Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FIVE Postdocs with PERL@MSU, Michigan State

Five postdocs with PERL@MSU

PERL@MSU is a growing and vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, and post-docs. An opportune place to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, teaching, and outreach in physics, PERL@MSU collaborates with various universities across the world as well as with researchers at MSU working in CREATE for STEM, the college of education, and the learning sciences.

Postdoc in Informal Physics Education
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Katie Hinko ( seeks to determine the landscape of informal physics programming across the United States. A postdoc is sought to help develop a survey of informal efforts, construct a taxonomy of those programs, and study “successful” and “failed” programs to determine the culture and resources needed to support such programs.

Two Postdocs in Computational Physics Education in HS classrooms
A new NSF funded project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Prof. Paul Irving ( seeks to develop computational modeling activities for high school classrooms in Michigan in collaboration with participating high school teachers. Two postdocs are to help study student learning and engagement as well as teacher’s instructional practices.

Postdoc in Introductory Laboratory Assessment and Evaluation
An existing Howard Hughes Medical Institute project led by Prof. Danny Caballero ( and Dr. Bill Martinez resulted in the development and implementation of laboratory courses for life science majors. A postdoc is sought to help develop and test a laboratory assessment aligned with AAPT lab guidelines and locally-developed faculty- consensus learning goals.

Postdoc in Computational Physics Education in Undergraduate Classrooms
A new Center for Excellence in Education has been established at the University of Oslo. An initial effort of this Center for Computing in Science Education is to develop assessments for computational physics that are widely applicable to introductory courses in which computing is taught. A postdoc will collaborate with Prof. Danny Caballero ( to support those efforts. Relocation to Oslo, Norway is expected.