L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre Presenters

An exciting opportunity to deliver STEM workshops to young people to inspire and ignite a passion for scientific discovery.

A female scientist demonstrating a fiery explosion at the Ri
Image credit: Sian Crucefix

We are looking for two Presenters to join our L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) -one on a permanent contract, one on a fixed term contract from April to September.

Accountable to: LYSC and Family Activities Manager

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London 

Contract Type: Permanent/Fixed Term to September 2024, Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday with some weekend working

Salary: £27,000 to £29,000 per annum

About the Royal Institution

The Ri has been connecting people with science for over 200 years and has a clear vision that ‘Science is for Everyone’. Through our packed event programme, 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.

In our historic Grade I listed building in Mayfair, discoveries were made that literally changed the world. Today it is a busy, multi-purpose building which acts as base for the Ri team (approx. 60) and tenants (approx. 100) and our science communication activities as well as a vibrant event space for private and corporate events.

About the LYSC

The L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) is an imaginative laboratory space for young people and their teachers to experiment and explore science and technology outside the classroom.

In the LYSC workshops, students become a scientist for the day, testing their own ideas by designing creative experiments. The whole experience ignites a passion for scientific discovery and encourages curiosity-driven learning. The students can make  bath bombs, extract their own DNA, investigate forensic science, explore the chemistry of colour and much more.

Find out more about the YSC and Science in schools programme here

About the role and you

As a successful applicant, you will deliver interactive science workshops to children and young people in the Ri L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC), to inspire and engage them in practical science, enhance their understanding and inspire them to have a future with science.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the Ri’s wider science communication programmes, including the family, schools and public programmes as well as the Christmas Lectures.

What will I be doing?

  • Presenting a range of hands-on science workshops to young people aged 7 to 18, across various Chemistry, Physics and Biology topics.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure the timely set-up and clean-up of the LYSC lab for each workshop and maintain the cleanliness of the LYSC.
  • Assisting with the implementation of Ri Health and Safety procedures to ensure the safe delivery of LYSC workshops by effectively identifying and managing any risks. Update LYSC risk assessments as required.
  • Contributing to the continual development of the LYSC’s programme for children and young people by making regular improvements to the content and delivery of existing workshops and by researching and developing new content.
  • Collaborating with other teams to research, write and deliver science content for live, virtual, and recorded events in line with the charitable outcomes of the Ri.

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Experience of working in an educational setting with people of all ages including children and teenagers
  • Good practical laboratory skills
  • Excellent all-round communication skills, including the ability to present in front of live audiences and to camera
  • Experience of delivering engaging scientific education or learning an/or working in a lab setting
  • Health and Safety knowledge would be an advantage
  • Experience of developing and writing educational workshops/activities is ideal but not essential


Please download the full job description and person spec below and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the requirements of the person spec to recruitment@ri.ac.uk  by 10.00am on Monday 11 March 2024

Please state if you wish to be considered for the Permanent or Fixed-Term role

We may close the application process early if we have a strong field of applicants

Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 19 March but we may interview sooner.

Please complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with your application. 

Equal opportunities

The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in the recruitment monitoring form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will not form part of the selection process.

You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.