Post Doctoral Research Associate in STEM Education, CISE

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-19
Req: R0021279

The School of Education and Human Development, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks applicants for a Post Doctoral Research Associate in STEM Education. Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years, and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period.


The incumbent will primarily work on two grant-funded research projects. The first is a NSF-funded research project (NSF ITEST #1850296), which is designed to improve 1) elementary teachers’ instruction and students’ engagement and understanding in the STEM domains of engineering, digital technology, and systems thinking and 2) elementary student science learning among traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM through professional development. Duties will include collecting, managing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., videotapes of classrooms, PD and lesson planning artifacts, interviews, and teacher and student surveys) and disseminating findings through manuscript preparation and at scholarly conferences.The second is a USED-funded external evaluation of the Advancing Rural Computer Science professional development, which uses a mixed-methods randomized control trial to assess teacher and student knowledge and affect toward computer science. The candidate(s) will also have the opportunity to work on other funded and non-funded projects.


  • A Ph.D. degree in science education, engineering education, or STEM education with a research focus on K-12 instructional practices is required by the appointment start date.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills are required.
  • A record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed science/STEM/engineering education journals will be highly valued.
  • Desirable qualifications include knowledge and application of best practices in K-12 STEM teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as experience with faculty development.
  • The successful candidate(s) will have a substantial background in quantitative and/or qualitative research design and methods, be able to work independently, and multi-task.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to help mentor undergraduates students.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Selected Post Docs must have their completed PhD by the start date. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘'Post Doctoral Research Associate in STEM Education, CISE". Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, title, relationship, email address, and telephone number) all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Jennifer Maeng, Research Associate Professor. For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 1/16/2021
Application Due: 2/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time