Technology Didactics Expertise in ESA Education Office

Redu Space Services has a vacancy for Technology Didactics Expertise in ESA Education Office (STEM and Outreach Unit)

LOCATION:

ESEC-Galaxia, Transinne (Belgium).

BACKGROUND:

The ESA Education Office has the objective to use space as a theme to enhance the literacy of young people in science and technology and to motivate young Europeans to pursue a space related career. The Office personnel is based partially at the ESA Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in The Netherlands, and partially at the ESEC-Galaxia in Transinne, Belgium.

In support of achieving its educational objectives, the Office offers:

1. In the frame of the ESA Academy, the programme for university students:

  • A portfolio of training courses, in all areas of ESA’s expertise, delivered at the Training and Learning Facility.  Training courses topics cover amongst others Space System Engineering, Product Assurance and Safety, Human Space Physiology, Spacecraft Operations and Communications, Gravity-related Research, Concurrent Design Engineering, CubeSat Design, Space Law, Technology Transfer and Innovation.
  • Support to hands-on space-related project opportunities; in particular CubeSat mission design, satellite assembly and tests campaigns.

2. As part of the STEM programme for primary and secondary school teachers, the e-technology lab, a didactic laboratory, offers direct hands-on experience by using space robotics and space science as learning and teaching contexts.

Detailed information on the activities of the ESA Education Office can be found on: www.esa.int/education.

DUTIES:

(list not exhaustive):


- manage the ESA e-technology lab, including:

  • design and deliver teacher training modules (on-site and, when needed, off-site) that use space technology as a teaching and learning context and tool for school-level curricular STEM (science, technology, engineering, Mathematics) subjects;
  • design and produce classroom resources/activities on the subjects covered by the above teacher training modules (in different formats: classical printed lessons, practical/labactivities, tablet applications and content, etc);
  • adapt/update/upgrade existing teacher training modules and classroom resources/activities when required;
  • use kits/hardware/tools (e.g LEGO, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc) adequate for the robotics/technology training modules and classroom resources/activities described above;
  • manage the teacher training calendar and, when applicable, school visits;

- contribute to: the procurement actions for material items and services needed to implement the
activities; the daily management of the infrastructures; the logistics associated to the activities;
- coordinate closely with the other Didactics experts of the Unit and actively participate, in the area
of concern, in the works of the ESA-ESERO Working Groups as far as the joint didactics design,
production and teacher training delivery are concerned;
- collaborate with the ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) Project Coordinator for the promotion of the teacher training sessions to the benefit of the whole ESERO network;
- contribute to the design and, where applicable, manage the implementation of ESA school projects
on the subject of technology;
- support the outreach, promotion and dissemination of ESA education activities in the area of
concern, making use of the appropriate channels and in compliance with ESA Education outreach
guidelines and procedures;
- contribute in general to the design and implementation of ESA STEM informal education projects
at school level, also addressing role modelling, STEM/space careers and gender issues;
- respond to the direct contacts and external requests from education partners and the European
education community;
- support in general the activities of the STEM Education and Outreach Unit on need;
- support the evaluation of education activities against Key Performance Indicators in the area of
concern.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • As per job class, with a university Master degree, or equivalent, in Engineering or Science;
  • Experience, knowledge and skills in the use of electronics, robotics or technological material; computer programming skills; knowledge of programming platforms for education, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino, are an asset;
  • Knowledge of STEM school curricula, with a focus on Technology;
  • Specific experience in the design and development of didactic content on technology subjects applied to school curricula; direct teaching experience and/or teacher training experience;
  • Sound knowledge of ESA and the space field;
  • Experience in international environments is an asset;
  • Project management skills and experience;
  • Capability of establishing and maintaining interfaces within and outside the Agency; capability to respond and adapt to the needs of the European education communities;
  • Autonomy in the execution of tasks and ability to manage workload, identify priorities and strategic actions; ability to cope with pressure, meet deadlines and deliver on time;
  • Creativity; strong conceptual, analytical, interpersonal skills; ability to work in a team;
  • Good communication skills, verbal (in public and during formal meetings) and written;
  • Fluent in English.  Knowledge of another Member State language is an asset.

CLOSING DATE:

25/06/2019

If you wish to apply for this job opportunity, please submit your CV and application letter by email to marieve.bellot@reduspaceservices.com

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