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Old Observatory Manager (0,7-1,0 FTE

Vacature nummer
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Publicatie datum
24 mei 2022
30 mei 2022 Vacature gesloten

Leiden Observatory invites applicants for the position of

Old Observatory Manager (0,7-1,0 FTE) – Leiden Observatory

Leiden Observatory, the astronomy institute of Leiden University, is co-leading several large scale European and global educational and public engagement programmes in astronomy and science through its Atronomy&Society group. These include Old Observatory, the IAU E-ROAD, Open Science Hub and GlobalScape.

We seek an Old Observatory Manager (1- 0.8FTE) to develop, manage and implement activities at the Old Observatory – Leiden. 

Key responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the learning space Old Observator educational and public engagement activities, including events, tours, open days and exhibitions;
  • Co-develop and implement evidence-based educational and public engagement activities in various formats and target groups;
  • Monitor the progress of the technical and scientific aspects of the projects;
  • Develop project-based collaborations and communication with schools, other partner institutions and the public;
  • Support the activities of Astronomy & Society Group and the Department of Science Communication & Society of Leiden University, the Netherlands;
  • Work with relevant stakeholders of the Old Observatory and partners from the Netherlands and from different countries and represent the project at national and international conferences.

Selection criteria

The successful candidate should have:

  • A MSc in astronomy science, science communication or another related study;
  • Experience in running public engagement spaces, like public observatories, science centers or museum
  • Co-creation and facilitation skills;
  • Complete fluency in Dutch and English;
  • Experience with network building;
  • Experience with pre-tertiary education namely on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics);
  • Proven skills in written, visual and verbal communications;
  • Proven management skills.

Our organisation

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.
For more information, see www.science.leidenuniv.nl. and workingat.leiden.edu/.

Terms and conditions
We offer a 1 year term position. Salary range from €2,979 to €4,093 gross per month (pay scale 9 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries and/or questions about the procedure can be made to Pedro Russo (Astronomy & Society Group Leader) at russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl

Please submit your application no later than 30 May 2022 to russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl

We require you to provide contact information for one referee, and provide a motivation letter and a curriculum vitae. The expected starting date is 15 June 2022.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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