Science Communicator - Department Sci-Enza

FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT SCI-ENZA

SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

PEROMNES POST LEVEL 8

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Science communication and acting as assistant to the Science Centre Manager;

  • The management of in-house and outreach programmes showcasing UP research achievements, development and implementation of educational activities and promoting public understanding of science.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • BSc Science degree;

  • Two years’ experience in:

    • A science centre environment;

    • Fundraising;

    • Presenting science workshops/projects;

  • Three years’ experience in:

    • Organising, managing and co-ordinating learner and student groups;

    • Project management in a Science Centre;

    • Science education and science communication.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND BEHAVIOURAL ATTRIBUTES):

  • Up to date knowledge of science related themes and events;

  • Appropriate language and communication skills;

  • Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to non-scientists;

  • Creativity to identify suitable themes and projects for workshops and outreach;

  • Social media skills;

  • Basic exhibit maintenance skills.

 

ADDED ADVANTAGES AND PREFERENCES:

  • Postgraduate degree;

  • Science communication qualification (certificate, diploma or degree);

  • Experience in the following:   

    • A science centre environment;

    • Project co-ordination;

    • Science communication;       

    • Training;

    • Social media;

    • Website content management.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The total remuneration package for this position ranges from approximately R 428 870 to R 529 717 as determined by UP policy guidelines. (These amounts include the University’s contributions to standard UP benefits, namely provident fund, group life and funeral cover, but exclude contributions to medical aid, as the latter varies per employee.) UP subscribes to the BESTMED medical aid scheme and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;

  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

 

CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2017

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

 

ENQUIRIES: Ms Puleng Tsie, Tel: (012) 420 2865

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 30 September 2017, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.