The PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder has TWO postdoctoral positions available – one targeting general chemistry content at the high school and college level, and the other targeting math content at the middle school level.
The PhET Team develops interactive simulations for teaching and learning science and math, creates activities that couple with the simulations, and makes all of these resources freely available to educators and students on the web. Research is a major component of the PhET Project, and focuses on understanding aspects of design and use that lead to increases in student learning and student engagement.
PhET is engaged in development and research on interactive simulations for use in teaching and learning math and science. Research questions center around effective sim design and sim classroom use for this population. The primary responsibilities of the successful applicants will be to 1) carry out and publish research on sim design and use with students and teachers; and 2) to develop new simulations with an expectation to lead or coordinate the development of about 5 simulations per year. (No programming experience needed - PhET hires professional software developers). Other responsibilities include training teachers on use of PhET simulations through PhET workshops at local and national meetings, and supporting other PhET-related work where needed.
More information on PhET can be found at: http://phet.colorado.edu
More information about the PER group @ Colorado is at: http://per.colorado.edu
To apply for either position: Please submit a cover letter, a statement on teaching and learning, a curriculum vitae, an unofficial transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation to: Oliver.Nix@colorado.edu And complete CU’s online application here:
Chemistry position: https://www.jobsatcu.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=66812
Eligibility: For the Chemistry position, we will consider graduates in chemistry education or the learning sciences (with knowledge of chemistry content), or in traditional areas of chemistry research who are interested in shifting their focus. Prior experience teaching or working with students or teachers is a plus, along with knowledge of the chemistry education literature. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
Math position: https://www.jobsatcu.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=66809
Eligibility: For the math position, we will consider graduates in math education or the learning sciences (with knowledge of math content). Prior experience working with middle school students or teachers is a plus, along with knowledge of the math education literature. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
Review of application will begin on December 10, and continue until the position is filled.