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CIERA Work Study and Undergraduate Staff Positions

Deadline: 12:00am, October 15, 2018

CIERA is looking for motivated and reliable Northwestern undergraduate students to support our staff.

Multiple positions available for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • No astronomy experience required
  • Flexible schedule and total hours
  • Variety of tasks
  • Build professional skills
  • Responsibilities can be customized to best align CIERA needs with your schedule and interests/skills
  • Exciting and dynamic environment in an astrophysics research center
  • Located in CIERA, within the Technological Institute
  • For more details about CIERA, visit our website
  • Starting Pay: $11 – $12 per hour (depending upon qualifications)


  • Ability to interact professionally with faculty and others
  • Reliability
  • Availability for at least one full quarter (full year is preferred)
  • Current Northwestern student

Relevant skills (helpful but not strictly required)

  • Web development/Wordpress
  • Computer repair and maintenance (including Mac)
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Science background
Contact information

Kari Frank

Director of Operations, CIERA

To Apply

Submit your application online via this google form:

 Apply online


Available Responsibilities

General Office Support

  • Creating and distributing daily agenda and weekly bulletin emails to CIERA members
  • Updating and printing flyers and announcements
  • Assist with CIERA mailings and promotional materials
  • Maintain email lists
  • Collect and organize data from the web and other sources for CIERA reports

Media and Promotion

  • Take photos for news stories and website
  • Write news stories and feature articles
  • Conduct interviews
  • Write researcher biographies
  • Develop promotional materials
  • Assist with social media

Event Support

  • Distribute flyers for CIERA events
  • Onsite support during events
  • Assist with event preparation
  • Take photos at events

Information Technology Support

  • Maintain laptops
  • Basic computer repair and troubleshooting
  • Maintain computer and computer accessory inventory
  • Video editing

Space Management

  • Maintaining office inventory
  • General office cleaning and space maintenance
  • Organizing documents and office supplies
  • Set up refreshments for center events

Website Development and Maintenance

  • Create new simple websites using WordPress for faculty and CIERA programs
  • Add news, media, and other information to CIERA website

CIERA has a strong commitment to the achievement of excellence through diversity among its faculty and staff. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Image Credit: L. Clifton Johnson / Northwestern