STFC Astronomer


Graduate Position Fixed Term London, UK

Uploaded 1 Apr 2019

Job Description

Working within the Science Learning and Public Engagement department at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the post-holder will primarily be responsible for the delivery of study day sessions for secondary school pupils on a range of astronomy topics. The post-holder will be required to deliver pre-existing content in these sessions, but they will also be required to deliver content relating to their own research and academic experience. While not central to the role, there may be opportunities for other types of work, such as the delivery of planetarium shows, teacher training sessions and formal talks.

The STFC Astronomer must be a capable public speaker with a varied range of skills, knowledge and experience relating to public engagement and a genuine passion for astronomy, space exploration and science communication. To fulfil their duties the post-holder must also be actively involved in STFC funded scientific research, either through post-graduate or post-doctoral work. The role is therefore fixed term and ends when STFC funding ceases at a time to be agreed on appointment.

Person Specification


·         Active involvement in scientific research in the field of Astrophysics through post-graduate or post-doctoral activity.

·         A genuine passion for astronomy, with a track record of public engagement.

·         Good general knowledge of astronomy and/or space exploration

·         Excellent public speaking skills and a demonstrable aptitude for working with a wide range of audiences, with a strong emphasis on secondary students.

·         Excellent time-keeping skills.

·         Able to remain calm under pressure.

·         Committed team player.


Highly Desirable

·         Experience of presenting in a planetarium.

·         Knowledge of relevant school curricula and specifications.

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