Community Engagement Student Assistant

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as virology, advanced multi-scale fluorescence and electron microscopy, metabolism and regenerative biology. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity:

Community engagement at the Morgridge Institute is linked with our mission to spark scientific curiosity and to serve society in partnership with UW-Madison. For us, “community” includes students, teachers, researchers, and the public, which means that our work isn’t limited to a laboratory:

  • We build programs designed to inspire the next generation of fearless scientists.
  • We support educators working to enrich their STEM classrooms.
  • We provide professional training to prepare well-rounded early-career researchers.

We will be hiring one or more student assistants to begin as soon as possible and to continue throughout the spring, summer, and fall terms, potentially until the student’s graduation. Community Engagement Student Assistants will assist in all phases of the development and delivery of the experiences to K-12 audiences and the general public within the Discovery Building in the Town Center and Teaching Labs, off-site at area community centers and schools, over the summer at the Summer Science Camp, and some virtual experiences. In addition to assisting in preparing for live experiences and delivering the content, this position will assist in lab management.

Duties include assisting in all aspects of our programming, such as setting up the teaching labs in preparation for field trips, teaching field trips and coordinating classroom management, traveling off-site and teaching during afterschool programs (especially Mondays between 2:00-5:00pm), assisting with lab management, and staying overnight in campus dorms to supervise the Summer Science Camp for about three weeks during the summer. These positions will be taking place in-person. Weekend and evening hours may be required. Daytime on-site weekday availability required. This position will also collaborate with the Wisconsin Science Festival and Science Expeditions.  Relevant experience is a plus, but not required, and training will be provided.


Candidate must be a UW-Madison student. The ideal candidate will have experience with science communication, public speaking, teaching, or research. Must demonstrate great attention to detail, be able to work with minimal supervision, and conduct oneself in a professional manner.

Requirements for the position include the ability to handle multiple tasks while prioritizing and meeting deadlines, effective oral and written communication skills and strong customer service skills are a plus. This candidate should be able to effectively work in-person at the Discovery Building, on-campus, and off-campus in the Madison metropolitan area. We are seeking individuals who are committed to working a minimum of 10-15 hours per week during the school semesters with possibly more hours available during the summer.

In order to insure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

To apply:

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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