Research Associate, College of Engineering

United States, North America
May 14, 2014

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Position Information

Posting Number: 8540

Internal Posting Date: 10-14-2013

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Research Associate

Position Title/Rank:

Multiple Position Numbers Shadow: 8747 & 8748

Multiple Position Numbers Yes

Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Engineering

Primary Department: 10016256 ENGINEERING DEAN

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Support Staff: Pay Minimum
Salary commensurate with experience

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Position Summary: The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group ( at Michigan State University seeks three candidates to fill three one-year, 12 month (with possible additional years) Research Associate positions in college teaching and learning in the fields of science or engineering. We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline-Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students' writing in large enrollment undergraduate Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students' thinking.

We have received a 5 year NSF grant to expand our collaborations on these projects with STEM education researchers across the country. The selected Research Associates will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty in the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Science, and the MSU Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Our research group has a strong post-doc researcher mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
A doctorate degree in a natural science, engineering, or STEM education is required. You should have a strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM educators. Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team:

disciplinary expertise in a STEM discipline;
STEM education research;
assessment of learning;
faculty professional development for reformed teaching;
computational linguistics / natural language processing;
database management;
web site development;
multivariate statistics and computer modeling;
experience with SPSS Modeler;
qualitative research methods;
experience publishing and presenting research findings.

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Work/Writing Sample

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: A complete application package consists of a cover letter, cv, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Mark Urban-Lurain/Associate Professor/

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Union Affiliation Non Union