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Henry Royce National Outreach Officer

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 with potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th December 2018
Closes: 25th January 2019
Job Ref: 80564

Full Time

Fixed Term – up to 18 months

We are seeking an individual to run an active and diverse outreach programme in order to raise awareness of Materials Science and Engineering at a national level, and to promote Materials Science and Engineering as undergraduate subject choice.

The postholder, working closely with representatives from Materials Science Departments and the Henry Royce Institute, will lead an ambitious national outreach programme. As part of this programme, the postholder will develop strategies, materials, and networks that will enhance our collective ability to inform students, parents and teachers on the existence of Materials Science and Engineering as a discipline, its importance to UK industry, and the opportunities it offers for career progression. The postholder will work in close collaboration with outreach representatives from nine partner universities, as well as from the Henry Royce institute, to develop and implement such a coordinated national strategy. This includes managing the creation of a range of promotional materials, activities and events aimed at boosting the profile of Materials Science and Engineering nationwide.  The postholder will be expected to lead and coordinate the presence of the discipline at large science festivals such as Big Bang and the Cheltenham Science Festivals.

This post will involve a need to travel and stay overnight when necessary. It will involve working outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends when necessary.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo and pass a DBS check before starting the post, due to school visits.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in materials science and engineering, or another related physical science or engineering discipline.
  • Documented experience in science and/or engineering communication and outreach
  • Demonstrated ability to build new and maintain positive working relationships with academic and/or industrial personnel at all levels
  • Evidenced experience of organisation of outreach events, workshops or conferences.
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of people and work well as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate excellent presentation and communication skills across a range of media.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and self-motivation skills.
  • Demonstrable wide range of IT skills (Office, communications, Web) to support administrative and communication systems.
  • Website design and maintenance experience.
  • Proven ability to work with minimal direction and supervision, planning and prioritising own workload, and providing concise and clear reports to stakeholders
  • Ability and willingness to travel and stay overnight when necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends when necessary.
  • Experience in online engagement with social media, and a willingness to engage with new technologies and platforms.

Closing date: 25 January 2019

Reference: 80564

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