Director of Science Communication Unit (SCU)

London (Greater) (GB)
£66,130-£68,987 plus £4000 annual pensionable allowance
12 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Director of Science Communication Unit (SCU)

Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC), Imperial College London 

Salary: Senior Lecturer £66,130-£68,987 plus £4000 annual pensionable allowance.

Location: South Kensington

Starting date:  January 1st, 2023

Job Summary
We are offering an exciting new opportunity for a new director of the Science Communication Unit (SCU) at the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC), Imperial College. You will lead our programme of science communication training and research, including our two world-leading postgraduate MSc programmes launched back in the 1990s.

This is a key senior management role, responsible for the strategic leadership and overall coordination of the Unit. This includes maintaining the excellent reputation of the SCU and growing its reach. You will play a full role in the teaching of our postgraduate programmes.

Duties and responsibilities 
Passionate about science communication, you will have an established academic record, management experience, and proven success in the field of science communication. You will be creative, enthusiastic, reflective and able to take a collaborative approach to work across the College and beyond, building new collaborations, and realising our ambitious vision for learning and teaching.

The two postgraduate programmes that make up SCU’s main teaching portfolio are well-known for their mix of humanities provision and industry-standard practical skills. You will be responsible for teaching and assessing as well as project supervision. SCU's teaching and research are strongly influenced by the topics and themes of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and you will be encouraged to be aligned with this tradition.

You will be in overall control of the SCU's strategy, working with the director of the CLCC, and with the Unit's two programme leaders. 

Your teaching on the postgraduate programmes will include taking charge of an academic core module, one or more elective modules, supervision of a number of student projects and dissertations and planning and supervision of the fortnightly seminars given by industry professionals.

You will have the important role of seeking collaborations and opportunities across the College, and with national and international partners.

Essential requirements

  • Proven success in workshop-based interactive and/or active learning in an HE environment.
  • An established academic profile in science communication studies.
  • Management experience of budget control, personnel recruitment and staff development.
  • An excellent knowledge of science communication practice and its evolving employment patterns.
  • A proven ability to work with others in a flexible, creative and collaborative manner.

Closing date: 21 July 2022
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