ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND
Since its founding at the 1964 – 65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people — children, teachers and families — by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development programs, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives. NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 80 full time and over 60 part time staff.

DEPARTMENT ROLE
The Research and Development Division has direct responsibility for creating “creative, participatory” learning experiences that “galvanize [the] curiosity: of children, families, and teachers. The research team aspires to be a learning community, and to contribute to NYSCI as a learning community, through openness, curiosity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create an informed environment through internal communications and participation in external networks.

FUNCTION
Will lead on-site data collection and assist with ongoing research projects, including digital resources and products.

WORK SCHEDULE
This position requires research with human subjects on the museum premises on a regular basis with the opportunity for some analytical work to be completed remotely.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Revise research protocols with project co-PIs and PIs.
  • Coordinate with NYSCI personnel to recruit participants for studies, and obtain participant consent in accordance with associated IRB protocol.
  • Manage on-site exhibit equipment used in research (turning on exhibit system, rebooting and consulting with developers if exhibit fails to run properly, turning on audiovisual recording system, working with NYSCI IT department to ensure that log files and other recordings get uploaded to research server).
  • Collect observational data during participants’ use of research exhibits.
  • Conduct exit interviews and administer surveys after participants’ use of research exhibit.
  • Conduct grounded coding and analyses of audio, video, observational, text and artifact data.
  • Participate in writing up analyses.
  • Integrate findings into one or more academic research papers.
  • Other duties as necessary.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None
   
QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Must possess (or be working toward) a terminal degree in Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, or other relevant areas of study. Must have written (or plans to write) a thesis.
   
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
At least 5 years of experience with analyzing qualitative and (optionally) quantitative data. Has experience conducting studies from start to finish. Has strong academic writing skills. Has prior experience with research at a science center, children’s museum, or other informal STEM learning institution. Has experience conducting research with digital experiences. Has contributed to publications in relevant areas of study and has attended/presented at related conferences and workshops. Can work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. Knowledge: Commitment to the philosophy and mission of NY Hall of Science. Passion and knowledge about the use of technology to support creative, engaged learning. Skilled in generating reports, disseminating the results of surveys (descriptive and inferential analyses) and interview data, and dynamically displaying findings. Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications. Proficient with a range of qualitative and mixed methods research software. Proficient in applying user centered design processes (e.g., focus groups, interviews, and participatory design sessions) to refine the development of educational programs and technologies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Background in education or teaching is a plus.
     
COMPENSATION
$35.00 per hour, 20 hours per week.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nysci.org. Please include the job title in the subject line. No phone calls.

The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.

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