Christmas Lectures Project Manager

An exciting opportunity to lead the preparations and execution of our world famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES series.

Audiences in the Theatre at the Royal Institution

Job Title:            Christmas Lectures Project Manager

Location:            Albemarle Street and other locations as needed

Contract type:   Full time, 6-month Fixed Term Contract (Aug 2022 – Jan 2023)

Salary:               £40k - £44k pro rated for the term of the contract

The Ri is an independent charity and home of the Faraday Museum. Our purpose is to create opportunities for as many people as possible to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives. We’ve been doing this for well over 200 years and it’s more important today than ever. 

Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and broadcast on national television every year, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the Royal Institution are the UK's flagship science series. The three-part series is filmed in front of a live audience in the Ri’s famous lecture theatre and watched by millions on the BBC over the festive period and on BBC iPlayer and the Ri YouTube channel afterwards.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to lead the preparations and execution of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES series, working with academic researchers, a TV production company, multi-media content developers, science communication professionals and an ‘assortment of kids, animals and unpredictable props’.

The Christmas Lectures team is made up of about 20 people, a mix of Ri employees, interns and contractors; as Project Manager you will oversee and coordinate the team, the project schedule, steering committee and budgets and supervise a PhD intern.  You will work closely with the TV Production Company (Windfall) to ensure the detailed schedule for the entire production runs smoothly, and with the Director of Science Engagement to coordinate the development of the script.

Do you have;

  • Project management experience (preferably in a production/show environment)
  • Fantastic communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to track status of tasks, risks, and issues
  • Track record of managing key stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to work across diverse teams and bring out the best in people

If so, and you’d like to be at the heart of one of the world's most famous science lecture series, we'd like to hear from you!


Please review the full job description and person specification, and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the person specification to by 9.00am on Tuesday 19 July. Please also include a copy of the equal opportunities form with your application.

Interviews are planned for w/c 25 July although we may interview sooner

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.

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About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.