Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Biology Education

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Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Biology Education

Time: November 1, 2013 to November 18, 2013
Location: Arizona State University
Event Type: research, opportunity
Organized By: Sara Brownwell
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2013

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biology Education
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State seeks an applicant for a postdoctoral position in biology education research. Candidates must have: (a) a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field, (b) a research record, and (c) demonstrated interest in discipline-based education research.

The postdoctoral scholar will work collaboratively on a National Science Foundation-funded project with a multi-institution team to help develop, validate, and implement a general biology programmatic assessment. This assessment will be used to track undergraduate biology majors’ understanding of the core concepts of biology as they progress through the 4-yr curriculum. In addition to developing the assessment, the postdoctoral scholar will have the flexibility to use this assessment to answer questions of his/her own interest.

The postdoctoral scholar will also have the opportunity to develop his/her own project focused on undergraduate biology education, including but not limited to exploring issues related to authentic research-based lab courses, student misconceptions, science communication, or equity and access in biology.

The postdoctoral scholar will be supervised directly by Dr. Sara Brownell in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and will work closely with Dr. Alison Crowe and Dr. Scott Freeman in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington.

Preference will be given to applicants who have a strong record of research in biology or biology education; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; strong skills in statistical and model-based analysis; ability to work with large data sets; and have evidence of collaborating well as part of a team.

This position is a full-time, fiscal appointment, with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2014, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, dependent on available funding, performance, and the needs of the University. 

Candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests (2 pg. limit), statement of teaching philosophy (3 pg. limit), copies of three representative publications, and arrange to have three letters of references submitted to Salary range is $40,000 - $42,000, dependent on experience, with associated University benefits. The initial closing date for receipt of applications is November 18, 2013; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. For additional information on this position and the School of Life Sciences, please visit

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