Friday, October 13, 2017

Phys Port Fellow Postdoc, Kansas State University

Kansas State University is hiring a postdoctoral research associate for a new project to study the use and impact of PhysPort.org by physics faculty, and to determine ways to increase its effectiveness. PhysPort is an online professional development resource that supports physics faculty in implementing research-based teaching and assessment in their classrooms by providing expert recommendations, based on Physics Education Research (PER). The goal of this project will answer the following research questions:   
1. How do physics faculty use PhysPort?
2. What is the impact of PhysPort on teaching practice for both faculty and departments?
As a postdoc, your work may include observing and interviewing interviewing physics faculty, performing phenomenographic and statistical analyses, preparing research results for publication and presentation, assisting with supervising students and assisting with designing changes to PhysPort based on research results. You will work closely with Ellie Sayre (PhysPort Research Director, Kansas State University), Sam McKagan (PhysPort Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), Adrian Madsen (PhysPort Assistant Director, American Association of Physics Teachers), and a team of researchers at Kansas State University and AAPT.
This position is based at Kansas State University, but involves close collaboration with a geographically distributed team and we will consider hiring someone who would work remotely.
We are passionate about the professional development of our postdocs. You will receive training on research, writing papers and grant proposals, user-centered design, and working with a team.
Preferred qualifications:
  • PhD/EdD in STEM field or physics/science education
  • Enthusiastic learner
  • Passion for improving the state of physics education at the university level
  • Successful research record and the ability to conduct independent research
  • Ability to listen and draw out people’s experiences and perspectives (e.g. in the context of interviews)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with physics faculty
  • Experience with research into faculty/teacher change, instructional change, institutional change, and/or faculty/teacher professional development
  • Experience with qualitative research including interviewing and video analysis
  • Experience with statistics
  • Strong communication and writing skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and a willingness to improve them
  • Ability to work with a geographically distributed team
  • We realize that no one person has all of these preferred qualifications; a successful candidate might have some of them. If you are interested in this position, we encourage you to apply, or at least contact us with questions.
If you have any questions about the project or the position, please contact Ellie (esayre@ksu.edu) or Sam (smckagan@aapt.org).
Interested applicants should apply by submitting a letter of interest and a curriculum vita as well as a list including contact information for at least three references at this link:  http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/502494/fellow-post-doc-physics

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.  Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FT Renewable, University of Florida

Lecturer in Physics at the University of Florida
As part of a major faculty hiring initiative, the Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeks qualified applicants for a full-time, nine-month, renewable, non-tenure-track Lecturer position to begin in August 2018.
The primary teaching duties will be to work as a part of a team teaching over 5000 students who take introductory physics classes at UF each year.  Depending on the applicant's background and departmental needs, other areas of undergraduate physics instruction may be involved.  The Lecturer will be expected to help with programmatic improvements in our large course instruction by, for example, training teaching and learning assistants, applying pedagogy from physics education research, including more active learning environments, or implementing strategies to encourage and maintain participation from groups underrepresented in physics and STEM fields.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Physics Education, or a related field, and at least two years of experience teaching undergraduate Physics. Experience with some of the teaching improvements mentioned above is preferred. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Opportunities for summer teaching are likely. At UF, Lecturers have professional development opportunities, including a well-defined promotion structure, a professional development leave program, and access to travel funds for conference presentations.
Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/504681 , and must include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with publication list, a summary of physics teaching background and experience, a link to a short (5-10 minute) instructional video prepared by the applicant on a topic of his or her choice, and the names and contact information for three to five references. Reference providers will only be notified of their upload link once an application is submitted in full, so early completion of an application is highly recommended.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted by November 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Prof. Selman Hershfield (selman@phys.ufl.edu).

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

TT in DBER, Auburn AL

Auburn University-College of Sciences and Mathematics Tenure Track Position in Discipline-Based Education Research

The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month position at the level of Assistant Professor, with research interests in the area of discipline-based education research. The home department of the successful candidate will be housed in either COSAM’s Department of Biological Sciences or Department of Physics, according to the background of the candidate. COSAM has recently hired DBER faculty in the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
COSAM is eager to grow this developing DBER group within the college.

The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded DBER program and collaborate with a growing cohort of researchers within the college on studying/transforming STEM higher education through basic and applied research methods and their assessment. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, innovation of evidence-based, active-learning course development/delivery, and efficacy of student-led teaching methods in the learning process within the STEM classroom/lab. Duties also will include teaching in the home department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising graduate research.

A Ph.D. in one of the science disciplines of the above participating departments, a record of scholarly accomplishments in science education research, and at least one year of research/teaching experience beyond the Ph.D. are required. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 2018) and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. The candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communications skills.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2018, it was ranked 46th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2017 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. A large and dynamic STEM program exists at Auburn, with close to 50% of total student instruction being based within STEM departments.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed 2 to 3-page statement of the research plan, a 2-page statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of at least three references when submitted electronically at  https://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2489.
 
Review of applications will begin 1 December 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information please contact dber3@auburn.edu.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Science Education Postdoc, Emory University, Atlanta GA


The Heemstra Lab at Emory University in collaboration with a cross-disciplinary group of science and education researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Haverford College; the University of Utah; and Georgia Gwinnett College seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to join a group effort investigating students’ relationships with failure in academic settings and interventions aimed at helping students to deal with failure. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be under the joint supervision of Jen Heemstra, Acting Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, and Lisa Corwin, Biology Education Researcher and Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This postdoc will work on a project entitled Promoting Student Success by Shaping Attitudes Toward Failure: Investigating how mindset interventions can help students to understand, embrace, and overcome short-term failure.
This project aims to investigate how academic interventions drawing from research on mindset, resiliency, and attribution theory can be used in classroom and laboratory settings to help students overcome fear of failure and productively respond when failure does occur. Productive responses to failures involve responses that allow an individual to quickly overcome the emotional costs of failure, learn from the failure experience, and, if possible, solve the problem associated with the failure or apply their learning to future experiences. The research aims to characterize both productive and unproductive failure responses common in an academic environment and identify academic interventions and instructional practices that help students abandon unproductive responses and adopt productive responses.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will serve as a general project manager and oversee day-to-day operations of the project. They will be involved in all aspects of the project with special attention to study design, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of the findings through conferences and publications. The successful candidate will be expected to:
  • Attend all project leadership team meetings including project design and implementation meetings and meetings to determine the scope and direction of the project,
  • Assist with study design, with special attention to the statistical analysis that will accompany the project,
  • Help refine interventions aimed at preparing students for failures or assisting students in coping with recent failures,
  • Attend and assist with professional development meetings aimed at training participants in use of interventions,
  • Engage in data collection (first year) and analysis (second year),
  • Engage in collaborative data viewing and analysis sessions with the project leadership team specifically aimed at evaluating the efficacy of tested interventions,
  • Build educational research skills and an education research agenda to carry on their own independent work after this position, and
  • Mentor undergraduate students and/or graduate research assistants associated with the project.
We are seeking candidates who have either a Ph.D. in Science Education, Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, or related fields, or a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, experience teaching, and a strong desire to engage in education research. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications or a strong motivation to gain experience in these areas:
  • Experience in science education research,
  • Experience conducting multivariate statistics including multiple regression, hierarchical linear models, and structural equation modeling,
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level,
  • Effective communication skills across disciplines, particularly to explain the nuances of a discipline to those outside of the discipline,
  • Experience with data collection, particularly in undergraduate settings, and
  • Experience working in the sciences (Chemistry, Biology, or Physics).
Salary: $47,500/year
Start date: February 2018 (negotiable)
Term: Initial appointment will be for one year (renewable for a second year)
Application procedure: Email cover letter, CV, and brief summary of past research as a single PDF to both Jen Heemstra (jen [dot] heemstra [at] emory [dot] edu) and Lisa Corwin (lisa [dot] corwin [at] colorado [dot] edu).  Letters of recommendation will be solicited for selected candidates. Application review will begin on Monday October 9th. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education), Michigan State, PERL Group

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins Michigan State University's College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe) and its Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research focused on two areas: 1) teachers’ instructional practices, and teacher learning as individuals and as a community of practitioners; and 2) teachers’ attention to equity-related patterns in student participation, and students’ subjective experiences related to equity and inequity in classrooms.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with education and physics faculty to:
  • Design multiple professional development opportunities for supporting teachers to integrate computation into high school physics courses,
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with in-service high school physics teachers,
  • Gather and analyze qualitative data about teacher learning in both professional development and teaching environments,
  • Interview students and teachers about patterns of participation, particularly focused on issues of equity,
  • Mentor junior researchers including graduate students and undergraduates in research on teacher education, and
  • Author articles for journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Cognition and Instruction, as well as discipline specific journals, such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Present research results at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in the Michigan State’s Teacher Education program and Physics Education Research Lab (http://perl.pa.msu.edu/).

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in Education, STEM Education, or Teacher Education. Candidates holding a Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation emphasizing education research are also qualified. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Prior professional development experience, which may include leading or supporting in-service or pre-service teachers, teaching assistants, and/or learning assistants,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis).
  • Work organizing a large team around some project (teaching, research, or service).

An exceptional candidate will will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • K12 teaching experience in STEM,
  • Prior experience designing professional development,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in STEM education.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to careers.msu.edu (posting number 467633). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2018. Questions regarding the position may be directed to either Prof. Niral Shah (niral@msu.edu) or Prof. David Stroupe (dstroupe@msu.edu), research advisors for this project.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Student Learning), Michigan State, PERL group

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins the Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving) and its College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research on student learning and engagement as teacher’s work to implement their co-designed computational activities.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with physics and education faculty to:
  • Design multiple professional development opportunities for supporting teachers to integrate computation into high school physics courses,
  • Work collaboratively and constructively with in-service high school physics teachers,
  • Gather and analyze data in classrooms of students working on computational activities,
  • Interview students and teachers about computational usage and experiences,
  • Conduct research using qualitative methods to determine how students approach their work on computational activities,
  • Mentor junior researchers including graduate students and undergraduates in physics education research, and
  • Author articles for journals such as Physical Review: Physics Education Research, the American Journal of Physics, and The Physics Teacher, as well as
  • Present research results at professional conferences such as the American Association of Physics Teachers conference and the Physics Education Research Conference.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in the Michigan State’s Physics Education Research Lab (http://perl.pa.msu.edu/) and Teacher Education program.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics, physics education, or STEM education. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Prior professional development experience, which may include leading or supporting in-service or pre-service teachers, teaching assistants, and/or learning assistants,
  • Some form of computational experience in their academic experience, research, or both,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis).
  • Prior work organizing a large team around some project (teaching, research, and/or service).

An exceptional candidate will will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Experience with physics education research,
  • Prior experience designing professional development,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in computational education.

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to careers.msu.edu (posting number 467584). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on Oct 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2018. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Paul Irving (pwirving@msu.edu), research advisor for this project, or Prof. Danny Caballero (caballero@pa.msu.edu), co-director of the Physics Education Research Lab.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Assistant or Associate Professor in Biophysics - Claremont Colleges

ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN PHYSICS
(BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS)
THE W.M. KECK SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF
CLAREMONT MCKENNA, PITZER, AND SCRIPPS COLLEGES

The W.M. Keck Science Department (www.kecksci.claremont.edu) of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College (three members of the 7-member Claremont Colleges Consortium) seeks to hire a professor of biological physics at the Assistant or Associate level starting July 2018. Our interdisciplinary department comprises scientists in biology, chemistry, environmental science, neuroscience, and physics (the physics discipline also oversees an active 3-2 pre-engineering program.)  We are a vibrant community of teacher-scholars who value an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, and seek an exceptional individual with demonstrated excellence in scholarship and an enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, postdoctoral or other professional research experience, an experimental or computational physics research program that addresses questions relevant to biological systems, and the ability to teach a full spectrum of courses in physics.  The desire and capacity to actively engage undergraduates in research and to supervise senior-thesis research projects is essential.  Located in the charming town of Claremont, The Claremont Colleges are ideally situated within the dynamic Los Angeles metropolitan area (35 miles east of downtown LA), and are within a one-hour drive of Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside.

Please apply online at: https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/faculty/faculty_opening_detail.php?PostingID=16025.
Upload (i) a cover letter describing your background, experience, and your interest in working in a liberal arts college environment, (ii) a c.v., (iii) a succinct statement outlining your research experience and plans (including how your research might engage undergraduates), (iv) a succinct statement outlining your teaching experience and interests, (v) a succinct diversity statement outlining your philosophy for fostering an educational environment that is inclusive of all students, and (vi) the names and e-mail addresses of four references (at least two of whom can address research and at least one of whom can address teaching). All named references will be automatically contacted and sent instructions for uploading their reference letters, though it is incumbent upon candidates to follow up with their letter writers to ensure letters have been sent.  Review of applications will begin October 6, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.  Further inquiries may be directed to Professor Scot Gould at sgould@kecksci.claremont.edu.

The W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges is an equal opportunity employer. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the department actively encourage applications from women and from members of historically under-represented social groups in higher education.

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics - Cal Poly, Pomona

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2018. We welcome applications from observers and theorists across the full range of specialties in astronomy and astrophysics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a closely related discipline by August 2018. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and the ability to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in physics and astronomy. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to contribute, teach, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body. Previous teaching experience and evidence of independent scholarship is preferred.
The successful candidate will establish a research program involving undergraduate students. Astrophysical research areas of current faculty include star formation, the ISM, H II regions, massive stars, black holes, relativity, and astronomy education. The Department offers a wide range of courses in astronomy and astrophysics, including a new lab course in observational astronomy or computational astrophysics. Cal Poly Pomona is the lead institution for two programs aimed at increasing diversity in astronomy and physics, CAMPARE (www.cpp.edu/campare) and Cal-Bridge (www.cpp.edu/calbridge). The department also hosts the Milky Way Project citizen science initiative, one of the original 10 Zooniverse projects (www.milkywayproject.org). The department has a large, active, and diverse student body with close faculty–student interactions and a history of success in obtaining funding from NSF and other external sources.
More information can be found at http://www.cpp.edu/~sci/physics-astronomy/news-events/tenure-track-astronomy.shtml or by contacting the search chair, Dr. Matt Povich (mspovich[at]cpp.edu).

Saturday, September 23, 2017

FT at University of Utah

Professor of Educational Practice
Department of Physics & Astronomy University of Utah
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah invites applications for a career-line (non tenure-track) faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (Lecturer). We seek a model educator to help us provide a world-class education for every undergraduate student. The successful applicant will have: 1) a PhD or equivalent in physics, physics education, or a related field; 2) physics education research experience; 3) a commitment to equity in physics education and record of utilizing inclusive, evidence-based instructional practices; 4) experience collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to reform aspects of the undergraduate physics curriculum; and 5) excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills. We seek a long-term colleague who will be fully integrated into our department and also affiliated with the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME).
This position has four primary areas of responsibility. First, to be the instructor of record for between two and four courses per year depending on need, focusing primarily on introductory physics; there may be additional duties related to coordinating laboratory sections etc. with teaching anticipated to account for ~50% of total effort. Second, to work with other faculty to develop, implement, and assess the effectiveness of curriculum reforms (~25% effort). Depending on the interest and expertise of the candidate, possible projects might include integrating computation throughout the curriculum, reforming the introductory physics for life science majors sequence, developing integrated cross-disciplinary labs, developing online sections of strategically chosen courses, enhancing the professional development of graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate learning assistants, etc. Third, to serve as a model and consultant for other faculty who want to utilize inclusive, evidence-based instructional practices in their courses (~15% effort). Finally, to work with CSME staff and faculty affiliates to help execute college-wide educational programs (~10% effort). While the successful candidate will not be expected to seek external funding or publish peer-reviewed papers, collaborative opportunities for such activities may be possible, provided they are synergistic with the above responsibilities.
This is an exciting time in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The University is experiencing large enrollment increases, resulting in a more diverse student body from a broader range of academic, geographic, socioeconomic, ethnic, and life-experience backgrounds. In addition, we are preparing for the opening of the Crocker Science Center in November 2017, a new integrated science facility, which will house state-of-the-art research facilities, teaching laboratories and classrooms. We seek a colleague committed to inclusive excellence who will make a lasting impact on our department and institution.
Details of appointment:
  • This is a 12-month, salaried (exempt) appointment within the career-line track which includes summer compensation. The career-line track does not include the possibility of tenure, but otherwise parallels the tenure track with various ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor). Career-line faculty are eligible to be PIs on grants, to serve on departmental, college, and university committees and in leadership roles, and to cast votes in most faculty meetings.
  • The initial appointment will be for two years and is renewable thereafter.
  • All career-line faculty are reviewed informally on an annual basis (like their tenure-track colleagues).
  • Career-line faculty can request a formal review for promotion to a higher rank within the career-line track at their discretion.
Application process and timeline:
Please upload the information described below using this link: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/68890.  Review of applications will commence on October 15, 2017 and the posting will close on November 1, 2017.
  • Your complete academic curriculum vitae.
  • A teaching statement describing your educational philosophy and experience. This statement should describe your implementation of inclusive, evidence-based instructional practices.
  • In lieu of a research statement, please upload a statement that describes how you would choose among possible reform projects, generate departmental buy-in, and/or assess the impact of changes to the curriculum.
  • Please arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be submitted by the deadline.
Located in metropolitan Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, the University of Utah is the state’s flagship research institution and emphasizes exceptional scholarship, quality teaching, and professional service. The university serves over 32,000 students from across the U.S. and the world with over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the University of Utah encourages an active, holistic lifestyle, innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty, and business leaders. Salt Lake City is a vibrant major metropolitan area with a diverse, multicultural population and numerous cultural and outdoor activities.
 
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.
For additional information, please contact Jordan Gerton, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Physics and Astronomy at jgerton@physics.utah.edu.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Computational Science Education Postdoc, University of Oslo, Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Computing in Science Education

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available at The Center for Computing in Science Education, a Center for Excellence in Education the Department of Physics. The position will be for a period of 3 years. Starting date preferably no later than 01.01.2018.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

The main purpose of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Job description/ Project description:

Center for Computing in Science Education (mn.uio.no/ccse) aims to renew science education by integrating the use of computing throughout the education. We will develop new learning material and approaches, build a culture for teaching and learning, involve students in development and research, and disseminate insights and methods. The ambition of the center is to become an international hub for the integration of computing in education.

To this center we seek a Postdoctoral fellow to perform research on establishing assessment tools for documenting how integration of computational methods in science impacts on students’ understanding, motivation and learning. Particular emphasis will be on assessment of computational understanding in physics, mathematics, and/or bioscience. The University of Oslo has internationally unique programs that integrate computational methods from the first semester across the science in mathematics, physics, and even bioscience, and therefore posts a unique environment for studying the effect of this integration. The candidate will work with a broad team of scientists and students with backgrounds in mathematics, the sciences and educational research.

Qualification requirements:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

We seek candidates with a PhD in science education research who want to pursue a career in science education research with focus on computing in science education. The candidate must be motivated to work in a cross-disciplinary environment, and experience from teaching in higher education will be an advantage.

Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

A good command of English is required (written and oral).

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • A brief research plan (max 2 pages) that demonstrates how your background can be applied to the activity at the Center of Computing in Science Education, how you can contribute to the aims of the center, and how the Center’s activities can contribute to your professional development.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow this link to “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact persons:

Professor Anders Malthe-Sørenssen (malthe@fys.uio.no).
Professor Danny Caballero (caballero@fys.uio.no).

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Therese Ringvold, e-mail: therese.ringvold@mn.uio.no, phone: +47 22 85 16 06