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 19 October 2009 | visits 827

King's College London

Researching public engagement and understanding of science at the Darwin Centre

King's College London - Sponsored by Kings College London and the Natural History Museum

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic student to undertake a PhD concerning an aspect of public engagement and science learning at the Natural History Museum’s new Darwin Centre (opening September 2009). The studentship will be supervised within the Department of Educational and Professional Studies, a top-rated research department (with 65% of research activity regarded as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2008 RAE) with an international reputation in science education. The Darwin Centre is a state-of-the-art scientific research and collections facility and provides a new public space inviting visitors to explore the natural world in an exciting and innovative way. The Darwin Centre provides a focus for public engagement with science, communication of scientific understanding and the ability to relate current and classroom knowledge to real life contexts - applying that knowledge inside and outside the Museum and appreciating its relevance to society.

The specific research topic will be decided by King’s College London and the Natural History Museum together with the successful applicant. Essential criteria that candidates will need to demonstrate include:

  1. A good honours degree in a relevant subject.
  2. Masters level (or equivalent) qualification in the social sciences or a related field (including some research experience).
  3. Experience of working (paid or unpaid) in museums or science centres.
  4. Creativity, imagination and enthusiasm.

The PhD studentship will be funded by the Rosalind Driver Scholarship Fund at the Department of Education and Professional Studies (DEPS), King’s College London in association with further support from the Department for Learning at the Natural History Museum: the King’s College London contribution will be provided by the Rosalind Driver Research Scholarship Fund set-up in honour of Professor Driver’s research concerning students’ ideas in science and carried out at Leeds University and King’s College London. In the main, the Rosalind Driver Fund will provide a funded studentship and tuition (home UK/EU rates) fees for the successful applicant. The NHM with provide a further stipend, work space within the NHM and travel/conference funding. Starting stipend of £20,000 (per annum for three years) and home/EU tuition fees (also for three years).

For further information please email:

To apply please go to:

On the online application form, please select “Department of Education and Professional Studies/Natural History Museum MPhil/PhD (Full-time)” from the programme list, and select October 2009 as the programme start date. Please quote Ref “ XXXX” in the Research Proposal box. Please note, you do not have to submit a Research Proposal.

Closing date for applications: December 30, 2009

Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Equality of Opportunity is College Policy

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