Job posting for CER Postdoc in Popova Group at UNC Greensboro


The Chemistry Education Research group led by Dr. Maia Popova is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for a major portion of data collection and analysis on a project aiming to characterize chemistry instructors’ pedagogical content knowledge, teaching beliefs, and teaching practices towards developing student representational competence. Duties will include, but not limited to: designing an assessment instrument, collecting data (e.g., interviews, instrument administration), analyzing data (e.g., constant-comparative analysis, factor analysis), and disseminating results through competitive manuscripts and presentations at national conferences. If interested, the postdoctoral scholar will have opportunities to participate in external proposal writing.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry Education Research, STEM Education Research, or a closely related field, as well as excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills. Strong preference would be given to those with expertise in quantitative research methods (psychometric analysis and factor analysis), but applicants with qualitative research methods background are also encouraged to apply!

Initial appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal for one additional year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funds.

Interested applicants must submit a) a cover letter expressing interest in the position (1-2 pages); b) a curriculum vitae; and c) names and email addresses of three references. Use this link to apply:

Screening of applications will begin on November 8 and will continue until position is filled. The position is available as early as January 2020.

Direct inquires to Dr. Maia Popova at

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and stuff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among top universities for arts, nursing, education, and more.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ( features an extremely supportive and collegial environment with 15 full-time faculty and a diverse student body. We offer a BS in Biochemistry, a BS, BS, and MS in Chemistry including biochemistry options, and a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry. Our department is housed in a 170,000 square foot, $35 million state of the art science building. Excellent core instrumentation and state of the art facilities for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry with full time support staff available on site. Our Department is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, with strengths in this area for undergraduate students (30% African American or Black students and 13% Hispanic students), graduate students (16% African American or Black students, 7% Hispanic students, and 23% International students), and faculty (40% women faculty, 

Maia Popova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UNC Greensboro