job: Sr Science Educator/Education Researcher – Exploratorium (San Francisco)

Location: San Francisco, CADepartment: Institute for InquiryType: Full TimeMin. Experience: Experienced

The Senior Science Educator/Education Researcher position is designed for a researcher and practitioner interested in working in an informal education setting to research and provide teacher professional learning experiences. This position will be engaged as a core part of the Institute for Inquiry (IFI) team, involved in all aspects of planning, designing and implementing IFI professional learning workshops and institutes. The Senior Science Educator/Education Researcher will also play a leadership role in designing and conducting research to better understand and document key dimensions, strategies, and impacts of IFI’s professional learning programs.

The products of this research are expected to include peer-reviewed publications as well as constructive input for IFI staff to improve program design and delivery. The position requires a researcher-educator with a history of working in close collaboration with practitioners, using design-based research or similar methods involving iterative implementation of educational improvements, informed equally by research and practice. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, highly organized person with excellent science teaching, research and writing skills. The Senior Science Educator/Education Researcher reports to the Director of the Institute for Inquiry.

The Institute for Inquiry is a national professional learning center within the Exploratorium’s Institute for Research and Learning. Its programming focuses on two main strands: developing inquiry-based professional learning experiences focused on the next generation science education reform efforts and collaborating with local school districts to experiment with professional learning experiences for creating discourse-rich K-5 science classrooms for linguistically diverse student populations. IFI’s programs are tailored to a variety of audiences who serve elementary teachers—professional developers, administrators, teachers, national education reform leaders, and museum and university educators—and consist of workshops, seminars, forums, teacher research groups, publications and on-line professional learning curricula and resources. IFI’s work is developed locally at the Exploratorium and disseminated broadly through regional, national, and international partnerships.


Develop, in coordination and collaboration with the IFI team and director, a research agenda specific to teachers with high numbers of second language learners, and/or professional learning for professional developers. This work is expected to advance theory, inform program design, and document impacts of the program.
Develop research project proposals, with assistance from Exploratorium program and grants development staff, to develop and fund a program of research for IFI.
Publish and present research findings in peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences.
Grow and manage IFI’s assets and infrastructure for research, coordinating with other institutional research efforts in the development of efficient systems, and technical resources.
Collaborate with the IFI team to design, organize, and deliver a variety of inquiry-based workshops and institutes.
Develop tools for inquiry-based science activities and learning experiences that are appropriate for elementary educators. This includes written descriptions, video and web-based development and dissemination.
Collaborate on the conceptual development and design of new projects.
Communicate and represent the vision, goals, and activities of IFI within the museum, to other organizations, and to the professional development field.
Additional duties as assigned.


PhD in science education or the learning sciences, or equivalent, and five (5) years’ experience providing inquiry-based science professional learning programs for K-5 educators, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge about cognitive and socio-cultural research in the domain of scientific teaching and learning.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of audiences (students, K-5 educators, district leadership, scientists, and educational leaders) and participants of diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
Conversant with current science education reform trends, including policy, research and professional learning design.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team of scientists and highly experienced science educators.
Demonstrated project management ability, including grant proposal development and grant reporting. Experience in a leadership role on a large NSF or equivalent STEM education project preferred.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and extended hours during periods of intense activity, and travel to workshops and conferences both locally and nationally.


Open until filled.

This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt union position that includes benefits. To apply, please send cover letter and resume.

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