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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
PER Postdoc, University of Washington
Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics Education Research
Title:Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics Education Research
The University of Washington Physics Education Group, in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington - Bothell, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on arecently-funded National Science Foundation grant, “Research and Curriculum Development to Leverage University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics.” The grant builds onan earlier projectthat 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
Study context-dependent patterns in resource use
Intentionally seek a representative sample of introductory physics students
Disseminate insights and resources from the project through PhysPort
The Postdoctoral Scholar 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 Scholar would be supported in choosing an independent and integrated strand of research (in Strands 1, 2, or 4 in the grant narrative) and would receive extensive professional development that includes travel to conferences, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and other skills identified collaboratively.
Term of appointment:This position is a full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment that may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The start date is flexible (between November 1, 2019, and January 30, 2020). The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited to five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at UW and other institutions.
Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of WashingtonLabor Relations website.
Minimum qualifications:Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Science Education, or a related field. Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research, developing an independent strand of research with support, participating in project management, and presenting research in presentations and publications.
Applicants should submit a current CV, an in-progress or published manuscript, a list of three professional references (please let them know that we may contact them), and answers to the following questions (~1-2 short paragraphs each):
Describe a professional accomplishment that you are proud of. What about this accomplishment makes you feel proud?
Looking at the grant narrative, what is at least one strand of research that you feel confident you can immediately contribute to, and how? What is one strand of research you feel you can learn something from, and what is it?
Describe an experience where you’ve supported someone in accomplishing a long-term task that you collaboratively identified. (This could be an undergraduate research project, or it could be a neighborhood project, or something altogether different.) How did you structure your time to accomplish this task, and what did your support role look like? What did you learn from this experience?
What excites you the most about this project?
What is something you feel concerned about or intimidated by as you move into a postdoctoral research position?
What kinds of professional development do you hope to gain as a postdoctoral research associate?
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.