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Graduate Intern (Physics Outreach)

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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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:  


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  

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

Your role will include:

  • Delivering activities for young people and the general public to enthuse and inspire them with Physics
  • Supporting the organisation of key events – both online and in-person - including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and masterclasses
  • Liaising with schools and community organisations (such as Scouting/Guiding groups) to arrange Astrocampus tours, workshops and outreach activities
  • Developing content for and deliver shows around the night sky - either in the inflatable planetarium, the Cosmodome, or online (as appropriate, depending on Covid-19 restrictions)
  • Assisting with the development of the new national platform for the Binding Blocks programme, and support universities across the UK to deliver Binding Blocks activities
  • Working with researchers to develop activities around their research areas
  • Assisting with training undergraduate volunteers on practical astronomy and Binding Blocks activities and support them in the delivery of these activities
  • Contributing to the production of publicity materials including web pages, social media and newsletters
  • Responding to standard enquiries, referring non-standard enquiries to the Schools Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator
  • Contributing to the development of administrative systems such as volunteer coordination, event ticketing, and schools bookings
  • Assisting with monitoring and evaluation of activities

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

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.

For informal enquiries: Please contact Katherine Leech on or 07384239019; or Christian Diget on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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