Job Opportunities

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) NSF REAL grant 2014-2016


Description

 

Northwestern University seeks applicants for a post-doctoral research fellow for up to two and a half academic years, starting in Winter 2015. This is a research fellowship working with Principal Investigator Reed Stevens and collaborating partners at the University of Colorado, Boulder.   

This research fellow will work on all phases of research in the Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) project funded by the National Science Foundation (see http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1252372). The leading goal of the project is to understand and compare the learning experiences of new engineers—recently graduated engineering students in their first jobs. The post-doctoral research fellow will lead data collection under the supervision of Dr. Stevens and a parallel principal investigator at the University of Colorado. Required qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in a social sciences discipline with extensive training in qualitative fieldwork (e.g. learning sciences, science studies, anthropology, sociology, engineering/STEM education). Strong consideration will be given to all scholars who have significant experience with ethnographic fieldwork, participant recruiting, data collection, and qualitative analysis. A working knowledge of engineering is desirable but not required.

The research will take place at engineering workplaces in the Chicago metro area and in the undergraduate engineering environments of Northwestern University.  The postdoctoral fellow will develop further expertise in ethnographic research methods, video-based interaction analysis, and an ethnographically-grounded approach to learning and identity formation. The post-doctoral fellow will also participate in research group meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities in the target areas of the project, and will have opportunities to participate in Northwestern’s internationally recognized Learning Sciences program as well as in the intellectual environment of Northwestern more broadly.

For questions and additional information, please contact reed-stevens@northwestern.edu

Compensation:  This is a full-time, 12-month position with full benefits. The position is renewable for up to a total of two and half years based on performance and the ongoing availability of sponsored funding, with the opportunity for salary increases in the second and third years. The budget also includes conference travel funds for the postdoc.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials: a cover letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the postdoctoral position with LENE fits with your career goals; a Curriculum Vitae; the names and contact information of three scholars who can serve as references; and two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which you identify as a research paper that best represents your potential as a scholar and future career trajectory related to the LENE project.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

Contact
reed-stevens@northwestern.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunities School of Education and Social Policy Northwestern University


Description

Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy has three open positions for Postdoctoral Fellows, starting July 1, 2015.

Position 1: Research Use in Schools and School Districts

We seek a postdoctoral fellow to work on the IES-funded National Center for Research in Policy and Practice. This one-year position begins July 1, 2015 and has the possibility of extension into a second year. We seek applicants with a strong training in qualitative or mixed-methods research, and experience in one of more of the following: the relationship between research and practice, district decision making, organizational theory, policymaking, school leadership, or implementation of Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

The postdoctoral fellow will participate in a two-year mixed-methods study of the factors that enable and constrain research use in four urban school districts. The study, led by Cynthia Coburn and Jim Spillane, involves an interdisciplinary team from Northwestern University, Harvard University, and University of Colorado-Boulder. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in all phases of the project including: developing instruments; data collection; data analysis, and the publication of results. The principal investigators will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to develop publications that build on her or his emerging research agenda.  The postdoctoral scholar must be able and willing to travel to research sites; work both individually and as part of a multi-campus team; and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants should have an earned doctorate in education, sociology, political science, public policy, or related field. The position carries a competitive salary plus health insurance coverage and has the possibility of renewal, conditional upon performance and available funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two representative publications to: Natalie Talbert, Natalie.talbert@northwestern.edu. Please put: “NCRPP Postdoc” in the subject line. For questions, please contact Cynthia Coburn at Cynthia.coburn@northwestern.edu.



Positions 2 and 3: Early Childhood Mathematics Policy
We seek two Postdoctoral Fellows to participate in an innovative study of districts' efforts to create greater alignmetn preschool through grade 3 in mathematics. The multi-level, longitudinal study investigates the relationship between district policy efforts and students' experiences, learning opportunities, and mathematics learning. The study is being carried out under the auspices of the DREME Network (Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education), an interdisciplinary network of scholars dedicated to conducting innovative research and development on early childhood mathematics funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation1. This study is a collaboration of scholars from Northwestern University, UCLA, University of Denver, and Vanderbilt University.

Both positions begin July 1, 2015 and have the possibility of extension into a second year, pending funding. We seek applicants with strong training in qualitative research methods and expertise in one or more of the following: mathematics education in K-12 or early
childhood settings, professional development, instructional policy, and/or policy implementation. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in all phases of the project including: developing instruments; data collection; data analysis, and the publication of results. The principal investigators will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to develop publications that build on his or her emerging research agenda.  The postdoctoral scholar must be able and willing to travel to research sites; work both individually and as part of a multi-campus team; and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants should have an earned doctorate in education, developmental psychology, sociology, public policy, or related field. The position carries a competitive salary plus health insurance coverage and has the possibility of renewal, conditional upon performance and available funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and two representative publications to: Natalie Talbert, Natalie.talbert@northwestern.edu. Please put: “DREME Network Postdoc” in the subject line. For questions, please contact Cynthia Coburn at Cynthia.coburn@northwestern.edu.


[1] Members of the DREME Network include: Deborah Stipek, Stanford University (Director); Amy Claessens, University of Chicago; Doug Clements, University of Denver; Cynthia Coburn, Northwestern University; Eric Dearing, Boston College; Dale Farran, Vanderbilt University; Megan Franke, UCLA; Herb Ginsburg, Columbia University Teachers College; Susan Levine, University of Chicago; Michele Mazzocco, University of Minnesota; Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University

 

Location
Evanston, IL
Contact

Natalie Talbert, Natalie.talbert@northwestern.edu



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