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Job: Senior public engagement officer

The International Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. It is an independent and self-funding charitable trust. Life’s aim is to ignite and nurture a curiosity in everyone for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals.  Life supports world-class science in the region and makes a positive economic, social and cultural contribution to North-East England and its communities.

The Life Science Centre is the only purpose-built science centre in the North, attracting up to 300,000 visitors per year.  Life’s varied and eclectic science engagement programme attracts a broad audience including families, adults, pre-schoolers and teenagers.  It also has one of the biggest programme of science workshops for schoolchildren in Europe.



Circa £23,000 per annum (depending on experience)

An enthusiastic individual with experience of working in a similar environment is required to join the Public Engagement team. As the senior officer your role will be to assist the Head of Public Engagement in the creative development of content and activities for the public covering a broad STEM agenda, principally for the core family audience to the Life Science Centre.

We are searching for a candidate who is as passionate as we are about engaging people with science and would look for ways to make a visit to Life interesting, informative, entertaining and fun. This is a varied role which will include training and providing support for the team of Science Explainers when presenting or delivering the Public Engagement programme and working with external partners on collaborative science projects.

The successful candidate will have a degree (or equivalent other appropriate qualification) in a STEM subject with significant experience of developing a variety of events and programmes for public audiences, as well as the capability to deliver and present public activities. You will excel at working under pressure, whilst demonstrating a flexible, enthusiastic and hardworking attitude. The role will involve working some evening and weekends and so flexibility is required.

For further information regarding this role, please refer to the job description and person specification on our website.

To apply for this vacancy, please visit our website and complete the online application form by Friday, 1st June 2018.

Please note that the successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check. Details of our DBS policy are available on request.

The International Centre for Life is an equal opportunities employer.


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International Centre for Life

Science in the 21st century is proving to be fast moving, potentially life-enhancing and certainly controversial. Life has grown out of a desire to deliver a science centre for the North East that is forward looking and seeks to offer these leading edge ideas in a form that is easily accessible to everyone.