Gift Processor

Under the direct supervision of the Development Director, the incumbent will process donations, send out acknowledgements, and enter additional donor information into database and make corrections to existing data. This is a part time position to provide back-up during staff absences, times of high donation volume, and special projects. In addition, the incumbent will work closely with the Development staff to perform shared tasks in a collaborative environment.

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.

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.