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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry

Posting Number: req9785

Department: Teachg Learning Sociocult Stds

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociological Studies in the College of Education is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate I position on Indigenous STEM Education within the Native FEWS Alliance at The University of Arizona. This is a year-to-year appointment, contingent upon funding and performance.

The Native FEWS Alliance aims to significantly broaden the participation of Native American and underrepresented students in Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) education and careers to address critical challenges facing their communities. To support this aim, the Alliance brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from a wide range of disciplines and institutions to design and deploy place-based and experiential learning curricula that combine Indigenous ways of knowing with physical sciences and engineering methodologies.

To address the need for FEWS infrastructure and FEWS professionals with and within Native American lands, the Alliance has the following four interrelated goals: (1) Address urgent FEWS challenges in Indigenous communities; (2) Co-develop integrated, Indigenous, place-based FEWS curricula, mentoring, and practice experiences; (3) Transform institutional STEM fields to be relevant and accessible to Indigenous communities; (4) Recruit, retain and graduate Indigenous students to pursue higher education and careers in FEWS and bring their knowledge back to their communities.

The postdoc will be encouraged to communicate openly and frequently with the PIs, Co-PIs from both research groups (UArizona and UC-Berkeley) and the Alliance partners. The selected candidate will work closely with Drs. Valerie Shirley, Karletta Chief, and Alice Agogino on this research project with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Draft an Individual Development Plan in collaboration with the PIs.
  • Prepare proposals with the PIs, learning best practices for framing key research questions, defining objectives, describing the approach and rationale, and constructing a work plan, timeline, and budget.
  • Participate in UArizona Postdoctoral Affairs for training on: how to apply for a faculty position, career paths outside of academia, tips for negotiating salary and start-up funds, and how to plan and independent research agenda.
  • Attend regular training events in grantsmanship offered by the UArizona Research Development Office.
  • Preparation manuscripts for scientific and educational journals.
  • Conduct presentations at conferences. The postdoc will travel to at least one conference per year to present a poster or paper.
  • Assist with supervising students, with guidance from the PIs. The supervision is expected to be a formative experience.
  • Complete annual reports in the same format that the PIs prepare annually.
  • Design and deploy place-based and experiential learning curricula that combine Indigenous ways of knowing with physical sciences and engineering methodologies.
  • Co-develop integrated, Indigenous, place-based FEWS curricula, mentoring, and practice experiences.
  • Design and conduct research regarding best methods for implementing Indigenous STEM education.
  • Provide scholarly information regarding Indigenous STEM teaching and learning practices.
  • Support Alliance members and partners on designing and implementing Indigenous STEM education curriculum.
  • Collect, analyze, and communicate data regarding Indigenous STEM education, including presentation of findings in publications and at professional conferences.
  • Contribute to the development and support of recommended changes in teaching practices, including providing constructive feedback on individual teaching efforts and contributing to the development of evaluation metrics.
  • Collaborate with other Alliance members and partners to promote curriculum development in Indigenous STEM education and recruit, retain, and graduate Indigenous students to pursue higher education and careers in FEWS and bring their knowledge back to their communities.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, prioritize, adapt to rapidly shifting priorities, and manage research projects from start to publication.
  • Excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills for peer-reviewed publications and for interactions with other researchers and the public.
  • Understanding of Native American histories, cultures, and sovereignty rights.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in environmental education, ecology, physical sciences, engineering sciences, Indigenous Education, or a closely related field. The selected candidate must have a conferred Ph.D. upon hire. 
  • Experience working with diverse groups underrepresented in the field of education or physical sciences, particularly Native American students.
  • Previous experience in community-based or collaborative research including experience working for/with Indigenous governments and organizations.
  • Previous experience in Indigenous STEM education.
  • Evidence of academic excellence and leadership (e.g., publication record).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Preparation of Grant Proposals.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $56,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Valerie Shirley

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

In addition to a Cover Letter and Current Curriculum Vitae, please also attach a writing sample to your application as a supplemental document.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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