Science Educator

In the Crick's Public Engagement - Education Team.

Part of Crick Operations.

The role of the Science-Educator is to develop and deliver a range of science activities to young people aged 5-18, with a view to encouraging them to consider STEM careers, and/or endowing them with a greater sense of scientific literacy.

Key information

Job reference
R867
Salary
From £42,000 Pro Rata, subject to skills and experience.
Application close date
14 August 2022, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
29.25
Posted 03 August 2022

Science Educator

Reports to: Education Manager

This is a part-time, permanent position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment starting in Autumn 2022. This role works 29.25 hours per week mirroring a school week pattern, for 39 weeks per year (term-time).

As this role will primarily be working with Camden schools, the post holder will be expected to take the majority of their annual leave during the school holidays.

Summary

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease.

One of the Francis Crick Institute’s strategic priorities is to engage and inspire the public. Our successful education outreach programme currently works with thousands of children, giving them an exciting introduction to science and the range of careers on offer to those with STEM qualifications. It encompasses hands-on practical workshops, careers events, competitions, teacher training and family events. The young people we work with are aged 5-18, and whilst the majority are in mainstream education, we work to ensure that our offer is also accessible to those with special educational needs or disabilities.

This role is an excellent opportunity for an experienced teacher and/or science education outreach professional to join our team, who aim to inspire the next generation of children and show them that science is ‘for them’. The post-holder can expect to have numerous opportunities to develop a wide range of skills in communication, project management and science.

Reporting to the Education Manager, the Science Educator Officer will be based in the Education team, which sits within the wider Public Engagement team. The post-holder will work closely with the other members of the Education team and with our school contacts, as well as with the Crick’s Public Engagement, Communication and Facilities teams and our scientists.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The role of the Science-Educator will be to develop, manage and deliver a range of science activities to young people aged 5-18, with a view to engaging them with science and the Crick, and encouraging them to consider STEM careers. 

Specific objectives will include, but not be limited to:

  • Delivery of activities for the Crick’s Education outreach programme including: interactive STEM workshops for primary school classes and practical science investigations for secondary school students.
  • Designing and project managing the development of novel activities for the Crick’s Education programme.
  • Working closely with external education professionals to ensure that Crick’s Education material are fit for purpose, and adapt to meet the needs of the changing curricula and local school requirements, and that schools are supported in their role to facilitate delivery of our activities
  • Providing advice, guidance and training to other Crick staff to ensure Crick outreach is high quality and complements and extends the science curriculum, whilst providing relevant information on routes into STEM careers.

KEY EXPERIENCES AND COMPETENCIES

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well organized and with a strong interest in sharing their science knowledge and enthusiasm with our wonderful audience of local children, young people and their teachers.

The post-holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Open and Collegial, in addition to the following:

Qualifications, knowledge and experience

Essential

  • BSc or equivalent in a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subject and a broad scientific knowledge;
  • PGCE or equivalent with significant experience of teaching science in a secondary school, or leading science in a primary school.
  • A proven ability to design, manage, deliver and evaluate successful, curriculum-linked science education outreach activities to young people and their teachers, in a range of formats
  • An understanding of the current UK National Curriculum for science, and the way that science is taught in schools as well the role of the informal science education sector and understanding of the importance of STEM qualifications for career options.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant health and safety issues, and an ability to do risk assessments on outreach activities.
  • Energy and drive, with an ability to work confidently and engagingly with young people aged 5-18.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, appropriate for a diverse audience that includes young children.
  • A good organiser with the abilities to work independently, to prioritise own work using own initiative and to be proactive and self-motivated.
  • Computer literacy, particularly the effective use of the Microsoft suite of packages.
  • An ability to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders, including scientists and teachers.
  • A flexible, strong team-player who can adapt easily to different working styles.
  • An interest in working with young people aged 5-18 to help them develop their skills in scientific enquiry and appreciate the range of STEM careers available.

Desirable

  • MSc/PhD or equivalent in STEM or Science Communication/Education (desirable).
  • Experience of working in a STEM sector outside of education/outreach.
  • Experience using molecular biology, including PCR, restriction digest and electrophoresis.

Practicalities

  • The role involves some manual handling that includes moving equipment within and between schools, so the post-holder should therefore be capable of lifting and carrying boxes up several flights of stairs.
  • Crick events sometimes (approximately 2-3 times per year) run in the evenings and weekends, so the candidate should be willing to occasionally work at these times.   
  • As this role will primarily be working with Camden schools, the post holder will be expected to take the majority of their annual leave during the school holidays.
  • Appointment to the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To apply for this role please send us a CV (no more than 2-3 A4 pages) and a single A4 page covering letter. In the first paragraph of the covering letter, please summarise details of the following: your degree-level STEM qualification; your significant teaching or science outreach experience; your experience of delivering practical science sessions to school-aged children. Applicants not adhering to this instruction will not be considered for the post.