Research Associate-Fixed Term

East Lansing MI
Jul 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

Applications are invited for a research associate (post-doctoral researcher) in Physics Education in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work to develop assessments of student learning for introductory physics laboratories and conduct research on learning and practice in these laboratories.

The candidate will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the Physics Education Research Lab ( and in Michigan State's CREATE4STEM Institute (

Responsibilities include working in coordination with physics and education faculty to:

  • develop an integrated plan of course evaluation and innovation;
  • identify specific learning goals that represent faculty-consensus;

  • develop valid assessments of student learning in this course;

  • participate in and supervise the development of instructional routines, materials, and practices for improving student learning in this course; and

  • publish assessment tools and findings in Physics Education journals

The appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of extension, based on performance and the availability of funding. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics or physics education with preference to candidates with graduate or postdoctoral experience in physics education research, particularly in the area of introductory laboratories. The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding teaching and mentoring skills, strong content knowledge, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work with undergraduate students, grad students, faculty, and staffin a collaborative environment

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests, and a statement of teaching philosophy and experiences to In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Special Instructions

Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same posting.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Prof. Danny Caballero, Faculty Advisor for the Physics Education Research Lab, [email protected]