Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Two or More Lecturers, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY

Lecturers in Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Physics and Astronomy
5113BR

The Rochester Institute of Technology School of Physics and Astronomy invites applications for two or more faculty positions anticipated to be at the rank of Lecturer. The positions are 9 month, non-tenure track appointments that would begin August 12, 2020, with the possibility of renewal.
The primary responsibility of the position is teaching introductory physics in an activity-based, workshop format. The minimum qualifications are a PhD in physics or a closely related discipline, evidence of effective and successful recent teaching, potential to succeed in an active-learning workshop-style classroom, and strong communication skills. Although not required, experience or strong interest in teaching undergraduate astronomy courses or laboratory-based physics courses are also desirable.  Familiarity with current trends in undergraduate physics education is desirable. Opportunities for summer teaching may be available.

We are seeking individuals who have the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to Student Centeredness; Professional Development; Integrity and Ethics; Respect, Diversity and Pluralism; Innovation and Flexibility; and Teamwork and Collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.

Department/College Description

The School of Physics and Astronomy web page is located at https://www.rit.edu/science/school-physics-and-astronomy

Required Minimum Qualifications
- PhD in physics or closely related discipline
- Evidence of effective and successful recent teaching
- Potential to succeed in an active learning workshop-style classroom
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college's continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Required Minimum Education Level: PhD
Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer
Faculty Discipline: Physics
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 12-Aug-2020
Required Application Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Letters of Recommendation, List of References, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy
How To Apply

Apply online at will http://careers.rit.edu/faculty  Search:5113BR. Please submit the following: your online application; cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position; a curriculum vitae, and upload the following attachments:
Letters of recommendation from 3 references*
Statement of Diversity Contribution
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
*Candidates should arrange to have their three references send letters of support directly to Chair, Faculty Search Committee, RIT School of Physics & Astronomy.  These letters must be submitted to physsrch@rit.edu  and must be in PDF format.  Inquiries regarding the position may also be sent electronically to physsrch@rit.edu.

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by March 27, 2020.

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Careers@rit.edu.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Five-Year Astronomy Education Research Coordinator, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany

5-year Postdoctoral position in astronomy education research at the Office of Astronomy for Education

Haus der Astronomie / the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy will be hosting the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) of the International Astronomical Union. The OAE will support and coordinate astronomy
education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools, world-wide. The OAE will organize an international network of astronomy education stakeholders, organize groups of
scientists to collaborate on creating certain educational resources, facilitate and undertake systematic evaluation of existing resources, and work towards establishing international standards of quality control and evaluation in astronomy education.

Together with the international communities of astronomy researchers and educators, OAE is tasked with:
• bridging the gap between astronomy education research (AER) and education practice, by making the results of AER accessible to education practitioners
• developing high-quality astronomy education resources
• evaluating both specific resources and methods of teaching astronomy, encouraging and qualifying the wider astronomical community in evaluation techniques
• creating and supporting the creation of concept inventories that allow the evaluation of students learning about astronomy
• identifying best-practice resources and methods for teaching astronomy in general, and for specific aspects of teaching astronomy (e.g. observing with remote telescopes, working with authentic astronomical data, teaching specific sub-topics of astronomy, issues of accessibility and inclusion as well as of diversity).

The holder of this position will serve as the Astronomy Education Research Coordinator of the OAE, and in this position will contribute to those activities, in particular those that directly involve astronomy education or physics education research, and take responsibility for suitable projects and sub-projects.

Applicants should:
• have a PhD in astronomy education research (AER), physics education research (PER), or a PhD in a related subject area and equivalent qualifications in AER/PER
• have practical and, if possible, research experience in evaluating astronomy education resources, activities, and teaching methods • be thoroughly familiar with the accepted academic standards for evaluating education resources, activities, and teaching methods
• have experience in collaborating in an international academic environment; experiences with editing and publishing collaborative works are considered a plus

The position has a preferred starting date of April 1, 2020 and is limited until February, 28, 2025. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending
on qualification and experience in level E13. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for no less than two senior scientists willing to provide a recommendation, no later than February 21, 2020.

The link to the online application portal can be found here:
https://www.mpg.de/14340628/postdochdaoae295

Physics Lecturer, University of Maine

Lecturer in Physics,
University of Maine
Department of Physics and Astronomy

URL with full ad and link to apply:
https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=60825&job=lecturer-in-physics

Responsibilities include teaching primarily undergraduate laboratory sections in each of the Fall and Spring semesters, with an emphasis on introductory physics courses, as well as occasionally teaching introductory or advanced physics courses. There is an expectation of developing new laboratory activities and materials, collaborating with colleagues and using the results of physics education research as a guide. Mentoring and supervision of teaching assistants may also be included. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. This is a nine-month, academic-year appointment, with an anticipated start date of August 31, 2020. The successful candidate is encouraged to apply for external summer funding and/or seek opportunities to teach summer courses at UMaine.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.

Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.

Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer at https://www.visitbangormaine.com/about-the-region/the-region-at-a-glance/

Qualifications:

Required:

* A master’s degree in physics or the equivalent.
* An established strong teaching record in an area of, or closely related to, undergraduate physics.
* Effective written and oral communication skills.
* Demonstrated ability to conduct laboratory instruction safely.
* Demonstrated ability to develop and teach laboratory activities using up-to-date pedagogical techniques.

Preferred:

* Experience in a supervisory or mentoring role.
* Demonstrated commitment to the success of students traditionally underrepresented in the field of physics.
* A record of successful performance in collaborative settings.
* Coursework in physics beyond the master’s level.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" link at https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=60825&job=lecturer-in-physics.

You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position as described above
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
4.) statement of teaching philosophy and relevant teaching experience


Sponsorship for an H1b visa may not be available for this position.

Search Timeline is as follows:|

Review of applications to begin: February 21, 2020
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: February 24, 2020
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: March 5, 2020
Tentative start date: August 31, 2020

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Michael C. Wittmann at mwittmann@maine.edu or 207-581-1237.

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Science Education Research Associate, University of Utah

Research Associate Position in Science Education in the Frey Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah.
A research associate position is available in the Frey STEM Education Research group at the University of Utah in the Department of Chemistry. This position is a full-time, 12-month position, with the potential to extend 4 years, assuming excellent annual performance-based reviews. The research associate will work on several projects in the area of inclusive teaching-and-learning materials development and evaluation of student learning in STEM.
A key responsibility will be to join a team of researchers, practitioners, and faculty developers engaged in a multi-institutional NSF-funded grant with the goal of developing online and in-person programming that will improve current and future STEM faculty awareness of, confidence in, and ability to create inclusive learning environments. The team itself practices inclusive group processes and strives to be a social justice organization.
The primary responsibility of the research associate under this NSF grant is to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on the outcomes of participants engaged in the online and the in-person programming. This will entail extensive literature review, development and validation of instruments, and the implementation of instruments and subsequent data analysis. It will also entail developing protocols for and conducting focus groups, followed by thematic qualitative analysis. This work will be performed under the mentorship and supervision of a sub-group of expert education researchers that are part of the grant team.
A second major component of this position is to work as part of the Frey research group to design and implement evaluation studies on student learning in collaboration with STEM faculty and the Center for Science and Math Excellence (CSME) at the University of Utah. In addition, the research associate will be responsible for extracting, managing, and analyzing complex data sets from education research projects conducted in the Frey group, and will help graduate and undergraduate students learn and use the skills required for this type of qualitative and quantitative research in STEM education.
Required Qualifications
The successful applicant will have a PhD in a science field (biology, chemistry, physics, or psychology are preferred) and demonstrated experience in conducting DBER research. In addition, knowledge of and experience in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical. To be considered, applicants must be strongly committed to undergraduate STEM education and improving inclusion and equity in the STEM classroom. Applicants also must have the skills for and interest in working collaboratively with a wide range of people in higher education.
List of required qualifications:
·      PhD in a science field (biology, chemistry, physics, or psychology preferred)
·      Experience in chemistry/physics/biology education research or research on student learning
·      Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to coordinate and manage multiple simultaneous projects.
·      The ability to apply appropriate statistical techniques to a range of experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational research designs. Experience with applying general linear models, factor-analysis techniques, uni-variate and multi-variate techniques, and multi-level models to complex data sets is necessary.
·      A record of accomplishment in coordination and quality-control of large data sets and analyses of research data, with demonstrable knowledge of evaluative research methods, and strong command of statistical analysis and statistical software, such as R or SPSS.
·      The knowledge of the assumptions underlying the above techniques and the ability to correctly choose and apply the different techniques on social-science data.
·      Excellent data-management and organizational skills, including attention to detail and sensitivity to data quality.
·      Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with research personnel at various levels (faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students).
·      The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the multi-institutional NSF-grant team, the Frey research group, CSME, and with faculty and staff from other academic departments and centers.
Application Information
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, including the names and email addresses of 3 or more references, and a statement of career goals. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. The salary is negotiable depending on relevant experience and qualifications. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. University of Utah is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

Email application material to Regina Frey (Ron and Eileen Ragsdale Endowed Chair in Chemical Education and professor of chemistry, University of Utah) at gina.frey@utah.edu

Sunday, January 12, 2020

PER/Diversity Postdoc, University of Utah

University of Utah
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Postdoctoral Research Associate in
Physics Education Research- Diversity and Inclusion/Graduate Education

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah seeks to hire a post-doctoral research associate in the field of physics education research (PER) specialized in diversity and inclusion research at the graduate level. The successful candidate will work as part of a team leading research on graduate education in physics and astronomy. This will include conducting a climate survey, interviews, policy analysis, and further ethnographic work at the University of Utah. This position is a one-year contract with an additional one-year renewal depending on performance. Further renewals will be dependent on performance and funding. The position is open until filled with a negotiable starting date.

Post-Doctoral Salary: $50,000 +benefits (including healthcare and retirement)

Required Skills:
-Can independently lead research
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Strong writing skills as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications or drafts
-Desire to learn grant writing, presentation design/style
-Strong research ethics and dedication to high quality work and analysis
-Attention to detail
-Autonomous, goal driven, and meets deadlines
-Survey design and statistical analysis or strong desire to learn

Preferred Skills (required for Research Associate):
            -Qualitative interviewing and coding skills
            -Successful grant writing
            -Experience presenting at national conferences and universities
            -Peer-reviewed publications
            -Teaching or interest in large introductory physics courses

If you are interested in applying, send your letter of interest specifying your relevant skills, vita, list of publications and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the email address listed here. For information about the research group (PERU), please go to www.PERUtah.com or contact PER@Physics.Utah.edu. Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to: Ramon.S.Barthelemy@Utah.edu

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Term Faculty, Integrated Science Education, Michigan State

Subject: Integrated Science Education Position at Michigan State University

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Center for Integrative Studies in General Science (CISGS) administered by the College of Natural Science is seeking a fixed term faculty instructor/scholar to participate in the ongoing priority initiative of providing high-quality science education to future teachers and non-STEM majors.  Our goal as related to this position is to continue to provide outstanding science teaching of undergraduate students in the teacher education program.

In support of these efforts, CISGS is seeking faculty candidates with primary interests in science education at the undergraduate level.  The successful candidate will be involved with integrated science education (ISE) courses that serve the needs of future K-12 teachers as well as graduate students intending to teach college science and math. The individual will collaborate with other instructors in CISGS to address the needs of pre-service K-12 teachers to develop proficiency in three-dimensional (core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts) science learning aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for K12 Education (NGSS). Duties will include implementing the preexisting curriculum in ISE courses; participating in the development and evaluation of ISE courses, and coordinating a certification program in college science and mathematics teaching designed for graduate students.

The initial duration of the appointment will be one academic year (9 months) with the expectation of continuing renewal based on satisfactory performance.  Responsibilities will include teaching ISE courses, one of which is taken by graduate students planning to teach college science.  The teaching load will typically be two to three sections per semester, depending on engagement in other efforts.  Additionally, optional opportunities will exist to participate in ongoing curricular reform efforts, build and deliver online courses, collaborate with researchers engaged in cutting-edge research in disciplinary-based science education including infusing three-dimensional learning in undergraduate courses for STEM majors, and develop and teach summer semester classes.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree (Ph.D. or equivalent experience preferred) in a science discipline, discipline-based education research, or in science education, with strong evidence of training or experience in teaching integrated science courses at the undergraduate level. Since the teaching load focuses solely on integrated science (drawing upon core ideas in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science), candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in learning science from disciplines other than the advanced degree.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate in Science Education/Discipline-Based Education Research. Preferred candidates will have experience implementing three-dimensional science learning (from the Next Generation Science Standards) in the classroom.  Preferred candidates will have employed best practices in teaching, curriculum development, and assessment.  Evidence of collaborative working relationships as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom is strongly desired.  Prior experience working with the K-12 community (teacher candidates, teachers, students) and/or non-STEM majors is desirable.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and a statement of teaching philosophy to jobs.msu.edu (posting number 624555).  The teaching philosophy should reference previous experiences as evidence of a commitment to diversity and the ability to integrate knowledge from multiple science disciplines.  In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded to the same posting), which specifically highlight their teaching experience and education.  Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Jane Rice, Chair of the Search Committee (rice@msu.edu) or to Gabe Ording, Director of the Center for Integrative Studies (ordingga@msu.edu).

The Center for Integrative Studies in General Science (https://cisgs.natsci.msu.edu/) is focused on educating non-science majors to use science as a tool to make every day decisions for a sustainable future.

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

FT Lecturer, University of Washington Bothell

Lecturer Fulltime - Physics, Physical Sciences Division, School of STEM, UW Bothell


Position Overview


Organization: Physical Sciences
Title: Lecturer Fulltime - Physics, Physical Sciences Division, School of STEM, UW Bothell

Position Details


Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seeks dynamic physics educators to join the Physical Sciences Division of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We invite applicants for one or more full-time (100%) lecturer positions for a 9-month service period with opportunities to teach during the summer. Appointments are for up to five years, renewable, and are not tenure eligible. The start date is September 16, 2020.
The University of Washington Bothell is building strength in a new undergraduate degree in physics. The primary responsibilities of these positions are teaching, mentoring undergraduates, and service.  The successful candidate is expected to engage in modern pedagogy, promote equity in a diverse student population, engage students in undergraduate research, and work enthusiastically in an inclusive and interdisciplinary culture of learning.

Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in physics or closely related field
  • Experience with modern teaching methods in physics

Instructions

Please submit the following application materials and provide names/contact information for three references who will be prepared to submit letters of recommendation upon request. 
  • Cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interests including any available evidence of teaching excellence. Please include any experience in teaching or mentoring a diverse population of students.
  • Sample syllabus of an undergraduate Physics course taught or one proposed to be taught
Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by January 7, 2020 will receive priority consideration.
If you have a question about the details of this search or position, please contact the search committee Chair, Prof. Eric Salathé, at uwbPSD@uw.edu. For questions regarding Interfolio or potential disability accommodations, please contact Janet Wilt at uwbPSD@uw.edu.
The Bothell campus of the University of Washington was founded as an innovative, interdisciplinary campus within the University of Washington system — one of the premier institutions of higher education in the US. Faculty members have full access to the resources of a major research university, with the culture and close relationships with students of a small college. Situated just 20 miles from downtown Seattle in the midst of the Pacific Northwest's technology corridor — one of the largest and most dynamic software and technology industry concentrations in the world — UWB offers unmatched opportunities for collaborative work with industry and an excellent environment for developing creative approaches to teaching, research, and community collaborations. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.
The School of STEM is the fastest-growing school at UW Bothell. As we grow, we are committed to attracting diverse faculty and staff who put students first. Seventy-five percent of UW Bothell faculty use students in their research. We offer fifteen undergraduate degrees, three graduate degrees, two graduate certificates, and seven minors within the four Divisions of Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering and Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Our 74,000 square-foot Discovery Hall teaching and laboratory facility, which includes eleven new science and engineering laboratories, opened in Summer 2014.
Diversity is a core value of University of Washington Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement http://www.uwb.edu/diversity.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
The University of Washington is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at help@interfolio.com or phone at (877)997-8807.
Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
(http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

Thursday, December 5, 2019

TT in Astro, KU Leuven / Royal Planetarium of Belgium

https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55419746?hl=en&lang=en

FULL TIME POSITION (50% TENURE TRACK PROFESSOR AND 50% SW2 - WORKLEADER) IN TEACHING AND LEARNING ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS IN A PLANETARIUM

(ref. ZAP-2019-135)
Last modification : Friday, November 8, 2019

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Faculty of Education and Educational Sciences and the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium jointly invite applications from outstanding researchers to strengthen our (discipline based) educational research programme within the project INTERSTELLAR (INTERdisciplinary Study of (sTudEnt) Learning in a pLAnetaRium). This full time position (Prf-020) has been created in the context of the FED-tWIN programme (Programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes (FSI) and the universities), which aims at establishing a sustainable research cooperation between KU Leuven and the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (www.astro.oma.be) and will consist of a 50% appointment in each of these institutions. The ultimate goal of the position is to develop an internationally recognized expertise centre on learning and teaching astronomy and astrophysics for various kinds of audiences and different age groups. At KU Leuven, the position is a tenure-track professorship (50%), jointly advertised between the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science in the field of Astronomy Education Research. The research groups involved in this multidisciplinary endeavour are the Institute of Astronomy as well as the Physics Education Research group and the Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology. The Institute of Astronomy is renowned as expertise centre for stellar astrophysics as well as its contribution to international astrophysical infrastructure programmes. It is also responsible for an international master programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Physics Education Research group focusses on the teaching and learning of physics, astronomy and integrated STEM, both in secondary and higher education. The Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology investigates learning and teaching in specific subject domains. This research takes place in experimental as well as ecologically valid settings and uses a diversity of quantitative and qualitative methods, including design experiments aimed at the construction and validation of powerful learning environments. At the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, the position is a 50% contractual researcher appointment (contract of undetermined duration at the level of work leader - salary scale SW2). The Planetarium is the educational service of the Observatory. The Planetarium welcomes more than 50 000 visitors per year, most of whom are children and students. The educational staff of the Planetarium provides the content of the school visits. The educational staff comprises four scientific animators. In addition to the live astronomy lessons in the dome, the school groups can participate to specific workshops adapted to the level of the pupils (from kindergarten to university level). The position consists of academic teaching, research, and services to the community. Candidates are expected to have a strong research profile, and excellent teaching skills.
Duties
Research
  • You develop or further develop a strong and innovative research programme in the domain of astronomy and astrophysics education in a Planetarium. This research programme may also involve research on teaching and learning and/or teacher training in these two curricular domains beyond the specific context of the Planetarium
  • You develop collaborations with the colleagues involved in physics education research, geography education research, educational research, astronomy and astrophysics and Planetarium professionals
  • You setup a network with other research centres and Planetaria both nationally and internationally
  • You publish in international scientific journals
  • You acquire external research funding
  • You supervise PhD students to a high standard
Education
In general, you are expected to contribute to the further (multi campus) development of the program of Master of Education in Science and Technology and possibly other domains. Additionally, you will take up academic responsibility for MSc theses. You develop your teaching in line with the teaching philosophy of KU Leuven based on activating, research-based and practice-oriented teaching.
Service
  •  You take on academic responsibilities in the Research Groups and faculties to which you are affiliated
  •  You are actively involved in the translation and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the field, including lectures, workshops and seminars, especially for teachers
Profile
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate with following profile and experience:
  • you have a master's degree (or equivalent) in either Science (Physics, Astronomy  or similar), Science education (Physics/Astronomy) or Educational Science
  • you have a PhD degree in either Science (Physics, Astronomy or similar), Science education (Physics/Astronomy) or Educational Science, obtained at the earliest 12 years before the submission date of the job application. The 12-year period is extended by one year for each maternity, parental & adoption leave & for each long-term sick leave of yourself or your immediate family.
  • you have experience in science education (e.g. teacher degree, involvement in teacher education experience with science popularisation, …) or other relevant areas
  • you have expertise in (discipline based) education research: 1) basic expertise in scientific methods in (discipline based) educational sciences: design and validation of measurement instruments, think aloud interview techniques, research designs (experiment, quasi-experiment, design-based research, correlational studies) and the accompanying data analysis methods, etc. 2) basic knowledge of main theoretical frameworks in educational psychology and instructional design
  • you have an excellent publication record
  • you have experience in research proposal writing, writing of peer reviewed journal papers and conference papers
  • you have experience in oral presentations at international fora like workshops, colloquia and conferences
  • you have demonstrated potential for academic leadership
  • experience in obtaining external funding is an asset
  • you have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • you have interest in working both with students and their teachers (primary and secondary education)
  • you have organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency in English is required. The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
  • Fluency in French is an asset.
  • As the FED-tWIN profile is truly interdisciplinary, we are seeking for a flexible and open-minded team player


Offer
We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research and is one of the most innovative universities in the world. The appointment will consist of a 50% appointment at KU Leuven and 50% at the Planetarium of Brussels. The KU Leuven appointment will be a joint appointment to both the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. Candidates will be recruited as assistant professor in a tenure track position with evaluation after 5 years. In case of positive evaluation after 5 years, the candidate will then be appointed to the rank of associate professor. In Belgium, assistant professors are allowed to be main supervisor of a PhD and can autonomously apply as principal investigator for research grants. KU Leuven is offering financial resources to new professors to start up their own research lines. They can also apply for own project funding. At the Planetarium of Brussels, the appointment will consist of 50% contractual researcher (contract of undetermined duration as work leader - salary scale SW2).

KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, … To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.

Interested?
To obtain more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Mieke De Cock (mieke.decock@kuleuven.be), Prof. dr. Wim Van Dooren (wim.vandooren@kuleuven.be) or dr. Rodrigo Alvarez (rodrigo.alvarez@oma.be). If you have problems submitting your application online, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be

Add to your application the following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):
- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;
- an extensive cv including a full publication list;
- your research plan with focus on astronomy and astrophysics education, and the development of your research lines and research team in this respect (maximum 4 pages);
- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).
The Royal Observatory of Belgium actively pursues a policy of diversity on the work floor and safeguards equal opportunities, equal treatment and equal access to the selection process for all applicants.

You can apply for this job no later than February 24, 2020 via the online application tool
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.