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Outreach Project Scientist At STScI


The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) welcomes applications from outstanding astronomers for the position of Project Scientist in our Office of Public Outreach and Strategic Communications. We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate with an exceptional research record in observational or theoretical astronomy, with a focus on researchers with a background in public education and outreach. Appointments may also be made with paid support for personal research time in conjunction with functional responsibilities.

The Project Scientist in the Office of Public Outreach serves as a liaison between the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach (OPO) and the scientific community for the purpose of bringing key astrophysics research results and future opportunities into the public domain. The scientist works with other members of the OPO team to plan and implement innovative projects that provide access to Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and other astrophysics data and information, especially through effective use of new technologies and specific targeting of new audiences. The Project Scientist will pursue new initiatives which foster collaboration between OPO and other key educational, informal science and public information organizations for dissemination of astrophysics and technology resources to the widest possible audience.

STScI contains a stimulating and diverse research environment. The diverse research themes at the Institute include star and planet formation, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium, galaxy formation and evolution, and cosmology.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, or planetary science, and have postdoctoral experience demonstrating a distinguished record of independent research or technical innovation. Salaries and benefits are commensurate with those of AURA member universities. STScI is committed to equal opportunity, and women and minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following materials in a single Word or PDF file: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and bibliography, a brief description of how your background and experience would contribute to STScI's outreach objectives, and the names of three individuals who will write letters of reference on your behalf. Additional details on these positions, including detailed program policies as well as instructions both for the applicants and for their referees, will be available at the website:

Applicants and referees must follow the instructions for uploading their materials using the STScI web interface as described in that Announcement. Applications received by Friday, May 2, 2014 will receive full consideration. Letters of reference will be requested by STScI upon receipt of a complete application and are due no later than Friday, May 9, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to contact their letter writers separately, since applications will be given full consideration only when all reference letters have been received.

The Space Telescope Science Institute is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, and is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA/M/F/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans

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