Being a maker is a rewarding hobby, but for some it can lead to a career. Growing mainstream interest in maker culture has led to a number of job opportunities opening up, the most recent of which is the call for a Maker-in-Residence at Newcastle's Life Science Centre. Well known for its support of science education, including running the biggest schools' science workshop of any European museum, the facility is looking to bring a full-time maker to its public engagement team. The successful candidate, the job posting explains, will be expected to build on the Life Science Centre's previous work with Maker Faire events and run everything from soldering workshops to circuit-bending demonstrations and work to develop a three-year programme dubbed the Pan-Europe Tinkering Project. While those in the maker movement who believe firmly in the benefit of self-directed learning may take issue with the requirement for an applicant to have a degree or equivalent qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subject, it's a welcome opportunity for those with the qualifications to turn a hobby into a job - at least for the year trial period the Centre has planned, which it may extend if the role proves a hit with visitors. Interested parties have, the Centre warns, until the 1st of May to apply.
The main focus of the role will be to create and deliver making activities within the Life Science Centre, building on our achievements with Maker Faire UK and inspired by the example of places like the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. Examples of the sort of activities you might be involved in are soldering workshops, making cardboard automata, toy hacking, circuit bending, shadow photography and other creative uses of technology with Life’s visiting public.