Vacancy - Science Communicator

Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS) is seeking an astronomer & science communicator

Situated in the heart of the largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park in Europe, Kielder Observatory is one of the leading public outreach observatories in the UK.  

Opened in 2008 to accommodate a few events a year, the Observatory is now open seven days a week, hosting up to 20,000 visitors a year (pre-COVID). 

The Observatory also runs highly successful programmes in schools and in arts and culture, and is about to launch several digital offers to reach even more people. 

Can you contribute to deliver that special Kielder Observatory moment? 

We are seeking science communicators with a knowledge of astronomy and/or astrophysics to join our team.  We will need at least one full time person to start in late summer but are very happy to consider job share, or applicants who can only do part time or as freelancers.  

Experience as an amateur astronomer and/or degree in a relevant topic is essential but more importantly we are looking for your love of the night sky and a deep motivation and ability to communicate that inspiration to the public. 

Employees have a generous benefits package, including private health insurance and 10% time to work on individual projects and self-development. There is potential for progression to a lead role.

Download the full job description and person spec here

If you feel that you have the necessary qualities needed for this role and would like to apply, please forward your CV along with a supporting letter (no more than one page) in support of your application  and specifying your preference for full time, part time or freelance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on 16th May 2021

First interviews will likely be by zoom late May with subsequent visits to Kielder Observatory for the candidates shortlisted for a second interview. 

If you would like an informal discussion, please email Dan Pye, the Director of Astronomy and Science Communication on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.