[pccgrads] Postdoc announcement-biology education and research at South Dakota State Univ.

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Mon Feb 27 12:54:22 PST 2017

The Department of Biology & Microbiology at South Dakota State University
invites applications for a

postdoctoral research associate in biology education and research. Our
research group is situated at the

intersection of research in STEM higher education, cognitive psychology, and
computer modeling, and

focuses on 1) how undergraduates develop expertise in biological concepts,
including the roles of curriculum

and classroom environments on this progression, and 2) the role of
scientific practices such as modeling and

argumentation in facilitating students' conceptual mastery. The successful
candidate will develop a vibrant

research agenda around education research in undergraduate biology. In
addition, the postdoc will develop

and deliver student-centered, practice- and concept-driven curriculum in
large-enrollment introductory

college biology courses.

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications are an earned Ph.D. in biology (any discipline) by
the anticipated start date of August

1, 2017, and a strong interest in developing excellence in biology education
scholarship and research. The

abilities to prioritize tasks, to engage in long- and short-term planning,
and to handle a variety of demands

simultaneously are critical. Applicants must be self-motivated, creative
individuals who have excellent

interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills, and who can work both
independently and as part of


Preferred Qualifications

We seek candidates who consistently demonstrate creativity, initiative, and
curiosity; who have experience

working with diverse populations; and who have some knowledge of national
science education reform

efforts. Some formal teaching experience is especially desirable. Experience
developing curriculum units,

developing and using a variety of assessments, and qualitative and
quantitative data analysis skills are

preferred but not required.

Salary and Appointment

This postdoctoral research associate position is a 12-month, full-time,
salaried, and benefited position at

South Dakota State University, in Brookings SD. The initial appointment is
for one year with the possibility of

renewal for an additional one year.

Application Procedure

To apply for the postdoctoral research associate, please send a single
application file (PDF) consisting of the

following to SDSU.BioMicro at sdstate.edu:

1) a letter of interest in the position, including your career goals, no
longer than 2 pages,

2) a current curriculum vitae,

3) statement of teaching philosophy, no longer than 2 pages, and

4) a statement of current and potential future research plans and goals, no
longer than 2 pages.

Please name the PDF file with the applicant's last name followed by "Postdoc
App", e.g. "Smith Postdoc

App.PDF." Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation
sent confidentially to the

same email address. The successful applicant will need to pass a criminal
background check.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal
opportunity and the diversity of its

faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with
disabilities are encouraged to

apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made
by emailing HR at sdstate.edu.

SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion,
national origin, citizenship, ancestry,

gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability,
veteran's status or any other protected

class in the offering of all educational programs and employment
opportunities. Individuals with concerns

regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX
Coordinator, Human Resources,

Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Application Review Timeline

Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 2, 2017 and will continue
until the position is filled.

Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.


Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Anne-Marie Hoskinson,
PI and Assistant Professor,

Department of Biology & Microbiology, South Dakota State University,
annemarie.hoskinson at sdstate.e

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