Evaluation of Interactive Science Shows

Physics Education Research Doctoral Student Proposal


CERN offers an exciting opportunity to develop science shows in its major new project, Science Gateway. CERN Science Gateway will be an emblematic education and outreach facility and a beacon to encourage young people to aim for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One of Science Gateway’s offers will be interactive science shows, through which visitors of all ages will be able to explore their scientific curiosity and learn about the science, the discoveries, and the technologies at CERN.

The aim of this doctoral thesis will be to iteratively develop, test, and evaluate an interactive science show at Science Gateway following the principles of Design-Based Research. The testing and evaluation of the science shows will be done in different stages of the development process using qualitative (e.g., focus groups, interviews) and quantitative evaluation approaches (e.g., surveys).

Training Value

The successful applicant will learn about Design-Based Research, quantitative and qualitative techniques for evaluations of out-of-school learning opportunities, use of various statistical methods, and gain first-hand experience with communicating groundbreaking science and technology to international audiences of various ages.

Research Base

The successful candidate is expected to inscribe as doctoral student at a CERN Member State university (see the information below). The CERN PER Team is in discussion to base the project academically at Utrecht University. The successful candidate will be physically based at CERN in Geneva.

Application Information

Please find all information regarding the formal application below. Please mention “PER-SCS” in your motivation letter, so that your application reaches us directly.