Monday, July 30, 2012

Postdoc in STEM at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

The STEM Education Research Institute (SERI) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks to application for a Postdoctoral Fellow in STEM Education. The mission of SERI is to oversee, promote and coordinate STEM education research initiatives across the IUPUI campus and in collaboration with external partners. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Jomo W. Mutegi to (a) articulate a research agenda on some aspect of STEM education in urban settings, (b) coordinate a research team of faculty, doctoral students, and undergraduate students in pursuit of that research agenda, and (c) develop products of the research in the form of publication in refereed journals and submission of major grant proposals. The postdoctoral fellow will pursue this work in concert with the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE), and through this work will aid in the development and growth of K-12 STEM partnerships with external partners.

Required qualifications consist of a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in STEM education or a related discipline. The successful candidate will have (a) a promising research record, (b) a demonstrated ability to lead others, (c) a record of active involvement in one or more STEM education research communities, and (d) a commitment to working with underrepresented groups.

IUPUI is one of the outstanding public urban research universities in the United States, located in the heart of Indianapolis, near the Indiana Government Center and Fortune 500 companies. IUPUI serves over 30,000 students, including approximately 21,000 undergraduate students. It grants Indiana University and Purdue University degrees in more than 200 programs and offers a comprehensive range of academic programs. It is Indiana University’s home campus for state wide programs in medicine, law, dentistry, nursing, health and rehabilitation science, and social work, and Purdue University programs in Engineering, Technology, and Science.

Review of applications will begin August 10, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date for the successful candidate is September 2012. This position carries a stipend of $40,000 plus benefits. Candidates must submit (a) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s qualifications and current area of research, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) a writing sample, and (d) three letters of reference. These materials should be submitted electronically to LaVerne Johnson Inquiries about the position can be directed to Jomo W. Mutegi (, Director of UCASE, and interim Co-Director of SERI.

IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Postdoc at Florida International University

Editor's note: This is a reposting from March 2012; applications are still being accepted for the position.

The Physics Education Research Group and the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University seek a Postdoctoral Researcher for their Office of Naval Research project. The successful candidate will be part of a thriving, multidisciplinary research group, and will oversee two primary project activities: (1) the development and implementation of scaled-up Modeling Instruction classes (2) the implementation of a learning assistant program with mentoring support in the College of Engineering. The ideal candidate will be flexible, reliable, and organized, with excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively and to participate cooperatively in a close-knit research team.

Specific duties include:
• Provide coordination to the project by organizing project activities and meetings, overseeing project reports, and overseeing budgets.
• Coordinate project assessments that target classroom impact, faculty professional development, and institutional change.
• Coordinate internal and external outreach efforts, including overseeing dissemination materials, supervising media press releases, collecting public relations materials, and organizing web-based materials.

Lecture Demonstrator at University of Virginia

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Lecture Demonstrator position. Applicants will be responsible for designing, developing, providing and maintaining apparatus and software used in lectures to demonstrate physics principles from uniform motion to magnetic resonance and oversees support of graduate and undergraduate lecture courses taught in the Physics Department. This position supports the core educational mission of the Physics Department and works with faculty to improve the quality of teaching in lecture courses in the Physics Department. The position also coordinates with faculty to support education outreach programs in the Physics Department.  This position requires creativity and strong electronic and mechanical design and construction skills. The position also requires solid user support skills and a willing attitude.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Instructor at Florida International University

The Department of Physics at Florida International University invites applications for a position of Instructor of Physics Education to begin fall of 2012. A Master’s in Physics or Physics or Science Education or extensive teaching experience at the secondary and college level is required. Candidates should have experience teaching introductory physics courses and have excellent teaching, organizational, and supervisory skills.  The successful candidate will assist faculty in teaching reformed introductory physics classes, conduct professional development workshops with high school science teachers, and assist in the recruitment and preparation undergraduate pre-service science teaching candidates. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Laird Kramer, Interested candidates should apply online at and reference the Job Opening ID 504641 (under Advanced Search). Please include a vita, contact information for three potential references, and a letter describing teaching philosophy.  Review of applications will begin August 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the Department, visit our website:  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Teaching Assistant at Qatar University

The Mathematics, Statistics & Physics Department is seeking a candidate for faculty position in Physics at the level of a Teaching Assistant. The position is available beginning September 2012.

Application Deadline: 30-Jul-2012
Position Category: Academic
Employment Type: Full Time
Position Term: Three Years Renewable

Duties and responsibilities:
Set up and run lab sessions;
Assist in maintaining lab safety;
Set up lecture demonstrations;
Assist in various other tasks related to the development of the Department.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Education Researcher at Stevens Institute of Technology

A PhD in educational measurement, statistics, research methods, a natural science and/or engineering education or a closely related field, is preferred. The successful candidate will have at least two years of progressively responsible experience. Candidates with strong backgrounds in science and/or engineering education are preferred.

The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at the Stevens Institute of Technology, seeks an experienced K-12 science and engineering education researcher and assessment developer.  The successful candidate will support the Assistant Directors for Assessment and STEM Education Research in the design and implementation of research and assessment projects. He or she will also collaborate to prepare study results for publication or presentation, including conducting literature searches, producing charts and graphs, writing and/or editing. Job Description Plan, design, conduct or assist with education research projects.

Participate in the design and development of quantitative research and data collection; monitor data collection and analysis; evaluate availability and usefulness of data; identify and collect additional data necessary for completing research projects.

Design and develop plans for qualitative data collection, entry and analysis.
 Provide comprehensive review of data collected from field sites to ensure completeness, quality and accuracy; oversee scoring and entry of data for computer analysis.Write, review, and revise multiple choice, constructed response and curriculum-embedded assessments. Assemble tests or pools of items to meet specifications, working independently and as part of a team. Edit and review items acquired from external sources; gather and resolve feedback from multiple sources on items; evaluate item acceptability after testing.

Write, rewrite, and edit proposals, professional reports, research instruments, research articles, and correspondence.

Conduct literature searches; review current research on research models and methods. Perform independent analyses of literature by reading, summarizing, and evaluating it preliminary to undertaking research.

The Education Researcher position is contingent on grant funding. However, we are committed to support and will seek additional funds to continue the role.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Astronomy Content Author

Sapling Learning has immediate, contract openings for Astronomy Content Authors to create questions for our new astronomy product.

 RESPONSIBILITIES · Writing clear questions and solutions of varying difficulties, which test students understanding and application of fundamental astronomical concepts · Authoring hints, solutions, and feedback that provide insightful diagnosis of student mistakes and misconceptions that are designed to coach students toward mastery · Inputting the questions, hints, solutions and feedback into the software · Reviewing and revising the questions

 QUALIFICATIONS · Experience teaching Introductory Astronomy to non-majors as an instructor or TA, including experience writing original homework and/or test questions · Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new systems quickly · Excellent written communication skills · Must have at least 10 - 15 hours per week to dedicate to creating content

 EDUCATION M.S. or Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics (Ph.D in progress does qualify)

 TYPE 1099 Contract – 15 hours per week commitment. This position can be completed remotely.

For more details, see central website

Executive Director at National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), a membership organization representing educators, administrators and science leaders in all sectors of society, seeks a new Executive Director. Founded in 1944, NSTA is the largest nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

NSTA is uniquely positioned to lead the conversation on science education and engage all teachers of science, as its reach extends beyond its 55,000 members to the larger science education community. NSTA serves its mission though its conferences, publications, cutting-edge online networking and professional development, and a robust advocacy agenda.

Lab and Demo Coordinator at Lafayette College

The Physics Department of Lafayette College, a highly selective undergraduate institution with programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering, has an opening for a laboratory and demonstration coordinator. The appointment is expected to start January 1, 2013. Lafayette College is conveniently situated in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, 70 miles from New York City and 60 miles from Philadelphia.

Lecturer at University of Reading

University of Reading - Institute of Education

Start date: 10 September 2012
Closing date: 06/08/2012
Reference number: LE12035
Post type: part-time, fixed-term until 5th July 2013
Hours: 0.2 Pay grade: Grade 7

We are seeking to appoint a well qualified and experienced secondary science physics educator to contribute across our PGCE, GTP and SKE science programmes.   You will need extensive knowledge of best practice in secondary science teaching, the ability to teach physics to a high level, an understanding of initial teacher education and a willingness and potential to engage in research and/or professional scholarship.     

Teaching Fellow at University College London

Full Time The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,707 - £38,744 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. The department invites applications for the position of Teaching Fellow in Physics and Astronomy.

The main purpose of this role is undergraduate teaching. Duties would include problem-solving tutorials, laboratory/practical demonstrating, computing tuition and feedback on communications skills assignments, as well as supervision of project work. The post-holder would additionally support some administrative teaching tasks.

Postdoc at University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh - School of Physics and Astronomy

A fixed-term 1 year 0.5 FTE postdoctoral position is available in the School of Physics and Astronomy (part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, SUPA).

We seek an applicant to help deliver our goals under the Project Juno, an equality and diversity scheme administered by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men. The School of Physics and Astronomy currently holds "Practitioner" status.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Postdoctoral Position at the University of Iowa

We have an unanticipated opening for an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) sponsored 2-year postdoctoral position at the University of Iowa to start as early as August, 2012.

The overall goal of the position is to provide the scholar with the knowledge and hands-on experiences needed to conduct rigorous educational research and develop competitive IES grant proposals.

The scholar will work with Dr. Brian Hand and other faculty from a variety of disciplines on a large scale, grant- funded random control trial (RCT) of the Science Writing Heuristic. The RCT is being conducted in 48 schools and with over 10,000 students throughout the state of Iowa.

Annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits and a large travel and research budget are offered.

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required. Applicants from under-represented groups and from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Potential candidates should have completed a PhD within the last 5 years in special education, science education, or a related field.

Interested candidates should contact Bill Therrien at  for further information and instructions on how to apply.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

TT at Montana State

The Department of Physics at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on January 1, 2013. We seek an exceptional teacher who will primarily teach lower-division classes in physics and astronomy, and make significant contributions to our undergraduate instructional program. The successful candidate will also mentor graduate students in teaching, and develop an independent research program that complements departmental research interests. Required: Ph.D in Physics or a closely related field; Demonstrated ability to successfully teach undergraduate physics courses; Evidence of potential to conduct independent research. To apply, submit: (1) A letter of application addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications ( see listing at ; (2) A complete current curriculum vita, including description of teaching experience; (3) A statement of teaching philosophy; (4) A statement of research plans; (5) The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three (3) current professional references, to Physics Teaching Search, Department of Physics, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-3840, Screening of applicants will begin on September 15, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be mailed to the address above, or directed to (406) 994-6186. AA/ADA/EEO/Vet Pref Employer.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Senior Educational Strategist: University of British Columbia

Science Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of British Columbia is accepting applications for a Senior Educational Strategist to support the ongoing activities of the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight) in providing pedagogical support to faculty and administrators. The details of the job posting is provided below.

The deadline for application is July 13th, 2012. If you’re interested in applying, please do so through the UBC central website: and go to staff postings. The job ID is 13420.  

Organizational Status
Reports to the Associate Dean, Teaching and Curriculum.

Work Performed
-Provide pedagogical support to faculty and administrators through consultation, classroom observations, committee work, etc. 
-Support faculty in their professional development in achieving excellence in the area of teaching and learning thorough workshops, one-on-one consultations, and in support of planning, designing and implementation of best teaching practices and resources and measuring the effectiveness of such interventions. 
-Plan, design and develop new initiatives/programs/courses  to enhance teaching and learning. 
-Develop and execute comprehensive assessment and evaluation plans for new initiatives/programs/courses to enhance teaching and learning and to influence decisions associated with the design, implementation and delivery of curriculum and programs. 
-Engage in evidence-based scholarly activities in teaching and learning that align with the objectives in the Science Dean's Office/Departments/Programs/Courses.  
-Develop proposals to secure funding as a PI or co-PI for educational programs in collaboration with faculty to improve teaching and learning. 
-Manage education projects including budgets. 
-Prepare Behavioural Research Ethics Applications (i.e. BREB Applications). 
-Execute funded/unfunded science education projects to improve teaching and learning. 
-Support faculty development through dissemination of the research findings at conferences, through publications in peer-reviewed journals and at other venues such as workshops. 
-Prepare project budgets. 
-Recruit, train and supervise staff for projects. 
-Collaborate with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and other campus instructional support units as well as other institutions as necessary to enhance teaching and learning.

Supervision Received
Works under general direction.  Work is reviewed in terms of conformance with established standards and specific objectives.

Supervision Given
Supervises work study students and 12 month lecturers when required.

Consequence of Error/Judgement
Errors could seriously impair the public image of the Faculty and may impact the reputation of the University. Lack of effort and/or poor judgment would result in lack of appropriate and timely information available on the Faculty website for faculty and students

Master's degree in Education.  PhD and Science degree preferred.  Minimum of six years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in curriculum development.  Teaching experience would be an asset.  Must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills.   Must be able to give effective presentations. Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision Ability to instruct and provide training in pedagogical best practices. Ability to initiate and conduct research projects. Must have knowledge of current pedagogical research and best practices in teaching Must have good management and organization skills. Ability to analyze and interpret data, determine implications, and provide recommendations Must have good assessment and evaluation skills. Ability to lead change by creating a vision and taking appropriate action to ensure acceptance and support Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm , courteous, and effective manner Must have experience with MSWord, Excel, Powerpoint.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London

The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to employ a suitably qualified Teaching Fellow to promote and contribute to the delivery of high quality teaching and scholarship.

As part of this role, the Teaching Fellows will be expected to:

Deliver foundation level modules on the topics of Electricity and Atomic Physics, and Fields and Waves
Review and explore innovative methods of teaching delivery, including the design of laboratory experiments
Enhance assessment feedback to students;
Contribute to the School's outreach programme.
Candidates should have an excellent academic background and, ideally, a PhD or equivalent in the physical sciences, or commensurate experience.  Post-holders will be adept at delivering a physics curriculum at pre-undergraduate level.  Experience of teaching large classes with also be advantageous.

This is a full time position which will be for one year fixed term in the first instance with the possibility of being extended thereafter. The normal working hours are 24 hours per week.