Space Telescope Science Institute

Outreach Scientist, Astronomy and Science Learning - #0005499

Office of Public Outreach

Are you passionate about communicating astronomy and enabling science learning? The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is seeking an Outreach Scientist for our Office of Public Outreach (OPO). You will primarily support the public engagement activities for the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA’s Universe of Learning science education program. This position could support working from home. Candidates must be in our local market to be able to report on-site when needed.

As an outreach scientist, you will work with a multi-disciplinary team, including scientists, educators, writers, designers, developers, and more. You will contribute your scientific expertise and creativity to products, programs, and experiences for a wide range of audiences. You will act as a liaison between OPO staff, STScI staff and partners, and the science community.

In this position, you will work in areas such as: video and online products, exhibits, hands-on activities, large-scale public events, and engagement with traditionally underserved/underrepresented audiences.

Your Role & Responsibilities include:

  • Incorporating NASA Astrophysics science and missions into creative and scientifically accurate products, programs, events, and professional development
  • Crafting and delivering scientifically accurate presentations and demonstrations of astrophysics science stories at a range of audience levels
  • Identifying and leading the development of key scientific storylines and messages for education, outreach, and communications resources
  • Leading development and organization of STScI exhibit presence at scientific conferences, working in close collaboration with STScI science community
  • Reviewing and ensuring scientific accuracy of OPO products

Your Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics
  • Passion for science education and outreach
  • Familiarity with and ability to understand space-based astronomical research and current NASA astrophysics missions
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems, with an attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary teams and leadership
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to plan, manage and execute multiple tasks within schedule and scope.

Desirable, but not required

  • Experience with traditionally underserved/underrepresented communities in STEM
  • Direct experience in science education or outreach
  • Two to three years of postdoctoral experience in infrared astronomy or exoplanets
  • Spanish or other second languages

This is a four-year term contract position with the option for extension. The starting position and salary are commensurate with education and experience. We offer an excellent and great benefits package (Click here to explore our benefits). STScI offers a flexible and welcoming workspace for all (Click here to learn more about our culture).

TO APPLY: Upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, in a few sentences, please describe why you are passionate about science communication and engagement, and also briefly describe your science and research background and why it's important. Please explain it as if you were having a conversation with a high school student. Applications received by May 23rd will receive full consideration.

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Last updated: 2022-04-27