Monday, February 3, 2014

Postdoc at Oregon State University

Postdoctoral Scholar Position
Paradigms in Physics Group
Physics Education Research

The Paradigms in Physics group at Oregon State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position involving the evaluation and dissemination of our novel upper-division curricular materials.  The successful candidate will also work with the Paradigms in Physics team to: conduct research on the effects of Paradigms curricular materials on expert and student understanding of partial derivatives in electromagnetism, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and/or in other science and mathematics disciplines; and/or conduct research on student changes in metacognition and epistemology; and/or write/design/evaluate learning trajectories for partial derivatives throughout mathematics and physics undergraduate courses.  The successful candidate will teach one upper-division physics course per term using materials developed by the Paradigms program.  Education researchers in disciplines such as mathematics or engineering are welcome to apply if they have sufficient background in physics to teach the required upper-division physics courses.

The appointment is for one year with renewal for a second year contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance.  The starting date of the appointment is no later than September 15, 2014.

For further information about the Paradigms program, please see our website:
or contact the program director:
        Corinne Manogue at

To apply, please submit the following materials:
        * a letter of interest;
        * a resume/vita;
        * a teaching statement;
        * a research statement;
        * 3 letters of reference, including at least one addressing teaching.

We will begin considering applications on March 15, 2014, but will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Electronic submission of all materials is strongly preferred; please submit PDF files if possible.  Electronic submissions may be sent to:
        Tevian Dray at
Alternatively, postal submissions may be sent to:
        Tevian Dray
        Department of Mathematics
        Kidder Hall 386
        Oregon State University
        Corvallis, OR  97331