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Anticipated start date 4/1/17.
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The Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) is an interdisciplinary research organization dedicated to the study of early learning and brain development in childhood. The Institute has an opportunity for a Public Information Specialist responsible for 'translating' the leading-edge science of I-LABS into usable messages that will help constituents to promote early learning and brain development in children.
The primary work is development of professional development resources on early childhood development for the early learning community. In addition, incumbent may participate in special topic interactive webinars, and assist in the development of print (such as press releases or news articles) and electronic media (such as online courses), written articles, or interviews to communicate breaking scientific information to a broad audience. Finally, this position may work in partnership with groups in the community to provide original materials and feedback on third party materials concerning early learning and the brain.
The incumbent will possess a Ph.D. in developmental and/or neuroscience-related discipline, and have two-three years' experience speaking to/writing for a variety of audiences to communicate scientific material. In addition, expertise in the social and emotional development of children, cognitive development, or in developmental neuroscience highly desired.
Strong candidates will be able to synthesize and simplify complex scientific information while maintaining scientific legitimacy; have ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of environments; and have experience communicating to non-scientific audiences preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES 40% This position will be responsible for 'translating' the leading-edge science of I-LABS into written articles and usable messages that will help constituents to promote early linguistic, cognitive, social/emotional, and brain development in children. This will take the form of written articles, delivering lectures and webinars, hosting tours and/or giving interviews about early learning and the brain.
40% Develop materials and tools for the early learning professional development community. These will be integrated into the current professional development landscape through written and multimedia content for use in community college courses and other training programs. I-LABS partners with many groups and this position will also provide feedback and fact check for partners about the accuracy of their material on early learning and the brain. The incumbent will work with partnership groups by assisting with, for example, blogs and electronic news blasts, and by crafting materials and short articles that cover scientific discoveries.
10% Coordinate and manage requests for information by educators, the press, policymakers, healthcare professionals, educators and parent groups.
10% Assist in the development of print (such as press releases or news articles) and electronic media (such as web sites) to communicate breaking scientific information to a broad audience.
This is a fast-paced environment, requiring flexibility in both work scheduling and job content. Night and weekend work will occur.
Ph.D. in developmental and/or neuroscience-related discipline. Expertise in research on children's social and emotional development, cognitive development, or developmental neuroscience.
Ability to synthesize and simplify complex scientific information while maintaining scientific legitimacy.
Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people in a wide variety of environments.
Two-three years' experience speaking to/writing for a variety of audiences to communicate
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.scientific material.
Excellent interpersonal and speaking skills
Excellent time management skills
Ability to synthesize and write rapidly
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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