FW: Postdoc announcement: Examining academic departments as social networks in STEM teaching and learning

Hello CER colleagues,

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the following NSF-funded project (announcement below. Please feel free to share the announcement with colleagues and students.


Postdoctoral Position at UC San Diego
Examining academic departments as social networks in STEM teaching and learning

A postdoctoral position is available with Professor Stanley Lo in the Division of Biological Sciences at University of California San Diego as part of the NSF-funded UC STEM Teaching and Learning Research Project. We are studying how postsecondary faculty conceptualize diversity, learning, and teaching in STEM education, implement evidence-based instructional practices, and ultimately impact student outcomes in the short and long term. Specifically, the position will examine how teaching ideas and practices diffuse in academic departments through faculty interactions. The position is available for one year with a flexible start date and is renewable for up to three years dependent on progress.

What we offer:
The UC STEM Teaching and Learning Research Project is a stimulating environment with freedom to develop new research directions and collaborations with STEM education researchers across multiple UC campuses. At UC San Diego, we have a vibrant and growing discipline-based education research community in biology and chemistry with a weekly journal club, a Science of Teaching seminar series in Biological Sciences, and a graduate program in Mathematics and Science Education (jointly offered with San Diego State University). We support postdoctoral scholars with mentorship for multi-faceted career development and opportunities tailored towards individual career goals.

What we are looking for
Candidates should have demonstrated experience in social network analysis, familiarity with R (or equivalent software) for statistical analyses and data visualization, an understanding of the current literature on STEM teaching and learning in postsecondary education, and strong verbal and written communication skills. We particularly value collaborative and motivated individuals with the ability to work independently, mentor students, and manage multiple parallel projects. Candidates with Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any STEM discipline, education, learning sciences, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter (summarizing their relevant experiences to the position and describing their research interests and career plans), curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to Stanley Lo (smlo@ucsd.edu).

Stanley M. Lo, Ph.D. (he/they)
Associate Teaching Professor
Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California San Diego