Communications Support Assistant

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Pasadena, CALIFORNIA


Posted: 22-Mar-24

Location: Pasadena, California

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 5122020

Communications Support Assistant
Job Category: Occasional
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible: Non-Benefit Based
Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.
Job Summary
Caltech/IPAC's Communication and Education (ICE) team is seeking a remote, limited term, occasional Communications Support specialist with a focus on multimedia development, social media, and writing for online and print media.
This position is ideal for a candidate with some experience in science communications, and either on-going or completed science communication training.
IPAC, part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech ( ), provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground.
ICE: our team provides strategic planning, development and programming in public outreach, formal and informal education programs, science visualization, graphic design, media relations, strategic and crisis communications, video, animation, website and applications development, planning and execution of STEM workforce pipeline development and more.
Who do we work with? Our partners and collaborators include other Workforce, Education, Public Outreach and Communications (WEPOC) specialists and teams, as well as a broad range of the science community including individual researchers, science collaborations, science projects, missions and centers. Our work includes people and projects both within IPAC, but also NASA and NSF projects, NASA centers including JPL and GSFC, Caltech, as well as public and private institutions across the U.S. and internationally.
Essential Job Duties
This is a fully-remote, occasional assignment.
With the ICE team, you will help develop multimedia and written products that help explain core concepts relevant to the missions and projects IPAC supports. Specific topics may include Dark Energy / Dark Matter, Black Holes, Spacetime, and more. Your contributions may include short explainer videos for the web and social media, short written introductory articles, and longer-form articles that explain basic astrophysics concepts.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.
  • Completed or on-going training in Science Communication.
  • Science writing experience for technical and/or general-public audiences.
  • Proficiency with video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or equivalent.
  • Experience working with a distributed team.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Beyond these basic qualifications, there are a set of skills and experiences which will add to your ability to contribute:
  • Experience specifically developing Astrophysics-themed content (written, multimedia, and/or social media.)
  • Strong teamwork, collaboration, verbal and written communication, along with demonstrated creativity and problem-solving capabilities.
  • A passion for science communication and community engagement.

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents
  • Writing sample.
  • Video production sample.

People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. Caltech's benefits program offers a quality, competitive benefits package that is affordable for you and the Institute. We also offer a 403(b) defined contribution plan to eligible staff as well as a Voluntary Retirement Savings (TDA) Plan. IPAC staff have access to the Institute's facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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