Postdoctoral Research Position - School for Science and Math, Center for Science Outreach, Vanderbilt University Peabody College

Kim Petrie
June 6, 2016

Peabody College - Center for Science Outreach / Department of Teaching and Learning

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION at Vanderbilt University beginning summer 2016.

Applicants should have interests focusing on classroom teaching as well as curriculum design and implementation in interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The position involves participation in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), a partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  The SSMV offers high school students a four-year, interdisciplinary, research-centered learning experience at one of the nation's most prestigious universities, where internationally recognized faculty are leading the way in diverse fields of scientific study.  Students pursue a curriculum that connects sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics through meaningful and engaging hands-on exploration with increasing depth and independence. During the academic year, students attend classes on the Vanderbilt campus one full day per week.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with principal investigator Dr. Virginia Shepherd, SSMV director Dr. Angela Eeds, and other members of the Center for Science Outreach (CSO) and will participate in team-based project and curricular design, implementation, data collection, analysis, and publication of results. The postdoctoral fellow will bring his or her unique scientific expertise to this multidisciplinary team. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow may contribute to the expansion and replication of the SSMV program model at other universities. The principal investigator will encourage the postdoctoral fellow to develop instructional units, guided student research projects, and publications that build on his or her research expertise in the context of an evolving high school interdisciplinary STEM curriculum.

Applicants should have an earned doctorate in science, mathematics, engineering, or a related field, with significant experience in bench research and experimental design. Applicants will ideally have expertise with both field and bench research techniques. The position includes salary plus health insurance coverage and will be initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit application materials electronically to Dr. Angela Eeds, at with the heading of “SSMV post-doctoral fellow search” included in the subject line. The materials should include: a letter of interest, one publication (or manuscript in progress), and a current curriculum vita. In addition, please include the names and contact information in the letter for three potential references. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the CSO website at and the Vanderbilt Peabody College website at

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