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Education and Learning Officer

We have an exciting opportunity for an Education and Learning Officer to join our Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement team.  You will play a key role in co-ordinating and delivering the Wellcome Genome Campus education and learning programme, supporting involvement of staff and students from the world leading Wellcome Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute. 

The Public Engagement team is part of Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science and the role benefits from cross-working with a range of companion teams with diverse expertise.

    About the role

    You will work closely with the Education and Learning Manager to identify, develop and sustain relationships with schools and community learning groups, with particular focus on target geographical areas hallmarked by high pupil premium, indices of deprivation and/or lower social mobility.

    The role includes responsibility for the day to day delivery of education experiences, both on and off Campus, that connect Campus staff with learning groups, particularly secondary students across our target regions, but also extending to primary and informal learning groups. The role offers the scope for development of new genomics and biodata learning resources based on fundamental genomics science as well as latest knowledge arising from Campus research. You will also play an important role in capturing and monitoring data from education and learning activities, helping to build evidence of outcomes aligned to our overarching evaluation framework.

    Given the current focus on virtual and remote learning environments, we expect the role to offer freedom to innovate in this space, taking advantage of our existing and well established online resource platforms. As a significant proportion of the role will involve engagement with formal learners, it will be advantageous to maintain contemporary knowledge and robust cross referencing with the UK education curricula.  The role also benefits from regular cross-working with other members of the PE team, Connecting Science and wider Campus – particularly around pervasive themes of equality and diversity, and evaluation.

    Given the range of activities this role will contribute to, there will be an expectation for occasional evening or weekend working, which will be offset through our approach to flexible working and TOIL policy.

    Essential Skills


    • Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) discipline, or equivalent experience, for example through learning, education or outreach role(s)
    • Experience of teaching or presenting within schools, science centres, museums or other learning settings
    • Experience of liaising with schools and teachers
    • Familiarity with tailoring content to schools curricula
    • Excellent presentation and communication skills
    • High-level interpersonal skills and ability to work within small and large teams
    • Excellent organisational and planning skills
    • Experience with basic computer software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritise workloads
    • Ability to solve problems and resolve day-to-day issues with respect to delivery of activity
    • Full driving license


    Ideal Skills


    • Experience of working within an academic and/or research environment
    • Experience of evaluating education projects and resources
    • Aptitude with design software such as Adobe Creative Suite or the development of web based learning resources
    • Familiarity with current schools curricula across the UK, including for example any distinctive areas between curricula relevant to finding links with Campus science  
    • Experience of creating, using or adapting learning resources based on science themes connected with Campus – broadly concepts in biology, genomics and biodata
    • Qualification or certification in science education, science communication or other related skill


    Other information

    Please ensure your cover letter and CV outline how you meet the requirements of the essential knowledge skills and experience listed for the role. 

    The successful candidate must hold a full, clean driver’s license as the role involves some travel to other sites. This may be outside of usual working hours.

    Closing date for applications: 17th August 2020


    Whilst the developments around COVID-19 continue to evolve, the Wellcome Genome Campus is closed for all but essential functions and facilities. 

    People remain at the centre of everything that we do and the majority of our staff are now working remotely to ensure continuity of operations, making use of remote communication and collaboration tools.

    Interviews will be taking place virtually and the successful candidate should expect to be fully supported through remote on-boarding and working from home until the Campus re-opens to all staff. This approach may vary for individuals located overseas and/or where a visa is required and starting will be based on a number of factors, we will be able to provide specialist advice to those affected candidates.

    About Connecting Science 

    Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science’s mission is to enable everyone to explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.  We connect researchers, health professionals and the wider public, creating opportunities and spaces to explore genomic science and its impact on people. Connecting Science inspires new thinking, sparks conversation, supports learning and measures attitudes, drawing on the ground-breaking research taking place on the Wellcome Genome Campus.

    Our benefits:

    There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

    As well as the usual benefits you would expect, we go much further:

    • 25 days annual leave (extra 1 day to a maximum of 30 days for every year you work)
    • Auto-enrolment into a generous Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme, with enhanced company contribution (for more information, see our Pensions page)
    • Up to 2 days annual paid volunteering leave
    • Up to 10 days paid Emergency Carers Leave per year
    • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, an on-site Workplace Nursery salary Sacrifice Schemes for pre-school children
    • and Summer holiday club
    • Life Assurance Cover and a Group Income Protection Scheme (if on a contract of 12 months or more)
    • Enhanced maternity leave and parental leave
    • Access to substantial number of courses and training events onsite
    • Private Healthcare Scheme (after 6 months service)
    • Eyecare and Dental payment plans
    • Concessions and discounts from our corporate perks site

    Being part of the Wellcome Genome Campus you will be part of the beautiful working environment with an impressive range of benefits, services and facilities also including:

    • Free bus service to and from Campus, covering various routes around Cambridge, Saffron Walden and surrounding villages
    • A car-share initiative
    • Free parking
    • A number of on-site venues where you can meet, eat and socialise with colleagues
    • A thriving Sports and Social Club which provides members with subsidised access to a gym, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness classes and a vibrant social calendar of events

    Find out more about our Wellcome Genome Campus

    We have recently been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award. We will consider all individuals without discrimination and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where everyone can thrive.