The MIT Comm Lab is excited to kick off our first-ever IAP workshop series on public scicomm, and seeks an MIT graduate student or postdoc educational assistant:

The educational assistant will co-teach a 5-part IAP workshop series (held over Zoom) in which graduate students and postdocs will learn how to communicate effectively with the public about their research and other technical topics. This person will work closely with the workshop series’ lead instructor. Candidates should be experienced in science communication, teaching, and oral communication about technical topics with a variety of audiences.

Responsibilities and Activities

The workshop series will teach communication skills including developing an understanding of an audience, identifying and shaping impactful messages, crafting a narrative, and choosing appropriate language. The series will culminate in participants practicing and delivering a presentation about their research or another technical topic to a public audience, either via a live (virtual) talk or via a pre-recorded video.

The educational assistant’s activities will include:

  • Learning science communication curriculum for the workshop series, which was originally developed by RELATE at the University of Michigan to teach researchers to communicate with lay audiences about technical topics through the combination of training and practice
  • Assisting the lead instructor with delivery of 5 x 2-hour workshop sessions, including lecturing, facilitating activities and discussion, and giving feedback on students’ communication
  • Assisting with administration for the workshop series, including advertising, email communication with students and panelists, moderating and recording Zoom workshop sessions, and course website maintenance
  • Approx. 50 hours of work, mainly between December 2020 and February 2021

 Desired Qualifications

  • Current MIT graduate student or postdoc in a STEM field
  • Experience with coaching, training, and/or teaching science/technical communication
  • Experience with oral science communication with lay audiences

Compensation

  • $20/hour

To apply, please send to cl-director@mit.edu a current CV/resume and a written statement of up to 500 words describing your qualifications, including past activities in science communication and teaching, and why you are interested in this position. Application deadline is Monday, November 30. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

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