The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.
The Department has a proven track record of effective outreach with an extensive and highly successful programme of activities and events, engaging school students and members of the public through both face-to-face and online activities. Further information is available at: https://www.york.ac.uk/physics/public-and-schools/.
Are you a recent Physics graduate with a passion for communicating your subject and enthusing the next generation of scientists? The Department of Physics at the University of York are offering a 1-year internship in Physics outreach and science communication, where you will be mentored to develop your skills by the academic leads on Astronomy and Nuclear Physics outreach, as well as the Physics Outreach Coordinator.
The department has an extensive outreach and public engagement programme and you will play a key role in the delivery of activity. You will be involved in a range of initiatives with a focus on astronomy and nuclear physics. Astronomy activities include the Astrocampus (the University Observatory) and the Cosmodome (an inflatable planetarium). Further information is available at https://astrocampus.york.ac.uk
Nuclear physics content is centred on the Binding Blocks project, which is designed to engage secondary school students with nuclear physics research. Originally using a giant (8m long) Lego® nuclear chart, this project has now expanded into a series of workshops that can take place in-person or online, and involves working with and supporting partner institutions across the UK. Further information is available at www.york.ac.uk/physics/bindingblocks.
You will be a recent graduate with a degree in Physics (or a joint honours with Physics) and a proactive and enthusiastic approach to work. You will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. You will have some experience of working with young people and communicating science to non-academic audiences. Good time management skills and the ability to work to deadlines are essential and you will have a professional and approachable manner. As many of the events are delivered away from the University campus, a driving licence is also crucial. Flexible working (some early mornings, late evenings and weekend work) is expected.
This appointment will be subject to a criminal record check at 'enhanced' level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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