education and public outreach coordinator at Swinburne
- Generous salary package, plus 17% superannuation
- Full-time or part time negotiable (0.6 – 1.0 FTE)
- Based at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, one of the world's most livable cities!
The ARC Center of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) is a new ~$40 million, seven-year initiative that is using the first detections of gravitational waves to understand the physics of black holes and warped space time.
OzGrav will use these historic discoveries to inspire and educate the public and students about science. The OzGrav Education and Public Outreach Coordinator will play a key role in the Centre by developing, implementing and coordinating the education and public outreach activities of the Centre across all its locations. This is a key position within OzGrav that will involve close engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders, including researchers, the general public, the media, and schools, teachers and students at primary through to tertiary level.
This position will be offered with an initial two-year contract, with the offer of further extensions subject to performance. This position may be occupied at the level of part time (0.6 FTE) through to full time, subject to the successful incumbent’s experience, interests, and preferences.
Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you should be able to demonstrate the following:
- Excellent communication skills, and demonstrated ability to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences, including children and the public
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects, manage multiple tasks, and train others.
- Understanding of web systems and social media and high level of computer literacy.
- Experience with the education sector, public and media relations, and/or science communications is desirable
If you require further information or are interested in opportunities to contribute to both the outreach and research programs of OzGrav, please contact Dr Yeshe Fenner OzGrav, Chief Operating Officer or Prof Matthew Bailes, OzGrav Director.
Applications close 5PM AEDT Friday 31 March 2017.
The full position description and details of how to apply are available here.
As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various voluntary salary packaging options. Other discounts include annual Myki cards and private health insurance. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including negotiable removal expenses for Academic staff, paid maternity/partner leave, working from home and part time options are available.
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Swinburne is committed to advancing gender equality in academia, particularly in STEM disciplines. Swinburne was one of the first Australian universities to join the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender minorities in STEM. We also welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.