Coordinator for Improvisational Science Communication Training Activities

Contact Information
Bryan Evans
677 E12th Ave. Suite 500
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 4:17pm
Open Until Filled: 
Open until filled, review begins on: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 4:17pm
Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
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The office for Research and Innovation seeks a creative, articulate and intrinsically-motivated graduate student who wishes to join a team of professionals working to improve science communication skills among University of Oregon researchers. The coordinator will both participate in training activities designed for members of the UO research community and provide administrative and event planning support. Qualified applicants will have strong communications and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work independently.

Job duties may include any of the following types of projects:

  • Lead and participate in Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science training.
  • Assist with providing workshops and training sessions at the University of Oregon for diverse groups of participants including undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the sciences.
  • Provide administrative support for training sessions.
  • Work closely with supervisor to plan and coordinate training activities.
  • Assist in preparation of training materials (e.g., handouts, presentations, website content).
  • Communicate information related to training activities to participants. 
  • Provide support for outreach activities (e.g., prepping researchers for pub talks, science cafes and media opportunities).
  • Assist with promoting science communication activities internally and with local and regional media outlets.
  • Assist in documenting trainings and evaluating the effectiveness of science communication training efforts (e.g., drafting and administering surveys, photography and videography).

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Background and training in theatre arts practice and pedagogy.
  • Ph.D. candidate in Theatre Arts
  • A positive attitude and enthusiasm for science communication.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, well-developed interpersonal skills and customer service orientation.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a team to achieve shared goals.
  • The desire and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • Multi-media skills are highly valued.
  • Event planning skills.
Application Procedure: 

Candidates should send letters of application explaining how this position complements their professional development goals and graduate degree program and describing their experiences that may be particularly relevant. Please include a current resume.

Submit to: Lewis Taylor, Communications Director, Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, (link sends e-mail).

Our General Duties and Responsibilities Statement (GDRS), which includes our general appointment/reappointment process and criteria, is available online.

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