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Life Sciences Coordinator

The Life Sciences Coordinator will assume a critical role on a small team that produces and leads the Museum’s educational and public programs in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Responsible for conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and facilitating programming in the life sciences.
  • Programs include drop-in labs and hands-on experiences for museum visitors in its makerspace, learning labs, and galleries; workshops for middle and high school classes; out-of-school time programs for youth and teens; and evening classes for adults.
  • Will spend roughly half the time on program planning and development and half on teaching and facilitating programs.

Qualifications & Skills


  • Undergraduate degree in the life sciences or related field.
  • Two years’ experience teaching in formal/informal settings.
  • Familiarity with life science lab tools/techniques, including those used in cell biology, microbiology, microscopy, and biomaking spaces.
  • Initiative; excellent organizational, research, computing, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Support for Museum’s commitment to equitable access to STEAM for all.
  • Flexibility; openness to change; ability to collaborate in a team-oriented environment with colleagues and partners within the museum and across the MIT and Cambridge communities.
  • Ability to work in an ever-changing, public-facing museum environment.
  • Project and budget management skills; ability to plan, prioritize, and implement project activity and budget tracking systems and meet deadlines in an agile environment.
  • Experience and comfort using new technologies, tools, and laboratory equipment.


  • Graduate degree.
  • Experience in program development or event production at the intersection of art and science and/or STEAM-focused programs.
  • Relevant work experience in the life sciences or bioengineering.

Working conditions: lifting/moving weights of up to 40 pounds, and remaining active for two-hour periods.

This position is not eligible for regular hybrid work, due to the expectation that the employee will be on-site to conduct all programs. The schedule is Tuesday through Saturday with some evening work.

This position is grant-funded for four years.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources Site. This role is a pay scale 6.