Postdoctoral Position in Ecology

Cornell University

Postdoctoral Position in Ecology
 
Applications are invited for a fulltime Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at Cornell University. This Postdoctoral Associate position will advance undergraduate biology education by examining how Vision and Change (V&C) principles are being enacted in biology courses across a variety of undergraduate institutions. They will have the opportunity to explore the breadth of existing educational resources, to evaluate progress toward goals outlined in V&C, and to identify opportunities for future growth in undergraduate biology education. This project is part of a collaboration that includes Drs. Brian Couch (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and MacKenzie Stetzer (University of Maine).

This project will focus on the use of open educational resources (OERs). The research will involve analyzing data from a scoping review of OER article content from a variety of journals (e.g., CourseSource), surveying authors and users to determine their engagement with OERs, developing student assessments, and observing instructors teaching with OERs in a variety of classrooms. The primary duties and responsibilities include quantitative and qualitative analysis of a large data set from a scoping review, developing and deploying surveys, designing protocols to observe instructors teaching with OERs, and analyzing student and instructor data. There will be opportunities to engage with instructors in professional development activities. The successful candidate will disseminate the results through publications and presentations at meetings. 

Discipline-based education research is an important area of study at Cornell, with collaborators (faculty, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students) in physics, biology, engineering, and other STEM fields. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to mentor and work with many individuals and participate in weekly education journal clubs and research meetings with the larger EEB and Cornell community.


Anticipated Division of Time
The role of the Postdoctoral Associate is 100% research. The Postdoctoral Associate’s time will be spent approximately as follows:
40% conducting experiments
40% analyzing data
20% dissemination through giving presentations and writing manuscripts

Requirements
Ph.D. in biology, biology education research, or closely related field
Experience with education research methods, including quantitative research methods and statistics (e.g., proficiency in multilevel statistical modeling using R), and/or experience with qualitative research approaches such as analyzing survey and interview data
Knowledge of and interest in the potential OERs have to affect undergraduate education
Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and function independently
Demonstrated project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills

The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of extension,based on satisfactory performance.
This position has the ability to regularly be performed at least partially remotely, with 4 days on campus and one day remote per week.

Supervision Exercised: None

Salary range for this position is: NIH minimum = $61,008

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/27553).

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. 

Applications will be reviewed starting May 15, 2024 and continuing until a suitable applicant is identified.

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Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
  
Pay Range:
$56,484.00 - $80,000.00
Pay Ranges:
The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience.
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Unique applicable skills.
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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
2024-04-26

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