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Education and Public Engagement Officer (IPIC)

PMO-25 Education and Public Engagement Officer (IPIC)

Contract: Full Time/ Fixed Term

The Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute seeks an imaginative and enthusiastic Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Officer. We are a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre that brings together over 200 researchers from the Tyndall National Institute, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork to develop new light enabled technologies. Our work focuses on developing the next generation of highly-compact and miniaturised photonics technologies in order to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges, including revolutionising the speed of data transfer for the continued growth of the internet, delivering new smart medical devices for improved patient outcome and developing instrumentation for point-of-care diagnostics and wearable devices.

Science and technology plays an increasingly important role in society, while Ireland has in recent years become a leader in numerous research fields. As a result it is important that the Irish public are fully informed and understand the role of science, feels that it has the appropriate level of engagement with the researchers and encourages young people to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects throughout their education and to pursue a career in STEM.

You will lead IPIC’s Education & Public Engagement programme, including the development and implementation of the programme strategy, with the core element being the delivery of a wide range of engaging, informative, and fun activities and events (physical and virtual) with IPIC researchers, to primary and secondary schools, third level organisations and the general public. This will require the development of close collaborations with Science Foundation Ireland, sister SFI centres and organisations with similar activities to develop a comprehensive nationwide programme. You will also support and lead the development and execution of funding proposals to sustain the activity into the future.

Reporting to the Centre Manager the key areas of responsibility are:

  • Provide leadership to IPIC’s EPE activities, including the continuous development and implementation of the programme strategy.
  • Implement the Education & Public Engagement strategy through comprehensive annualised plans that are provided to the Centre Manager and SFI.
  • Deliver EPE activities (physical and virtual) throughout the calendar year to achieve the primary objectives of the IPIC EPE programme across the main target audiences (primary and secondary schools, third level organisations and the general public).
  • Support the development of an Engaged Researcher programme.
  • Secure feedback from participants to the programme and individual activities, and utilise feedback to continuously enhance the programme.
  • Develop best practice and support the dissemination of learnings from the programme.
  • Engage and motivate IPIC researchers, from Principle Investigators to PhD students, to actively participate in the development and delivery of EPE activities.
  • Organise and co-ordinate science communication training and skills development for the IPIC EPE team. 
  • Drive the development of novel engagement materials and events that keep the activities informative, engaging and fun.
  • Work closely with Science Foundation Ireland and other SFI centres to develop a nationwide programme of activities.
  • Development partnerships with organisations and companies who have aligned activities, such as the Institute of Physics, and co-ordinate activities to maximise the effectiveness of the programme and the available resources.
  • Work closely with the IPIC Leadership Team to deliver the centre’s EPE focused Key Performance Indictors.
  • Pursue funding opportunities to sustain and develop the EPE programme.
  • Work with IPIC and Tyndall’s Communications Officers to market events and disseminate the outputs of the EPE programme, using platforms such as IPIC’s website, newsletters and digital platforms.
  • Prepare reports and presentations as and when required capturing the programme objectives, strategy and performance.

Essential Requirements

  • Degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, preferably in areas relevant to IPIC’s research.
  • Experience in leading and organising public engagement, science communication and outreach activities.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organise own time and act on own initiative
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for sharing science with all audiences.
  • Full driving licence.

Desirable Requirements

  • PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, preferably in areas relevant to IPIC’s research.
  • Proven record of developing relationships and partnerships with key senior external stakeholders.
  • Experience of organising and delivering a large education and public engagement programme.
  • Demonstrated creative experience in developing novel and engaging platforms to engage a target audience.
  • Experience in drafting and the submission of EPE funding proposals.
  • Record of presenting an education and public engagement programme for peer review.
  • Experience in scientific research would be advantageous.
  • Experience of working with a variety of media, digital and social media.
  • Ability to motivate and engender a passion for science communication in other students and staff

Appointment may be made on the Grade 5 Admin V Scale (B) €43,252 - €53,301 per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Closing of applications is 13th November, 2020.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form and indicate Job Reference PMO-25

Step 2 – return completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.  No late applications will be accepted.

A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.