Invitation to Apply for Biology Education Postdoctoral Research Associate at South Dakota State University

Biology Education - Postdoc - Dakota State University

Required Qualifications 

Required qualifications are an earned Ph.D. in biology (any discipline) by the anticipated start date of August 1, 2017, and a strong interest in developing excellence in biology education scholarship and research. The abilities to prioritize tasks, to engage in long- and short-term planning, and to handle a variety of demands simultaneously are critical. Applicants must be self-motivated, creative individuals who have excellent interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills, and who can work both independently and as part of collaborations. 

Preferred Qualifications 

We seek candidates who consistently demonstrate creativity, initiative, and curiosity; who have experience working with diverse populations; and who have some knowledge of national science education reform efforts. Some formal teaching experience is especially desirable. Experience developing curriculum units, developing and using a variety of assessments, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills are preferred but not required. 

Salary and Appointment 

This postdoctoral research associate position is a 12-month, full-time, salaried, and benefited position at South Dakota State University, in Brookings SD. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for an additional one year.

Application Procedure

To apply for the postdoctoral research associate, please send a single application file (PDF) consisting of the following to 1) a letter of interest in the position, including your career goals, no longer than 2 pages, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, no longer than 2 pages, and 4) a statement of current and potential future research plans and goals, no longer than 2 pages. Please name the PDF file with the applicant’s last name followed by “Postdoc App”, e.g. “Smith Postdoc App.PDF.” Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent confidentially to the same email address. The successful applicant will need to pass a criminal background check. South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128. 

Application Review Timeline

Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2017. 


Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Anne-Marie Hoskinson, PI and Assistant Professor, Department of Biology & Microbiology, South Dakota State University,

Keywords:The Department of Biology & Microbiology at South Dakota State University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate in biology education and research. Our research group is situated at the intersection of research in STEM higher education, cognitive psychology, and computer modeling, and focuses on 1) how undergraduates develop expertise in biological concepts, including the roles of curriculum and classroom environments on this progression, and 2) the role of scientific practices such as modeling and argumentation in facilitating students’ conceptual mastery. The successful candidate will develop a vibrant research agenda around education research in undergraduate biology. In addition, the postdoc will develop and deliver student-centered, practice- and concept-driven curriculum in large-enrollment introductory college biology courses.   Doc ID:71168
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