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STEM Public Engagement Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a state-of-the-art research centre which generates beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials, from aircraft components and ancient swords to superconductors and spider silk! As a world-leading research facility, ISIS has a key role to play in engaging with the public and inspiring young people with science and engineering. 

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities  

We seek a public engagement student to promote ISIS science and engineering to a range of audiences, including school students and the general public. You will join a group that plays a major role in communications and engagement at ISIS, promoting science and engineering through a range of channels. 

You will have a have a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). You will enjoy using and developing your presentation, organisational and creative skills to promote our science and engineering, and STEM subjects and careers, to a wide range of audiences through articles, education activities and events, including science fairs and festivals. Some events may be virtual. 

The role would suit someone studying for a science or engineering degree, interested in science communication and keen to encourage and engage with young people and the public. The candidate will be able to work well both individually and as part of a team and be interested in scientific areas and communicating that science to diverse audiences.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Researching and presenting our science and engineering through channels including events, activities, workshops and articles, to a range of audiences. 
  • Developing new, creative resources for scientists/engineers to take to festivals, fairs and schools, and for remote and online delivery 
  • Working with scientists and engineers to help deliver public engagement events 
  • Supporting other ISIS communication group activities 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry 
  • Right to live and work in the UK 
  • Studying Science, Engineering or Mathematics  
  • Science A-levels  
  • Keen interest or passion in science communication, schools and public engagement  
  • Excellent presentation skills, communication skills and good organisational skills 
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities  
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical  
  • Be open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them


  • Enrolled on a degree course with a Public Engagement/Science Communication component  
  • Experience in STEM public engagement 

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