Science Education Fellow


Job Description

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has a national and international role in advancing biomedical research and science education. We have an exciting fellowship opportunity to contribute to the work of HHMI’s film production unit, Tangled Bank Studios, at the Institute’s headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD.


Tangled Bank Studios produces award-winning science documentary films for general audiences. In addition to the films, we develop an array of supporting resources, including websites, classroom activities, and outreach materials. The Science Education Fellow will play a key role in all these projects, ensuring that they meet high standards of scientific rigor and are engaging and accessible to various public audiences.


Candidates must have a strong science background, preferably in the field of ecology, conservation biology, or environmental science. Experience in science communication and participation in outreach activities is highly desirable. Candidates should be able to take initiative and work independently in a highly interactive team environment. The Fellow will be assigned to specific film projects, but also contribute to other ongoing projects on an as-needed basis. The tenure of the fellowship is one year with a possibility of renewal for an additional year.



Primary Responsibilities


  • In collaboration with film producers and the outreach manager, provide research guidance and support for film projects in development.
  • Identify relevant scientific research, salient story lines, scientists, and partnerships that support development of film projects and extend their reach and impact.
  • Work closely with all members of the project team, including producers, editors, scientific advisors, and graphics artists to ensure scientific accuracy of final products.
  • Review film cuts, scripts, and graphics for accuracy, incorporating comments from scientific advisors.
  • Collaborate with the Educational Media Group to initiate development of classroom materials, such as short films and activities, related to the film project.
  • Generate web content, such as articles and infographics, for promotion and engagement with the film online and via social media.


To apply, please click on the link below and submit the following application materials:


  1. a letter of application that includes a short paragraph explaining the interest in this position and a description of past science communication and/or outreach experience;
  2. a resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. three professional references; and
  4. (optional) a sample of scientific work for a lay audience (not a journal manuscript). This could be a classroom activity, a popular science article, a website, or any other materials for communicating science to the public. Please indicate your level of involvement and role in developing this resource.

Required Skills


Required Experience

  • An advanced degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or conservation biology preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating science to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills across multiple formats (written, verbal, and interpersonal).
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally.
  • Proficiency with MS Office is essential.
  • Knowledge of evaluation methods for science education, communication, and/or outreach a plus.

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