Early Career Graduate: Junior Science Educator (ref. IR-ECO-TSP)

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on http://home.cern.

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization.

Job Description

Are you passionate about engaging students in science and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers?

Are you an enthusiastic science educator who feels comfortable interacting with diverse audiences in French and English?

Join the CERN Science Gateway education team as a junior educator to facilitate science shows and hands-on workshops.

CERN has an opening for a Project Graduate in the Teacher & Student Programmes (TSP) Section in the Education, Communications and Outreach (ECO) group in the International Relations (IR) sector.

CERN Science Gateway (sciencegateway.cern) is an emblematic education and outreach facility that will open in the second half of 2023 and enable people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the discoveries, the science and the technologies of CERN.
CERN Science Gateway’s education activities include:

  1. lab workshops that will allow visitors aged 5+ to explore their scientific curiosity by learning how to conduct scientific investigations;
  2. interactive science shows that will allow visitors to explore the exciting stories and scientific methods behind major advances in science and technology;
  3. online learning activities and resources.

As a junior science educator you will:

  • Facilitate hands-on science workshops for diverse groups of learners in the education labs.
  • Perform awe-inspiring experiments on stage in the context of science shows.
  • Contribute to the iterative development of education activities.
  • Contribute to other aspects of the CERN Science Gateway education activities such as operations management, liaison with other facilitators, adaptation of workshops and shows to special events at CERN and beyond.

Qualifications/skills required

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have graduated, or are about to graduate, with a university degree (BSc or MSc) level and have no more than 2 years’ relevant experience after obtaining your MSc degree;
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience in science education.
  • Experience in communicating science to diverse audiences.
  • Experience with young learners aged 5-12 years is an asset.
  • Experience with enquiry-based learning approaches is an asset.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team within a large international organisation.
  • Fast learner - capable of grasping rapidly and effectively new concepts.
  • Sound working knowledge of English and French; any other language is an asset.

This vacancy is within the CERN Graduate Programme – Early Career professionals (Origin).

The expected start date of the post is 01.08.2023.

For further details and to submit your application, please, go to the CERN Graduate Programme pages