Job Listing: Science Content & Research Specialist
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA - RICHMOND, VA
Closes: November 10
The Science Museum’s goal is to raise public understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) throughout the Commonwealth. We are in the business of getting non-scientists to do science with their hands, heads and senses. Our core ideology is to make people think by providing lively, fun, and engaging experiences. Our team innately values self-discovery, learning, creativity, innovation, honesty, and integrity. We strive for consistent high quality, superior customer service, and outstanding customer satisfaction.The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. For more than 40 years, the Museum has served as the state’s flagship institution for informal STEM learning, employing a broad range of experiences to inspire and engage guests of all ages. Through experiential exhibits, inspiring artifacts, interactive technologies, live science demonstrations, features in the Dome Theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and touring exhibitions from around the world, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Museum is located in the iconic Broad Street Station in Richmond. The Museum also has a satellite location, the Danville Science Center, located in Danville, and is currently developing another satellite location in Northern Virginia.
The Science content and Research Specialist will conduct research and content development for new permanent exhibits being created for the Danville Science Center, as well as preliminary research and content development for the new Northern Virginia Science Center, currently in the initial planning stages. The incumbent will also conduct research for additional Museum content as needed or directed, and collaborate with the Chief Scientist and Community Science Catalyst on community science project outcomes.
NOTE: This position is an 18 month grant funded/restricted position with continuous employment based upon continuous funding
A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience. The successful candidate will have experience in the education and science fields; excellent research and writing skills; the ability to find information quickly, to analyze based on guidance and priorities, and to summarize and synthesize findings in useful formats; superior skills in copy editing, proofreading, and fact-checking for scientific integrity and accuracy; high attention to detail, accuracy, and quality control; strong problem solving and analytical skills; the ability to effectively use the Internet with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and G Suite; and be a task-oriented self-starter, able to work well both independently and collaboratively, multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced, heavy workload environment, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in science, education or a related field and experience in informal science education content development and delivery preferred. Experience working in a museum setting a plus.