via email but must be received and acknowledged by the deadline stated.

Candidates must be available for Interview in Cardiff on Tuesday 25th September and those shortlisted will be notified by 18th September.

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