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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Northern Colorado
Job Location:
Greeley, Colorado
Laboratory and Research

Job Summary:

Position Description:
The Departments of Geography, GIS, & Sustainability and Earth & 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.
This position is a one year position with the potential for extension.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree in Life Science discipline or STEM education. Experience in Life Science and/or STEM education research is required.

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
  • 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

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, complete the online application at, submitting (1) a cover letter that addresses your experience and expertise in STEM Education research and your experience working in collaborative teams and/or as a mentor to undergraduates; (2) a current CV; (3) an unofficial transcript; (4) contact information for three references; and 5) two examples of scholarly work. Review of materials will begin May 23, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Chelsie Romulo

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $59,951. 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 and Information:

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.

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