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ADAPT Education and Public Engagement Projects

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ADAPT Education and Public Engagement Projects

POSTED:November 12, 2021
LOCATION:Dublin City University
CLOSES:November 24, 2021
Duration:3 Years
Reports to:EPE Manager
Salary:€50,805 - €68,704
Closing Date:November 24, 2021

ADAPT Centre has an ambitious vision for embedding education and engagement of the Irish public into ADAPT’s research activities, and for a STEM-informed workforce that can leverage technology to exploit the opportunities and address the challenges that will arise in the future fusion of digital and real world environments. The ADAPT Education and Public Engagement (EPE) programme will be a key pillar of ADAPT’s role in ‘future-proofing Ireland’. It aims to enable involvement in technology research by designing and delivering two-way public engagement formats that will result in genuine dialogue and involvement between ADAPT researchers and citizens. 

Thus the involvement of the Irish public in ADAPT’s research into Digital Media Technology and Artificial intelligence will involve active participation which will lead to (i) the public having a greater understanding of the basic scientific concepts behind digital engagement and acquire skills necessary to engage fully in our digital world (ii) the opportunity to explore and interact with technologies that enable engagement in our digital world (iii) the co-creation or opportunity to contribute to research on the future of safe, user-mediated digital engagement. 

The Education and Public Engagement Project Lead will help ensure the effective co-development and delivery of these initiatives, providing organisational and administrative support, engaging relevant communities, sourcing funding, and driving evaluation of outcomes and impact. 

Details of our main initiatives are available on our website 

Role Profile 

The Education and Public Engagement Project Lead role will be based at Dublin City University, but the successful candidate should expect to work frequently at our partner institutions. Occasional visits to schools and coordination of public events outside of standard working hours will also be required. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not restricted to, the following: 

  • • Play a key role in the strategic development and implementation of the ADAPT EPE Programme and annual operational plans. 
  • • Lead evaluation of outcomes and impact of LEARN and INTERACT pillars and their constituent elements. 
  • • Advise ADAPT EPE Strand Leads on the co-development and delivery of the EPE programme. 
  • • Devise and lead initiatives to ensure a strong participation of ADAPT researchers across ADAPT’s 8 academic partner institutions in the co-development and delivery of the EPE programme. 
  • • Develop and implement EPE project plans in conjunction with ADAPT members, industry partners and stakeholders, to deliver EPE projects within each programme in accordance with the ADAPT Vision and Mission and goals. 
  • • Deputise for the EPE Manager at ADAPT Management Committee meetings, SFI EPE Manager meetings, and other relevant meetings and events. 
  • • Project Management of education programmes, including Ireland’s largest Science Olympiad (All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad- AILO) and other public-facing programmes, designed to empower the Irish public to engage fully in our rapidly-evolving digital landscape. 
  • • Lead the nationwide AILO workshop programme including designing and developing the workshop materials, training the ADAPT tutors team and working closely with stakeholder groups. 
  • • Enable researchers to create content for different audiences (students, teachers, public) to design and develop online and offline public engagement events by providing expert advice and input. 
  • • Build strong relationships with external stakeholders, including the Department of Education and Skills, schools, teachers’ representative organisations, and community groups, to ensure relevance of the ADAPT EPE programme to target audiences. 
  • • Work with the ADAPT Postdoctoral Researcher in EPE and ADAPT researchers to identify Engaged research projects with high potential to build into education and public engagement initiatives or as engaging demonstrations for public events. 
  • • Liaise with the ADAPT Research Development Team to identify and pursue opportunities to secure funding for new EPE initiatives and ensure sustainability of existing EPE initiatives via competitive funding calls, philanthropy, sponsorship or partnerships. 
  • • Provide organisational and administrative support on tracking and reporting of EPE metrics and impact. 
  • • Act as secretary to the ADAPT EPE Committee and the ADAPT EPE Advisory Board. 
  • • With the Head of Education and Public Engagement, work closely with Science Foundation Ireland and with other SFI Centres to appropriately leverage SFI-centred or multi-group EPE activities for maximum impact. 
  • • Coordinate a programme of training to ensure that ADAPT researchers are equipped adequately to develop and deliver EPE interventions. 
  • • Work closely with the ADAPT Marketing and Communications Manager to ensure EPE initiatives and their outcomes are promoted strongly to the public and other relevant stakeholders, and to identify opportunities to influence relevant public policy. 
  • • This role will involve on-going people management of multiple stakeholders, including tutors and interns. 


Qualifications and Experience: 


Essential Criteria 

Candidates must have a Primary Degree or equivalent (NFQ Level 7) in an appropriate area plus 3 years’ relevant experience. 

Desirable Criteria 

The desirable post-holder will hold a postgraduate degree and have substantial relevant work experience in an education, public engagement or stakeholder engagement role in a technology environment. Knowledge of the digital content technology area is highly desirable. The post-holder must be able to demonstrate an ability to forge and maintain excellent working relationships with diverse stakeholders. 

In addition, the successful candidate will have: 

  • • Knowledge of and practice in STEM public engagement initiatives. 
  • • Demonstrable ability to forge and maintain excellent working relationships with diverse stakeholders. 
  • • Excellent social, organisational and multitasking skills. 
  • • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work to exacting deadlines. 
  • • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English (essential), and strong communication and social skills, both written and verbal. 
  • • Experience in grant proposal writing and knowledge of Engaged Research methodologies is a distinct advantage. 
  • • Applicants ideally will have a postgraduate qualification in science communication, science education, or a related discipline. 
  • • Knowledge of computational linguistics is a distinct advantage. 
  • • Experience in an academic research environment, particularly related to education or public engagement in research, is highly desirable. 



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