Staff Scientist
Telus World of Science - Edmonton - Edmonton, AB

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The Staff Scientist is responsible to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate a wide variety of informal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning opportunities (e.g. interpretive programs, presentations, courses, camps, interactive exhibits, shows, demonstrations) to increase science literacy (public awareness and understanding of STEM) and that support the achievement of TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWoSE) annual operating and long-term strategic goals and objectives, including attendance and revenue targets.

The Staff Scientist is responsible to ensure the accuracy, objectivity, relevancy and currency of all STEM information presented by/through TWoSE. The Staff Scientist is responsible to investigate, comprehend, translate and communicate STEM topics, subject matter and issues that are of interest and/or relevant to TWoSE diverse general public audiences in a manner that engages these audiences and increases their appreciation for and understanding of the topic(s).

The Staff Scientist will be a key scientific resource to the entire organization and will support TWoSE school programming team as required. The Staff Scientist may act as a scientific representative of TWOSE externally and will perform a variety of duties that are integral to meeting the goals and objectives of the organization.

The Staff Scientist reports directly to the Science Director.


  • Translation of scientific content for a diverse public audience to achieve the annual and long term strategies and goals of the organization. This includes but is not limited to:

o Investigate emerging trends, innovations, science news and external resources for potential learning opportunities.
o Provide plans, budget, conceptual design, development, staffing requirements and implementation of new learning opportunities.
o Provide scientific expertise to ensure and validate scientific accuracy in all programming areas (school & public).
o Evaluate and respond to visitor experience.

  • Responsible for the successful delivery of informal learning opportunities. This includes but is not limited to:

o Develop area specific operating procedures and practices and monitor maintenance/repairs of equipment and science tools for safe and effective delivery of programs.
o Ensure program staff are fully knowledgeable and competent to deliver TWOSE programs to organizational and safety standards. Includes scheduling, supervising, training, evaluating and coordinating paid and volunteer staff.
o Identify and utilize internal and external resources to meet goal and objectives of the organization.
o Manage and control expenditures relating to duties and responsibilities.

  • Represent TWOSE as a key scientific resource externally as well as within the organization.

o Represent TWOSE at professional functions, meetings, science fairs and media events.
o Serve as scientific resource to staff, public and media by providing science translation to a diverse public audience.

  • Other duties as may be required.


Knowledge and Abilities
The incumbent will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in one or more of the key target areas of STEM.
  • Ability to communicate general and discipline–specific science and technical information effectively to diverse audiences (science translation).
  • Initiative to proactively remain current on science news and topics.
  • Proven team leadership experience and ability to contribute positively to team activities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill.
  • Ability to work independently and assume responsibility and accountability in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

Education and Experience

  • M.Sc. or higher in science, technology, engineering or mathematics related discipline.

o BSc with postgraduate Certification in Science Communication with extensive related work experience may be considered.

  • Proven accomplishment in scientific research an asset.
  • Previous experience planning, developing, and implementing informal learning programs an asset.

Note: A Security Clearance Check is a condition of employment for successful candidates. Must be completed prior to commencement of work and is the financial responsibility of the candidate.

$61,261.01 - $72,758.86 based on 2013 Collective Agreement

75 hours bi-weekly

OPENING DATE: July 17,2013

CLOSING DATE: Until suitable candidate is found

TELUS World of Science – Edmonton - 11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 4A1
Attention: Manager, Human Resources

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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TELUS World of Science - Edmonton inspires life-long learning as we create a positive science and technology culture in our region. We...