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Marketing Executive

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We have three exciting opportunities to join the Braintastic! Science team 

Sensational Science Presenter

To be a Braintastic! Science presenter you need to have: 

  • A degree in neuroscience, psychology or a related field, or comparable experience in the area

  • Confidence on stages large and small

  • A willingness to learn & grow (I still regularly get questions from kids that I can’t answer!)

  • A passion to share your love of the brain with young people

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Experience in SciComm

  • Experience working with young people

We will provide:

  • Training on the Braintastic! Science suite of shows and workshops for schools

  • All the kit needed to deliver the content.

  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring to make you a better science communicator

Some more details: 

  • The role operates on a freelance basis, paid at £200 per day (plus travel expenses). 

  • Shows will mainly fall within school hours during term time, or on weekends, so flexibility is needed. Number of shows is variable, but I would expect a presenter to sign up for between 10-15 days’ presenting over the course of the year. This means the role could fit well for someone with other freelance work, or flexible hours. 

  • The role will require travel. We get bookings from all over the UK and while we try to match these to your home location that’s not always possible depending on presenter availability. A car would be helpful, but I regularly take the kit on the train, so public transport is do-able, if you are based somewhere with good transport connections. 

  • As a freelancer you will need to provide your own Public Liability Insurance to ensure you’re covered if anything goes wrong. This only costs about £70/year (or it’s included as part of Equity membership) and will cover all your freelance work, not just your shows with Braintastic! Science.

Ready to join the team?

We particularly welcome applicants from ethnic minority groups, as they are currently under-represented in our presenter pool.  

 

If you are interested in applying, please email ginny@braintasticscience.com (with 'Braintastic! Science Presenter' in the subject line) by Wednesday 5th October including: 

  • Why you think you would be right for this role. 

  • Your sci-comm/ presenting experience. 

  • Your experience in psychology/ neuroscience. 

  • Your current work (or study) situation, and how many days’ presenting for Braintastic! Science you can commit to.  

  • A video of yourself presenting. If you don't have a video, you can film a short clip (1-2 mins, filmed on your phone is fine) of you explaining your favourite fact about the brain, as you would to a 10 year old.  

Braintastic! Science Mentoring Scheme

We are launching this mentoring scheme to support people from underrepresented groups to get some SciComm experience, even if you don’t know where to start! To join the scheme you need to be: 

  • From a group traditionally underrepresented in science & SciComm. This includes, but is not limited to people who are:

    • BAME/ BIPOC  

    • Disabled or neurodiverse 

    • LGBTQIA+ 

    • The first in their family to attend university

  • Working in or studying Psychology or Neuroscience, or related fields 

  • Based in the UK

 

The scheme will last a year, and successful applicants will get:  

  • Free access to my online Storytelling for Science Communication Course 

  • Quarterly mentoring calls with me to discuss your SciComm goals and how to get there 

  • Advice, recommendations and introductions to help you get more SciComm experience

Plus, there will be opportunities to get involved with Braintastic! Science, in whatever way works for you. This might include: 

  • Shadowing our presenters at events near you to watch & learn (we will always cover your expenses for joining these events). 

  • Supporting our presenters as a (paid) workshop assistant at bigger events. 

  • Writing blog posts, creating some social media posts, or making #CuriosityCorner videos.  

Our hope is that some of you will go on to become future Braintastic! Science Presenters, having built your skills and confidence throughout the year- although of course this isn’t guaranteed, and there’s no commitment made on your part- it has to work for both of us.  

Ready to join the scheme?

If you are interested, please email ginny@braintasticscience.com (with 'Braintastic! Science Mentoring Scheme' in the subject line) by Wednesday 5th October including: 

  • Why you think you’re a good fit for the Braintastic! Science Mentoring Scheme and what you hope to get out of it  

  • Your experience in psychology/ neuroscience. 

  • The areas of SciComm you’re interested in exploring  

  • Any SciComm / presenting experience that you might have (none required!) 

Operational Organiser

As we grow we need some help behind the scenes fielding customer enquiries, organising bookings and generally keeping things running smoothly. Since our relaunch in 2020 we’ve excited over 28,000 young people about the science of their amazing brains and expect 2022/23 to be our biggest year yet! So now we need some support so that our fab presenters can keep wowing schools and festivals across the UK with our spectacular shows and science workshops. 

 

Your responsibilities would include: 

  • Representing Braintastic! Science as our customers’ first and primary point of contact throughout their experience with us 

  • Running our booking process from first contact, ensuring our customers are delighted:

    • Responding to incoming booking enquiries and following up as needed 

    • Understanding what prospective clients are looking for and suggesting our most appropriate shows and workshops 

    • Coordinating with presenters to confirm availability and allocate shows 

    • Finalising booking forms and sharing necessary details (eg risk assessments, evidence of insurance, marketing information etc) 

    • Answering clients’ logistical questions in the lead-up to the event 

    • Completing any client-specific processes (eg larger events often require information in a specific format, or submitted via online portals) 

    • Following-up with clients after the event for feedback and testimonials

  • Reaching out to upcoming festivals (UK and international) to pitch Braintastic! Science shows and workshops, and arranging follow-up calls with Ginny. 

  • Maintaining our database of festivals and events 

  • Supporting other projects with any spare capacity which could include:

    • Sending introductory emails to potential clients showcasing our services 

    • Identifying relevant grant funding and award opportunities and preparing applications 

    • Interacting with relevant communities, forums, Facebook groups etc to expand our reach 

    • Researching potential marketing channels e.g. blogs, podcasts, teacher conferences, science resource sites etc 

    • Research for blog posts – and perhaps writing some! 

The ideal candidate will be passionate about helping young people to reach their full potential and have relevant administrative/operational experience. No background in neuroscience is needed, but enthusiasm for science and evidence-based learning is vital. Experience working in the education/informal education sector would be a real benefit. 

 

Key abilities/attributes: 

  • Self-starter who takes the initiative to get stuff done 

  • Adaptable and a quick learner 

  • Reliable and prompt  

  • Friendly and helpful personality, comfortable representing Braintastic! Science’s values in this customer-facing role 

  • Project management skills with ability to prioritise own workload 

  • Comfortable with technology and apps (we have a semi-automated booking process and use various apps like Trello to manage workflows) 

As we are still a small team, you will be working closely with me in a friendly, supportive environment. The role will be approximately 1 hour per day, but some flexibility would be helpful as we do have busier and quieter periods throughout the year. We also expect it to grow as we do. The role is offered on a freelance basis paid at £12.50/hour.  

Ready to join the team?

If you are excited about the chance to make a difference, please send an email (with 'Braintastic! Science Operational Organiser' in the subject line) telling me a bit about you, why you would like to take on this role and how you demonstrate the relevant attributes to:  ginny@braintasticscience.com by Wednesday 5th October. Please also include a CV or a link to your LinkedIn profile. 

Firstly we’re on the hunt for more sensational science presenters for schools and festivals! If you are passionate about neuroscience and psychology, confident on stage and love answering kids’ questions about the brain, we want to hear from you! 

 

We are also excited to launch our new Braintastic! Science mentoring scheme for people from underrepresented groups who are keen to get some SciComm experience, but don’t know where to start!  

 
And to support our continued growth we’re also looking for an operational organiser to help behind the scenes fielding customer enquiries, arranging bookings and generally keep everything running smoothly. 

About us

Braintastic! Science is on a mission to inspire, engage and educate young people about their amazing brains. We translate cutting edge research into fun, narrative driven shows & activities, to help kids find out more about their amazing brains and how to get the best out of them. With topics including mental wellbeing, learning and memory and the senses, our content promotes curiosity, encouraging kids to ask questions, and highlighting the importance of learning and thinking scientifically, throughout our lives. And most importantly, our interactive stage shows are great fun!

 

What we do

We deliver headline stage shows and small group workshops at festivals, events and schools around the UK and (occasionally) overseas. Our content is hands-on, interactive and fun, and designed to get kids curious about their amazing brains. All our presenters have a background in neuroscience or psychology, and are fantastic role models, helping young people from all backgrounds to see that they can have a future in STEM. We are passionate about inclusivity and aim to have a diverse range of presenters.