Department of Physics & Astronomy
Planetarium Show Specialist
Ball State University
Ball State University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy is welcoming applications for a Planetarium Show Specialist. Under the direction of the planetarium director, perform specialized activities and provide overall support and guidance in the day-to-day operations of the facility and equipment, including serving as a presenter and content creator for various programs, shows and activities.
The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University is an immersive, state-of-the-art facility with a 16-m dome and a HYBRID projector system. The planetarium utilizes a GOTO CHRONOS II star projector and a RSA Cosmos digital 4K system. The Brown Planetarium also hosts multiple work stations and a production dome (the Fulldome Media Lab) used to produce original planetarium shows and content.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in astronomy, physics, earth and space science or related field. Experience in a planetarium, science center, or similar informal education institution delivering programs in a planetarium or related setting. Combination of the following: comfortable conversing with both individuals and groups of various sizes, knowledge of and/or ability to learn basic astronomy and space science concepts; computer programming or planetarium software programming experience; interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; exceptional oral and written communication skills; knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, software and equipment; ability to meet schedules and timelines; knowledge of record-keeping techniques; ability to work independently with little direction.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in astronomy, physics, earth and space science or related field. Two years’ experience in a planetarium, science center, or similar informal education institution delivering programs in a planetarium setting. Combination of the following: knowledge of principles of planetarium operation and management; knowledge of operation of technical equipment related to planetarium use; knowledge of dramatic and theatrical techniques related to planetarium programming.
Apply online at: http://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/25293. Include the following documents with your application: resume, “Other”, and cover letter addressed to Dayna Thompson. Under “Other” in the Applicant Documents section, please include sample of work (planetarium show script, activity write-up, etc.). The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
The salary range for this position is $36,000.00-$44,000.00. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through July 15, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.
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