Science Educator

Physics, Chemistry, Science.

About us

At CERN, the European Organisation 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. 

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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 English and/or in French?

Are you interested in evaluating the impact of educational activities? 

Join the CERN Science Gateway education team as a science educator!

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

CERN Science Gateway is an emblematic education and outreach facility with the aim to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the discoveries, the science and the technologies of CERN. CERN Science Gateway's educational activities include a) lab workshops that will allow visitors aged 5+ years to explore their scientific curiosity by learning how to conduct scientific investigations, and b) interactive science shows that will allow visitors to explore the exciting stories and scientific methods behind major advances in science and technology. 

As a Science Educator, you will:

  • Develop and implement different evaluation protocols to assess lab workshops and their educational outcomes.
  • Contribute to the continuous development of lab workshops taking evaluation results into account.
  • Facilitate and review hands-on science workshops for diverse groups of learners in the education labs and perform inspiring experiments on stage in the context of science shows.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of effective training and coaching sessions for volunteers from CERN's scientific community who facilitate lab workshops.
  • Work closely with the CERN Science Gateway team and the wider CERN community to explore new avenues for future educational activities and adapt them for special events at CERN and beyond.

Who we are looking for

Skills and/or knowledge

  • Experience in science education; experience in particle physics education is as asset.
  • Experience in communicating science to diverse audiences including young learners aged 5-12 years.
  • Experience in evaluating the impact of educational activities using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team within a large international organisation.
  • Fast learner capable of rapidly and effectively grasping new concepts.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to adjust to different audiences.
  • Sound working knowledge of English and French; any other language is an asset.
  • Fluent in both English and French.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You have a professional background in STEM (or a related field) and have either:
    • a Master's degree with 2 to 6 years of post-graduation professional experience;
    • or a PhD with no more than 3 years of post-graduation professional experience.
  • You have never had a CERN fellow or graduate contract before.

What we offer

  • A monthly stipend ranging between 6,194 and 6,808 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax).
  • Coverage by CERN's comprehensive health scheme (for yourself, your spouse and children), and membership of the CERN Pension Fund.
  • Depending on your individual circumstances: installation grant; family, child and infant allowances; payment of travel expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
  • 30 days of paid leave per year.
  • On-the-job and formal training at CERN as well as in-house language courses for English and/or French.
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Job ID Number: IR-ECO-TSP-2024-70-GRAP
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  • Deadline
  • Starting
    September 2024
  • Salary
    6,194 and 6,808 Swiss Francs per month (net of tax) + benefits
  • Degree required
    All grades
  • Location
    Geneva (Switzerland)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Also Accepting...
  • All STEM disciplines
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