Thursday, December 19, 2013

DBER postdoc at U of Nebraska-Lincoln

Postdoctoral Position in Discipline-Based Education Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks a postdoctoral research associate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research.  This postdoc will be part of an interdisciplinary research team working to disseminate and integrate research-based instructional strategies in introductory-level university STEM course.  This effort is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Widening Implementation and Demonstration of Evidence-based Reforms (WIDER) Program.

The successful candidate will work closely with co-advising faculty and will assist with one or more of the following projects: (i) research on student and faculty perceptions of research-based classroom instruction, (ii) evaluation of a faculty mentorship program, (iii) professional development or faculty membership activities, and (iv) evaluation of a faculty professional development workshop series.  

Preference will be provided to candidates who earned a Ph.D. in discipline-based education research (e.g., physics education research, agriculture education research, biology education research, or chemical education research) or a Ph.D. in Science Education with a research focus on higher education instructional practices. A record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed science education journals will be highly valued. The successful candidate will have a substantial background in qualitative research design and methods. The successful candidate will also demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with NVivo or other similar qualitative software is preferred. The project will involve a team of researchers and thus the candidate must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. 

This appointment is for one year with possibility of extending to two additional years based on performance during the first year. Applicants interested in this position should email a cover letter, CV, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed to Dr. Marilyne Stains at Application reviews begin January 20, 2014 with the position remaining open until filled. The preferred start date is May 2014.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.