Astrobiology and Planetary Science Research Assistant

SETI Institute is seeking a motivated, proactive, and dedicated research Assistant experienced in molecular biology.  The Research Assistant will work on the evolution and ecology of microbes living in modern analogs to early Earth environments in Yellowstone and New Zealand as well as in groundwater contamination plumes at NASA-Ames, an in forest ecosystems.  In addition, the Research Assistant will work in the area of synthetic biology helping to adapt these organisms to the areas of biofuels and environmental restoration.  Experiments will include but not be limited to DNA preps, PCR, cloning, and RT-PCR, as well as exploratory research involving methods such as chromosome walking, directed evolution, and expression cloning in yeast models. Ability to work independently with minimum supervision will be critical in this role. Secondary to the research tasks, the Research Assistant will assist with general laboratory maintenance, including washing glassware, performing lab safety inspections, and coordinating hazardous waste pick-up.  

System Administrator

The SETI Institute is currently looking for a full time Linux Systems Administrator to support our global research at our Mountain View Headquarters. The ideal candidate will have extensive Linux administration and troubleshooting experience within a Ubuntu- based environment. The position is also responsible for performing operational support and maintenance of Linux servers and systems.

Executive Assistant

The SETI Institute is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide high level administrative support to the President/CEO, and the Management team. The primary role of the Executive Assistant is to provide executive level support to the President/CEO by managing projects, schedules, events and tasks that will enable the President/CEO to focus on the business strategy. This role also serves as the liaison to the Board of Trustees, and is the primary point of contact for all matters relating to the Office of the Chief Executive.  In addition, this position will provide assistance to the Director of Education and Outreach, the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research, and other senior management staff. The Executive Assistant must enjoy working wih in an environment that is mission and result driven and be able to effectively and professionally communicate and interact with the Board of Trustees, NASA’s administrative departments, SETI scientists, the outside business community, and executives.  This is a highly visible position and requires impeccable organization, business judgement, verbal and written communication skills, and attention to detail. The ability to work independently and proactively on a variety of projects from conception to completion and with high level of professionalism and discretion, is a must

Research Assistant

The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology. This may include sample preparation and documentation, as well as measurement and analysis of visible/near-infrared reflectance spectra.

Director of Communications

The SETI Institute is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications.  The incumbent should have at least 10 years of communications experience, ideally in a leadership role, preferably within a scientific environment, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, science communication and donor engagement. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

This role is strategic and has a heavy emphasis on communicating the funded science to the general public including building external relationships with the organization's constituencies, including the media.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate the Institute’s mission.  In addition, the Director will collaborate with senior peer group within the organization, and the Board of Directors as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

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Astrobiology and Planetary Science Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will assist with research focused on the preservation and recovery of biomarkers using samples collected from planetary analog environments and samples from International Space Station radiation exposure experiments.  

Research Assistant 2016

The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology. This may include data analysis efforts of Raman spectra and images of rock, mineral, and sediment samples.  The Research Assistant will also be working with our Raman spectrometer and imaging system, image and spectral algorithm development and software and website development.