Job ID no. VR1610

Irchester Community Primary School


A unique opportunity for a STEM graduate to show pupils how exciting science is, developing their natural curiosity into scientific investigation and leading learning in Lab 13.

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Post Title:Scientist-in-Residence for Lab 13
Vacancy Type: Term time + 10 days (40 weeks) 35 hours a week
Contract Type:Fixed Term asap after 20th September 2021 to 31 August 2022


Irchester Community Primary School would like to appoint our third Scientist-in-Residence for Lab13.  We have become a recognised centre of excellence for primary science since setting up Lab 13 in 2011.  We have the highest PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) outreach award and an OFSTED good practice report for primary science.

We maintain the principles of the Lab 13 child led creative approach to learning, whilst extending our remit to include CPD for teachers, plus workshops and training for other schools.  We are looking to develop all aspects of STEM and are interested to find out someone to put their vision for Lab 13 into practice.

Your main role would be to help the children realise their creative ideas as determined by the users of Lab 13 and the management group of Year 5 and 6 students.  They will also determine the rules for use, equipment and resources and will have a key role in selecting the successful candidate.

Ideally candidates should have:

  • A degree in a science, engineering or technology subject and some experience in working with children as a practitioner in science, technology, engineering or maths.
  • Practical experience, in abundance, in making things or finding out how things work, and a broad interest in science.
  • A genuine drive to encourage creativity and independent thought in young people.
  • Skill in using new technologies to promote and support work in Lab 13.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a positive disposition


 The main responsibilities would be to:

  1. Suggest ideas for investigation, experiment, research or exploration.
  2. Help design or devise experiments or other activities to engage and extend their curiosity and imaginations.
  3. Respond to their suggestions, and research other avenues for experiment or research.
  4. Support and advise the management team in the acquisition of equipment or materials.
  5. Lead and guide the users of Lab 13 in the safe use of equipment and tools.
  6. Advise and accompany the management team on opportunities for sharing and discussing the outcomes of Lab 13, at seminars, conferences etc.
  7. Produce, and help the management team to produce, guidance notes, digital evidence, records and documentary resources about the experiments and other activities.
  8. Publicise and promote the work of Lab 13 online (Blog, tweet, network, etc).
  9. Lead out of hours school-based clubs and share expertise with the local community.
  10. Assist the Science Specialist Leader in Education to deliver quality CPD.
  11. Work with parents and families to build science family capital.
  12. Develop use of remote learning materials and new technologies in STEM.

Visits to Lab 13 prior are welcome during the first two weeks of term (1st – 15th September). Please contact to make arrangements.

The position requires an enhanced DBS check and applicants should give the names of two referees who will be contacted prior to any interview.

Hours per week: 35 hours per week (0.9459 FTE)

Weeks per year: 40 weeks per year plus holiday pay, holidays are expected to coincide with school holidays

Pay Scale:  NJC Point 22 – 26

Salary range: £26,317 – £29,636 (0.9459 FTE)

Closing date: Please apply by 5.00pm Wednesday 15th September 2021.

Interviews will be during the week 20th September.  Successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

Anticipated start date is by negotiation, but hopefully as soon as possible after interview.

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