Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute
that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most
innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We
thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are
passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse
LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave
Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilledOutreach Internto
join its team. LIGO Laboratory is a National Science Foundation
major facility dedicated to observing the newly discovered
gravitational-wave universe. Jointly operated by the California
Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
the LIGO Laboratory operates world-leading observatories near
Richland, WA and Baton Rouge, LA as well as R&D centers on the
Caltech and MIT campuses. The LIGO Laboratory's mission spans a
broad and vibrant array of activities related to gravitational-wave
physics and astronomy, including detector operations, R&D
toward detector improvements, gravitational-wave astrophysics,
observatory operations, and education and public outreach.
For more information, please visit the Laboratory website
This position is located in Richland, WA.
Life at LIGO Hanford Observatory as a Caltech Employee
LIGO's observatory in the shrub-steppe of Eastern Washington is
an approximately 20-minute commute from Richland, WA., where it is
located on the edge of the Department of Energy Hanford
Site.Caltech employs a staff of 49 at the Hanford observatory.
Caltech has an extraordinary science impact across many fields. Its
small size creates a community where innovation and collaboration
are the norm. Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
for NASA, the leading US center for the robotic exploration of the
Solar System. Caltech also operates large-scale research facilities
such as the Palomar and Keck Observatories.
Caltech HR diversity page:
Caltech and LIGO Laboratory's goal is to build a world-class,
diverse workforce and support an inclusive environment that
encourages professional development and offers top-notch benefits.
Our talented staff, who work at the Caltech campus, or one of our
Observatories, come from a variety of fields. Positions include
scientists, engineers, information technology staff, outreach
professionals, managers, writers, business professionals, and
administrative staff. We are deeply committed to encouraging people
of all backgrounds to apply for these opportunities. Our experience
has demonstrated that the broader the styles, characteristics,
backgrounds, and abilities of our staff-in other words, the more
diverse our team is-the greater potential we have for success.
Caltech is an equal opportunity employer.
LIGO Laboratory is committed to being a welcoming place for
everyone regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender
identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin,
disability, age, or veteran status.
LIGO seeks a highly motivated and skilled Outreach Intern to
join its team. Interns will spend time both with outreach and
scientific staff facilitating the growth of their communication, as
well as technical, knowledge and skills. Outreach interns assist
EPO staff in leading outreach activities such as field trips, STEM
nights, and classroom activities. In addition to assisting with
current outreach activities interns use their creativity and
knowledge to design new lessons, activities, and programs. When not
assisting with outreach activities interns have the opportunity to
work on project with one of several groups on site such as the
electrical engineering lab or the computer science group. Interns
are expected to work approximately 10 hours a week during school
and 40 hours per week during the summer. Schedules are flexible and
will take into account other commitments interns may have.
Occasional nights and weekends may be required. Due to COVID
interns are currently working remotely, but when it is safe work
will be on-site at the LIGO Hanford Observatory and at local
Candidate should be currently pursuing an undergraduate degree
for one of the following fields of study: education, engineering,
computer science, or physics.
Previous experience working with K-12 students and/or the
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran
status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Caltech is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative
action employer and will, whenever possible, actively recruit and
include for employment members of underrepresented minority groups,
females, disabled veterans, protected veterans, and otherwise
qualified persons with disabilities. Caltech will hire, transfer,
and promote based on the qualifications of the individual to ensure
equal consideration and fair treatment of all.