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Education and Public Engagement Officer at DIAS Dunsink Observatory

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is offering an exciting opportunity to lead education and public engagement activities at DIAS Dunsink Observatory in a full-time permanent role as Education and Public Engagement Officer.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative person to develop and run educational workshops with local schools and community youth groups, and to create and deliver new education content reflecting the modern, cutting edge work of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section. The Education Officer will also be central to efforts to develop new plans with our educational partners across the country for national collaborative projects. The role will also offer the opportunity to lead our usual public engagement offerings here, such as Public Visitor Nights and other special events throughout the year.

The successful candidate requires: 

  • A primary degree in a STEM or related field
  • Excellent planning and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills, with website management skills desirable
  • The ability to work independently

Previous experience in either education and/or public engagement is highly desirable, as is experience in a relevant area of STEM. Please read the linked pdf document for more details about the role.

The Education Officer will be based at DIAS Dunsink Observatory in Dublin 15 and will be expected to travel both nationally and internationally. The post will involve working some evenings and weekends (for public events at Dunsink). Flexible working arrangements will be considered.

This is a permanent appointment on the Research Project Officer scale, with a salary range from €40,573 – €53,143 for new entrants to the public sector starting on the minimum point. The appointee will be subject to the general Irish public sector regulations as regards annual leave, sick leave, and pension entitlements.  The position is available from July 2023.

Applications should consist of:

  • Letter of application (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • Names of two referees

Candidates should upload these as one single pdf document to the DIAS online e-recruitment system (dias.ie/positions) by 17:00 local Irish time on 16th March 2023.  Queries can be directed to astrophysics “at” dias.ie.

DIAS is committed to gender balance, inclusion, and diversity. The DIAS Gender Equality and Inclusion Action Plan may be found on our website.