The government is looking to address the shortage in secondary school science teachers by using post-doctorate students on a part-time basis.
The Department of Education and Skills has launched a scheme which is offering £6000 bursaries to students if they teach classes while studying for a further educational qualification.
To qualify, students must spend around 50% of their time teaching in a specialist science or combined science and engineering school.
Estelle Morris, education and skills secretary, hopes that pupils will benefit from the scientific knowledge that post-doctorate students will bring to their lessons and that the students will gain practical experience on the road to a teaching qualification.
She said: "I believe the post-docs will be inspiring role models, helping to spark interest in science as a career choice for pupils at the specialist schools and other schools in their communities."
The scheme is also backed by GlaxoSmithKline, the Technology Colleges Trust and Imperial College, London.