Post Doctoral Fellow

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Position Number998540Functional TitlePost Doctoral FellowPosition TypePost-docsPosition EclassEP - EHRA 12 mo leave earningUniversity Information

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( features an extremely supportive and collegial environment with 15 full-time faculty and a diverse student body. We offer a BS in Biochemistry, a BA, BS, and MS in Chemistry including biochemistry options, and a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry. Our department is housed in a 170,000 square foot, $35 million state of the art science building. Excellent core instrumentation and state of the art facilities for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry with full time support staff are available on site.

Position Summary

The Chemistry Education Research group led by Dr. Maia Popova is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for a major portion of data collection and analysis on a project aiming to characterize chemistry instructors’ pedagogical content knowledge, teaching beliefs, and teaching practices towards developing student representational competence. Duties will include, but not limited to: designing an assessment instrument, collecting data (e.g., interviews, instrument administration), analyzing data (e.g., constant-comparative analysis, factor analysis), and disseminating results through competitive manuscripts and presentations at national conferences. If interested, the postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to participate in external proposal writing. The position is available as early as January 2020 and as late as July 2020.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a) a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry Education Research, STEM Education Research, or a closely related field and b) expertise in quantitative research methods including psychometric analysis and factor analysis.

Additional Required Certifications, Licensures, and CertificatesPreferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with additional expertise in qualitative research methods, a strong record of scholarly publications, strong organizational and communication skills, and willingness and interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must submit the following:

a) Cover letter to Dr. Maia Popova expressing interest in the position (1-2 pages).
b) CV
c) List of three references

Recruitment Range$45,000Org #-DepartmentChemistry & Biochemistry - 12205Job Open Date10/04/2019For Best Consideration DateJob Close DateOpen Until FilledYesFTE1.000Type of AppointmentPermanentIf time-limited, please specify end date for appointment.

One-year appointment with option for renewal

Number of Months per Year12FLSAExemptKey Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time50%Key Responsibility

Conduct Research

Essential Tasks

Design an assessment instrument, collect data (e.g., interviews, instrument administration), and analyze data (e.g., constant-comparative analysis, factor analysis).

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time25%Key Responsibility

Presentations and Reporting

Essential Tasks

Prepare and present updates on ongoing research, provide written reports on research progress, participate in group meetings, and present seminars to scientific community when asked. Contribute to the preparation and submission of reports, proposals, and publications related to research

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time20%Key Responsibility

Mentorship: Support graduate and undergraduate students

Essential Tasks

Assist with supervision of graduate and undergraduate students with their research projects. Provide leadership and training to students on collection and analysis of data.

Key Responsibilities

Percentage Of Time5%Key Responsibility

Maintain Research Data

Essential Tasks

Take appropriate measures to ensure confidentiality of collected data to protect the rights of research participants

ADA Checklist

ADA Checklist

R for Rare (0-30%), O for Occasional (30-60%), F for Frequent (60-90%), C for Constant (90-100%).

Physical EffortHand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Hand Movement-Grasping - F, Holding - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Vision-Skilled Trades, Reading - F, Writing - F, Eye-hand coordination - F, Hearing - C, Talking - C, Standing - C, Sitting - C, Walking - F, Climbing-Stairs - 0Work EnvironmentInside - C, Ventilation ConditionsDust - R, Ventilation ConditionsFumes - R, Ventilation ConditionsChemicals - R, Ventilation ConditionsGases - RApplicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1
  2. Reference Letter 2
  3. Reference Letter 3
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate how you learned of the vacant position for which you are applying:
    • SpartanTalent Website
    • Piedmont Triad Area Newspaper
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other professional journal / website
    • UNC School System Job Board
    • Personal Networking
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Other
  2. If you selected "Other", please provide the name of the resource here.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship?
    • Yes
    • No




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Posted: 10/5/2019
Application Due: 12/4/2019
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