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Primary/Secondary School teacher paid summer experience:

Two positions for a total duration of 4 weeks are available in the OXYEVOL project during the summer of 2014.

Follow this years teachers here.

The successful candidates will be part of the OXYEVOL project. OXYEVOL is a European Research Council (ERC) project that aims to investigate how fluctuations in the composition of atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide over the past 400 million years have influenced the timing of key evolutionary innovations in the history of land plants and contributed to major shifts in ecological dominance of different plant groups.

During 4 weeks in summer (to be determined by the candidates) two successful candidates (primary or/and secondary school teachers) will have the opportunity to be part of the group and to experience the UCD PEAC (Programme for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate).

The primary role will be to learn about the aims and methods of the OXYEVOL research team for 4 weeks. The aim of this experience is that the successful candidates impart their experience to their school classes and conveys the excitement and importance of science to his/her classes.

We expect this experience to instil an interest in science among the school children they teach and to offer the perfect opportunity to excite primary/secondary school children about the cutting edge research.

Teachers will receive €2000 for the experience through UCD payroll.

What are we looking for?

  • Teachers from disadvantaged schools with low science funds
  • Teachers with an interest in Science
  • Teachers that have the ability to help students to reflect as learners and use skills of enquiry to become effective problem solvers
  • Teachers with Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Teachers with the ability to make science more relevant to pupils
  • Teachers with the ability to promote scientific investigation in the classroom

We will be accepting applications from April 2014.

For any enquiries or more information send an email to Natalia Castro.


UCD Plant Palaeoecology and Palaeobiology Group Updated: July 2013
Professor J.C. McElwain