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Research Associate - Physics

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Work type: Research Faculty or Associate Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Physics

 

Position Title: Research Associate - Physics

Pay Range:

Mines is offering an annual salary of $50,000-$63,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Colorado School of Mines seeks a full-time post-doctoral researcher to work with an NSF grant-funded project called Get the Facts Out: Changing the Conversation around STEM teaching.  Get the Facts Out is an innovative partnership led by Mines that includes the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Chemical Society, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, behavior change researchers, teacher educators, and several colleges and universities which serve as study sites. The grant aims to tackle misperceptions about the teaching profession with the goal of increasing the fraction of physics, chemistry, and math majors that choose to pursue middle and high school teaching as a career.

This position requires travel to the annual project team meeting and a national conference to report on project findings. The post-doc will work with Wendy Adams, Physics Education Research Faculty member, and David May, research manager.

Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct research on perceptions of teaching as a profession, including longitudinal analyses of perceptions through surveys, site visits, interviews, and focus groups.
  • Conduct teacher recruitment activities at Mines including presentations, advising, and assisting with scholarship decisions. 
  • Supervise undergraduate research assistants, manage budgets, and report findings through peer-reviewed publications.
 Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree before the position start date in physics, chemistry, mathematics, science education, or communications.
  • Candidates can either have a degree in education research or demonstrated interest in education research. 
  • The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills, strong quantitative skills, the ability to work collaboratively, the self-discipline to work independently, and enjoy multi-tasking.
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. To learn more about Admissions visit, https://www.mines.edu/admissions/
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload the following documents (all required): 
  • Cover letter that addresses the qualifications described above, describes the applicant’s interest in joining the project, and answers the following questions:
    • In what ways do your previous research, teaching, and/or outreach experiences inform your interest in recruiting new science and math teachers?
    • What background experiences do you have that lead you to feel prepared for and interested in statistical analysis of large-scale data and conducting individual interviews?
    • How do your previous experiences prepare you to work cooperatively and productively with colleagues, students, and supervisors from diverse backgrounds?
    • In this postdoctoral research position, you will gain significant skills in physics education research, as well as in survey development. How do you envision those skills will be useful to you later in your career?
  • CV with references listed.

Please submit your application full consideration.  This position is open until filled.. 

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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