Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher in Science Education, Duke University, Durham, NC

Rachel Howell
July 29, 2014
Job Description and Details: 
A postdoctoral position focused on science education research and assessment is available at Duke University. The position is part of an HHMI-funded grant to increase student success in STEM disciplines, and our goal is to develop data-driven models for understanding how faculty perceive and experience teaching, how students perceive and experience learning, and what educational experiences can be implemented in science gateways to create multiple pathways for success for all our students, including under-represented minorities. Our research will move beyond simple versions of "what works" to more nuanced understandings of which different strategies work for different students, and an understanding of the mediating and moderating variables that impact learning. Our approach will focus on students and faculty spanning multiple departments in order to create a community of STEM learners and research practitioners. The primary responsibility of the position is to align both faculty and student models through robust and iterative assessment. Specific responsibilities include: (1) collecting and analyzing data, (2) offering faculty formative, evidence-based feedback about the learning that is happening in their courses, and (3) writing summative reports, ideally for publication.
Applicants should have a background in scientific teaching, strong research skills (particularly quantitative methods), writing skills, be highly motivated to participate in a diverse research team, and possess exceptional organizational and management skills. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop expertise in various pedagogies of engagement as part of this appointment. A Ph.D. is required, preferably in a STEM-related field.
Additional Comments: 
To apply, please email a 1-2 page letter explaining the motivation for applying and qualifications for the position, along with a CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Julie Reynolds, by August 15, 2014. Start date is September 2014, and this is a full-time position with a competitive salary. Please contact Julie Reynolds with any questions. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer.