BROWN-HHMI STEM Postdoctoral Research Associate

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
This one-year position has the potential for renewal for up to two additional years.
Sep 14, 2017
Course-based research, evaluation, STEM teaching
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support course-based research, evaluation and dissemination of STEM teaching and learning innovations.  The postdoc will work in the Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. Brown has been awarded a multi-year grant from HHMI to develop and integrate new approaches in introductory-level STEM courses through course-based undergraduate research (CURE) and collaborative problem-solving. The successful candidate will work closely with the Director of the Sheridan Center, the Brown-HHMI Program Director, and associated faculty to develop novel course-based research opportunities, assess initiatives, and disseminate results. This one-year position has the potential for renewal for up to two additional years.

Job qualifications


  • Required educational qualifications include an earned doctorate in the molecular life sciences.



  • Postsecondary teaching experience
  • Experience with molecular biology and/or biochemical experimental techniques
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success in STEM fields, such as teaching, research, or educational development experience that involves working effectively with a diverse student and faculty population
  • Strong methodological training and experience in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies


  • Research, assessment or evaluation experience in STEM education
  • Experience working in or collaborating with a teaching and learning center

Key competencies for the position include:

●     Ability to work collaboratively to define action-oriented evaluation/assessment plans and enact them through quantitative and qualitative approaches responsive to varying questions, timelines, and evidence needed

●     Consulting with the Brown community about assessment of student learning and experiences, responsive to a diverse student body

●     Facility with work in a collaborative environment, as part of a multidisciplinary team

●     Strong oral and written communication skills

●     Strong attention to detail and the ability to successfully plan and implement projects

●     Interest in the literature on educational development, assessment, inclusive teaching, and STEM education

●     Reflective and open to feedback

The position carries a competitive salary and benefits. To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three references via Interfolio at

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Mark Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology and Brown HHMI Program Director (, or Dr. Mary Wright, Director, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning ( Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

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