Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret

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Location: Salt Lake City, UTAH
Job Type: FullTime

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Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret
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Please see Special Instructions for more details.
Additional inquiries or questions should be directed to Dr. Nancy Songer (

Open Date 05/23/2022
Requisition Number PRN30659B
Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret
Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc w/Ret
Job Grade A00
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary
Individuals can work remotely but must be willing to travel for on-site data collection.
VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00161 - College of Education-Dean
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range TBD
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary
Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Utah
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 contract position with the opportunity for renewal for a second year. The ideal start date is July 1, 2022, but is somewhat flexible. Salary will be commensurate with levels approved by NSF and The University of Utah.
Interested individuals should include 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 (
Minimum Qualifications
Individuals can work remotely but must be willing to travel for on-site data collection.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
Additional inquiries or questions should be directed to Dr. Nancy Songer (
Additional Information
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.
To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:
Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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