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MU Graduate assistantship:
LSEN Science Coordinator

Job Description 

This graduate assistantship (0.25FTE or 0.5FTE) will provide program support to the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network (LSEN). The Missouri LSEN, based at the University of Missouri Graduate School, is a partnership between MOST Policy Initiative and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that equips scientists and science enthusiasts to engage with decision-makers in Missouri. The person in this position will support evidence-based state and local policymaking in Missouri by finding and facilitating opportunities to elevate the role of science in policy conversations. We are looking for someone who is able to start this academic year (2021-22). This stipend for this position at 0.5FTE will be $25,000 for nine months ($12,500 for 0.25FTE), prorated based on the start date. 


Job Duties

  • Identify and track opportunities for scientists to engage with decision-makers statewide
  • Assist in program communications for the Missouri LSEN, such as writing press releases, blog posts and newsletter content and coordinating social media content
  • Organize and help facilitate monthly roundtable events
  • Edit Community Science Notes (short policy briefs) submitted by LSEN members; will also write notes, as needed 
  • Assist in member recruitment, as needed
  • Report to MOST Policy Initiative Director on a regular basis


Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic/research training or job experience related to one or more of the following topics: climate change, ecology/environment, health
  • Interest in science policy, communication, and/or outreach
  • Written or oral communication experience in translating science to a general audience



We are only recruiting current graduate students at the University of Missouri-Columbia for this position. Please visit the Graduate School website for graduate assistantship eligibility requirements. 


How to apply

Submit a resume/CV and cover letter to brittany@mostpolicyinitiative.org, with the subject “MU Grad Assistantship-[your last name],” as well as the name, email and phone number of two references. Applications must be submitted by October 29, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage interested applicants to apply right away. Contact Brittany Whitley, brittany@mostpolicyinitiative.org, with questions. 

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