science made simple [Cardiff]
(full job description in text below)
Salary: £16,120 – £17,680
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Monday 25th Jan 2016
Join our team – we are recruiting a STEM communicator, January 2016
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!
It’s a full-time STEM communicator role based in our Cardiff office but working across Wales, the UK and beyond talking to all sorts of audiences about all sorts of wonderful STEM stuff!
Full details are given below including a job specification and person specification.
You can download a word application here – science made simple Job Application form Jan 2016.
Vacancy: STEM Communicator. Full-time, 2 year fixed term contract until March 2018 (Cardiff-based office)
Salary range: £16,120 – £17,680 (depending on qualifications and experience) plus benefits
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Monday 25th Jan 2016. Interviews to be held in Cardiff, all day on the 2nd February 2016.
Any questions please give us a call on 07548 558 447
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 are an ‘Investors in People’ employer and 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.
About the job….
We are looking to appoint a new member of our team to start as soon as possible after Jan 2015. 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 our brilliant “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” show for primary schools across Wales as part of a Welsh Government Grant that runs till the end of March 2018. This will include a fair amount of travelling on a day-to-day basis and around 13 weeks a year (in total – not all at once!) often 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 building successful relationships with our clients and supporting the marketing team. You will also be actively involved in the creative process of developing the Superhero show 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 likely that the successful candidate will get involved in our international work in which case a full passport would be required. It is hoped that the successful applicant will train on location in the Republic of Ireland with an experienced presenter. The dates of this will be 27th Feb – 5th March 2016.
- 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?
- 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 school shows and for travel in Wales and the UK and eventually further afield.
STEM Communication roles:
- Learn and deliver our “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” show to primary schools across Wales (around 65 shows a year) and tour this around the UK
- Potentially learn other shows from our suite of shows but the role will be very focused initially on the Superheros show
- Assist in the creation of new content to enhance the Superheros show
- Collect and review evaluation data about the show
Business support roles:
- Organisation of own bookings including, checking kits, logistics, call checks 2 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.
- Contributing to sms projects as assigned following the current systems and allocating time to do so.
- 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.
- Maintaining and refreshing the equipment of existing shows
- Become competent with AV equipment
- A passion for presenting
- A passion for UK 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 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.
- 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
- An awareness of gender equality in STEM
Any questions please give us a call on 07548 558 447