Thursday, September 27, 2012

Astronomy Education Support Scientist at Sonoma State, CA

Sonoma State University's Education and Public Outreach group is seeking
to hire an Education Support Scientist to support several different NASA
Space Science missions, and an online college curriculum in Cosmology.
Master's degree in Physics or Astronomy plus 5 years of relevant E/PO
experience is required. Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy or a related field
is preferred. Astronomical observing and data analysis experience
required. Desirable computer software and web-programming skills include
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); programming in a higher
level language such as C or C++ and experience in web programming using
HTML, PHP, MySQL, Java and/or Flash. Knowledge of high-energy
astrophysics, cosmology and experimental design desired.

Major Duties:  Working independently under general direction, the incumbent supports the E/PO project director in creating educational materials and website information. Aids in the facilitation of E/PO events, including conducting online and face-to-face workshops for educators and classroom students.  Conduct astronomical observations and analyze data from E/PO group telescopes and satellites.

Job Tasks include but are not limited to:
- Write educator's guides and other educational material for use in classrooms, workshops and dissemination to the public
- Conduct formative tests of educational materials with students
- Develop new workshop materials and activities based on space science and technology
- Provide support for E/PO educational ambassadors and required NASA reporting
- Perform observations and data analysis using Sonoma State's 14-inch telescope
- Present workshops at science educator conferences and to informal education groups
- Support upgrades of group websites.
- Train students to analyze photometry data from the group's telescope.

To see more information about this job, please go to then External
Applicants, then Position 103489