Postdoctoral positions in DBER at the University of Virginia


The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates in Discipline-Based Education Research under the direction of Dr. Marilyne Stains (


The successful candidate(s) will primarily work on a NSF-funded research project (NSF CAREER #1552448) designed to characterize STEM faculty members' knowledge base for teaching, instructional practices, progressions of this knowledge and these practices over time, as well as influences of context on these progressions. Duties will include collecting, managing, and analyzing video tapes of STEM classrooms, course artifacts, interviews, and surveys. The candidate(s) will also have the opportunity to work on other NSF funded and non-funded projects.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in discipline-based education research (e.g., chemical education research, physics education research, engineering education research, or biology education research) or a Ph.D. in Science Education with a research focus on higher education instructional practices is required by the appointment start date. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. A record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed science education journals will be highly valued. Desirable qualifications include knowledge and application of best practices in higher education teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as experience with faculty development. The successful candidate(s) will have a substantial background in quantitative and/or qualitative research design and methods, be able to work independently, and multi-task. The successful candidate will be expected to help mentor undergraduates and graduate students in the laboratory.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.


For questions regarding this position, please contact Marilyne Stains, Professor, at (434) 923-6430[EF0B9431] or For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.>>


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