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Astronomy Outreach Assistant (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Institute of Astronomy is seeking to appoint an Astronomy Outreach Assistant. The successful candidate will be employed to assist the Public Astronomer (Dr Carolin Crawford) in the delivery of an active astronomy educational outreach programme at the Institute of Astronomy. The post holder will support, develop and deliver outreach activities designed to engage a wide audience with astronomy - particularly school pupils, community groups, and the general public. The role will include working with research students and staff in the Institute to co-ordinate and manage outreach events, and to produce resources for use by others. The main outreach events in the year are: weekly Public Open Evenings from October-March; evening visits from various community groups during the Winter season; astronomy talks and day-time visits from school classes during the school year; the Cambridge Science Festival in March.

The post holder will also contribute to the ongoing development of scientific and educational content for the IoA website for a range of audiences (public to professional scientist), assist with the preparation of press releases published on the website and elsewhere and provide administrative support for the IoA's annual academic conference during the summer.

Further information about the Institute of Astronomy which is located in West Cambridge, can be found at Further information about the post can be obtained from the further particulars and from Carolin Crawford (csc(at)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Joy McSharry(email jpm(at), telephone 01223 761537)

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Tuesday 26th September.

Please quote reference LG13009 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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