ARIS maintains a current listing of employment opportunities across the U.S. for the impact community.

For more information or to apply, please follow guidelines found in the institution's position link(s).
Most recent additions are at the top of the list below.

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Current Openings

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Collaborative for STEM Education and Outreach (Department of Teaching and Learning)

The position involves participation in the Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program (ISR) in the Vanderbilt Collaborative for STEM Education and Outreach (CSEO, formerly the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach - CSO) in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). The ISR program offers high school students a four-year, interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience as a course of study in three high schools in MNPS. Students pursue a curriculum that connects the different STEM disciplines through problem-based learning. The program partners a postdoctoral fellow with an MNPS teacher to collaboratively teach the problem-based curriculum.

Required qualifications

Applicants should have an earned doctorate in science, mathematics, engineering, or a related field, with significant experience in research and experimental design. The position includes salary plus health insurance coverage and will be initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application materials electronically to Dr. Jennifer Ufnar, at [email protected] with "ISR Postdoctoral Fellow Search" included in the subject line of the email. The materials should include a letter of interest, one publication (or manuscript in progress), and a current CV. In addition, please include the names and contact information in the letter for three potential references. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the CSEO website and the Vanderbilt Peabody College website.

See full job announcement for more information and application details.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 8/20/2020 Deadline for applications: 12/10/2020

Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley is hiring an education postdoctoral associate to collaborate with faculty and academic staff on a recently funded Faculty Professional Development Program grant from the California Governor’s Office Education Learning Lab. The initiative will create and implement faculty professional development workshops and webinars through a Community of Practice (CoP). The goal of this program is to boost STEM student achievement and narrow observed equity gaps in gateway biology courses at UC Berkeley, California State University East Bay, and Berkeley City College. This will be a full-time position.

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D. in any of the Life Sciences, Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER), Education, Higher Education, or a closely related field.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, team building, and collaboration skills
  • Bring new perspectives to our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in biology teaching and learning science.
  • Experience or interest in discipline-based education research
  • Exposure to remote learning and/or familiarity with organizing remote workshops

See full job announcement for more information and application details.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 8/19/2020 Deadline for applications: Open until filled

Director of Public Impact
The Innovative Genomics Institute, Berkeley, CA

The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a joint endeavor of the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco campuses. The IGI envisions a world in which genome-engineering innovations benefit humanity and are accessible to all. The Institute’s mission is to accelerate genome discovery and translation of resulting technologies to ethically and equitably improve human health and sustainable agriculture.

The IGI is looking for a talented and motivated leader to run an innovative Public Impact program. The Public Impact Program Director will craft and enact an impactful, strategic vision to achieve the program’s goals. This unique role will require independence; willingness to take risks; strong leadership and management skills; interaction with industry, government, and non-profit organizations; and the ability to break down barriers between academic disciplines and between scientists and non-experts. This role will involve developing and integrating ethics and access into the translation of IGI’s scientific research, establishing the IGI as a model for other academic, corporate, and government institutions.

This position will coordinate a holistic approach to developing genome editing applications that actively incorporate the educational needs of the public, policy and regulatory considerations, stakeholder and public input, and questions of ethics and access. This position will involve interfacing with local and national policy makers, providing widely-available educational materials, facilitating interactions between research scientists and the public, and engaging diverse stakeholders and expertise from community groups to campus entities. This high-level position is responsible for developing strategies and budgets, supervising staff, initiating collaborations, and attracting essential support.

The director will identify systems-level changes that encourage and enhance equitable access to the benefits of genome engineering. This role will also establish programs that increase understanding of new paths to commercialization, genome engineering policy, as well as engagement and education.

Key responsibilities
  • Strategic Leadership. Develop and implement effective strategic plans to accomplish the IGI’s mission; participates in Institute-wide discussions of planning and implementation; consults with the IGI Executive Director and the Governance Board for high-level approval.
  • Strategic Partnerships. Identifies and cultivates prospective new industrial, academic and foundation partnerships to achieve program goals.
  • Financial Stability. Represents the organization in working with funding agencies and benefactors to secure financial resources, in coordination with development staff; manages program budget.
  • Program Management. Leads the Public Impact team and recruits new staff as needed to build out the program; coordinates the program's four programs to ensure that there is an alignment with, and unified direction of, the program mission; directs long-term planning and develops policies and procedures.
  • Program Integration. Collaborates with peer directors and research staff to integrate the Public Impact program vision into all aspects of the IGI’s efforts.


    Knowledge of
    • public engagement of science landscape, including key players in academia, the nonprofit sector, government, and industry.
    • genome engineering.
    • commercial landscape related to genome engineering.
    • (and comfort with) academic culture.

    Skills and experience
    • Inspirational leader
    • Sophisticated communicator and listener
    • Successful fundraiser
    • Social impact and systems change agent


    • Bachelor's or higher degree in an area related to the objectives of the Public Impact program and/or equivalent experience/training.

    • Preferred:
    • Ph.D. or Master’s degree in related science or public policy and/or equivalent experience/training
    • Scientific training or experience adequate to understand the basic concepts underlying genome engineering, particularly molecular biology or genetics.
    • Minimum of ten years of experience minimum in a relevant professional area.

See full job announcement with more details, including salary and application instructions.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 7/13/2020 Deadline for applications: 7/20/2020

Executive Director
International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) seeks an experienced and collaborative administrative leader with significant management and operational expertise to serve as its next executive director.

ICSI, located in Berkeley, California, is a leading center for research in computer science and one of the few independent, nonprofit research institutes focused on computer sciences in the United States. ICSI provides a vibrant, international environment for leading academic and industrial research. There are approximately eighty scientists in residence at ICSI including principal investigators, postdoctoral associates and visiting researchers. ICSI's primary funding comes from U.S. federal agencies and, since its inception in 1988, the Institute has leveraged its close affiliation with the University of California, Berkeley and an ongoing international visiting program to augment its research efforts.

Current research projects span from the development of a more sophisticated, machine-readable lexicon to support the next generation of human-machine interaction technologies to security analysis of the use of data by a range of actors across the Internet.

Required qualifications

The executive director serves as the administrative head of the Institute, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees and working closely with ICSI's chief scientist. The executive director is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day Institute functions including the sponsored projects office, budgeting and financial planning, human resources and facilities. The ED works in close coordination with the chief scientist to cultivate the success of the Institute and its investigators, build community and continuity, support strategic opportunities and further develop ICSI's international activity.

In the executive director, ICSI seeks a hands-on administrator with finely honed organizational management acumen and experience to lead and motivate an effective administrative leadership team as well as cross-functional teams that include administrative and scientific staff. This individual should be an exceptional communicator and translator of ideas, excel in relationship building and have confidence as a strong fiscal steward, particularly in the context of working with federal agencies. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree (a master's degree or doctorate is preferred) and five years of research management or equivalent experience.

See full job announcement

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 7/13/2020 Deadline for applications: 9/4/2020

Coordinator, Experimental Practice
MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA

This position will support the general activities of a newly created area at the museum devoted to advancing the MIT Museum's portfolio of work involving experimental practices in public engagement. The Experimental Practice team, led by the Manager of Experimental Practice, will foster, implement, and evaluate creative approaches to civic engagement in science and other areas relevant to the Museum's work that has broader implications for practitioners in the fields of informal education and community engagement.

The Experimental Practice team is expected to interface with other departments at the Museum. While the portfolio of projects is grounded in the work of the Museum, many of the projects are grant-funded and include partners at different sites and with a range of audiences in multiple settings to ensure our learnings are relevant to the field as a whole. Much of this work is conducted via collaborations with organizations throughout North America and abroad. As such, a major focus of this position is attending to professional relationships and networks external to the Museum, and to coordinating and supporting work undertaken with numerous collaborators.

Required qualifications

This position supports the coordination of multiple grant-funded projects with both internal and external partners and stakeholders. The successful candidate for this position will have project coordination experience, strong communication skills, including the ability to provide clear guidance to independent contractors and collaborators, and have a passion for supporting and investigating innovation approaches to civic engagement.

See full job announcement for more information and application details.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 7/6/2020 Deadline for applications: 7/31/2020

Public Engagement with Science Specialist
The Kavli Foundation, Los Angeles (near Playa Vista), California

The Kavli Foundation is seeking candidates to apply for a new position, Public Engagement with Science Specialist. Individuals with initiative, problem-solving skills, comfort in a fast-paced environment, and expertise and experience in implementing programs or efforts focused on the public's relationship with science should apply. Reporting to the Director of Public Engagement with Science, the Specialist will work to support the foundation's efforts to build a close and meaningful relationship between science and society. The Specialist will lead a suite of activities to fulfill the strategies of the foundation's Public Engagement with Science Program.

With guidance from the Director of Public Engagement with Science, and other members of the foundation's leadership team, the Specialist will lead the design and execution of projects to help the foundation realize its mission to advance science for the benefit of humanity.


We are looking for candidates with anintrinsic curiosity about science, and a commitment to ensuring a strong relationship between science and society. Candidates will havethe following experience and expertise:

  • 5+years of experience preferred
  • Experience in engaging the public in science
  • A strong grounding in science, preferably in basic science (even more desirable if in an area related to our focus areas)
  • Appreciation of ethics in science and/or science policy is useful
  • Familiarity with social science research about engagement or communication
  • Experience and appreciation of international approaches to science engagement desirable
  • A graduate degree in a related field preferable

See full job announcement for more information and application details.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 7/2/2020

Science Communications Specialist
Green Fin Studio, Richmond, Virginia

Green Fin Studio is pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time Science Communications Specialist to join our team. The position will be located in Richmond, Virginia (once working from offices is safe again). The Science Communications Specialist (SCS) works with our Executive Director, Creative Director, and other staff members to develop and execute overall communications strategies to meet/exceed client objectives. In addition to serving our clients, the SCS develops and implements strategies for expanding and updating Green Fin Studio communication materials on our website, social media, and print materials, as well as track and evaluate performance metrics.

Required qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in translating scientific and technical information to broader audiences via a variety of media, including online, print, educational, and in-person; and
  • Familiarity and experience working with the scientific and environmental community.

See full job announcement for more information and application details.

Job type: Full-time

Posted: 5/27/2020 Deadline for applications: 6/2/2020

Biochemistry/Molecular Life Scientist Educator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is committed to world-class education and research. Reflecting the institutional commitment to building infrastructure in science literacy and biochemistry education, UNL has released a tenure track position for a nine-month (academic year) tenure-leading Assistant Professor faculty position (70% teaching/extension and 30% research) in the Department of Biochemistry addressing discipline-based education research in biochemistry and the molecular life sciences through critical thinking, experimental-testing, molecular modeling, and inferential logic.

The incumbent is expected to establish a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized research, extension, and teaching program contributing to the discipline-based education research and science literacy programs leading to the development of novel pedagogical strategies deployed in the classroom and laboratory. Through extension and teaching programming, the incumbent will also work collaboratively to develop educational strategies in the molecular life sciences for K-12 schools and non-formal learning environments, resulting in national leadership in youth education in the molecular life sciences. It is expected that these efforts will increase awareness and interest in careers related to science literacy, including online modules, experiential programs (e.g., boot camps to communitydriven programs in the molecular life sciences), computational modeling, and strategies to enhance critical thinking through student writing and presentations.

Minimum required qualifications

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent in biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular life science education or closely related field.
  2. A minimum of one year of postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
  3. Experience in teaching biochemistry and the development of novel pedagogical tools.
  4. Evidence of scholarship in biochemistry and/or molecular biology through publications and presentations.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in teaching in biochemistry and/or molecular biology educational programs (lecture and/or laboratory).
  • Experience in working in science outreach, with a particular focus on K-12 students.
  • Evidence of engagement in biochemistry, molecular biology and/or cell biology societies at the national level.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively on multidisciplinary projects in advancing biochemistry and molecular life sciences education.

Job type: Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading (9 month)

See full job announcement (requisition F_200065) for complete information and application details.

Posted: 3/18/2020 Deadline for applications: 4/17/2020

Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
University of Idaho (ISTPF collaboration), Boise, ID

The Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF) is thrilled to announce its inaugural call for year-long fellows. The ISTPF is a collaborative effort among the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University, and is led by the McClure Center for Public Policy Research. We are seeking outstanding scientists, social scientists and engineers to work with state agencies to develop and implement solutions that address challenges facing Idaho in areas such as water, energy, fire, public health and economic development.

As an ISTP fellow, you will have the opportunity to use your expertise to help shape policies that affect all Idahoans. Fellows are provided with compensation, benefits, orientation, professional development, mentorship, a travel allowance and administrative support. Fellowships will begin in late August 2020.

Job type: Full-time; internship/fellowship
Posted: 3/18/2020 Deadline for applications: 4/20/2020

Science Instructor
Science from Scientists, San Francisco Bay area

Science from Scientists seeks part-time instructors for Summer 2020 and through the academic year September 2020 - May 2021. We are a non-profit organization with a mission to teach and inspire the next generation to identify and solve real-world problems by improving STEM literacy.


Role and responsibilities
  • Co-lead 3-8 grade classes with up to 30 students through curriculum-guided activities
  • Instruct and monitor students through the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Required: STEM undergraduate; teaching experience recommended
  • STEM undergraduate and/or master’s degree required
  • Inclusive and collaborative work culture
  • Professional development opportunities around teaching STEM in diverse communities
  • Flexible schedule
  • Network with STEM professionals around the Bay Area
  • Earn $25/hour
  • Travel mileage compensated

Job type: Full-time and part-time
Posted: 2/20/2020 Deadline for applications: 4/1/2020

Postdoctoral Associate in Biology Education Research
BSCS Science Learning in (Colorado Springs, CO)

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral associate in biology education research at BSCS Science Learning in Colorado Springs, CO. The successful candidate will work as a researcher, curriculum writer, and teacher educator on genetics education research projects. The associate will serve as a researcher on NSF-funded projects led by Dr. Brian M. Donovan, who will serve as the associate’s postdoctoral advisor. The Postdoctoral Associate will be appointed for a two-year period with the possibility of extension for one additional year.

A postdoctoral associate position at BSCS is a mentored apprenticeship. Postdoctoral associates play a significant role in research, instructional materials development, and/or professional learning projects and engage in a customized postdoctoral learning program with the mentorship of a BSCS research scientist. BSCS provides postdoctoral associates with a salary, full benefits, and an annual budget for professional development and participation in academic conferences. At the completion of a postdoctoral associate appointment, an individual will have acquired additional understanding and abilities required for a research and/or development career in science education and will have authored additional publications and other scholarly works. In collaboration with their mentor, every postdoctoral associate develops a professional development plan with a set of specific goals for the period of their appointment. BSCS research scientists will also provide postdoctoral associates with mentorship in grant writing, manuscript writing, and presentation skills. Postdoctoral associates often serve as mentors to research assistants and associates.

See full job announcement for more information and application details.


Required qualifications
  • Ph.D. in science education or ABD;
  • bachelor’s degree in biology or equivalent, with significant understanding of human genetics.
Desired qualifications
  • knowledge of the relevant educational literature, which includes inductive learning, argumentation, model-based reasoning, contrasting cases, genetic essentialism, implicit person theories, and genetics education research;
  • strong skills in two or more of the following areas: curriculum writing, in-service teacher professional development, mixed-methods research.
  • coursework in population genetics or multifactorial genetics.
Essential qualities and abilities
  • a commitment to improving science education;
  • strong internal motivation;
  • flexibility and openness to learning;
  • ability and desire to work collaboratively, to be mentored, to work independently, and to mentor younger researchers;
  • project management, time management, communication, and writing skills.

Job type Full-time, internship/fellowship
Posted 2/6/2020 Deadline for applications 2/20/2020

Penn State Director of Office of Science Outreach
Office of Science Outreach
Penn State University - Eberly College of Science (University Park, PA)

The Penn State Eberly College of Science’s Office of Science Outreach is seeking a creative, dynamic professional who has a passion for science and creating unforgettable science experiences for the public to fill the position of Director. The Director of the Office of Science Outreach reports directly to the Associate Dean of Administration and manages a team of four staff members. Primary responsibilities include: Providing strategic direction and setting goals for college outreach programs; managing a budget of ~$250K; developing, implementing, and managing outreach program offerings and broader impact initiatives in collaboration with faculty and partnering units; interpreting and administering outreach policies and procedures and conducting analyses; and supervising, hiring, and training full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff and students.

Job type Full-time

Required qualifications: Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. The successful candidate will possess exemplary organizational, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills, and have experience managing budgets, writing grants, and hiring and supervising staff in multiple capacities.

Posted 1/9/2020 Deadline for applications: 1/22/2020

Counselor/Teaching Assistant
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)
Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. (California or New York)

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., is seeking undergraduate students or recent graduates to be counselors and teaching assistants for a summer program that gives everyone a chance to excel in mathematics. During summer 2020, we will run residential programs on college campuses in Upstate New York and Southern California, and day programs in New York City and Los Angeles.

At both programs, you'll create a vibrant social experience for kids who are discovering for the first time that there are other people who like doing mathematics; you'll also be a TA for classes on topics such as number theory, combinatorics, problem solving, and computer science. At our residential program, counselors will also live with the students in the campus dorms. Be a role model and guide for students who are just beginning to set their educational path!

The day programs are in New York City and Los Angeles, and the residential programs are in Upstate New York and Southern California.

Job type Internship/fellowship

Required qualifications: Counselors must be strong mathematically, be reliable, and take initiative. They should be charismatic and able to help the kids have fun. All counselors must be at least 18 years old by the beginning of the program, and we hire undergraduates and recent graduates.

Posted 1/8/2020 Deadline for applications 2/27/2020

Instructor for summer math program for under-served middle schoolers
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)
Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc. (California or New York)

This summer, change the lives of underserved students with exceptional potential in math.

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), a project of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., is seeking instructors for a program that gives everyone a chance to excel in mathematics. Faculty teach their own courses to bright middle school students from low-income and historically marginalized communities. Ideal faculty candidates include college or university professors with strong teaching backgrounds, and middle or high school teachers with strong mathematics backgrounds. Junior faculty positions are also available for graduate students and early career teachers, and we encourage applications from other professionals with an interest in math education.

During summer 2020, we will run residential programs at college campus in upstate New York and Southern California, and day programs in New York City and Los Angeles.

Residential Program (BEAM Summer Away):
Compensation: $5,000 for four weeks (or $3,300 for junior faculty such as graduate students or early-career teachers), plus room, board, and a transportation stipend. Location: Bard College and Union College, both located a few hours out of NYC, and Harvey Mudd College in Southern California. Our students, all from low-income and historically marginalized communities in New York City and Los Angeles, will be discovering a new environment in these idyllic settings.
For more information and the application, contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at

Qualifications: Ideal faculty candidates include college or university professors with strong teaching backgrounds, and middle or high school teachers with strong mathematics backgrounds. Junior faculty positions are also available for graduate students and early career teachers, and we encourage applications from other professionals with an interest in math education.

Job type Temporary internship/fellowship
Posted 1/8/2020 Deadline for applications 3/9/2020

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