Key Demo Developer
Closing date: 20th January 2016
Salary: circa £25,200 (£2,100/month) pro rata (depending on experience)
Or £100-150/day on freelance basis (depending on experience)
Location: London N5, with location trips incl a week at NEC Birmingham.
The best job in the (Science Communication) world: developing and delivering Big Bang Headline shows and various research/production projects
Short-term full-time job starting ASAP (January 2016) to March 22nd 2016, with potential ongoing work afterwards. If the right candidate wants to do this role as a freelancer or part-time, and they have fantastic experience and ability, it may be possible.
The company: Gastronaut (www.thegastronaut.com) is a multimedia company run by producer Stefan Gates, creating major kick-ass sci–comm/food stage shows, TV projects and books. The main show currently in pre-production is the headline show for Big Bang Fair ‘Gastronaut and the Quantum Mechanical Chocolate Factory’, a Wonka-esque fantastical food/science show involving robots, chocolate engineering, flying fish and instant strawberry clouds. Other shows, TV and book projects are also ongoing, and most of the company’s work involves exploring, playing, ideas-generation, building stuff, assessing risks and blowing things up. The office and workshop are full of noise, laughter and general trouble-making. Culturally it’s Radio 6, with occasional bouts of Rudimental and One Direction. Lunch is always provided.
Job: Key demo developer – a bright, fun, hard-working, creative person with excellent research and DIY skills and a great grasp of multidisciplinary science communication and live stage presentation who can help build and deliver the planned show for Big Bang Fair, including prop-building, risk assessment and a bit of production management. You’ll be working with Stefan, two brilliant co-presenters and a small team of assistants on the main show, and will be on-stage to present it. You’ll be expected to help out with other Gastronaut projects and shows, too (including prep and on-stage work and YouTube videos). There’s occasional weekend performance work, and time off in lieu is given for this. You should be happy to have a DBS check carried out, and a clean DBS certificate is essential to the role. NB previous key demo developers have had a great time and gone on to jobs in TV.
Skills required: Excellent DIY/engineering and research skills, a great understanding of multidisciplinary science communication and general nerdery. You should be responsible, creative, self-disciplined and happy to work independently. You should also be a lot of fun to be with, adaptable and understanding of the strange demands of the media. It would also be helpful (though not obligatory) for the candidate to have media production skills for YouTube videos, experience of working with children and a full UK driving licence.