Postdoctoral Scholar in Education

University of California Irvine School of Education

Postdoctoral Scholar for the NSF CAREER Project

Job #JPF06037
  • School of Education - School of Education

Recruitment Period

Open date: April 8th, 2020

Next review date: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applicants are invited to apply for a full-time postdoctoral position in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine to support a research-practice partnership project focusing on improving youth’s opportunity to learn in secondary science classrooms.

Project overview & general summary of the position

This is a full-time postdoctoral researcher position funded by NSF CAREER project, “Expanding Latinxs' Opportunities to Develop Complex Thinking in Secondary Science Classrooms through a Research-Practice Partnership” (PI: Hosun Kang). This study will explore ways to enhance youths' learning experiences in secondary school classrooms (grades 6-12) by building a sustainable partnership between researchers and practitioners. The work will build on a previous similar activity with one local high school; plans are to expand the existing study to an entire school district over five years. The project aims will be: (1) To design a year-long teacher professional development program; and (2) To study the impact of the professional development model on teachers' capacity to plan and implement inclusive science curricula.

Position will begin in 2020, with the exact start date contingent on funding and the availability of the applicant.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

• Working collaboratively with district partners and UCI research team
• Facilitating partnership activities, such as maintaining communication and routines
• Co-designing and co-facilitating professional development activities
• Organizing, managing, and conducting data collection and analysis
• Mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers working on the project
• Actively participate in scholarly communities through publication of research articles and presentation at professional conferences

Minimum qualifications:

• Ph.D in science education or a closely related field by start date of position

Preferable qualifications:

• Teaching experience, either at the secondary (6-12) or university level
• Experiences working in a research-practice partnership at the district level
• Experience working with middle and high school science teachers
• Record of publication in science education or teacher education
• Expertise in either qualitative or quantitative research methods
• Expertise in culturally relevant pedagogy or issues of race, identity, and languages

To Apply:

Applications should be submitted online at
Please include: (a) a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work, (b) CV, (c) one page summary of your doctoral dissertation, (d) one writing sample, and (e) names and contact information of three references (please do not solicit letters)

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • One page summary of doctoral dissertation
  • Writing Sample
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)