Thursday, August 1, 2019

Physics Education Research Postdoc, Rochester Institute of Technology NY

The PER group at Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking a multi-year postdoc in physics education research working on NSF Award DGE- 1846321 “CAREER: Learning to solve problems in context-rich environments: A naturalistic study in STEM workplaces, research labs, project-based courses and lab courses.”  If you are interested in researching project-based learning, undergraduate and graduate research experiences, and work-based learning (all stuff fairly outside the typical classroom experience) then this project could be a good fit.

The postdoctoral researcher will work with Associate Professor Ben Zwickl in the School of Physics and Astronomy. They will conduct ethnographic observations in research labs, classrooms, and workplaces; collect field notes and artifacts; conduct ethnographic interviews; analyze data; and communicate results to scientists, educators, education researchers, and administrators; and develop assessment tools for context-rich environments.

As part of the grant, the postdoc will also co-develop and co-teach a project-based course for 1st year physics majors at RIT. The postdoc will be part of a larger multi-disciplinary DBER group ( and STEM Education center, which hosts an REU in DBER.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education Research, Education, or a closely related field by the start of the appointment.

The official job posting is at Click on “Staff Positions” and search for 4717BR. The posting will remain open until filled.

Contact Ben Zwickl at if you would have questions about the position.

About RIT and Rochester
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.  Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 51st largest metro area in the United States and the third largest city New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to nearly 1.1 million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 18% African and Latin Americans and another 3% of international origin. It is also home to one of the largest deaf communities per capita in the US.