Wednesday, July 17, 2019

[Rumor] PER Postdoc, Seattle WA

A collaborative team of researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University plans to advertise a postdoctoral research associate position soon, with a flexible start date between October 1, 2019, and January 30, 2020.  The postdoctoral research associate would work on a recently-funded National Science Foundation grant, "Research and Curriculum Development to Leverage University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics," which builds on an earlier project that ends this year.  The new grant will: 
  • Identify university student conceptual resources for understanding kinematics, linear momentum, electric circuits, and heat and temperature
  • Develop and test instructional materials that build on student resources
  • Intentionally seek a representative sample of introductory physics students
  • Study context-dependent patterns in resource activation
  • Disseminate insights and resources from the project through PhysPort

The postdoctoral research associate would join a collaborative team that includes faculty Paula Heron (Physics, University of Washington Seattle), Amy Robertson (Physics, Seattle Pacific University), Rachel Scherr (Physics, University of Washington Bothell), and Raphael Mondesir (Sociology, Seattle Pacific University).  The postdoctoral research associate would be supported in choosing an independent and integrated strand of research and would receive extensive professional development that includes travel to conferences, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and other skills identified collaboratively.  Minimum salary is $60,000, with benefits.  The position would be for two years at the University of Washington Seattle. 

For more information, contact Amy Robertson (, Paula Heron (, or Rachel Scherr (