EECS Communication Lab Advisorship Application
Spring 2018

The EECS Communication Lab is looking for several new members to join our team. The Comm Lab started because EECS grad students wanted more support in their communication tasks — writing manuscripts, making presentations, designing figures, applying for fellowships, creating faculty packages, and more. Thus the Comm Lab was born: a program for scientists, by scientists. Our staff are paid, trained grad students and postdocs from across the department, so they have technical depth, as well as honed communication skills. They provide writing, speaking, and visual design support to all EECS undergrads, grads, and postdocs.

We’re now seeking new Communication Advisors.
If you’re a graduate student or a postdoc* who plans to be at MIT for one year or more, we welcome you to apply. The position is a great way to help your peers and to develop your communication skills, which will serve you as a scientist in all your roles — including as a teacher, collaborator, presenter, and writer.

About the Communication Advisorship:
• Advisors will be paid $13/hour
• Advisors will work ~3-5 hour/week
• Advisors will coach peers, develop workshops, and help create initiatives to serve the communication needs of EECS
• Advisors will train with the Communication Lab manager and one another to learn best practices and gain deep feedback in coaching and communication.

The Communication Advisorship requires an application and an interview. Applications are due on Wednesday March 21 at 5 pm. Interviews will be held March 26 through April. 6.

After we have the pleasure of reading your thoughtful applications, we'll be sending notifications for interviews by Friday March 23. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email the EECS Comm Lab manager at alimura@mit.edu.

All best,

Alison Takemura, EECS Communication Lab Manager
Diana Chien, Director of the Communication Lab

* Note, post-doctoral _associates_ (MIT employees) are eligible to apply; however, post-doctoral fellows are ineligible as they are not MIT employees.

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We're really looking to get to know you and your communication style in your response.

This is your opportunity to shine.

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1. The big one: Why are you interested in becoming a Communication Lab Advisor?
2. What aspect(s) of technical communication are you interested in?
3. What do you think you might contribute to the team?
4. What in your experience recommends you to this position?
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