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Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Physics Education Research
The University of Washington Physics Education Group, in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington - Bothell, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a recently-funded National Science Foundation grant , “Research and Curriculum Development to Leverage University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics.” The grant builds on an earlier project that ends this year. The new grant will:
- Identify university student conceptual resources for understanding kinematics, linear momentum, electric circuits, and heat and temperature
- Develop and test instructional materials that build on student resources
- Study context-dependent patterns in resource use
- Intentionally seek a representative sample of introductory physics students
- Disseminate insights and resources from the project through PhysPort
An informational video for the project can be found here . For more details, interested candidates can consult the full grant narrative ; to see results of pilot work, candidates can consult the previous grant’s publications and working manuscripts .
The Postdoctoral Scholar would join a collaborative team that includes faculty Paula Heron (Physics, University of Washington Seattle), Amy Robertson (Physics, Seattle Pacific University), Rachel Scherr (Physics, University of Washington - Bothell), and Raphael Mondesir (Sociology, Seattle Pacific University).
The Postdoctoral Scholar would be supported in choosing an independent and integrated strand of research (in Strands 1, 2, or 4 in the grant narrative) and would receive extensive professional development that includes travel to conferences, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and other skills identified collaboratively.
Term of appointment: This position is a full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment that may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The start date is flexible (between November 1, 2019, and January 30, 2020). The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited to five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at UW and other institutions.
Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website .
Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Science Education, or a related field. Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research, developing an independent strand of research with support, participating in project management, and presenting research in presentations and publications.
Applicants should submit a current CV, an in-progress or published manuscript, a list of three professional references (please let them know that we may contact them), and answers to the following questions (~1-2 short paragraphs each):
Questions about this position should be directed to Paula Heron ([email protected] ) or Amy Robertson ([email protected] ). Candidates may contact Lisa Goodhew ([email protected] ), Lauren Bauman ([email protected] ), or Anne Alesandrini ([email protected] ) to learn more about what it is like to work with one or more members of the team.
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