Biochemistry Scholar-Teacher Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Georgia

Kim Petrie
November 4, 2013

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Georgia seeks a Biochemistry Scholar-Teacher Postdoctoral Associate (Posting #20131567) to contribute to the study of biology education and the teaching of undergraduates. The successful candidate will have doctoral level training in biochemistry or cell and molecular biology or education research and a demonstrated interest in the teaching and learning of biology. This individual will participate in research on faculty professional development, focused on the process by which instructors incorporate reformed teaching strategies into their practice. Research will be conducted in collaboration with a vibrant group of faculty, other postdoctoral associates, undergraduate researchers, and professional staff at the University of Georgia. Additionally, the research is one piece of a multi-institution, interdisciplinary effort to explore faculty adoption and use of assessments developed for the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) project.

The postdoctoral associate will gain expertise in education research methods and theories of teaching and learning as applied to biology education and will gain experience teaching biochemistry. A Ph.D in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, or science education is required, and candidates should have demonstrated success with scholarly writing. This position will be funded for up to three years, starting in January 2014, with an annual salary of $40,000 with benefits.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Graduate-level training in biochemistry or cell and molecular biology is required. Experience with, or strong interest in learning, qualitative research methods is also required. Other preferred qualifications include working knowledge of statistical modeling and analysis, experience with undergraduate or secondary science teaching, and interest in developing online courses. Questions about the position should be directed to Paula Lemons (706-542-9616).

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

1) designing, conducting, and interpreting research on faculty professional development;

2) teaching introductory biochemistry with mentorship from experienced faculty;

3) publishing and presenting research findings at conferences and in refereed journals; and

4) assisting in the development of research proposals to secure extramural funding.

To apply for this position, please submit a CV, letter of interest, and contact information for three professional references through the University of Georgia Human Resources website at:

The position is open until filled. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but should be submitted by November 15 for full consideration.