Monday, November 21, 2016

PER Postdoc, Michigan State

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work to develop and refine instructional materials for a new calculus-based electromagnetism course taught around project-based inquiry with computational physics. The successful candidate will also collect data on student learning as well as faculty practice in the course, and will assist in the analysis of the collected data.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with physics and education faculty to:
develop an integrated plan of course evaluation and innovation;
develop valid assessments of student learning in this course;
participate in and supervise the development of instructional routines, materials, and practices for improving student learning in this course, including teaching the course;
publish assessment tools and findings in Physics Education journals; and
pursue a research agenda related to your own personal interests..

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate researchers in Michigan State's Physics Education Research Lab ( and CREATE4STEM Institute (

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of a one year extension for a total of two years, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in STEM or STEM education. Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in physics or physics education is preferred. Additionally, candidates with curriculum development and project management experience, knowledge of mixed-methods research, and experience with computational modeling in the any programming language are highly preferred. Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences, and a statement of research experience and interests to (posting number 4452). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please inquire with Prof. Danny Caballero ( or Prof. Paul Irving ( regarding status. The start date is negotiable but with a preference for May 2017 or sooner.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.