Saturday, August 15, 2015

Science Ed Research and Evaluation Postdoc, U of Tennessee Knoxville

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Science Education Research and Evaluation

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) requests applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Evaluation, pending final authorization for availability of funds. The Fellowship is for two years at an annual stipend of approximately $51,000, full University of Tennessee employee fringe benefits including retirement and health care plans, and an annual travel allowance of $3,000 for attendance at professional meetings or to meet collaborators. For applicants with a spouse/partner with appropriate background to be associated with a university academic department, NIMBioS will provide a limited cost-match to the department to encourage an appointment in the unit for the spouse/partner.
This Fellow will assist in development and evaluation of a Quantitative Biology Concept Inventory (QBCI) to assess the impact of biological constructs and examples on student quantitative comprehension. The Fellow will have primary responsibility for all aspects of data collection, coordinating focus groups and obtaining professional review of QBCI. The Fellow will be mentored by Dr. Pamela Bishop, NIMBioS Evaluation Manager, Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education and Outreach and Dr. Louis Gross, NIMBioS Director Emeritus. The Fellow will have access to all mentoring and career planning activities for all NIMBioS Fellows and the opportunity to interact with the diverse researchers and educators who visit each year.
A successful applicant will have prior experience in evaluation of educational efforts in science, with a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Science Education, Mathematics Education, or a related field. Experience in interdisciplinary research, instrument development, statistical methodology, or undergraduate teaching will also be considered as positive factors in evaluation of candidates.
For full consideration, applicants should submit a pdf document containing a cover letter (including the names and contact information of three references), a full cv, and a two-page summary of prior experience relevant to the Fellowship.
Additionally, applicants should provide copies of two relevant publications. Applications received by July 31, 2015 will receive full consideration though the position will remain open until filled.
Applications should be addressed to Dr. Pamela Bishop and emailed to Chandra Eskridge ( The position is available to start as early as September 1, 2015.
To learn more about the NIMBioS Evaluation Program, visit