Communications Support Assistant

Washington, United States
09 Sep 2019
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09 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

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Job Summary

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled Communications Support Assistant to join its team. LIGO is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current generation of advanced interferometers came on line in 2015 and shortly afterwards LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first observation of the birth of a black hole; this achievement led to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to its founders. LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operating as a single, phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. Concurrent to observatory operations, the Laboratory maintains a vigorous R&D program, primarily centered at the Caltech and MIT campuses, to further enhance the capabilities of the LIGO detectors. For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at http: \\

Outreach interns assist with field trips and tours of the LIGO Hanford facility. Occasional assistance may also be required for off-site activities such as STEM nights. 

This position will be located in Hanford, WA.

Job Duties

  • Interns will work directly with the outreach team
  • They will be responsible for assisting with field trips, interacting with guests, and designing activities and lessons for students
  • Interns are also expected to spend some time working with the scientist and engineers to get a better understanding of the detector

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidate should be currently in school for one of the following fields of study: education, engineering, computer science, or physics

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with students and the public

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • References Letter(s) Min 1 letter, Max 3 letters