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Education and Outreach Programs Division

Learning Lab Instructor Position

Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) major research centers, is pleased to announce an opportunity for STEM professionals and educators to inspire and grow the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Educational Program’s Learning Center provides visiting middle and high school students with the opportunity to discover the scientist within them and their potential to become a STEM problem solver. Through our Learning Lab program, over 4,000 middle and high school students visit Argonne each year. Offering a highly-engaging and problem-focused experience, Learning Labs help students grow their science identities while immersing them in an authentic scientific exploration inspired by Argonne scientists and their work.

We are currently seeking two part-time Learning Lab Instructors to support Educational Programs in the implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning labs for 5th 12th grade students and teachers. Both positions are part-time. One is limited to a maximum of 1000 hours per year for a period not to exceed 3 years. The other is limited to 400 hours per year without a maximum number of years. When applying, please specify which position you would like to be considered for.

    Learning Lab Instructor Position

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and current resume.

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    Responsibilities

    • Implement established curricula for middle and high school Learning Labs by leading visiting students in the exploration of problems inspired by Argonne mission science.
    • Work closely with teachers to facilitate the onsite experience for visiting groups.
    • Provide logistical support for the setup of Learning Labs.
    • Provide feedback to the Learning Center team for the continuous improvement of the Learning Labs.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience

    • Knowledge and experience in STEM Education best practices (Next Generation Science Standards, scientific inquiry and problem-based learning).
    • Ability to implement student-centered teaching strategies.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Comfortable with technology in a laboratory setting and developing safe laboratory practices.
    • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, team-focused environment.

    Minimum Education/Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a STEM field or education.
    • Experience teaching in either a formal or informal environment is highly desirable.

    Additional Requirements

    • This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities for job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.