Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DBER Postdoc, University of Maine

The University of Maine seeks applicants for a postdoctoral research associate position in discipline-based education research.  

The associate will be co-mentored by Michelle Smith (biology education researcher, and MacKenzie Stetzer (physics education researcher,

The postdoctoral research associate will be involved in a project that aims to enhance the experience of first-year STEM students at the university level.  The project will be focused on understanding the first-year student experience and designing professional development for faculty.

Salary for this position is between $45,000 and $47,000 commensurate with experience.

This postdoc includes:
  • Helping to develop and facilitating professional development programs targeting STEM faculty
  • Managing the collection and analyses of classroom observations and course artifacts
  • Interviewing STEM faculty on topics related to their instructional practices
  • Conducting statistical analyses on survey data collected from students enrolled in STEM courses
  • Providing logistical support for project coordination

The work will also be in collaboration with Brian Couch (biology education researcher, and Marilyne Stains (chemistry education researcher, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree focused in STEM education or a STEM field by the start of the appointment. 

Your background can be from any STEM field.  

Preferred qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated interest in education research, interactive teaching, faculty development, statistical analyses, and/or qualitative research
  • Excellent written communication skills evidenced through a record of scholarly publications
  • The ability to coordinate and manage projects with multiple data sources

To apply please click on the link in the URL ( and upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.