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Play is for EVERYONE

Little girl looking through coloured glass in Play Zone.

Play is for everyone and not just for fun.

Play is recognised as a child’s right and helps children to learn skills, create greater understanding and explore the world around them as well as have a happy and healthy state of mind. 

We have created a page full of useful information all about play and areas within the centre certain play can flourish.  Read research papers, blogs, articles and watch videos about what play is and how children can benefit from it. 

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Toddler climbing in soft play area inside science centre.

Play Zone

In our Play Zone, little ones can stretch, balance and wobble as they climb over and crawl through soft play shapes and tunnels.

Little boy in green jumper playing with clay at Life Science Centre Pre-School Day.

Pre-School Days

Our regular Pre-School Days are a great opportunity for little ones to run around and enjoy a range of hands-on activities

There’s nowhere quite like Life.

At Life, exceptional people come to work together for a common purpose. We’re a special community where every team member plays a crucial role. We care about our team, customers and partners, and are committed to providing a compassionate, welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone is respected and valued. 

We’re based in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne – right next to the Central Station. Opening in 2000, we are, and remain independent, entrepreneurial and dedicated to enriching lives through science. Join us and see why working here offers an incredible experience. 

Head of Audience and Development Beth with young science centre visitor.

‘We put the spotlight on the amazing impact of science, and how it’s relevant to everyone. We cover an array of subjects from space to climate, engineering to biology, and we do it in an entertaining and accessible way. We’re also part of a bigger ‘village’ where cutting edge research and life enhancing treatment takes place. Join us, and you’ll be part of a very special place!’

Linda Conlon
Chief Executive

Linda Conlon MBE DL, International Centre for Life's Chief Executive, pictured in Life Science Centre's Space Zone.

Purpose and values

Our purpose

is to inspire everyone to explore and enjoy science, and to provide a world-class science hub where life enhancing engagement, research and patient treatment can thrive.

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We champion science

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We celebrate diversity

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We make it happen

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We are independent and entrepreneurial

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We are commercially astute

Your working Life

Every person’s experience will be a bit different, but everything we do is rooted in our values.  

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Our team

From our front of house team who look after our lovely visitors, to the technical team who keep all our exhibits in tip-top condition, we’re a diverse bunch of people who are passionate about what we do. 

Centre For Life Team With The Better At Health Gold Award


We believe a healthy team is a happy team and recognise the importance of a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment. We’ve won awards for our approach,  which includes running regular well-being campaigns, offering mental health support and ‘good vibe’ sessions on everything from exercise classes to massage. We also provide free fresh fruit and drinks every day.

Life's Customer Services Manager Amy during Autism Acceptance Week.

Team engagement

With regular social events, team forums, staff newsletters and briefings, we recognise the importance of keeping everyone up to date and providing a safe space for everyone to have a voice. We provide regular team briefings and a digital newsletter, and there are lots of ways to share your thoughts and ideas from forums to anonymous surveys. The online team ‘hub’ provides a wealth of online support. 

Life team at Ecsite conference.

Investing in our team

We want every member of the team to flourish. New starters complete a diverse induction programme which includes Autism Acceptance, Menopause Awareness, LGBTQIA+ training and more. We also deliver check-ins to support training and development opportunities. 

Current Opportunities

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Funded PhD Studentship

In partnership with Northumbria University, we are looking for a student to investigate “Creative Play: Learning To Fail Through Digital Tinkering”.  Based at the university, you will devise activities for families to explore this important topic. Funding includes tuition fees and a maintenance allowance (currently £19,237) funded for up to three and-and-half years.

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Duty Manager

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic duty manager to join our Visitor Experience Team.

Our selection process

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Submit application online

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Invite to interview

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Job offer

Our team

Meet People Services

We would love to hear from you if you want to join our brilliant team. If you have any questions about a role, our selection process or require any support with your application, please contact us.

Kellie, Louise and Sandra work in our People Services Team.

Recognition for our approach

Better at Health Gold Award

North East Better Health at Work Award

We are proud recipients of the Gold level North East Better Health at Work Award. These awards were developed by workplace health specialists in the NHS with Public Health North East to foster health and wellbeing initiatives in the region’s workplaces. 

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Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health

We have signed up to the NHS Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health, and we’re committed to creating a supportive and open culture in the workplace, where mental health issues can be discussed comfortably and openly.  

Equality Standard Gold Award

Equality Standard Gold Award

This nationally-acknowledged award is given to organisations who can demonstrate excellence in how they approach equality and diversity with employees, customers and stakeholders.