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Post Doctoral Researcher - Science Education
California State University, East Bay

Date Posted May 24, 2021
Title Post Doctoral Researcher - Science Education
University California State University, East Bay
Hayward, CA, United States
Department Institute for STEM Education
Application Deadline Jun. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 30, 2021
  • Post-Doc
  • Science Education…

Project Summary:

The Next Generation Science Standards provide unique opportunities for school children and teachers to engage in inquiry-driven and collaborative science learning. Along with this opportunity comes a need for shifts in the way science is taught in the United States. Teachers must not only support their students in understanding core science concepts, but also in exploring concepts via science and engineering practices. Students and teachers explore science by making sense of natural phenomena and engaging in solutions to problems. However, shifts in educational practice often occur in isolation, separately at the university or in school districts. Building on research from a prior NSF-funded project, this project employs an innovative, iterative approach involving a Networked Improvement Community to co-create a shared vision and co-defined research agenda between university researchers, science educators and school district practitioners working together to reform teacher education across a variety of contexts. By studying outcomes of shared supports and teacher tools for use in multiple steps along the science teacher pathway, we would create an opportunity to map variation existing in the system science teacher education. This process would integrate an iterative nature of educational change in local contexts impacting enactment of the Next Generation Science Standards in both university teacher preparation programs and in school district professional training activities and classrooms. This project has the potential to impact wider levels of reform beyond isolated school initiatives and provide a model for synergy and alignment in complex efforts and policy involved in improving teacher practices, ultimately bolstering a variety of coordinated efforts that have positive impact in classrooms.

Summary of position:

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work in collaboration with a research team to design research, coordinate and conduct data collection, analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, and prepare reports.

This is a temporary, full-time position through June 30, 2022, with the possibility of reappointment.


Design research studies

Propose research questions and detailed plans for study Contribute to sampling design

Collect quantitative and qualitative data

Conduct interviews of teachers and administrators (20-40/year) Oversee graduate student researcher and teacher researcher in the collection of interview data Coordinate with administrative staff in collecting survey data Collect observations of Networked Improvement Community (NIC) meetings

Organize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data

Coordinate with administrative staff and researchers in downloading, storing, and organizing data Coordinate with administrative staff and lead undergraduate researchers in data entry and transcription Conduct qualitative data analysis and interpretation, including various forms of coding using current software Provide data visualization of quantitative data; run basic statistics

Prepare conference presentations and publications of research findings

Propose, write, and present at national educational research conferences Prepare research publications that report on major aspects of the research project for highly regarded research journals

Attend research, NIC and leadership meetings

Required Qualifications

Work experience in and knowledge of K-12 education Research experience in science education, teacher learning/professional development, and/or educational reform Methodological expertise in quantitative and/or mixed methods research Experience presenting at national conferences and publishing in high-impact educational research journals Experience working in research teams Must have reliable transportation and the ability to travel to different school districts throughout the day

  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Michele A. Korb
    Institute for STEM Education
    California State University, East Bay
    CSU East Bay Room AE 250
    Hayward, CA 94542


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