Planetarium Assistant

Company Name:
Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University

Job Description:

The Fredric and Jean Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University seeks an assistant to assist with programming, planning, and organization of activities for the Edelman Planetarium.

Rowan University is a comprehensive state-designated research institution that is located in Glassboro, N.J. The centerpiece of its Science Hall is certainly the Edelman Planetarium. The theater projection system is a Digistar 6 SP2HD in a 40-foot dome with 102 seats, installed in 2018. It has a 5.1 audio system, a laser projection system from Laser Fantasy, and an “inset projector” for presentations and regular movies. The observatory features a 0.4-m telescope and a suite of CCD cameras.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Presents planetarium programs for college classes, schools, community groups, and the public;
Operates and maintains the planetarium technical equipment, including high-definition digital video projectors, network of three computers for the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 6 system, cove lighting system, and Laser Fantasy laser projector and computer;
Supervises and trains part-time student employees in planetarium operation;
Coordinates public outreach events and open houses in the observatory;
Produces planetarium shows and content;
Provides administrative assistance;
Works with students and club members on using planetarium equipment for special events;
Performs other duties assigned.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy or related field required;
One (1) year of professional experience (preferably in a planetarium, public outreach, or the equivalent);
Demonstrated ability to work with a wide-ranging age of visitors;
Excellent writing and speaking skills.
Preferred Skills:

Experience with telescopes preferred;
Experience producing planetarium shows or similar digital content preferred.
Other Qualifications:

Ability to communicate modern research in astronomy and physics to diverse audiences;
Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include weekends and evenings as needed.

Application Link:

Job Location:

Glassboro, NJ

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
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