Science Educators, Scientists, Researchers. BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) has several full-time openings for individuals with different areas of strength. We describe the general qualifications first and then elaborate on specific qualities that are more specialized. All highly qualified people with a commitment to improving STEM education are encouraged to apply.
BSCS is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, 501(c) (3), educational research and development organization. BSCS, now in its 55th year, is the oldest continuously active research and development group focused on innovative programs to support teaching and learning in science. BSCS’s mission is to transform science teaching and learning through research and development that strengthens learning environments and inspires a global community of scientifically literate citizens. Our three primary lines of research focus on the Nature of Curriculum, Teacher Learning and Practice, and Leadership and Policy.
We are searching for candidates interested in contributing to the work of a dynamic curriculum study. The strongest applicants will demonstrate a passion for science education reform, the ability and interest in working across all lines of research, and an excitement about contributing to the overall mission of the organization. Candidates must be willing to relocate to the Colorado Springs, Colorado area.
Desired Education and Experience
A doctorate in science education, a science discipline, or related field is preferred; a masters degree is required. In addition, an interest in and/or experience with e-learning environments for students and teachers, a background in the learning sciences, or experience conducting educational research is highly desirable.
Essential Abilities and Characteristics
- A strong commitment to improving science education for all students and teachers
- Demonstrated ability to understand and manage complex projects
- Willingness to think creatively
- Strong writing ability
- Ability to write convincingly for different audiences including students, teachers, and funders
- Excellent oral communication skills in a variety of settings (e.g., academic conferences, meetings with school administrators and teachers, and staff meetings)
- Successful experience working independently and in collaborative teams
- Ability to regularly meet deadlines under pressure
- Ability to tolerate ambiguity including ability to thrive in a soft money environment with all of the uncertainties and opportunities that come with such a setting
- Willingness to travel regularly
- Willingness to learn and understand the history of BSCS and the defining values of our work
Specific Desired Qualifications for Quantitative Research Emphasis
A competitive applicant with a quantitative research emphasis will have experience conducting research that uses quantitative methods. Preferred competencies include areas such as power analysis, multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, Item-R Theory/Rasch Modeling, and inter-rater agreement. Although the focus of this position is quantitative research, applicants should also be comfortable with qualitative techniques, as many BSCS projects use a mixed methods approach.
Specific Desired Qualifications for the General Science Education Emphasis
A competitive applicant for the science education emphasis will have multiple years of K-12 science teaching experience, have conducted professional development in diverse settings, and have experience working in informal STEM education settings. Knowledge and experience in program evaluation is highly desirable.
Specific Desired Qualifications for Science Content Emphasis
A competitive applicant for the science content emphasis will have a scholarly track record within her/his scientific discipline and have worked with teachers and/or students in formal or informal STEM education settings. Applicants with a Ph.D. in geology, chemistry, or physics, or a Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in evolution or ecology are preferred.