Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Postdoc in Computational Science Education Research, Michigan State

Opening for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Science Education Research

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in STEM education to join Michigan State’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE; to study introductory computational science courses.  The courses focus on teaching computational modeling, data analysis, and programming. The researcher would work in CMSE on projects related to understanding student learning and engagement in these courses as well as be able to pursue their own research interests as they pertain to computational science education. The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Devin W. Silvia and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Danny Caballero, Dr. Brian O’Shea, and others both inside and outside of CMSE. There may also be opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in projects related to this work.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with faculty to:
  • Gather and analyze data in classrooms of students working on computational activities,
  • Interview students and teachers about computational usage and experiences,
  • Conduct research using qualitative methods to determine how students approach their work on computational activities,
  • Mentor junior researchers (e.g. graduate students and undergraduates) in computational science education research,
  • Author articles for education research journals, and
  • Present research results at professional conferences.
The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students in CMSE on projects that may extend beyond the direct responsibilities of this position.

The appointment is initially for one year, with the opportunity for a one-year extension based on performance. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline. A successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Some form of computational experience in their academic experience, research, or both,
  • A qualitative research background in some area (e.g., ethnography, case studies) using well-established qualitative methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews, video analysis), and
  • Prior work collaborating with and organizing a team around some project (teaching, research, and/or service).

An exceptional candidate will demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Experience with computational science education research,
  • Coordinating data collection across multiple sites including managing video data,
  • Supervising junior collaborators on education research,
  • Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team,
  • A history of successful publications, and/or
  • An interest in issues surrounding (in)equity in computational science education.
Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to (posting number #616041). In addition, applicants should provide the names of three (3) individuals from whom letters of recommendation can be requested.

Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2019, and will continue until the position has been filled. The starting date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early 2020. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Devin Silvia (, research advisor for this project.

We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of -- women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Assistant Lecturer, Physics

Biddeford, ME
Faculty - Science - Physics
Application Due:
Open Until Filled

The Department of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England invites applications for a full-time, non tenure-track faculty position in physics at the rank of Assistant Lecturer, starting in the 2020-21 academic year. The successful candidate will join a dynamic department offering programs in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Laboratory Sciences, as well as a minor in Biophysics.

The primary teaching responsibilities include a year-long general physics introductory sequence taught in a student-centered studio physics setting. The successful candidate may also teach advanced courses in biophysics or in their area(s) of specialization. The department teaches many life, health, and marine sciences majors and seeks to connect relevant biological content to a physics foundation of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluids and waves. The current studio physics instruction uses modeling physics instruction with activities adapted and implemented for an “Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences” approach. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will participate in curriculum development; academic advising; program assessment; and service to the department, college and university.

A Master’s degree in Physics or a closely-related field is required by the time of appointment. Individuals with a Ph.D. in physics education research and/or experience or training in guided inquiry techniques, as well as experience teaching physics for life sciences students, are preferred. Applicants with backgrounds in either biophysics or medical physics are desirable. Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Review of applications will begin December 9, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To learn more about this position and/or to apply, please visit .


Postal Address:
Human Resources
University Of New England
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
Online App. Form:
The University of New England is an EO/AA employer.

Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering

Indianapolis, IN
  • Faculty - Science - Physics
  • Faculty - Engineering - Electrical
Application Due:
Open Until Filled

The Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences at Marian University in Indianapolis seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for a tenure-track position in Physics and Engineering at the Assistant Professor level starting in Fall 2020. Exceptional candidates are sought in Physics with a background in electronics. Some experience with electronic hardware and programming is preferable but not required. Commitment to excellent and innovative undergraduate teaching is required. A research agenda involving undergraduate students is highly desired. This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and the Director of the Dual Degree Engineering Program (DDEP), situated within Marian’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Marian University is a Catholic, comprehensive, regional institution of higher education dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions and offers a multitude of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Marian University has been experiencing significant growth over the last decade and is expanding its academic offerings in many areas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Teaching load: 24 credits per academic year.
• Teach a variety of courses within physics and engineering, and possibly within the general education curriculum.
• Serve as primary academic advisor for students pursuing electrical and computer engineering.
• Engage undergraduate students in research projects and implement research into the electrical engineering curriculum.
• Actively participate in curriculum development and assessment within the department, especially electrical engineering applications within the engineering program.
• Share in the ongoing development and implementation of department and college activities and projects.
• Engage in research, scholarship, and other professional activities.
• Participate in the life of the campus and university service, including participation in faculty governance and co-curricular programs.
• Other duties as assigned.

• A completed Ph.D. in electrical or computer engineering or a related field by date of hire.
• Demonstrated potential for excellence and innovation in student-centered instruction.
• Potential for ongoing research, publication, and activity in professional associations
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to be a team player who can collaborate with colleagues of diverse backgrounds.
• Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of Marian University.

Founded in 1937 by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2019, Marian is serving more than 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university’s high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities for students from 45 states and 23 nations. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Midwestern rankings to be named #6 Most Innovative Regional University, #15 Best Value University, and #30 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in 110 years. Marian’s national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football National Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship, and more than 40 USA Cycling national championships.

Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications require a letter of application, a current CV, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a sample of scholarly work. All applications should be submitted to Please include the Position Title in the subject of your email.

Marian University is an EOE


Human Resources
Marian University
Email Address:

Friday, November 22, 2019


Location: UC Davis Genome Center

We seek a skilled, creative, and motivated postdoctoral scholar with an interest in building the knowledge and computational tools that can help change how students interact with online content. The successful candidate will work with the project Principal Investigator (PI) Marc Facciotti and co-PIs to design, execute and report on experiments that will test: how the design of online content and its delivery impact student affect and engagement while interacting with content; how different strategies for interventions during student/content interaction can influence student affect and engagement; how knowledge of student interaction with content can influence instructor behavior; and how each of these variables impacts student learning and inclusion.
This project applies artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to build new understandings of how to engineer student engagement with online content to enhance learning. Tools derived from this project will improve students' and instructors' experiences with online content, increase the value of online content delivery, and contribute to the personalization of online resources.
Depending on the candidate’s strengths and interests, duties may also include: analysis of multidimensional data and modeling, taking part in online tool creation, grant-writing, writing reviews and/or perspectives, presenting findings at conferences, development of improved course pedagogy and content, networking with and extending the use of knowledge gained and tools constructed with collaborators beyond the home institution, and coordination of multi-university studies through the SEISMIC consortium. Interaction and collaboration with members of the broader scholarship of teaching and learning community (both at and beyond UCD) is encouraged and will be facilitated by the senior investigators.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, computer science, engineering, evolution, environmental sciences, psychology, or related fields, including science education. Experience with scholarship of teaching and learning, especially in undergraduate STEM disciplines is preferred. It is also preferred that the candidate have experience with quantitative techniques and approaches, including programming and data analysis, and have experience with and knowledge of modern online educational technologies. We are looking for a highly self-motivated, eager to learn, and excited to teach individual. The candidate should have an interest in improving undergrad STEM education, particularly with online learning. The candidate should have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, be comfortable collaborating with faculty in both the natural and computer sciences, and be able to work independently under minimal supervision.

How To Apply:
Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications, a Letter of Interest, Statement of Research, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and contact information for three references to Prof. Facciotti at
Questions: Please direct questions to Marc Facciotti:
The University of California, Davis commits to inclusion excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus ( If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Assistant Professor - Physics

New Orleans, LA
Faculty - Science - Physics
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
included in Diversity and Inclusion Email

The Department of Physics and Computer Science and the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Xavier University of Louisiana invites applicants for a tenure track assistant professor of Physics for the 2020 - 2021 academic year commencing August 2020. An ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Physics with areas of special interest that include Robotics or Bioengineering.

The successful applicant will teach 12 credit hours per semester and will be able to teach all levels of undergraduate Physics. An ideal candidate will be dedicated to excellence in teaching; will have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and will have demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students.

Successful applicants will 1) demonstrate the ability to develop and teach classes to undergraduate students at all levels; 2) develop and maintain an active research program; 3) mentor undergraduate students in research projects; 4) advise physics majors; and 5) participate in service activities for the Department, University and their discipline.

Willingness to work collegially with a 4-4 teaching load is essential. The Department of Physics and Computer Science and the Dual Degree Engineering Program offers all levels of instruction for undergraduates and offers minors, majors, and concentrations. The Department also offers a 3-2 Engineering program and plans to begin a program in Robotics Engineering in the near future.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply using Xavier’s online application site by logging in to Qualified candidates are invited to submit a cover letter emphasizing qualifications for the position, a comprehensive CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, transcript, and contact information for three references. Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Department of Physics and Computer Sciences and the Dual Degree Engineering Program are especially interested in exceptionally well qualified candidates who will contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.

About Xavier University of Louisiana
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, XULA is Catholic and historically Black. Located in New Orleans, the ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.


Xavier University of Louisiana
Online App. Form:

Monday, November 18, 2019

TT, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada

The Department of Physical Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Physics and Astronomy at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will preferably be specialized in Astronomy or Astrophysics; however, other closely related disciplines will also be considered.

The candidate must demonstrate excellence, or clear promise of excellence, in teaching both junior and senior undergraduate-level courses. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver the equivalent of six courses per year, as their regular teaching load, and actively participate in curriculum development. The ability to teach introductory courses in a wide range of Physics disciplines would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program, involving undergraduate students, and build a broad external research network. The ability to attract external funding is desirable.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Astronomy, or a related relevant area of expertise, and have demonstrated a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching, student mentorship, and an ongoing research program involving undergraduate students.

TT, Saginaw Valley State University, MI

Assistant Professor of Physics
External posting
Full-Time, Exempt , Faculty
The Department of Physics at Saginaw Valley State University invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Physics.  Duties commence Fall 2020.  We seek an individual showing potential for excellent undergraduate teaching across the physics curriculum and research goals commensurate with a primarily undergraduate institution focused on preparing students for life after a bachelor's degree.  Area of research specialization is open.  Minimum education is a Ph.D. in Physics or closely related field.  To apply, submit a cover letter, CV (including names and contact information of 3 references), statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interests describing involvement of undergraduate students online at  Letters of support will be requested of applicants selected for a phone interview.
Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely-related field.
ABD candidates also will be considered.
A strong preference will be shown for candidates who can demonstrate teaching experience in undergraduate lectures, labs and/or recitations and who also indicate interest and/or experience in engaging undergraduate students in research.
Applicants must apply online:
Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vita, short description of teaching philosophy, list of three references and a statement of no more than a page in length explaining how candidates would engage undergraduate students in research projects.
Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its nearly 9,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students, faculty and staff. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized SVSU as a “Great College to Work For” in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research. In 2015, SVSU received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a distinction achieved by only 7 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. By their senior year, 84 percent of students have engaged with community employers and agencies in internships, field placements or some other component of their academic preparation.

SVSU is establishing itself as a leader in STEM education for the Great Lakes Bay Region, partnering with businesses, foundations and school districts to improve students’ performance in math and science at the middle school, high school and university levels.

More than 70 percent of SVSU freshmen live on campus in student housing. SVSU fields 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level. The average class size is 23 students. For more information, please visit our website,

Friday, November 15, 2019

TT in PER, Michigan State University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position in physics education research (PER). The search is open to all fields of quantitative or mixed-methods PER. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in physics, physics education, or a closely related discipline and will have demonstrated the ability to carry out forefront research and a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. While we expect the appointment to be at the assistant professor level, depending on the experience of the candidate, an appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be considered.
MSU has several strong physics education research programs in introductory engineering physics, computational physics, physics for the life sciences, laboratory courses, advanced physics courses, and informal physics programs. In addition, the PER group at MSU has productive collaborations across campus including with the broader discipline-based educational research community; researchers in the College of Natural Science, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the CREATE for STEM Institute; as well as with several researchers in Communications and the Humanities. MSU’s PER group contributes strongly to the physics program such as working on a variety of transformation projects, supporting and mentoring of Undergraduate LAs, and evaluating different aspects of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
To ensure a holistic assessment of candidates, we request that applications include:
(1) a CV, including a list of publications, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach;
(2) a 2­-4 page statement highlighting past research successes and future research interests; this statement should also list which one of your lead-author and/or anchor-author publications you would most like the committee to read.
(3) a 2-page teaching statement describing the applicant’s educational priorities (including teaching and mentoring) and plans to address them, which should highlight the applicant's efforts to address issues of diversity and inclusion;
(4) a 1-2 page statement of contributions to the academic community. Universities are complex institutions that rely on faculty to assume diverse responsibilities, including fostering student learning, advancing research, disseminating knowledge, and sustaining healthy inclusive communities. The applicant should describe how they have “given back” to their previous institutions and communities, and their interests and plans for enriching the MSU community.
(5) a cover letter that frames the application in the context of this ad and MSU’s PER group.
Applications should be submitted through the MSU hiring website (, posting #620069. At this website, applicants should also submit contact information for three references. While letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, references should be prepared to submit letters, which focus on the candidate’s research impact on the field, the candidate’s experience with mentoring and collaborating, and efforts to broaden representation (promptly upon request). The selection process will begin on December 15, 2019, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Questions may be directed to Prof. Danny Caballero ( or to any other member of the PER group. Applicants are encouraged to pursue the MSU PER group website
We actively encourage applications from -- and welcome nominations of -- women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity.

LPSOE (Lecturer With Potential Security of Employment), University of California San Diego

Assistant Teaching Professor- Physics (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment)

San Diego, CA
Faculty - Science - Physics
Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2019

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Assistant Teaching Professor

(Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment)

Dept. of Physics, UC San Diego

The Department of Physics within the Division of Physical Sciences at UC San Diego (UCSD) is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor position. Faculty in the Teaching Professor series are Academic Senate members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education, as well as the scholarly analysis and improvement of teaching. All positions are subject to availability of funding.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely related field and demonstrated potential for a recognized program of excellence in teaching.

A successful candidate should have a well-articulated plan of contributing to programs that increase the access and success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences. We especially welcome candidates who have already participated in, contributed to, or created such programs, can articulate how this experience helped shape their plan, and who have a commitment to helping shape and expand the University's diversity initiatives. Applications should include a statement describing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Successful candidates will be judged on scientific background and teaching accomplishments, as well as on potential for leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scale.

We are seeking outstanding teachers who wish to have a permanent, full-time instructional position on an academic-year basis. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute in the following domains:
  • Teaching of truly exceptional quality; emphasis on large-enrollment introductory laboratory and lecture courses.
  • Professional achievement and activity; such as developing curriculum, using instructional technology to enhance student learning, awareness of developments in pedagogical methods, advising members of the department on pedagogical techniques and course content, and contributing to efforts to secure extramural funding for educational program development.
  • University and public service; such as participating in campus and departmental committees, student outreach and recruitment, and providing academic advice relating to student affairs.
  • Educational leadership beyond the campus; such as active participation in conferences and workshops, development and sharing of materials, developing/training effective teaching assistants.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics (any area) or a closely related scientific field, a record of excellence in teaching, and strong writing and interpersonal skills.

Review of applications will commence on December 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted online at:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a synopsis of teaching experience/philosophy and professional goals, recent teaching evaluations, and a separate statement on past experience and leadership in equity, diversity, inclusion and/or proposed future contributions. Candidates must also arrange to have three to five letters of reference that address teaching, research, and professional service posted to the above website.

For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program

UC San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Diego, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations
  • Statement of Teaching Experience/Philosophy/Professional Goals
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required


University of California, San Diego
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: