Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Position Summary

The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group ( in the CREATE4STEM Institute at Michigan State University seeks candidates to fill a one-year, 12 month (with possible additional years) Research Associate position in STEM teaching and learning.  We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline-Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking. 

We are expanding our NSF-funded project to develop resources for analyzing undergraduate learning in the field of biology.  The selected Research Associate will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty in the Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering and will provide liaison to our partner institutions.  Our research group has a strong post-doc researcher 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 contingent on a successful performance.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references. Review of application materials will continue until the position are filled. 

Required Degree

Doctorate -Life Sciences or STEM education

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in the life sciences or STEM education with experience in discipline-based education research in biology

Desired 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 Associates to make unique contributions to the project team: 

  • disciplinary expertise in biology or related fields
  • STEM education research
  • assessment of learning
  • learning progressions
  • statistical analysis
  • machine learning
  • qualitative research methods
  • experience publishing and presenting research findings
  • mentoring of undergraduate researchers
Required Application Materials

Cover letter; CV; copy of transcripts; two samples of scholarly writing; names and email addresses of three references.

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Review of applications will begin on 06/26/17 and the position will remain open until filled.




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Posted: 6/12/2017
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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