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Teaching Associate in Science Communication (Part Time, Fixed Term)


The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is seeking to appoint a Teaching Associate in the field of Science Communication to support the development and delivery of a portfolio of new short courses and award-bearing programmes. ICE seeks to develop a distinctive niche in the field of science communication and engagement.

The position will be based at the Institute's home Madingley Hall, and is part-time (50% FTE) for a fixed term of two years in the first instance.

The Teaching Associate will work alongside Dr Chris Smith (founding Director of The Naked Scientists - www.thenakedscientists.com) and ICE's Academic Director for STEMM programmes Dr Tom Monie.

Candidates should have ideally earned a doctoral degree in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, technology, medical or a health-related field. They should also have a recognised postgraduate qualification in a field pertaining to science communication and, ideally, experience as a science communication practitioner (e.g. broadcast or print journalism, science-related public engagement, science museum curatorship, educational outreach etc).

Candidates with experience of curriculum development and teaching within established university settings are encouraged to apply. A recognised qualification in university-level teaching would be advantageous; however, the successful candidate would be eligible to apply to study for the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to seeking to work with adult students learning on a part-time basis wishing to develop their expertise in science communication and engagement and potentially explore career paths in the field. The Teaching Associate will take an evidence-based and innovative approach to curriculum development and pedagogy / andragogy. Moreover, they will wish to develop their career in a multidisciplinary centre of excellence focused on delivering excellent continuing education courses of study, within a world-leading university context.

Through collaborative partnerships across the Collegiate University the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) develops and delivers high-quality, differentiated, academic courses for professional development and personal enrichment to a diverse range of adult learners. ICE is based in the magnificent setting of Madingley Hall, four miles outside Cambridge and set in grounds designed by Capability Brown. Our staff of c. 150 consists of academics, administrators and the Hall team. ICE's teaching is further supported by c. 300 part-time tutors and examiners.

We currently offer c. 600 courses a year which include day schools, residential weekend courses, fully online courses, intensive summer programmes for international students, bespoke courses, award-bearing sub-degree courses and part-time Master's degree courses. At present there are approximately 4,500 student enrolments each academic year.

Full details of the role and requirements can be found in the Further Information document at the link below.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Chris Smith at: cs222@cam.ac.uk, or Dr Thomas Monie at: tpm22@cam.ac.uk. Other questions about this vacancy or the application process may be directed to ICEHRAdministration@admin.cam.ac.uk.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter (the length of which must not exceed two A4 sides) together with the details of three referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please include details of referees who you are willing for us to contact before an interview if invited.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 January 2018. Interviews will be held on Thursday 08 February 2018.

Please quote reference EA14184 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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