|BCIS Phuket International School|
|At least ฿50,000 / month (full time)|
Astronomer / Astrophysicist
PostedPlanetarium at BCIS international school, Phuket Thailand Technology is a powerful tool that is supporting and transforming education and learning. It’s enabling new methods for BCIS students to engage and interact with learning materials and educational content. The Planetarium is one example of how we at BCIS international school are committed to using technology to revolutionize learning as it captures and immerses students in a dynamic, interactive learning experience.
Situated on our Senior Campus, BCIS Phuket students have their very own educational resource that is literally out of this world!
BCIS Planetarium & Cosmos Theatre 5K resolution is the first school-based planetarium in Thailand, and a realization of BCIS Phuket Owner & Founder Laurent Minguely’s dream of truly immersing children in an understanding of our universe, to encourage scientific curiosity.
BCIS Planetarium offers a wide range of highly successful astronomy, sciences, and environmental programs for BCIS international school’s students. The BCIS Planetarium is also an integral aspect of our offer for all audiences, providing the public with opportunities to engage with fascinating topics in Astronomy, Earth, and Space science.
The Planetarium Astronomer and specialist, coordinates, creates, designs, and presents planetarium shows including selecting appropriate content, visual effects, and soundtracks to educate, entertain, and inspire various groups about astronomy and the physical sciences; performs demonstrations, and gives lectures. The Planetarium Astronomer and Specialist support the vision of BCIS international school to create and deliver a seamless educational experience for students across multiple STEM disciplines, including astrophysics, coding and data science.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature.
1. Creates, Coordinates, and presents educational programs and shows in the planetarium; makes decisions regarding program topics and audience (such as the general public and college and school-age students); and oversees the technology of the planetarium.
2. Supports the BCIS Head of Science Department, Head of Robotics & Computing Dpt, Head of Humanity Dpt in the development of funding proposals associated with show production and system upgrade projects and in planning the planetarium program.
3. Researches, plans, designs, and develops new program topics and presentations.
4. Works with institutions involved in Further/Higher Education, astronomical research, the space industry, and the planetarium sector to obtain support for key projects.
5. Leads planetarium tours for various groups and prepares planetarium exhibits.
6. Coordinates access and usage of the planetarium.
7. Responds to public and campus inquiries about the Planetarium; assists in publicizing the Planetarium.
8. Delivers outreach in conjunction with the wider team at appropriate regional science festivals and events or in collaboration with other organizations
9. Supports BCIS Communication Department for updating website content and other media as needed.
10. Edits and produces soundtracks for public and school shows.
11. Trains and directs the work of student and planetarium lecturers.
12. Represents BCIS Planetarium Phuket at key national and international planetarium conferences.
The Planetarium Astronomer will be principally responsible for the development and delivery of planetarium shows, the coordination, and communication of planetarium programming, and the maintenance of planetarium technology and content. The post holder will play a key role in realizing our ambitions for educational planetarium show production. The post holder will support all other strands of BCIS International school, other schools, universities, and public programming.
This role represents an exciting opportunity for science communicators and science educators to engage with a wide range of audiences in a range of settings. The Planetarium Astronomer will be expected to deliver school workshops, planetarium shows, observing events and outreach to audiences of all ages and abilities and to support the wider activity of our Head Sciences Dpt, including the development and planning programs, exhibitions, and digital resources for BCIS schools and the general public on-site.
Skills and experience:
- Educated to degree level with a BSc in physics, astrophysics, or any other area of related study.
- Excellent computer literacy, including technical knowledge of hardware and software and proven ability to learn new software applications and mark-up languages.
- Good multimedia software skills. - Wide-ranging knowledge of modern astronomy and space exploration with an interest in the history of both fields.
- Excellent public speaking skills, with experience of working with a wide range of audiences in a range of settings.
- Demonstrable experience of teaching or public engagement in schools, museums, science centers, or university outreach departments.
- Experience in using cutting-edge science to support learning through innovative and imaginative programs and projects.
- Creative thinker with the ability to inspire creativity in others, with a real passion for science education and public engagement.
- Effective and committed team player.
- Excellent written communication skills with experience in producing materials for different audiences. - Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organizational and time-keeping skills.
- Ability to work independently to tight deadlines.
- A relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g. PhD or MSc) in Astrophysics,
- Planetary Science, Science Communication, or Teaching.
- Experience in presenting in a planetarium and producing planetarium shows or similar digital content.
- Experience in using modeling, image, or audio manipulation software.
- Good understanding of primary and secondary education.
Terms and conditions:
Applicants are invited to email a curriculum vitae that includes a current photograph and the names, email addresses, and contact details of three referees, including the most recent line manager. In addition, the application must include a letter that addresses the profile and detailed job description and a one-page statement of their philosophy of education. All documents must be emailed through to Khun Patcharee Chanantho, Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is January 31st, 2021, however, we encourage early applications and reserve the right to make an appointment with the ideal candidate before this date.
Long-listed candidates will be contacted and will be invited to join a video interview.
Following this process, applicants will be shortlisted and invited to join an online/ onsite interview process the following week.
We regret we are unable to reply to every applicant. If you do not hear from us within three of the closing date please assume you have not been longlisted
Contract time: Full-Time Contract term: Fixed term Start date: Monday 1st March 2021
BCIS International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers, and other third parties to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. The appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity (if the candidate has lived in the UK) and/or criminal/police or equivalent background checks for all other countries inhabited (irrespective of whether the candidate worked in those countries)