ASM Public Outreach Fellow

American Society for Microbiology
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Post Date: Sep 13, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Masters
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: Oct. 23, 2017 or until filled
Location: US - District of Columbia - Washington
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The fellow will have the opportunity to explore a non-academic and non-research career that allows him/her to acquire knowledge and skills needed to successfully develop and execute public outreach programs. ASM has established a relationship with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to support Outbreak, Epidemics in a Connected World, an exhibit on viral zoonoses, which will open in May 2018. As part of that relationship, the fellow will work closely with the Education and Outreach team at NMNH to develop on-site and online public programming and resources, and volunteer coordination related to the exhibit. He/she will be physically located at the NMNH on the National Mall in Washington, DC, but will be expected to attend meetings at ASM headquarters on a weekly basis. The fellow will report to the National Outreach Program Manager at NMNH and the Public Outreach Manager at ASM.

Minimum of a Master’s degree in the life sciences, PhD preferred, with demonstrated expertise in emerging infectious diseases, virology, and/or zoonotic diseases

Paid or volunteer experience in informal science education, outreach, or communications with the general public; experience in a museum setting preferred

Experience developing and implementing programming and/or events for a public, non-specialist audience

Experience developing activities for informal science education

Experience in managing and working with volunteers

Fluency in spoken and written English

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and work effectively across multiple departments within two distinct organizations

Ability to research, synthesize and distill technical/scientific topics for a public audience

Ability to communicate with and teach individuals from diverse audiences and backgrounds

Ability to balance competing priorities and meet deadlines

Demonstrated organization skills and attention to detail

Ability to thrive in a collaborative, dynamic, fast-paced environment

Strong computer skills including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and online calendar and email systems, experience with graphics/image software preferred

Self-motivated and independent

Must be a member of the American Society for Microbiology.

Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

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