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Universcience is hiring a Interpretation and Exhibition Lead

Universcience is looking for a French speaking Interpretation and Exhibition Lead to join its Exhibition department on 1 October 2020. This is a full-time permanent position with the possibility of part time remote working.

Annual gross salary : 39k€ to 47k€ depending on experience

Post description

Under the supervision of the Head of Interpretation and Exhibition Projects, you will lead the interpretation development of one or several exhibition projects that engage a wide range of audiences with the fields of science, technology and industry. As Interpretation and Exhibition Lead you will have the overall responsibility of coordinating each stage of exhibition production as well as making sure exhibitions are delivered on budget. You might also get involved in future exhibition programming and act as interpretation consultant on external partnerships projects.

Role requirements

Knowledge and expertise

  • Ability to lead and deliver complex exhibition projects.
  • Expert in museum interpretation and science communication best practices.
  • Understanding of the fields of science and technology.
  • Understanding of visitor engagement in museum context, experience in audience testing and co-creation processes.
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary team.
  • Understanding of contemporary issues in our societies in regards to science.
  • Excellent communications and writing skills.
  • Ability to listen and find compromises in difficult situations.
  • Ability to identify issues and find effective solutions.
  • Knowledge of the heritage sector in France and Europe.
  • Knowledge of the legal and management rules specific to procurement processes in the public sector
  • Experience as an interpretation consultant on external partnerships projects.
  • French (working language), English (fluent) and another language.
  • Computing skills (Microsoft office, MS Project).


Substantial experience of working on exhibitions on science and in the interpretation field (7 years minimum). Project lead on at least two large exhibition projects (budget 1 million euro).


Master-level degree in museum studies, interpretation, science communication or equivalent. Scientific background desirable

About Universcience

Universcience, a state-owned public institution of an industrial and commercial nature whose mission is to disseminate scientific and technical culture to the general public. It has two sites located in Paris: the Palais de la découverte in the 8th arrondissement and the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in the 19th arrondissement. http://www.universcience.fr/fr/accueil/

To apply (send CV and covering letter): recrutement@universcience.fr

Closing date 31/08/2020



The city of Paris boasts two prestigious centres promoting science and technology, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the Palais de la Découverte. From January 1st, 2010, they have joined forces to create a new institution: Universcience placed under the joint responsibility of the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Culture. With almost 3.5 million visitors each year (3 million at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and 550 000 at the Palais de la découverte), Universcience is the fourth most popular cultural establishment in Paris after the Louvre, Versailles and the Georges-Pompidou Centre.