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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Product 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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Software Engineer, Growth

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 Software Engineer, Growth 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 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.

    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.

    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 Software 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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    Product Designer

    As we turn our attention to the future of Mystery Science, we’re looking for an experienced designer to create useful, effective, and delightful experiences. You’ll be involved with the entire design process, end to end. This means you can take a fairly abstract problem and move through a process of research, prototyping, wireframing, and production, all the way through to launch (and additional research and beyond!).

    The design team at Mystery Science is brand new. This means a few things. First up, there’s tons of ambiguity around different approaches. We’re hoping you’re comfortable in a space where nobody quite knows the right answer and we’ve gathered a bunch of smart people to figure it out together. The other thing about being a new design team is that we’re at the early stages of building a design culture. We want you to be a part of that, helping inform everything from our principles and process across to our design system and style guide.

    Your experience includes:

  • Shipping something real and useful
  • Researching with users to make evidence-based decisions
  • Collaborating with Engineering and Product teams
  • Working within, and ideally creating, design systems
  • Creating for web and mobile, ideally also print
  • Prototyping rapidly in motion or interactive
  • You should understand that details are important. Whether that means pixel-perfect assets and mocks or making that extra effort to understand a product problem from every angle. And you’re autonomous and reliable: you’ll figure out the best way to solve a problem, communicate clear expectations, manage your own time, and get it done.

    In this role you’ll report to our Head of Design, Olly Farshi. 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 product and design comes from Facebook and Google, with many years of experience designing products that scale to millions of users. 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.

    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.

    If you’re an experienced designer and want to be an early member of our Design Team, let’s talk.

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    Head of Product

    We’re looking for an experienced product leader to join our team. As our Head of Product, you will have the opportunity to build the product team and play a key role in decisions that will impact our product strategy. At any given time there are three to six initiatives underway. In this role, you’ll be overseeing these initiatives and helping to allocate resources. As initiatives move from user research to projecting potential impact to prototyping & testing and ultimately to implementation and on-going analysis—you’ll keep your eyes on all the parts, keep things moving along, asking questions to ensure we’ve thought things through, deciding when to go deeper on an initiative or cut it in favor of something more promising. After ramping up on our product cycle (back-to-school season, ramp-up, sales season, and summer prep) and understanding our product roadmap, you’ll be ready to hire your first dedicated product manager to own a large chunk of this and expand our product capacity.

  • Do you have experience managing and building a strong product team?
  • Do you have a technical background that allows you to talk through an implementation strategy with an engineer and help figure out how to downscope version 1 of a feature so we get it out the door sooner?
  • Are you deeply analytical and someone who informs your intuition about how a product works by pulling statistics, monitoring metrics, and devising clever A/B tests that could validate assumptions?
  • This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. In this role you’ll report to our CEO, Keith Schacht. You’ll work closely with him and our design team and growth team—we are very collaborative in our product strategy and devising product improvements. Our Head of Growth joined us from Palantir, our Head of Design joined us from Google, and our founder ran products at Facebook. We’re bringing a deep product skillset to solve fundamental problems in education and ensure we bring 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.

    What’s the next step?

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

    Apply to this job

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    Product Manager

    We're looking for an experienced product manager to join us in our mission to fix science education. You’ll drive a wide range of product initiatives. One week you may be leading new features driven by trends you’ve noticed in our customer feedback. Another week you may be going deep on an internal business process to understand how we can make it more efficient, then specing out how we can improve our internal tools to automate it, and ultimately confirming we have a positive downstream impact on the customer’s experience. And we have multiple new product opportunities on our list to explore, from entire new products to partnership and integration opportunities with companies in our space.

    These initiatives are spread across the three main products we currently have. Mystery Science is our complete complete curriculum for elementary teachers. Mystery Doug is our weekly series of episodes answering children’s questions. And we effectively have a third product which is internal only which automates the selling of 10K+ schools and enables us to efficiently support all of the teachers in these schools.

  • Do you have a technical background that allows you to talk through an implementation strategy with an engineer and help figure out how to downscope version 1 of a feature so we get it out the door sooner?
  • Are you deeply analytical and someone who informs your intuition about how a product works by pulling statistics, monitoring metrics, and devising clever A/B tests that could validate assumptions?
  • This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. In this role you’ll report to our CEO, Keith Schacht. You’ll work closely with him, our engineering, design and growth teams—we are very collaborative in our product strategy and devising product improvements. Our Director of Growth joined us from Palantir, our Director of Design joined us from Google, our Director of Engineering joined us from LivingSocial and our founder ran products at Facebook. We’re bringing a deep product skillset to solve fundamental problems in education and ensure we bring 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.

    What’s the next step?

    If you’re an experienced product manager with deep experience helping build products and want to be an early member of our Product Team, let’s talk.

    Apply to this job

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    Operations Manager, People

    We're looking for an experienced operations manager to join us in our mission to help kids stay curious. In this role you’ll, report to and work closely with our Director of People Operations, Michelle Tang. You’ll help to ensure our people operations continue to run like clockwork as we grow. At Mystery Science, people operations includes three primary areas—Team Experience, Recruiting, and HR—and you’ll be involved in projects within all three of these. Here is a little more context on each area:

  • Team Experience includes retreats, office environment, key company meetings such as our weekly Town Hall, and the tools and processes that help our remote team feel fully part of the company.
  • Recruiting includes coordinating a team of sourcers and recruiters, recruiting events, continually improving our interview process and candidate experience, and improving key sections of our website and external presence to best represent the opportunities we have available.
  • Human Resources includes coordinating perks & benefits, continually improving the onboarding of new employees, and ensuring compliance with key HR rules particularly as they vary across different states.

    Over time you’ll likely have projects in each of those areas.

    We’re looking for someone who combines three key traits: excellent project management skills with a high attention to detail; someone who has a natural affinity for bringing people together, brings an energy and ensures that everyone has a great time; and someone who thinks in terms of systems and processes. One week you may be planning a three-day retreat for 30-50 people, figuring out the puzzles of everyone’s travel and the event schedule, and thinking about all the little details that will affect the feel of the event. Another week you may be auditing our new-employee onboarding process to diagnose why we have missed a step a couple times, tweaking our process to address that, and identifying those small touches that ensure new team members with a fantastic first day at the company. And on an on-going basis, you may be the emcee for our weekly Town Hall, facilitating the discussion to keep everyone engaged and having a chance to jump in, and while keeping us to the agenda.

    This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. 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.

    What’s the next step?

    If you’re an experienced operations manager and want to be an early member of our People Operations Team, let’s talk.

    Apply to this job