Graduate Management Trainee in STEM Education

Job Purpose

The University of Birmingham is one of the largest employers in the West Midlands. With around 7,000 members of staff working across a huge variety of roles, running an organisation of this size and complexity offers a challenge to rival that of any major business or public sector body. Committed to attracting the best and brightest employees, our STEM Education Technology Scheme provides ambitious and high calibre graduates with an entry point to a dynamic and stimulating career in the rapidly developing world of STEM Education Technology.
Education technology is at the centre of an education revolution. Universities are moving large parts of their teaching content online. These posts will look to enhance current material within the Engineering and Science disciplines with online interactive resources. You will work with academics across the STEM disciplines, to understand the key conceptual parts of their teaching delivery. In partnership with them you will develop online interactive assessments and exploratoratory tools. In addition to working with academics at Birmingham, the university has a standing relationship with Maplesoft - a international software company who provide education technology for STEM subjects. A small part of this role will be working with Maplesoft and their products to assist academics in creating the best possible digital resources. Through this collaboration a successful applicant will be exposed to the latest ideas in edtech within STEM internationally.
The College runs annual summer internship projects, and examples of materials that have been created via summer interns can be found at https://mapletabham2016.wordpress.com/
It would be expected that you will be a project lead for the summer 2017 intake.
You will receive regular support from your supervisor and line manager, but are expected to be proactive and take ownership of your projects. To encourage you to generate ideas and build wider skills, every month you will have two days for experimental projects, allowing you to help drive innovation in EdTech at Birmingham.

Person Specification

We are looking for future leaders and our ideal candidates are intelligent, inquisitive graduates who are passionate about the ideals of both the University and the city of Birmingham and its wider region. You should be able to demonstrate the following qualifications, attributes and skills:
A first class degree in a STEM-based subject or a STEM-based postgraduate research qualification in the past two years.
A high degree of initiative, resourcefulness, flexibility and a self-motivating approach;
Good team working skills;
Ability to think analytically, to apply skills and knowledge in new contexts, and to problem solve by thinking beyond traditional solutions;
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively through oral and presentational skills as well as excellent writing skills and an aptitude for producing complex reports;
Resilience and adaptability to work effectively in new environments and with a diverse range of people at different levels of the organisation;
Demonstration of previous programming skills ¡V preferably web-based;
An ability to demonstrate an interest in Higher Education issues