Monday, October 1, 2018

PER Postdoc, CU-Boulder

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.  The post-doc will work with the group of Bethany Wilcox and collaborate with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in Colorado's Physics Education Research Group as well as in the Physics Department broadly.  The project targets understanding, assessing, and improving undergraduate physics students’ mathematical problem solving in the context of upper-division physics. 

The postdoc will be responsible for designing and conducting student interviews; collecting and analyzing students’ written solutions; correlating multiple data sources and synthesizing findings; and presenting and publishing the findings of this project in national venues for both researchers and practitioners. Additionally, this person will be expected to supervise graduate and undergraduate students on the project; assist with grant proposals and IRB protocols; and contribute to the efforts of the broader PER group at University of Colorado.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in physics, physics education research (preferred), or a closely related field.
Demonstrated experience with or interest in physics (or mathematics) education research.
Demonstrated publication record.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and work independently.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary: $50,000 per year with benefits and travel stipend. Postdoc will be on a yearly appointment with funding for up to two years.

Application Deadline: Application open until position is filled.

Start Date: Exact starting date will be negotiated with the successful candidate with a preference towards candidates available to start between January 2019 and July 2019. 

To apply for the position please send the following materials to

1. Cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications described above, describes the applicant’s interest in joining the project, and answers the following questions:

1.A) In what ways do your previous research, teaching, or outreach experiences inform your vision for improving undergraduate physics courses?
1.B) How do your previous experiences prepare you to work cooperatively and productively with colleagues, students, and supervisors from diverse backgrounds?
1.C) In this postdoctoral research position, you will gain significant skills in physics education research. How do you envision those skills will be useful to you later in your career?

2. CV with at least 3 references listed.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at