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Schools Public Engagement Officer - Babraham Institute

16 Jun 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Babraham Institute

Schools Public Engagement Officer


Role overview 

The Babraham Institute is a world-class academic research institution, situated at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus, near Cambridge.  The Institute undertakes research into understanding the biology of how our bodies work, including what changes as we age and during disease. Research at the Institute has three cross-cutting areas of focus, namely Epigenetics, Signalling and Lymphocyte Signalling and Development, and each area is supported by a strategic award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional funding from research councils, the EU and charities.

The Institute is a fully open and transparent research organisation, where public engagement and public involvement are embedded throughout our research ethos. Through a world-class, varied and dynamic public engagement programme, we maximise the impact of our science by advancing understanding, supporting innovation and addressing key societal issues. Our programme aims to build public confidence, trust, and value and dialogue between scientific research and groups within society. We aim to inspire the public and highlight the role that our research, and fundamental bioscience research in general, has in addressing societal challenges.

We are seeking a proactive and enthusiastic team player, with a strong communication and relationship building skills for the role of ‘Schools Public Engagement Officer’. This post is integral to the Institute’s Public Engagement Team, and will work with Institute staff and students to fulfil our mission to inspire, enthuse and excite young people about our research. The post will support Institute researchers to share their knowledge and passion for research, implementing curricula-aligned activities such as laboratory-based projects, experimental games and deliberative and discursive workshops, suitable for school audiences including students and teachers.  

The successful candidate will have considerable public engagement or education experience, including working with schools audiences. A scientific background, ideally with experience of the biological sciences would be advantageous.

This is a part-time position. Term-time only (part time) would also be considered. Working hours for 52 weeks per year will be 22.5 hours per week. Working hours for term time only will be 27.5 hours per week.

A full job specification and role requirements can be found attached to this vacancy.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and an enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB Disclosure) is required. 

Closing date for applications is 5th July 2020. Interviews will take place w/c 20th July 2020


The Babraham Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award and is committed to promoting and developing a culture of excellence, diversity and mutual respect that supports the Institute’s ambitions and attracts highly motivated and talented people. The Babraham Institute is a Disability Confident Employer and has a positive approach to employing disabled people.

Department- Public Engagement

Contract type- Permanent

Hours -22.5 or 27.5 hours per weekSalary

Starting -FTE salary is £31,100 per annum to £36,500 per annum (depending on experience, pro rata)

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