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Educational Initiatives Associate

At miniPCR, our mission is to foster a scientifically literate society. We broaden the reach of DNA analysis technologies and expand possibilities in STEM education. Our tools and programs create opportunities for everyone to engage in authentic scientific discovery and hands-on experimentation.

Overview

We are looking for a talented science educator to help spearhead international growth of the Genes in Space program, and to help grow our broader portfolio of science education initiatives. Genes in Space was created and is operated by miniPCR with a number of industry, academic, and education partners.

Genes in Space is a STEM challenge inviting middle and high school students to design a pioneering DNA analysis experiment for the International Space Station (ISS). Students design authentic research proposals to solve real-world problems, and the winning experiments are carried out by astronauts aboard the ISS using miniPCR™ technology. We are on our third annual cycle in the USA and have now piloted the contest internationally in the United Arab Emirates.

Opportunity

We are recruiting an Educational Initiatives Associate who will spearhead Genes in Space’s international expansion and help grow the broader set of miniPCR educational initiatives. You will help design and implement these initiatives from inception through their experimental conduct at the International Space Station, while also incubating new educational programs of key strategic importance to miniPCR. This is a unique opportunity to engage and inspire youth while working directly with miniPCR’s leadership team and corporate partners in a very entrepreneurial environment.

Skills and qualifications

Required qualifications are strong science background, experience in science education, ability to operate in an entrepreneurial setting, strong communication skills, and demonstrable project management experience.

In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Strong science background (Masters or PhD in molecular biology or related fields)
  • Familiarity with digital communication platforms (social media, web editors, digital marketing)
  • Teaching and science outreach experience, ideally at the high school or k-12 level.

Requirements

This is a full time role. Location is Boston (Harvard Launch Lab). There will be some travel to engage students and teachers in public workshops, promote our initiatives at educational conferences, and organize events at USA and international Genes in Space destinations.

How to apply

Qualified candidates should email their resume and cover letter to the miniPCR co-founder Sebastian Kraves.