Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Utah

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The University of Utah College of Education, in partnership with and Colorado State University, invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow position in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the learning sciences. The work focuses on research studies, writing, and presentations associated with the Life Right Here and Everywhere National Science Foundation-funded research project.

In the first two years, this project has developed and beta-tested a six-week suite of instructional and assessment materials focusing on middle school students’ STEM content learned through both the science and engineering practices in a mutually beneficial and iterative process. The instructional and field-based resources include a web-based tool for organizing and analyzing student field-based observations (ADW Pocket Guide), a data backbone for immediate and real-time feedback and information on student learning (Gooru), and six weeks of instructional materials for teachers and students. Student projects culminate in the design of solutions to address local environmental challenges, such as designing devices to support the stability of local ecosystems and/or to reduce local invasive insects. The project’s emphasis on collaborative research and design ensures that questions about what works when, where, and for whom are adequately addressed.

The postdoc will work under the direction of PI Nancy Songer (University of Utah) and work in collaboration with doctoral and undergraduate students to:

  • Collect and analyze data from classroom-based implementation using mixed methods including analyses of pre-post assessment, student engineered design projects, and daily work,
  • Refine curricular and professional development materials around content, curriculum, and technology,
  • Assist or lead in the writing of manuscripts, conference proposals, and other materials to disseminate findings, and
  • Lead selected research studies in an area of the postdoc’s choosing.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in STEM education, science education, learning sciences, or a related area and experience working with middle school teachers or students, preferably in under-resourced settings. Highly desirable work experiences include previous experience with mixed-methods research studies, research grants, or publication preparation.

The position is a full-time, one-year or two-year contract position. The ideal start date is July 1, 2022, but is flexible. Salary will be commensurate with levels approved by NSF and The University of Utah. Individuals can work remotely but must be willing to travel for on-site data collection.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send inquiries, a cover letter, and a full Curriculum Vitae., along with names and contact information for three individuals who are willing to serve as resources to Dr. Nancy Songer ([email protected]).

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