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Research Associate-Fixed Term
Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
Date Posted 04/20/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Work type:Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location:East Lansing
Categories:Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

A multidisciplinary team of faculty at Michigan State University invites applications for a discipline-based education Postdoctoral Research Associate in causal mechanistic reasoning across chemistry and biology. The Research Associate will join an established collaboration between faculty from chemistry, biochemistry, plant biology, and teacher education seeking to understand how undergraduates connect ideas to create causal mechanistic explanations across chemistry and biology. The Research Associate will work with faculty mentors Jon Stoltzfus, Melanie Cooper, Tammy Long, and Christina Schwarz to develop and answer questions in this research area using existing data sets and codebooks as well as new data generated by faculty learning communities, student responses to research tasks, student interviews, and/or student focus groups.

Primary responsibilities will include: 1) Coding student responses from an existing data set using existing codebooks and analyzing results to answer questions regarding how students construct causal mechanistic explanations across chemistry and biology. 2) Coordinate collaborations between multidisciplinary teams of instructors to iterate and improve formative and summative course assessments based on student responses to those assessments. 3) Dissemination of the above work via peer-reviewed publication and presentation at national meetings.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biology/chemistry related, education res

Minimum Requirements

Excellent writing and organizational skills and experience with mixed methods research are required.

The applicant should have completed (or anticipate completion of) a doctoral degree in biology or chemistry related field, education research, or curriculum development.

Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate will have experience with a mix of some set of the following areas, enabling them to make unique contributions to the research team:

  • chemistry or biology education research
  • assessment of student learning
  • curriculum development
  • mentoring undergraduate researchers
  • presenting and publishing research findings

Required Application Materials

A complete application package will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing, and names and email addresses of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

The position has a flexible start date but ideally will start no later than August, 2022.

The appointment will be for one year with the possibility for renewal/reappointment contingent on a successful performance and funding availability.

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.



MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised:Apr 18, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Apr 18, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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