Education Specialist

The Education Specialist will participate in the instructional team teaching of the InSciEd Out courses (e.g., Biol 5910) for K-12 teachers, and support instructions in the undergraduate courses that use zebra fish as a model organism (Biol 1961/3004). In addition, the Education Specialist will develop instructional materials for use at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels for student research projects using zebra fish. The Education Specialist must be willing to travel to collaborating institutions as well as school settings on a regular basis. Position will report to Seth Thompson and Vanessa Pompei at the University of MN, with a mentoring team including Dr. Chris Pierret at Mayo Clinic and Dr. David Kirkpatrick, in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning at the University of MN.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

70% InSciEd Out Outreach and Program Coordination​

  • Serve as an instructor assistant in Biol 5910, the InsciEd Out summer internship for K-12 teachers (training in pedagogy, zebra fish genetics, and development and the nature of science) as well as provide follow-up curriculum workshops.
  • Provide animal care training to undergraduate students and K-12 teachers within public school setting.
  • Support the development and implementation of zebra fish related, inquiry-based lessons throughout the academic year in the K-12 school setting for Biol 5910 students (K-12 teachers).
  • Lead a team of undergraduate and graduate subject matter experts to support students and teachers with newly implemented curriculum.
  • Recruit and oversee undergraduate students within Biol 1961/3004 and other CBS classes to support K-12 volunteer opportunities (extending inquiries from undergrad experience to curriculum instruction for younger learners).
  • Support assessment design and evaluations for the InSciEd Out program. Activities include organization and preliminary analysis of surveys, talking drawings, additional outcome measures, and preparing figures for publication, posters, and oral presentations.
  • Oversee proper care and utilization of InSciEd Out’s resource library. Duties include overseeing equipment checkout procedures, routine maintenance, and training within classrooms. Equipment includes microscopes, tablets and computers, etc. used by schools.

15%  Support Instruction and Development of Foundations (Biol 1961/3004)

  • Support faculty and staff in the instruction of Biol 1961/3004 laboratories.
  • Assist with design and implementation of assessments in foundations laboratory courses.
  • Provide animal care training to undergraduates and teaching assistants in foundations courses.
  • Support instructional team in development of new laboratory activities. Oversee proper care, utilization, and maintenance of equipment used in zebra fish research projects.

15%  Animal Care and Use

  • Assist in oversight of St. Paul fish facility (husbandry, training in skills/techniques, etc.) in meeting requests for empryos and adult zebra fish, or marine animals, as needed by undergraduate courses and K-12 classrooms.


Essential Qualifications

  • BA/BS in relevant field and 3 or more years of related professional experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with
  • students (K-12 through graduate school) and educators (K-12 through University).  
  • Expertise using zebra fish, or other aquatic animals, as a model organism.
  • Ability to travel to collaborating institutions as well as school settings on a regular basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Individuals with interests in biology, biological research, and undergraduate education
  • Experience working with K-12 teachers.
  • Demonstrated competency in mentoring/teaching with an understanding of experiential learning
  • Expertise in community-engaged research methodology, particularly demonstrating experience working with
  • minority and/or under served populations
  • Experience and practice in qualitative research methods (i.e focus groups, interviews, survey design).
  • Training and experience in STEM education across grades K-12 and undergraduate.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online.  

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter outlining how your experience meets the job description and a CV. 

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and 67,932 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.   

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus has extensive research and teaching facilities; active-learning classrooms, genomics core facilities, field research stations, greenhouses, museum collections, herbarium and laboratories. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.