RAS Bulletin, August 2017
• Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut
• RAS Research Fellowship 2017 – Call for applications
• Call for new LCO Education Partner projects - Las Cumbres Observatory
• Office of Astronomy for Development: RAS-supported Visiting Experts Scheme
• Job opportunity: Education and Outreach Officer, Job Share.
• RAS Job List
• Friends of the RAS
• Notes for Fellows
Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut
Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is a free educational programme developed by NASA scientists and fitness professionals working with astronauts and space agencies across the world. In this free teacher CPD session you will learn more about Mission X from an educators point of view, try out some of the challenges and take home free resources to help you and your students train like an astronaut!
September 19th 3.30-5pm
RAS Lecture Theatre
Free but booking required via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mission-x-train-like-an-astronaut-teacher-cpd-tickets-35425948967?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing) or by emailing [log in to unmask]
RAS Research Fellowship 2017 – Call for applications
The RAS will award two RAS Research Fellowships in 2018, to begin on 1 October 2018 or within 6 months thereafter. Each fellowship provides post-doctoral funding for up to three years.
The fellowships are offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2013 and 1 October 2018. Only one RAS Research Fellowship may be held in the same university at any one time.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST), 20 October 2017. We expect to make offers for both positions by mid-February.
Please see the applications for the RAS Research Fellowships page for more details, terms & conditions, and the application form
Call for new LCO Education Partner projects
Las Cumbres Observatory is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for new education partners. We are seeking applications for organized and structured astronomy education programs with a well defined target audience. These education partners will observe astronomical phenomena with LCO and use the data as part of their educational activities.
We are looking for interesting, engaging, and innovative ideas for astronomy education or outreach projects that make use of LCO’s unique capabilities, including our global network of telescopes and scheduling software. Projects which involve monitoring of astronomical events or following up on recent astronomical discoveries are particularly suitable.
• We are offering a total of 1000 hours of observing time on the LCO 0.4m telescope network for use between 1 Dec 2017 - 1 Dec 2018 for all projects,
• We are only offering this time for educational projects as part of organized programs, not to individuals,
• A full proposal application needs to be submitted and will be reviewed by a panel of experts,
• Proposal deadline is 23 September 2017
For full information about this call, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:
Office of Astronomy for Development: RAS-supported Visiting Experts Scheme
The Royal Astronomical Society, in partnership with the Office of Astronomy for Development, offers mobility funding for astronomy-related research, education, or development collaborations between the United Kingdom and countries where astronomy research is not well established. The deadline for application is 31 August 2017. Apply here.
Job opportunity: Education and Outreach Officer, Job share.
Education and outreach officer
Employer: Royal Astronomical Society
Salary on appointment: £34,800 - £36,900 per annum (£14,000 to 14,800 pro rata)
Published Date: 28 July 2017
Status: Open-ended, part-time (2 days a week job share)
Royal Astronomical Society – Education and Outreach Officer
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS: www.ras.org.uk) is looking for a multi-talented self-starter to take on a job share role as Education and Outreach Officer. This is a role within a small team of staff based in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, and reflects our continued commitment to fostering public engagement.
The RAS, the lead UK body for astronomy, space science and geophysics, has more than 4,000 Fellows. The education and outreach officer will be the member of staff with key responsibility for RAS public engagement work in London and the southeast of England. The successful candidate will build on our existing work, and shape our future programmes to our 200th anniversary in 2020 and beyond.
Specific duties include:
• Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, act as the lead on RAS education and outreach work in London and the southeast of England
• Support the aims of the RAS200: Sky and Earth project, traveling to meet partner organisations and attend relevant events
• Work with partners including the European Space Education Research Office, Ogden Science Trust, research councils and learned societies
• Support GCSE Astronomy courses at local schools or teach the course at Burlington House, as a weekly class for students from schools
across inner London
• Deliver teacher training, school workshops, and school visits using the historical resources of Burlington House
• Seek external funding from the public, private and third sectors
• Liaise with and coordinate activity with the RAS Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer, based in the northwest of England Essential criteria
• Educated to graduate level, with an enthusiasm for and knowledge of astronomy, space science and geophysics
• A background in teaching or other aspects of formal education and an appropriate professional qualification
• Experience of public engagement work in science, ideally in astronomy and / or geophysics
• Comfortable interacting with people of all backgrounds and levels
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Be prepared to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
• Experience of the third sector as a volunteer or employee
• Knowledge of developments in science education policy, particularly in the school curriculum
• Experience of fund raising in a third sector or similar environment
The pro-rated salary on appointment to this post is in the range £14,000 - £14,800 per annum. The post has 8 days annual leave entitlement rising to 10 days after 5 years in post (pro-rated, exclusive of bank holidays and RAS Privilege days).
Typical working hours are 09 30 to 17 30 for two days each week, however as this position involves travelling to and meeting with stakeholders flexible working will be required, including covering occasional early evening and weekend events where time off in lieu will be given, or exceptionally overtime paid.
Application by email is preferred to [log in to unmask] Candidates should provide a covering letter explaining their skills, aptitudes and suitability for the post, a curriculum vitae, and the contact details for two referees to:
Robert Massey, Acting Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BQ
The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017
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NOTES FOR FELLOWS
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