Monday, January 23, 2012

Post-doc at Rutgers in Science Ed (NJ)

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University

The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University seeks a postdoctoral research scientist in assessment and measurement. The postdoctoral fellow will join the research team of an NSF funded project to investigate the theoretical validity and practical implementation of learning progressions in science education. The project involves the development of assessments, and instructional materials to study two competing learning progressions in genetics at the high school level. The postdoctoral fellow will assist in the development and validation of multiple forms of assessments using the Evidence-Centered Design approach and multidimensional item response models. The successful candidate will be expected to become a full participant in the project (i.e. help organize research activities, collect and analyze data, present and publish articles that emerge from the research); as well as work with and assist in the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project.

Qualifications: PhD in assessment and measurement or related field at time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have expertise/experience in: (a) analysis of measurement data (expertise in IRT preferred), and b) development of assessments (expertise with the BEAR Assessment System preferred). Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with K-12 teachers and students are essential. The ideal candidate will be flexible, reliable and organized, with excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as be collaborative and participate cooperatively in close-knit research team.

Salary: Commensurate with candidate experience

Applications should include: (a) a brief letter of interest, (b) CV, (c) two writing samples most appropriate for the position (samples addressing both analysis of measurement data and development of assessments preferred), and (d) a letter of recommendation and contact information for two additional references. Application review will begin March 15th and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date for the position is September 1st, 2012. The appointment is renewed annually, but expected duration would be 2-3 years.
Rutgers is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For inquiries please contact: Ravit Duncan at

Please send application materials to:
Ravit Duncan, Ph.D
Graduate School of Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
10 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-932 7496 ext 8355

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