The Senior Researcher oversees in-house research and evaluation efforts for various exhibit development projects, museum programs and research projects. Responsibilities include designing and implementing in-house research and evaluation projects, coordinating activities directly with project teams and with outside evaluators and consultants, training and supervising research coordinators and assistants, and generating written reports and articles. The Senior Researcher is expected to present project findings at conferences and professional meetings, and to lead the development and writing of new research and evaluation proposals. Specifically, the Senior Researcher will be leading a project to investigate the impacts of a single museum visit on young women’s science self-efficacy, interest and activity. The position reports to the Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation.



  • Direct visitor research projects.
  • Work with exhibit development project leadership to create project research and evaluation goals; represent research and evaluation results in discussions of project direction.
  • Design, oversee, and implement, where appropriate, the in-house research and evaluation plans for designated projects and programs, including front-end, formative and remedial evaluation.
  • Act as principal liaison between the Exploratorium and outside project evaluation consultants.
  • Train and supervise volunteers and staff who perform evaluations.
  • Oversee the documentation of, and where appropriate, document project process and results, including the creation of written reports and journal articles.
  • Represent the Exploratorium and present research and evaluation findings at conferences and other professional meetings.
  • Lead the proposal development and writing process for new research and evaluation projects.
  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in science, education, technology or related field
  • Two years’ experience in evaluation and research, preferably in museum or informal education environments
  • Minimum one year supervision experience
  • Expertise in gender studies or related fields a plus
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with or leading project teams
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent analytical abilities
  • Demonstrated writing skills, preferably in published form



This position is open until filled



This is a fixed-term (end date 9/30/2022), full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.


The Exploratorium is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, inclusion and respect.  We welcome and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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