Postdoctoral Scholar

Job description

Job ID: 41732

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Apply On Or Before: 01/01/9999


College of Education, Office of Research


The Postdoctoral Researcher will serve as a general project manager to directly oversee day--to--day operation of the project. He/she will be involved in all aspects of the project with special attention to the data collection and analysis, and the dissemination of findings in conferences and publications.
Job activities include:
Co-lead and co-facilitate professional development sessions through the Design-Implement-Analyze cycles of the LCD project.
Engage in the ongoing analysis of data during the LCD-PD cycles, especially in the first year of the study;
Build educational research skills and a research agenda specific to epistemic discourse and teacher learning, involving qualitative and quantitative research in accordance with the candidate’s background and interests. Given the collaborative nature of this project, the post-doctoral researcher will have abundant experiences to collaborate on writing conference papers and manuscripts for journals with others, but he/she will also be expected to take the lead on some of these papers.
Engage in the bi-weekly Science Education Reading Group meetings focused on reading and discussing scholarly articles on epistemic discourse;
Participate in regular research meetings to discuss, develop, and refine analytical tools and protocols that the LCD project will use to examine epistemic discourse and teachers’ knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes with respect to the role of talk and discourse in the classroom;
Engage in collaborative data viewing and analysis sessions with a group of researchers and graduate students, specifically aimed at identifying and characterizing productive epistemic discourse in classroom interactions;
Mentor undergraduate students and/or graduate research assistants in the science education research group, with guidance from science education faculty; and
Co-teach a pre-service teacher education course in a joint teaching assignment with one of the science education faculty working on the project.


We are seeking candidates who have a Ph.D. in Science Education, Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, Teacher Education, or related fields, with preferably the following qualifications:
Experience in science education research with a commitment to equity;
Experience working with practicing or pre-service K-12 science teachers (especially high school teachers);
Experience teaching in public schools, preferably in the high school grades;
Strong ability to communicate effectively with researchers, teachers, and other school personnel;
Knowledgeable about research on epistemic discourse and/or teacher learning;
Experience with data collection, particularly in public classrooms; and
Science background, preferably in Biology.

Other Information

The Science Education research group at Florida State University, under the supervision of Sherry Southerland (in collaboration with Lama Jaber, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Patrick Enderle, Ellen Granger and Zahid Kisa), is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to join our ranks. This position is C&G funded. The project the Scholar will be assigned to is a 4-year NSF-funded project entitled Learning Through Collaborative Design (LCD): Professional Development to Foster Productive Epistemic Discourse in Science, with an available start date as early as September 2017 (or later until the position is filled).
The LCD project is designed to investigate the role of a specific professional development activity-- collaborative design around curricular materials-- in supporting teachers’ professional growth to enact productive epistemic discourse in biology classrooms. Productive epistemic discourse involves classroom talk and interactions that allow students to create meaning and understanding through constructing explanations, engaging in argument from evidence, and evaluating and communicating information. The outcomes of LCD promise to provide more equitable access to meaningful science learning and instruction, in the form of productive epistemic practices, for those students who are not typically engaged in such sense-making opportunities in science.

Contact Info

For any questions about the position or the application process, please email Dr. Sherry Southerland at [email protected]

Anticipated Salary Range

Salary range is $51,000-$55,000 depending on experience.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds up to four years.


If not otherwise specified, schedule is M-F, 8-5.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.
Please include:
Curriculum Vitae;
A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and why you are a good fit;
A research statement; and
The names and email addresses of three references.

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

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Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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