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  • 21 Sep 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Role: STEM Programmes Coordinator

    Salary: £28,729 Fixed term contract of 12 months, 35 hours per week with possibility of extension

    Location: The post holder will be based in our SSERC headquarters in Dunfermline with the opportunity for a flexible/hybrid working agreement

    To apply: CV and Cover Letter by Mon 11 October 5pm. Interviews likely online Tue 19/Wed 20 October.


    SSERC is a local authority shared service, providing support across all thirty-two Scottish Education Authorities. Our services are available to elected members and officers of Local Authorities, teachers, student teachers, technicians, youth and community workers. SSERC offers a broad portfolio of services, principally in support of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas of the curriculum, which are not available from any other source and which can be broken down into three main stands of activity:


    1. Provision of Professional Learning (PL) for early years, primary and secondary teachers and school and college technicians
    2. The Advisory Service
    3. A large and growing range of STEM engagement programmes


    SSERC leads on a large number of STEM engagement programmes and activities with the aim of increasing STEM awareness and appreciation among children, young people and adults in Scotland. Our growing portfolio of programmes are accessed by educators and learners in a range of settings from early years, primary and secondary schools, colleges, youth groups, employers and in volunteering sectors. The STEM Programmes Coordinator will coordinate a number of programmes or projects within SSERC’s STEM Engagement portfolio including Nuffield Research Placements and the Young STEM Leader Programme. Ideally, they will have experience working in STEM engagement with a positive attitude, initiative, and the ability to manage their time and prioritise their workload to meet regular deadlines.


    For more information and to apply visit:


  • 21 Sep 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Closing date: Monday 18 October at 1pm



    Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is a leading hands-on science and discovery centre dedicated to sparking curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It attracts more than 172,000 visitors per year from across the South of England and is home to the UK’s largest capacity planetarium. The Centre is an independent educational charity formed in 1985 as a strategic initiative with local government and businesses. Our bespoke educational program, aimed at KS1 to KS3, sparks curiosity and ignites a passion for STEM. We take schools on an adventure through the immersive exhibits, explore the universe in our planetarium and get hands-on in our workshops. Our educational program attracts around 40,000 schoolchildren to the Centre every year.  

    THE ROLE:  

    Winchester Science Centre is dedicated to adding a new and exciting scientific content stream to a schools offer, with a greater emphasis on outdoor learning, ecology, sustainability and environmental sciences. We are seeking an individual with knowledge in this area who also has prior experience of working with schools and groups in this area. Our team of Curiosity Officer’s develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate our different STEM engagement programs across the charity. The Curiosity Officer (Schools) is primarily dedicated to maintaining our hugely successful Ultimate STEM School Trip, and the future development of a school’s outdoor STEM offer.  

    This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to join a charity with a dedicated, friendly and supportive team, that will  make an important contribution to the future development of this charity. The Curiosity Officer is part of the Curiosity Department, managed by the Head of Curiosity and Planetarium.  

    The Ultimate STEM School Trip  

    Our School Trip is the corner stone of the charity’s public engagement offer. We strive for our offer to be fully  accessible and the successful applicant must be an active advocate for accessibility and always looking to develop engagements with accessibility built in. The successful applicant will maintain this offer to its current high standard, with annual development of content and regular training sessions for our Inspirer Team, to update science content and develop group management skills. The post holder manages and implements day-to-day delivery and budget, supported by the Head of Department.  

    NEW Ultimate Outdoor STEM School Trip  

    Bio:Space is an area we are piloting within the Science Centre, where young people explore our unique environment inside the South Down National Park and take part in hands-on activities about environmental science. As part of our COVID recovery, we wish to diversify our visitor experience outdoors. We plan to curate a unique, exciting and thriving new addition to our school trip offer which will explore the scientific method outside. The successful applicant will develop the offer, with a small team from WSC, which with enlighten young people in environmental science and the climate crisis, encouraging them to become agents of change for a better planet.  

    Other Projects and Activities  

    The post holder will manage, or be part of a team from time to time, who manages other projects that will relate to your role. Previous national projects include ‘Destination Space’ which was a charity wide project which redeveloped a school workshop and is now the most popular workshop; and working with the Curiosity Officer (Public) to develop activities in Bio:Space. We are a small, but growing team therefore, you will be called on to support across the whole STEM offer; which may include Science Festivals, STEM outreach sessions, mobile planetarium, public days at the Science Centre and filming for our digital engagement program.  

    Team Management  

    As experienced members of the team, Curiosity Officers will line manage Inspirers, sessional workers and volunteers as well as working closely with other staff across the charity. You will be required to attend regular team meetings and you will be expected to present reports on the projects you are working on.  


    • Maintain, manage and develop the content for the Ultimate STEM School Trip. This includes preparation, planning, cost management, logistics, delivery and evaluation on a daily basis.  

    • Build, pilot and deliver an outdoor STEM schools offer that will encourage children to become agents of change for our planet.  

    • Deliver inspirational science communication activities through a range of public engagement methods, such a workshops, science shows, exhibitions, planetarium and digital content, across all charity audiences.  

    • Always be curious! Maintain and develop your scientific knowledge, including the school national curriculum and pedagogical techniques.  

    • Take an active role within our Curiosity Officer Team, and support colleagues to achieve our charitable mission to build science capital for all.  

    • Line manage, grow and develop our team of Inspirer’s to become outstanding science communication and public engagement professionals  

    • Provide knowledgeable and fun training sessions for the department, to ensure high standards are met within the school offer, and share best practice across the team.  

    • Supervise and manage volunteers who support our charity. These could be STEM professionals showcasing their research or college students seeking vital insight into our industry.  

    • Provide excellent communication, cross departmentally, to support our culture of close team work.  

    • To undertake other tasks as could reasonably arise within the remit of Curiosity Officer to include all levels of work within this team.   

    The above should not be considered an exhaustive list.  

    PERSON SPECIFICATION: E = Essential D = Desirable  


    • Level 3 or equivalent qualifications, in a STEM subject (E)  

    • BA or BSc (Hons) or equivalent qualification in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (D)   


    • A strong passion for science and science communication (E)  

    • In delivering inspirational workshops, to young people of all ages (E)  

    • In explaining and exploring scientific concepts to public audiences (E)  

    • In successfully supervising and training colleagues (E)  

    • In creating and developing outstanding scientific resources for a range of audiences (E)  

    • Previous experience of data collection and evaluation (D)  

    • Delivering outstanding live content to a public audience (E), including within a planetarium (D)  

    • Working within a Science Centre or Public Engagement establishment (D)  

    • Knowledge of pedagogical practices to spark curiosity (D)  

    • Delivering outstanding science communication in a variety of locations, e.g. festivals, conferences, schools (D)  

    Practical Skills and Knowledge  

    • High level communication skills, both verbal and written, to enable excellent communication with educators and STEM professionals at all levels (E)  

    • Good knowledge of UK school systems and STEM curricula (E)  

    • Competence in the use and application of Microsoft Office software (E)  

    • Good organisational skills and an ability to prioritise effectively (E)  

    • Staff supervision and team working skills (E)  

    • Good at logistical management and good time keeping (E)  

    • Good knowledge of science research (D)  

    • An understanding of local and national STEM engagement providers (D)  

    Personal Qualities and Skills  

    • An ability to enthuse and inspire colleagues (E)  

    • An ability to engage and motive young people within STEM (E)  

    • An organised and analytical approach to working in a target driven role (E)  

    • An interest in STEM education and enrichment (E)  

    • A strong team player who can work effectively with colleagues across the organisation (E)  

    • Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends with reasonable notice (E)  

    • An ability to adapt to changing priorities and to respond quickly to requests (D)  

    • Full and clean driving license (D)  



    For further details and to apply please see here:  

  • 09 Sep 2021 8:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Cofounder (CEO/CTO/CSO for Autumn 2021 Cohort)

    Job Type: Full-time

    Deadline to apply: September 24, 2021 


    Build a startup that transforms the food system

    Learn more & apply:

    Are you ready to build a globally impactful company? Join us and create a venture-scale startup that leverages emerging technologies to build a food system that works for all current and future life on earth.

    Counterfactual is a venture studio on a mission to help the world's most talented people build venture-scale startups that create a more sustainable, humane, and secure future of food. We synthesize insights across the protein value chain to identify and anticipate high-potential whitespace, then support exceptional scientists, technologists, operators and entrepreneurs (like you?) in building startups around our market and technology bets. CFV’s world-class team brings together diverse R&D, entrepreneurial and talent development expertise, with backgrounds across Founders Forum, Intellectual Ventures, L’Oreal, Microsoft, FoodX, Entrepreneur First, NASA, and Cambridge. 

    We offer a maximally supportive environment in which to launch a startup, whether you’re transitioning out of academia, industry or are a repeat founder. Through our programme you’ll:

    • Enter a collaborative process with the venture studio to turn one of our high-potential company concepts into a startup you’re uniquely positioned to build. 

    • Be supported in finding your ideal co-founder(s) from our pool of world-class talent.

    • If your team is successful, receive $300K of pre-seed capital and extensive incubation support to accelerate your market and investment readiness, with strong potential for follow-on funding.

    How it works:


    Our application process is designed to get a sense of your goals and determine what type of company you’re uniquely positioned to build.  If your potential and commitment to the Counterfactual mission checks out, but we are unable to place you with a concept for an upcoming cohort, you’ll be invited to explore future opportunities in our cofounder pool. 


    Healthy team dynamics and founder-solution fit are critical to a startup’s success. The goal of formation is to build strong founding teams that are exceptionally well-placed to solve the problem they are working on. You’ll enter a period of co-development and validation with the venture studio based on one of our company concepts. This is also when we help shortlisted candidates match with their co-founder(s).  If your team makes it to the end of formation, we’ll work with you to refine your pitch for the incubator. 


    Following a successful pitch, you and your co-founder(s) enter a tailored incubation programme designed to accelerate your market and investment-readiness. We incubate around 8 companies every six months, providing $300k in pre-seed capital, hands-on mentorship, essential turnkey services and tailored support for you and your team. 

    Why should you join? 

    • Be a part of revolutionizing the food system. As a founder in the Counterfactual portfolio, you’ll be part of an entrepreneurial network architecting a climate-positive, humane, just and secure global food system serving all current and future life on earth.

    • You don’t need an ideato join. Bring your passion, grit, and relevant skills — we’ll help you identify the most high-impact startup opportunity you could be working on. 

    • Build with the best-in-class. Begin your journey with skilled guides. Our venture studio team, led by former directors from L’Oreal, Intellectual Ventures and Founders Forum will work with you on validating and developing commercial and technical components of your venture. 

    • Find your ideal cofounder(s) within our vetted pool of exceptionally talented individuals. We will help you form effective founding teams based on your strengths, personality, team work style and cultural indicators.

    • Accelerate your launch with our support. We offer six months of tailored incubation support, $300,000 pre-seed capital and support from our network to get your startup market- and investment-ready.

    We are looking for:

    • Talented founders from all backgrounds, with the potential to provide commercial and operational leadership for company concepts emerging from the venture studio. 

    • Scientists and technical domain experts with skills and experiences passionate about working with emerging technologies to reimagine food and agriculture. We're particularly interested in engaging those with technical expertise and experience in (not necessarily all) of the following: 

      • PhD or similar level expertise in any one of the following:  

        • Process engineering

        • Manufacturing plant design

        • Industrial engineering

        • Operations research

        • Chemical engineering 

        • Construction or architecture

      • Prior management or set up of a lab, processing facility or plant

      • Familiarity with the needs (& pain points!) of R&D teams. Bonus points if this was in a startup or scale up environment, or for standalone research institutes.

      • Experience in commercial real estate development. Maybe even with a life sciences focus or with experience repurposing spaces for innovation hubs. 

      • Familiarity with lease management and services for commercial real estate, the financial considerations and challenges that come with leasing and services products. 

    • Alternatively, those with a skillset and background in (not necessarily all) of the following: 

    • PhD or similar level expertise in any one of the following:  

      • Precision fermentation

      • Synthetic biology

      • Food science and/or meat science background will be a bonus

      • Protein chemistry

      • Biochemistry

      • Target molecule selection 

    • Prior management or set up of a lab, processing facility or plant, including management of a team in a lab setting

    • Familiarity with the needs (& pain points!) of the alternative protein industry, and its consumers. 

    • Experience founding or working in a start-up or scale up environment

    Additionally, here’s a non-exhaustive list of the other types of experiences that we’re particularly excited about:

    • You have a strong background in any of the following disciplines: 

      • cell agriculture, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, fermentation, biochemistry, food science, food engineering, agricultural engineering,  plant biology, chemical engineering, bioreactor engineering, processing plant design, operations research/industrial engineering, data science, AI/ML.

    • You’ve built something from scratch: you may have been an entrepreneur, intrapreneur or been a key player in the early growth of a startup. 

    • You’ve got strong industry experience in an area connected to food, agriculture, biotech or supply chain & logistics. 

    • You’ve worked on technology commercialisation and can be the bridge between research and the marketplace. 

    We're accepting applications on an ongoing basis. However, if you want to be part of our first cohort starting Autumn 2021, apply by September 20, 2021.

  • 27 Aug 2021 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have an exciting vacancy for an Impact and Engagement Officer to join our team at Northumbria University. The Impact Team is positioned within Research and Innovation Services.

    As an Impact and Engagement Officer, you will work proactively and in partnership with professional and academic colleagues to catalyse, stimulate and support impact activities, including increased public and policy engagement, impact integration and evaluation in grant applications and funded projects, and impact into teaching/education – thereby maximising the impact of Northumbria University's research.

    The role holder will have a thorough knowledge of research impact within funding and assessment exercises and will use this to develop and deliver training, provide one-to-one support and proactively identify opportunities. The post will support Northumbria's impact culture, assisting academics to extend the reach and significance of their impact through activities such as knowledge mobilisation and exchange, IP, commercialisation, and other relevant mechanisms.

    As a member of the Impact Team, you will make a significant contribution to future research assessment exercises and manage a portfolio of impact case studies, working with senior department and faculty colleagues to proactively plan and support their development.

    The post holder will also be required to engage with external stakeholders professionally and will be expected to develop and maintain their own networks for impact development, including local, regional, and national networks for policy and public engagement.

    You will have: 

    • A strong understanding of research impact in its widest context
    • Knowledge of research management in HE, including an excellent understanding of impact requirements in research assessment (REF).
    • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic and professional colleagues, and external stakeholders, with credibility to engage and influence.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex, highly detailed, technical or specialist information, including experience of writing for different audiences and different media.

    For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Alisha Peart, Research Impact Manager,

    To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now’ and submit a Covering Letter and your CV and where relevant any documents specifically request in the Role Description and Person Specification.

    Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze)award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

    We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues.

    Our team is currently working remotely and in future we anticipate a blended approach incorporating remote working with some campus-based engagements.

    Please note this vacancy will close on 26/09/2021

  • 16 Aug 2021 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and engaging presenter to join our Team! You will primarily be based at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. 

    This role is working full-time Monday to Friday (37 hours pw). 

    You will be part of a team developing and delivering creative and inclusive engagement and museum learning activities. You will support Thinktank’s commitment to inspiring children and young people to engage with Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). With a key focus on connecting with local communities and schools our officers deliver onsite, through outreach, and online, to engage communities, develop audiences and contribute to income generation. 

     No two days will be the same, your tasks will include:

    • Presenting lively and engaging sessions to school children of all ages.
    • Doing live science demonstrations and Planetarium shows
    • Meeting with local STEM researchers to support public engagement with science
    • Supporting volunteer programmes.
    • Creating activities and events as part of a new public programme
    • Working with the site team to create the best visitor experience possible!
    • You will also work to develop and support engagement programmes at our other sites and through outreach in community settings across Birmingham.  

    An enthusiasm for museums, learning and working with people will underpin your work.

    We strongly support applications from those living locally to the sites.

    If you believe you are the candidate for this role, please read through the job description and ensure you complete your application in full (CV's are not accepted).  We will not consider partially completed application forms.     

    Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 6th September. 

    The role is requires a mandatory check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check).

    Close date is 26th August 2021 

    If you are interested in applying please find out more here:

  • 11 Aug 2021 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you a science graduate who is keen to establish or further a career in STM publishing? Could you apply your enthusiasm and scientific background in a fast-paced editorial environment? Future Science Group (FSG) is seeking an Assistant Editor to play an important role in the running of FSG’s digital content hubs.  

    Founded in 2001, FSG is a progressive scientific publisher, curating trusted online, print and in-person resources to serve the scientific and medical communities. Although our foundation is in cutting-edge, peer-reviewed scientific journals, we have expanded over the years to publish digital/virtual hubs and run events, as well as offering creative services and publishing solutions. 

    Reporting to a Senior Editor, the holder of this role will be responsible for devising and delivering editorial content primarily for the sister digital hub of our renowned life sciences journal, BioTechniques.  

    The role holder will produce and commission engaging content for our audience of scientists, including news articles, longer-reads, interviews, panel discussions and multimedia content. They will support the editorial team in the management of the digital hub and its social media channels, as well as work with the whole Digital team at Future Science Group to ensure editorial best practice and product growth.  

    Key responsibilities will include:  

    ·          Content production and commissioning for our digital hubs – for example, news articles, longer-reads, interviews, panel discussions and multimedia content 

    ·          Planning and managing the content pipeline in partnership with the editorial team 

    ·          Social media channel management  

    ·          Establishing and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships with key contacts in the field, including the Editorial Board  

    ·          Working closely with Senior Editor and whole team to ensure day-to-day activity aligns with overarching strategic goals 

    ·          Working with the entire Digital team to share best practice in content and community management, audience engagement and sharing ideas for development and problem-solving 

    This position is based in our North London offices, located close to Finchley Central tube station. The role will be office-based (COVID-permitting).  

    The successful applicant can expect to be warmly welcomed into the team, who are all based in our friendly and fast-paced London office. FSG is a unique place to work, not least because of our future-focused outlook, collaborative spirit and numerous philanthropic projects. Find out more about what it’s like to work at FSG here:  

    Candidate requirements 



    ·          A Bachelor's qualification in the life sciences, chemistry, pharmaceutical science or a related field at a 2:1 standard or above 

    ·          A high level of attention to detail, excellent organisation and time-management, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, strong communication skills, and a keenness to build a knowledge of publishing and scientific communications 



    ·          Experience (work-based or voluntary) or a post-graduate qualification in journalism, scientific writing, scicomms or similar 


    Full training will be given to the successful candidate. There will be ample opportunities for the successful candidate to develop quickly and assume responsibility for the content and future direction of our digital resources. 


    How to apply 

    To apply, please submit a CV with cover letter explaining your interest in the role and salary expectations to the Senior Editor, Abi Sawyer ( 


    Future Science Group is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all qualified applications from a diverse range of candidates. 


  • 10 Aug 2021 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you want to inspire tomorrow's scientists and engineers? Apply now for the Education Specialist job, in Garching, Germany. You will be in charge of leading a project that aims to strengthen and expand the education offer of the ESO Supernova, especially for children aged 3-12 as well as educators and primary school teachers: the "Fostering early science education at the ESO Supernova in cooperation with the Forscherstation"

    The Education Specialist will work on the development and delivery of enquiry-based educational materials suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years, linked both to school curricula and to the topics presented in the planetarium shows and astronomy exhibition of the ES. They will be the day-to-day contact person for the schools and responsible for the educator trainings taking place at the ES.

    The deadline for applications is 10 September 2021

    Details at  

  • 30 Jul 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ignite! team is currently recruiting to fill two new roles focusing on the delivery of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity.

    The two roles will support the delivery of the next festival in February 2022, and will join the small but mighty Ignite! team as well as the FOSAC partnership which includes many organisations across both Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

    One role is for a Marketing and Communications Lead, who will take on responsibility for the development and delivery of a Marketing and Communications plan for the festival. Another role for a Festival Production Assistant is part of the Kickstarter scheme, and will involve supporting the programming and delivery of festival programmes, projects and events.

    The Ignite! team is looking forward to welcoming two new team members and invites colleagues to share the opportunities far and wide. More details about the roles can be found on the opportunities page of the Ignite! website .

    The deadline for applications for the Festival Production Assistant is Friday 13th August, 5pm and for the Marketing and Communications Lead is Friday 10th September, 5pm.

  • 27 Jul 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An opportunity has arisen to work with a research consultancy on an exciting project focusing on research cultures in bioscience PhD programmes. Research culture broadly refers to policies, attitudes and experiences relating to equality and diversity, mental health, bullying and harassment, scientific integrity, and other aspects of the context of science and biosciences training. You can read more about the project here.

    We are seeking a creative, highly communicative person, who relishes working in participant action research.

    The person will facilitate workshops (online, and when possible, face-to-face) and online communications, write up reports and contribute to publications. Ideally, they will have either a background or familiarity with biosciences, combined with some exposure to sociology, history or philosophy of the biosciences, or science communication. They should have a keen interest in using media in science contexts as a tool for reflection. The work involves participant action research, using creative qualitative research methods. Related skills and experience are highly desirable and excellent writing skills are essential.

    The position includes some administrative duties.  Once it is easier to travel and meet in person, there will also be some travel around the UK.

    This is a one year, fixed term, .5 FTE position, with hours/days and location of work to be agreed. There is a probation period of two months. Salary is £35 000 to 40 000 p.a. pro rata depending on experience (that is, £17500 - 20 000 for .5 FTE). Working times and locations are flexible.

    In keeping with the fact that this project exists to enhance positive research culture, of which diversity is a central part, we strive to achieve diversity in our small team.

    If you are interested in applying, please write to The deadline for applications is 16th August 2021. The process of selection will be quick, with a writing sample requested from shortlisted candidates. Starting date is early to mid-September.

  • 27 Jul 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are recruiting for a Cheltenham Science Festival Programme Manager who will specialise in programming our Science for Schools programme, our family programme and lead on planning our free on-site interactives.

    The role can be based in Cheltenham or remotely/flexible,  employee or freelance. 

    Please see here for the Job Description and how to apply:

    Closing date: Monday 9th August, 10am
    Interview date: Wednesday 18th August

    Any questions please contact me directly on Marieke.Navin at 

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