Coordinator of Scientific Communications/Community Engagement, FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute

Florida Atlantic University Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute
Jupiter, Florida
$54,840 + benefits
Closing date
Jan 2, 2023
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The Coordinator of Scientific Communications and Community Engagement position is intended to provide training in community education, outreach, and communication to add skills outside of, but complementary to, the scope of a traditional science research fellowship. Working under the direction of the Director of Community Engagement and Programming of the Florida Atlantic University Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute (, the selected applicant will receive a postdoctoral level appointment in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and will provide direct support to the Institute’s communications activities and community education programs, including ASCEND and MobileMinds programs (; develop relationships with educators and administrators in area schools and community centers; assist in managing ASCEND fellows, program volunteers, and program participants; and develop activities, lessons, and curriculum that enhance community awareness and education of neuroscience topics, with program audiences ranging from middle school students to adult and senior learner communities.  Applicant will also work closely with the Director of the MobileMinds Program to help deliver educational programming to Title I schools and disadvantaged communities.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist the Director of ASCEND and Director of MobileMinds programs in administration of community engagement programs.
  • Utilize training and expertise in neuroscience to develop hands-on activities and lessons appropriate for middle school students.
  • Communicate neuroscience concepts effectively on a level that is digestible for a lay audience.
  • Oversee social and digital media activities that communicate the promise and progress of brain research at the Institute.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in the Life Sciences (neuroscience familiarity desired but not required).
  • Experience participating in education and community programs as part of a university or research organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate and communicate science to diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with and serve as a liaison between academic personnel, community leaders, and the public.  
  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to create and maintain partnerships that benefit the institute and further its mission.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Experience creating and posting to social media, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Multiple years of experience in outreach and program development as a student or employee.
  • Experience teaching or making presentations to K-12 and higher education audiences.
  • Experience using photo/video editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Experience creating and updating social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok.
  • Ability to build, manage, and lead an effective work team comprised of employees, students, and volunteers.

About the FAU Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute: The Institute supports research, education and community outreach, with efforts spanning all of the FAU campuses. The Brain Institute administrative home is on the FAU MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida that also houses the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and the Scripps Florida Research Institute. The Brain Institute supports state-of-the-art research and innovative educational activities of more than 100 neuroscience faculty-level investigators located at FAU and affiliate research centers, and is the sponsor for the FAU Neuroscience Student Organization.  Collectively, we seek to unlock the secrets of brain development, function, and plasticity; and how the mechanisms uncovered can be compromised to drive devastating brain disorders such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Efforts of the Brain Institute involve the recruitment and resourcing of top-flight neuroscience researchers, the development of neuroscience research infrastructure to permit cutting-edge research among FAU faculty and students, the distribution of the fruits of research for the betterment of human health, and the organization of community outreach initiatives to educate the next generation of neuroscientists and dispel the stigma associated with many brain disorders. The FAU Brain Institute developed and oversees several outreach and education programs for the community. More information about our community programs can be found at In November 2022, the Brain Institute Research Office and Institute-sponsored researchers will relocate to a new, state-of-the art, 72,000 sq. ft. STEM building on the Jupiter campus.

About FAU: Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions, and terminations.

Applicants: Please send CV and letter of interest to We will be at Neuroscience 2022 in San Diego! Visit us at poster 022.01 during the Neuroscience Outreach and Education session on Nov. 12 from 1-5 pm and/or email us to schedule an in-person meeting!

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