Job Openings

In addition to the roles listed below, we will soon be recruiting for a head of marketing & communications, and head of finance & operations.

We are always open to connecting with candidates who are excited and think they may be a good fit for Mystery Science. Don’t hesitate to contact us at jobs@mysteryscience.com or sign up to be notified when we post new jobs.

Below are our current open positions:

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Visual Storyteller

We are looking for a Visual Storyteller to join our curriculum development team. This is a full-time role based in San Francisco. You will be the sixth member of our Content Team, working closely with our other Visual Storyteller, our Scriptwriters, and our Activity Designers to help create every science lesson. As the script and activities for a new lesson begin to take shape, you’ll drive all of the visual elements of our video production and other visual assets. You need to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to visuals, experienced in explaining science simply, and a master at storytelling with visuals.

When you describe yourself...

  • You have a talent for creating powerful visuals to communicate an idea.
  • You love learning science and explaining it to kids.
  • You are skilled at the art of visual explaining—breaking down complex science concepts into simple, step-by-step visuals.

Mystery Science is fast paced environment, with one lesson being developed and created every 5-7 days. Each Mystery lesson consists of 5-6 short videos (each 2-4 minutes long) and also includes a filmed hands-on activity. You need to be a master at taking a Mystery script and figuring out all of the visuals needed to best convey the story and the science ideas. We target clarity and student engagement. Our teachers want more content quickly, and our top priority is visual clarity over Hollywood-level production quality.

On any given day, here are some of the exciting things you will be working on as a Visual Storyteller

  • Sourcing real-world images and video clips online to convey ideas
  • Creating custom diagrams, animations, and photoshopped imagery to supplement real-world imagery
  • Filming and shooting step-by-step demonstrations for the hands-on activity
  • Designing printable assets that accompany activities, like worksheets, foldables templates, the occasional card game, etc
  • Collaborating closely with the Activity Designer and providing feedback on the structure and visual presentation of each activity

There will be a lot of growth potential within the content team. As a small team, you’ll see the impact of your work immediately and you’ll have the chance to collaborate daily with amazing colleagues.

What is Mystery Science?

Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are reaching millions of children this school year by helping elementary teachers to teach science. Mystery Science is the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. and is already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country.

Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

What is the Mystery Science team like?

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

What’s the next step?

If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

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Senior Software Engineer

We're looking for a senior engineer experienced with the full web stack—someone who has owned production apps for many years, and loves solving user-facing product problems. As a senior engineer at Mystery Science you’ll work on all areas of the app, from front-end changes that millions of children will see, to scaling issues, to internal tools that automate our business. Engineers have a seat at the table for all decisions in the company. You’ll work alongside a strong engineering team that obsesses over customer feedback and is constantly iterating to improve based on what we hear. We release multiple updates to our website every day and implement new features days after conceiving of them. Our current stack is postgres-heroku-rails.

This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. Mystery Science has created the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. We’re already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country. We have an early product with lots of future plans, but our sales have already taken off. In an industry that is historically plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person on staff. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors (and we’re already profitable)
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a high-growth company
  • 401K, health care, vacation
  • Customers who love us

…but the real perks of working at Mystery Science are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.

On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet 30 people who are passionate about science, children, and education, and who each love their respective crafts. You can meet our team here: http://mysteryscience.com/team.

We’re answering every question children ask about the world. Every child starts out fascinated by the world around them, but by middle school too many have lost this curiosity. Mystery Science helps children to stay curious. Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries rather than teaching dry vocabulary science. Through teachers we’re collecting every question children ask about the world and will create explanations for every question. Our second product is a visual Wikipedia for kids, enabling children to explore every question they have.

We’re on a mission to change the culture and create the next generation of problem solvers. We’re working on the most important infrastructure problem in the world today: our ability to pass on knowledge to the next generation. Richard Feynman explains the problem well. To paraphrase him: our modern lives are made possible by our knowledge of science and technology, yet remarkably few people have a scientific perspective on the world. At Mystery Science, we have developed a unique way to pass on this knowledge to the next generation and to do it at scale. The foundation of everything we do is a technology platform that enables us to create content at incredible speeds, automate and streamline internal business operations, and organize a massive set of knowledge about the world.

What we’re looking for in you:

  • You love working in and have deep experience with the full web stack. From cross-browser CSS fixes to database tuning, you’re comfortable up and down the stack.
  • You’re part engineer & product thinker. We know the best ideas come from a deep understanding of both domains.
  • You’re uniquely excited by the problem we’re solving.

If this is you, let’s talk.

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Growth Engineer

Mystery Science (YC Summer ’17) is on a mission to accelerate human progress by creating more problem solvers in the next generation through inspiring children to love science. This is a rare opportunity to join an early-stage company that is improving the world, receives unsolicited “thank you” notes from its users every day for making their lives better, and is already profitable. We are looking for a Growth Engineer to join our team. The Growth Team is responsible for coming up with new ways to get teachers to sign up for and teach on our platform. In this role, you’ll be responsible for coming up with ideas that could grow our product, implementing them, and evaluating the impact.

  • Can you look at a funnel and figure out the most important parts to fix?
  • Are you comfortable writing code you’ll throw away later in order to quickly ship an experiment?
  • Do you find it love coming up with lots of creative ideas to solve problems?
  • In this role you’ll report to our Director of Growth, Huey Kwik. You’ll work closely with him, our whole product team, and our CEO—we are very collaborative in our product experimenting and analysis. Our team’s experience with growth and data comes from Facebook and Palantir, with many years of experience optimizing conversion funnels. Help us create more problem solvers by bringing a better science education to 25 million kids.

    We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

    What is Mystery Science?

    Mystery Science has created the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. We’re already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country. We have an early product with a lot of future plans, yet our sales have already taken off. In an industry that is plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

    If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a high-growth company
  • 401K, health care, vacation
  • Customers who love us
  • …but the real perks of working at Mystery Science are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. This is what bring us to work every day.

    On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet 30 people who are passionate about science, children, and education, and who each love their respective crafts. You can meet our team here: http://mysteryscience.com/team.

    We are collecting every question children ask about the world and building out the ultimate knowledge base for kids. Our mission is to help children stay curious as they grow up. Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full science curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries in the class. Thanks to support from our teachers, we’re now collecting kids’ questions and building a platform to answer every question. We’re preparing to build a visual Wikipedia for kids, enabling children to explore any question they have.

    We’re on a mission to accelerate human progress by creating more problem solvers in the next generation. We’re working on the most important infrastructure problem in the world today: our ability to solve problems. Richard Feynman explains the problem well. To paraphrase him: our modern lives are made possible by our knowledge of science and technology, yet remarkably few people have a scientific perspective on the world. At Mystery Science, we have developed a unique way to pass on knowledge to the next generation and develop children’s ability to think.

    If you’re an experienced Growth Engineer with deep experience helping grow products and want to be an early member of our Growth Team, let’s talk.

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    Data Scientist

    We’re looking for an experienced Data Scientist to join our Growth Team. As our first Data Scientist, you will have the opportunity to shape the team, shape our tooling, and play a key role in decisions impacting our product strategy. From the beginning of the company, we've been systematic in our testing and analysis of product experiences, and we have grown quickly thanks to a highly optimized viral referral loop. But up until now, analysis and experimentation has been handled by our growth engineers / every member of our growth team. We are ready to build out our data science capabilities. We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

  • Do you have experience working as a Data Scientist on a disciplined growth team?
  • Are you someone who has a deep understanding of the core principles of statistics and can explain them to a layman?
  • Are you adept enough as an engineer that you can hop into code, fix some instrumentation, and migrate a couple database columns in order to enable the analysis you want to do?
  • This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. In this role you’ll report to our Director of Growth, Huey Kwik. You’ll work closely with him, our whole product team, and our CEO—we are very collaborative in our product experimenting and analysis. Our team’s experience with growth and data comes from Facebook and Palantir, with many years of experience optimizing conversion funnels. Help us create more problem solvers by bringing a better science education to 25 million kids.

    What is Mystery Science?

    Mystery Science has created the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. We’re already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country. We have an early product with a lot of future plans, yet our sales have already taken off. In an industry that is plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

    If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a high-growth company
  • 401K, health care, vacation
  • Customers who love us
  • …but the real perks of working at Mystery Science are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. This is what bring us to work every day.

    On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet 30 people who are passionate about science, children, and education, and who each love their respective crafts. You can meet our team here: http://mysteryscience.com/team.

    We are collecting every question children ask about the world and building out the ultimate knowledge base for kids. Our mission is to help children stay curious as they grow up. Our first product is a tool for teachers to use in the classroom. It contains a full science curriculum that makes it easy for elementary teachers to re-create scientific discoveries in the class. Thanks to support from our teachers, we’re now collecting kids’ questions and building a platform to answer every question. We’re preparing to build a visual Wikipedia for kids, enabling children to explore any question they have.

    We’re on a mission to accelerate human progress by creating more problem solvers in the next generation. We’re working on the most important infrastructure problem in the world today: our ability to solve problems. Richard Feynman explains the problem well. To paraphrase him: our modern lives are made possible by our knowledge of science and technology, yet remarkably few people have a scientific perspective on the world. At Mystery Science, we have developed a unique way to pass on knowledge to the next generation and develop children’s ability to think.

    If you’re an experienced Data Scientist with deep experience helping grow products and want to be an early member of our Growth Team, let’s talk.

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    Head of Customer Experience

    We are looking for a Head of Customer Experience who is experienced in leading a team of support specialists to deliver incredible quality of service. We currently have seven Customer Experience Specialists who do a phenomenal job helping tens of thousands of elementary teachers use Mystery Science. Our business is growing quickly and we’re hiring someone to lead this team.

    • Are you passionate about wow’ing customers with exceptional support?
    • Do you love building a team and culture to support a growing customer base?
    • Do you have a successful track record in building a support team?
    • Are you excited by creating processes to deliver consistent results? Are you analytical and love data?

    In this role you’ll help define our vision and standards for customer support, you’ll operationalize it, and you’ll ensure our customers’ feedback is consistently advocated for internally to help drive product decisions. You will report to our Head of Teacher Happiness and work closely with our content, engineering and product teams to make sure their priorities align with what we’re hearing from customers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and this position is based in our office.

    What is Mystery Science?

    Mystery Science creates open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. We reach children before they've lost their natural curiosity so we can help the next generation develop a scientific understanding of the world. We are reaching millions of children this school year by helping elementary teachers to teach science. Mystery Science is the fastest growing science curriculum in the U.S. and is already used by teachers in more than 20% of elementary schools in the country.

    Mystery Science was started by two long-time friends, Doug Peltz and Keith Schacht. Doug was a master classroom teacher, a science department head, and the creator of an original science curriculum that made science the most popular subject at his school. Keith Schacht, our CEO, has started and sold three technology companies, was a product manager at Facebook, and a TED speaker. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

    What we’re looking for in you:

    • You know the ins-and-outs of Zendesk or similar ticket support systems and can help us scale our systems to support our growing customer base with outstanding service.
    • You have experience managing a team of at least five support professionals. You also have experience hiring, interviewing and building out a strong team.
    • You are able to balance competing priorities and set clear goals for the team.
    • You have a strong sense of empathy and passion to ensure that our teachers have the best Mystery Science experience, and you're able to synthesize all the feedback we’re getting from customers into actionable items for our internal teams.
    • You have a vision for a great support experience and a commitment to consistently delivering it.

    What is the Mystery Science team like?

    On your first day at Mystery Science, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with (http://mysteryscience.com/team).

    We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.

    What’s the next step?

    If you are inspired by our mission and passionate about helping teachers succeed and transforming science education for kids, we’d like to hear from you!

    Apply to this job