Job Opportunity: Education and Public Outreach Coordinator

The CLEVER Planets ( research team and the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (EEPS: of Rice University is seeking a full-time education and public outreach coordinator. The position requires overseeing communication and coordination of multi-institutional, interdisciplinary NASA-funded project on planetary habitability, responding directly to the Principle Investigator (PI) and working with Co-Investigators (Co-I’s) and their students and postdocs. Responsibilities of this position include website maintenance (managing maintenance/updates/revisions to website), science communication (e.g., coordinating with RiceNews and Media Relations office and the EEPS department to promote CLEVER Planets research and stories), organization of outreach activities and social media, as well as facilitating the collaboration needs between scientists and students through meetings, webinars, conferences and emails. In addition to working for the aforementioned project, some additional responsibilities will also include helping promote the strategic goals of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. Initial contract will be given for one year with the possibility for extension up to the entire duration of the proposed research activities.

Required educational qualification is a Bachelor of Science degree, although masters or higher-degree would be preferred, preferably in STEM fields such as Astronomy, Physics, Earth and Planetary Science or related fields. Experience in a university setting or with academic research is desirable. Experience with website design/maintenance using platforms such as WordPress/Squarespace, strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, particularly dissemination of science to public, and event organization and management is necessary. Some comfort with IT and IT-interfacing is desirable. Rice is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should send their completed application materials (1. cover letter, 2. resume, and 3. writing and web-designing examples) to [email protected]. The review of the applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.