Job: Science Lab Instructor

Department: HQ – Headquarters


Location: Washington, DC

The Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE) is Carnegie Science’s K-12 education arm and is housed within the institution’s headquarters. We have an exciting opportunity for a Science Lab Instructor working in Washington, D.C.

CASE’s mission is to enhance the education of DC children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), through a variety of programs for students and their teachers, each with a common goal: to empower children to ask questions, sharpen their analytical skills, develop leadership and general life skills and broaden their educational and career horizons.

Since 1989 CASE programs has served more than 800 students and 1,000 teachers in DC. CASE’s STEM Kits program has trained 70 teachers have been trained and 1,500 students have developed skills to handle tools and equipment used in modern research laboratories. CASE was recently named Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)’s new partner. ABE is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery.

The Science Lab Instructor will train high school teachers in basic laboratory research techniques (using the ABE curriculum), assist in implementing the biotechnology program in schools, and support CASE’s education programs. This position is part-time for school year 2020-21, full-time in summer 2021, and may lead to full-time employment. Compensation based on experience.

Essential functions of this job may include but are not limited to:

Train teachers to run biotechnology program in their schools
● Prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active, hands-on learning based on ABE’s curriculum
● Instruct and monitor participants in the use of learning materials and equipment
● Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
● Maintain equipment and supplies in accordance with established lab protocols

Recruit and maintain relationships with current and prospective participants
● Communicate with program participants to build ongoing relationships with schools
● Attend outreach events to recruit program participants

Support CASE’s education programs
● Participate in team planning meetings
● Communicate necessary information regularly to participants and colleagues regarding participant progress and needs


Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM field or education, master’s degree in STEM field or education preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laboratory skills and concepts (required), Next Generation Science Standards (preferred), and Project-Based Learning (preferred)
  • Ability and demonstrated knowledge of establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective relationships, and working with individuals from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds
  • Experience in outreach, teaching in a school or out-of-school environment, and/or providing professional development preferred
  • Adaptable, able to think creatively and make decisions quickly, strategic problem solver, multi-tasker, organized, and goal oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Instructional, lab materials and equipment procurement experience preferred, but not required
  • Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume. Only applications with both cover letters and resumes will be considered. No phone or email inquiries please. 

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other protected group status.