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Outreach Facilitator (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2022 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 Facilitator. The successful candidate will be employed to assist in the delivery of an active astronomy educational outreach programme at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). The post holder will be experienced in supporting, developing and delivering outreach activities designed to engage a wide audience with astronomy - particularly school pupils and community groups. The role will include working with research students and staff in the Institute to co-ordinate and manage outreach events, and the ability to produce resources for use by others is essential. The main outreach events in the IoA 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 and to school classes during the school year; - the Cambridge Science Festival in March;

The post holder will also be responsible for delivering the new flagship 'Project Fen' taking astronomy to schools in disadvantaged areas across East Anglia so previous experience of helping devise and then delivering new initiatives would be an advantage, as would previous experience of engagement with audiences from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, and a driving licence and transport.
The post holder is also expected to contribute more broadly to the outreach activities of Astronomy in Cambridge, and in particular to the outreach activities of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology (KICC). He/she will have a degree in maths/physics or astrophysics, experience of web maintenance to contribute to the ongoing development of scientific and educational content for the IoA and KICC websites for a range of audiences (public to professional scientist), and the capability to assist with the preparation of press releases published on the websites and elsewhere. Familiarity with use of Twitter and similar will be needed to maintain the IoA and KICC media presence. 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 Mary Howe (mhowe(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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter and the contact details of two referees.

Please submit your application by midnight of the closing date of 26th July 2018. Referees will be contacted and asked to provide a references.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact Mrs Mary Howe (mhowe(at)

Please quote reference LG16006 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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