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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Greeley CO

The Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Northern Colorado seeks a candidate to fill a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position for research about STEM teaching and learning. We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline-Based Education Researchers (DBER) from the Environmental and Geosciences who are investigation computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking.

Our NSF-funded research project seeks to develop resources for analyzing undergraduate learning in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The selected Research Assistant will participate in an NSF-funded research project in collaboration with UNCO faculty and will provide liaison to our partner institutions. Our research group has a strong post-doctoral mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers.

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


The salary is commensurate with education and experience and the appointment will be on an annual basis with renewal/reappointment possible. This position will begin with a one-year, 12-month appointment with reappointment contingent on performance.


Minimum Qualifications

Experience gained from a graduate Ph.D. program in a Life Science discipline or STEM education field.

Suitable on-the-job training would be equivalent to the educational training and graduate research experience gained in earning a Ph.D. in environmental science.


Preferred Qualifications

Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM educators. Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Assistants to make unique contributions to the project team.

Life Science and/or STEM Education Research

Assessment of Learning

Experience publishing and presenting research findings

Working collaboratively in teams

STEM education research

Mentoring of undergraduate researchers

Experience in Data Collection and Analysis, such as:

– Machine learning

– Multivariate statistics and computer modeling

– Quantitative and Qualitative research methods

– Mixed research methods


Posting Details

Posting Number E00984

Position Number E99124

Desired Start Date 09/01/2020

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Attach cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a list of references, and two samples of scholarly writing electronically.


Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.


Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.



Posted July 31, 2020

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