Planetarium Show Specialist

Posting Details

Position Title

Planetarium Show Specialist

Additional Information

The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University is an immersive, state-of-the-art facility with a 16-m dome and a HYBRID projector system. The planetarium utilizes a GOTO CHRONOS II star projector and a RSA Cosmos digital 4K system. The Brown Planetarium also hosts multiple work stations and a production dome (the Fulldome Media Lab) used to produce original planetarium shows and content.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Benefits and Community



Learned Professional Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Under the direction of the planetarium director, perform specialized activities and provide overall support and guidance in the day-to-day operations of the facility and equipment, including serving as a presenter and content creator for various programs, shows and activities.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in astronomy, physics, earth and space science or related field.

Minimum Experience

Experience in a planetarium, science center, or similar informal education institution delivering programs in a planetarium or related setting.

Minimum Other

Combination of the following: comfortable conversing with both individuals and groups of various sizes, knowledge of and/or ability to learn basic astronomy and space science concepts; computer programming or planetarium software programming experience; interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy; exceptional oral and written communication skills; knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, software and equipment; ability to meet schedules and timelines; knowledge of record-keeping techniques; ability to work independently with little direction.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in astronomy, physics, earth and space science or related field.

Preferred Experience

Two years experience in a planetarium, science center, or similar informal education institution delivering programs in a planetarium setting.

Preferred Other

Combination of the following: knowledge of principles of planetarium operation and management; knowledge of operation of technical equipment related to planetarium use; knowledge of dramatic and theatrical techniques related to planetarium programming.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Physics & Astronomy:700200

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Schedule, communicate, advertise, and keep record of all planetarium programs and events; schedule planetarium assistants for various events.



Job Duty

Present live and pre-recorded planetarium programs for college classes, schools, community groups, and the public, with a focus on providing learning opportunities in a compelling and creative manner.



Job Duty

Interact with audiences of all sizes on astronomy topics. Roles include, but are not limited to: presentations, labs, demonstrations, and casual interactions.



Job Duty

Customize programs based on each group’s English-speaking ability, science knowledge, and interest.



Job Duty

Ensure the public’s safety by making sure lighting levels are adequate for entering and exiting the planetarium, provide quality presentations and excellent customer service.



Job Duty

Operate a variety of equipment including the GOTO CHRONOS II star projector, RSA digital system, various audio and visual equipment including the sound system, computers and office equipment.



Job Duty

Support developing and programming new fulldome shows and content and updating existing programs.



Job Duty

Collaborate on creating publications and marketing materials for planetarium programs.



Job Duty

Keep current in science topics and educational techniques, and serve as an internal and external resource.



Job Duty

Assume responsibility for the integrity and appearance of the planetarium on a daily basis.



Job Duty

Participate in professional development opportunities such as the Great Lakes Planetarium Association membership, meetings and conferences.



Job Duty

Manage, promote, distribute, and record sales of Ball State planetarium productions.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Under other in the Applicant Documents section, please include sample of work (planetarium show script, activity write-up, etc.)

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Other
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3