Senior Researcher

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The Senior Researcher oversees in-house evaluation and research efforts for various exhibit development and learning research projects and museum programs.  Responsibilities include leading, designing and implementing in-house research and evaluation projects; coordinating activities directly with project teams and with outside evaluators and consultants; training and supervising staff and volunteer evaluators; and generating written reports and articles. The Senior Researcher is expected to present project findings at conferences and professional meetings, and to develop and write the research and evaluation portion of proposals. The position reports to the Manager of Visitor Research and Evaluation.



  • Lead, design, oversee, and implement in-house research and evaluation plans for designated projects and programs, including learning research and front-end, formative and remedial evaluation studies
  • Work with project leadership to define project research and evaluation goals; derive, share and discuss research and evaluation results; identify implications of findings for the project and the larger informal learning field, if appropriate
  • Act as principal liaison between the Exploratorium and outside project evaluation consultants
  • Train and supervise volunteers and staff who perform evaluation and research tasks
  • Oversee the documentation of, and where appropriate, document project process and results, including the creation of written reports and journal articles
  • Represent the Exploratorium and present research and evaluation findings at conferences and other professional meetings
  • Lead the development and writing of research and evaluation proposals
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in science education, learning sciences or related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience in evaluation and research, preferably in museum or informal education environments
  • Minimum one year supervision experience
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with or leading project teams
    Excellent analytical abilities
  • Demonstrated writing skills, preferably in published form
  • Experience with writing competitive proposals in informal science learning
  • Experience studying how people engage with and learn complex systems and/or phenomena preferred
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary R&D teams preferred
  • Excellent communications skills



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to utilize a computer and general office equipment
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, and the ability to work on site, in shared indoor spaces with staff and museum visitors while masked.



This position is open until filled



This is a regular, full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt non-union position that includes benefits. The salary range for this role $ $99,450 to $109,200 DOE. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

Condition of Employment: Willingness and ability to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required. All medical or sincerely held religious belief exemptions regarding vaccination status will be considered.

The Exploratorium is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and values diversity, inclusion, and respect.  We welcome and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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