Demonstrations Technician

To support the Demo Team in the building and maintenance of demonstration equipment and props for our year round series of talks and events aimed at children, family, and adults, as well as supporting the world famous Christmas Lectures.

 A fiery demonstration in the Ri theatre
Image credit: Tim Mitchell

Job Title: Demos Technician
Reports to: Content Producer, Heritage and Demonstrations 
Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London 
Contract type: Permanent, part-time (21 to 28 hours per week) 
Salary:c.£27,000 per annum 

The Royal Institution (Ri) is an independent charity which has been connecting people with science for over 200 years. The Ri has inspired generations of scientists over the years whose discoveries have helped shape our modern world.

The Ri has a clear vision that ‘Science is for Everyone’ and it is our belief that everyone should have equitable access to science. Through our packed event programme available in person or online, our UK schools outreach and social impact initiatives, and our global digital reach including almost 1.5m YouTube subscribers we achieve our mission by connecting people with scientists to explore science together.

We are looking for a Demonstrations Technician to contribute to the development of engaging and world class scientific demonstrations for our Public, Family, and Schools programming, including the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

You will maintain the Demo room, machinery and storage, maintain the Demo Asset register for props and demonstration equipment, ensure maintenance is carried out and risk is managed. You will also contribute to the coordination of the work of the team, liaising with colleagues, and coordinating props to ensure effective use of resources.

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • Experience of working in workshop environment and sourcing, developing and building demonstrations and/or props
  • Experience of operating power tools
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety

The following would be ideal:

  • Experience of inclusive science shows and events
  • An interest in the history and development of scientific demonstrations
  • Project/production management or co-ordination experience
  • Experience of planning logistics and stock control
  • Knowledge or experience of Chemical Safety and pyrotechnics
  • Knowledge of laser cutting and/or 3D printing


To apply, please send us your CV and Supporting Statement, of no more than 500 words, explaining why you would like to be our new Demonstrations Technician, and how you meet the requirements for the role, to by 10am on Monday 8 April 2024.  Interviews are scheduled to take place on the 16th and 17th April.