Human Resources

SEPnet Director of Outreach & Public Engagement - QMUL16084

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £34,000 - 47,782; the specific salary will be commensurate with the grade structure at the employing institution (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL16084
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 12-Sep-2018
Closing date: 14-Oct-2018

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Location: Any of the SEPnet physics departments (Hertfordshire, Kent, Open University, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex)

Full Time Fixed Term (2.5 years). The post is funded up to July 2021.

Reference: 483314WF

Salary: £34,000 - 47,782*

(*Salary will be commensurate with the grade structure at the employing institution)

The South East Physics Network (SEPnet) is a network of nine physics departments working together with the common objective of advancing Physics as a strategically important subject in the UK. The consortium is overseen by a Collaboration Board of senior representatives (mostly Heads of Departments) from the partner universities, with an Executive Director.

This post leads, develops and evaluates the established SEPnet Outreach & Public Engagement (OPE) strategy and programme. The post holder is also responsible for leading the team of physics specialist OPE officers in the SEPnet physics departments and a tenth institution responsible for delivery of the collaborative regional OPE programme. It is responsible to the Collaboration Board via the Executive Director.

The SEPnet Schools’ Outreach programme aims to maintain and raise science capital in KS3 students across the region, targeting underserved schools which are supported by external teacher networks such as Institute of Physics’ Stimulating Physics Network or local Widening Participation initiatives.

Current projects include Shattering Stereotypes ( and Connect Physics (

The SEPnet Public Engagement (PE) programme aims to embed PE as a culture across researchers in all SEPnet partners. In particular SEPnet OPE staff help to develop, deliver and evaluate projects that may generate PE-based Impact case studies for the Research Excellence Framework. (REF)

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Physics or a closely related discipline, plus have significant relevant experience, the acquisition of appropriate specialist knowledge and involvement in a series of progressively more demanding/relevant work/roles.

We are looking for candidates with experience in developing, delivering and evaluating STEM-based Schools’ Outreach and / or Public Engagement with Research programmes. Further details on required qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience are provided in the Job Description and Person Specification.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for candidates looking to develop their experience and management and strategic planning skills in an outreach and public engagement role, particularly with regard to project management and, your ability to manage many different external partnerships and relationships.

The post can be based at any of the SEPnet universities (Hertfordshire, Kent, The Open University, Portsmouth, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex), although  you will need to travel regularly within the South East of England as a significant part of the job.

This position could also be open to suitable applicants seeking secondments as a means of bringing specialised knowledge into the role and strengthening academic and external partnerships.

For informal discussion regarding the role please contact: Sean Ryan, Executive Director SEPnet –

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The closing date for applications is 14 October 2018.   Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

QMUL values diversity and is committed to equality. The University holds an Athena SWAN silver award and the School of Physics and Astronomy holds IoP JUNO Champion status and Athena Silver status. As part of the School’s participation in the JUNO programme we strongly encourage applications from women.


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