Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Post-doc at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS; http://www.cyfs.unl.edu) and the National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking applications for qualified candidates interested in participating in a two-year, U.S. Department of Education-funded postdoctoral training program designed to promote the conduct of methodologically-rigorous research on educational interventions, with an emphasis on science instruction.

Training for fellows will begin in Summer or Fall, 2012 and take place via (a) mentored professional development, independent writing, and grant development; (b) immersion in large-scale, federally-funded applied science education research; and (c) didactic research training. Fellows will have an opportunity to assume a leadership role on at least one large-scale research project directed by senior research personnel. Within this role, they will (a) assist in the conceptualization and management of existing and follow-up research, (b) apply methodological and data analytic approaches in addressing research questions, and (c) supervise data collection/management/analysis and implementation efforts. In addition, they will be encouraged to establish independent strands of research culminating in the solicitation of grant funds.

Successful fellows will be well poised to assume roles in academic institutions or research centers that have as their priority advancing the scientific basis of educational programs. Qualified applicants will have obtained a doctoral degree in science education, educational psychology or related fields by August, 2012. Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2012 and continue until positions are filled. Those with a background in school-based science instruction, particularly as it applies to rural settings, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should maintain a basic understanding of research design and analysis for randomized group designs and educational and psychological measurement.

The following materials are required from all applicants: (a) a cover letter describing professional research interests, research experience, methodological and statistical training, and professional development and research goals to be pursued during the fellowship; (b) a complete vita; and (c) two letters of recommendation (at least one from a faculty advisor or mentor). Application materials should be submitted electronically to Dr. Gwen Nugent at gnugent@unl.edu. The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action and equal opportunity and is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. We assure reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act; contact Cindy Schuerman at (402) 472-2452 for assistance. Contact Dr. Gwen Nugent for assistance related to this position.