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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