Astronomy, Physics, Schools

We’re Hiring! Join our Outreach Team as the Ogden Outreach Officer

An opportunity has arisen in the School of Physics and Astronomy to join a well-established outreach team as the Ogden Outreach Officer. This position is funded collaboratively by the Ogden Trust, Compound Semiconductor (CS) Hub and the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The Ogden Trust aims to increase the uptake of physics for all at post-16, particularly for those from under-represented groups, through support for schools, projects and programmes that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning. The CS Hub aims to establish the UK as the primary global research and manufacturing hub for compound semiconductor technologies.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University is a friendly, approachable School with a strong commitment to teaching excellence and world class research in physics and astronomy. Research groups in the school include astronomy, gravitational waves, brain imaging and condensed matter & photonics.

The post-holder will assist in the design, delivery and dissemination of outreach activity relevant to the objectives of the above groups’ outreach strategies, ensuring clear lines of reporting and communication. The post-holder will support already existing outreach projects, such as the Physics Mentoring Project, as well as working with research groups to make their work accessible, such as attending exhibitions, coordinating events and visiting schools. Evaluation of activities will be reported to a range of stake-holders, and the post-holder will feed into the outreach strategy of the school of Physics and Astronomy.

As a member of a small team you will also provide general support to other areas of the School’s outreach, engagement and recruitment activities. The activities will relate to planning, coordination, development, delivery and evaluation, and will cover general physics and astronomy outreach as well as those linked to the broad range of cutting-edge research. You will be required to work effectively with other members of the School outreach team and liaise with other School, University and Ogden Trust staff as necessary, as well as with the teachers, students and members of the public with whom you interact.

The position is available immediately on fixed-term contract until 30 September 2021, full time. Work will largely take place within Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, but a specific schedule can be flexible. Some evening and weekend working may be required for occasional events

Informal enquiries about the role can be sent to Dr Chris North (
Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be sent to Miss Glesni Lloyd (

Salary: £27,511 – £31,865 per annum (Grade 5)

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.