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We are recruiting! One Postdoc in Education Research & one Project Manager for Science Club project

Cell EXPLORERS ( is recruiting to fill up two 2-year positions related to a new project:

The Cell EXPLORERS programme received new funding support by the Galway University Foundation supported by the Medtronic Foundation to widen participation in groups underserved and under-represented amongst the scientific community, including young people from traveller communities, refugees and young people living in area of poverty. The project is a collaboration with several community partners and will ensure that Cell Explorers volunteers deliver two new activities:

· A Science Club for Youth Groups run in partnership with a national youth organisation. The Science Club comprises 5 weekly meetings between young people & scientists designed according to socially inclusive best practice.

· A Cell Explorers Escape Room to schools in low-income communities. This educational escape room has been developed to be entertaining & immersive for young people who do not normally interact with science, do not learn science in school or would not visit a science festival. It contains a set of puzzles to solve that relate to modern biology and tools that scientists use in this field.

Post NUIG RES132-22 - Project manager/Research Associate - Young People Engagement

The successful candidate will act as a project manager to organise the dissemination of the two new Cell Explorers activities, a Science Club for youth Groups and The Cell Explorers Escape Room, as their main project manager. The project manager will be the main liaison between Cell Explorers volunteers, and young people underserved with science whether they are based in Youth clubs or secondary schools. They will coordinate and organise the recruitment and training of the volunteers delivering these activities. They will organise the visits with youth groups and schools and coordinate the evaluation of both the reach and the impact of the project. Results will be used to generate guidelines, reports, and publications. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with both community partners and one education researcher recruited to study the impact of the Science club (POST RES131-22) on participants perception of science and scientists.

This 2-year post is particularly well adapted to candidates with experience working with young people, a good knowledge of the targeted communities and an interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths). Position available immediately after interview. Closing date at 5pm on 4th of July 2022 - interviews planned on the 19th of July 2022.

All information on the post are available in the PDF below

NUIG RES 132-22 Project Manager_res Associate Young people engagement
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or on the NUI Galway Job webpage

Post NUIG RES 131-22 - Postdoctoral Researcher -Science Education

The successful candidate will run a research case study to investigate the effectiveness of the newly designed Youth Group Science Club. The study will involve data collection through interviews and observations to determine the the impact of the Youth Group Science Club on participants with the aim of establishing impact of this new activity format. Findings could support the development of best practices in any outreach initiatives involving interventions led by scientists. The successfull applicant will also work with the project manager on the evaluation of the dissemination of overall project activities (dissemination of the science clubs and the Escape room).

The postdoctoral researcher will be integrated into the ‘Informal Science Education’ research team based in Biochemistry/ the school of Biological and Chemical Sciences at NUI Galway led by Dr Muriel Grenon (Principal investigator and Director of Cell EXPLORERS). The group includes Postdoctoral education researcher and Cell EXPLORERS national coordinator Dr Sarah Carroll, a research assistant, a Postgraduate student and will include the newly recruited research associate managing this project.

This 2-year position is suitable for candidate with a PhD in Education research or Science education or equivalent relevant experience. Position available immediately after interview. Closing date at 5pm on 4th of July 2022 - interviews planned on the 18th of July 2022.

All information on the post are available in the PDF below

NUIG RES 131-22 Postdoc Education Research
Download PDF • 321KB

or on the NUI Galway Job webpage


Informal enquiries concerning theese posts are welcome and can be made to Dr Muriel Grenon (, or Dr Sarah Carroll (

Applications should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Muriel Grenon :

Application must include:

1. Please put reference number of the post in subject line of e-mail application

2. Cover letter outlining the applicant’s relevant experience and how it satisfies the qualification and skills required for the post and their motivation in joining the project

3. CV detailing relevant experiences

4. The name and contact details of 3 referees

5. For post NUIG Res 131-22 only, the applicant’s most relevant peer-reviewed publications (up to 3)


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