ann19012 — Announcement

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8 March 2019
IAU Vacancy: IAO OAO Assistant Outreach Coordinator

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) is a hub for coordinating astronomy public outreach activities around the world. The aim is to make it easier for the public to access information about our Universe and local and global astronomy events while building networks to support and disseminate information to the amateur astronomy and public outreach communities. The IAU OAO is located at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Mitaka Campus, Tokyo, Japan.

The IAU and NAOJ now seek an excellent individual to join the IAU OAO, to provide support to the IAU OAO activities. Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Experience in writing and editing publications with several contributors.
  • Knowledge of social networking: content production and social media management.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills while working in multi-cultural teams.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • An honours degree or equivalent in astronomy or a closely related field.
  • Good computer skills (knowledge of design tools will be advantageous).  
  • Experience in working with the astronomical and/or outreach/education communities.
  • Skills in written, visual and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrable good time management.

Experience in, or working knowledge of, Japanese would be advantageous. This position requires the applicant to undergo regional and intercontinental travel.

The Assistant Outreach Coordinator (AOC) will be appointed according to the normal conditions of service of NAOJ employees. This is a contract position for three years, with the possibility of renewal subject to performance.

Interested candidates should send a covering letter and full CV, including the contact details of at least three (3) references, by email to the IAU OAO International Outreach Coordinator (IOC), Lina Canas ( The selection process will begin after 15 May 2019.

More information

The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.



Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 320 06 761
Cell: +49 173 38 72 621

Lina Canas
International Outreach Coordinator, IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach
NAOJ, Mitaka, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)422-34-3966

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