The Division of Physical Sciences, in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, at the University of Washington - Bothell, in collaboration with researchers at Seattle Pacific University, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a recently-funded National Science Foundation grant, “Professional Development for Teaching and Learning about Energy and Equity in High School Physics.” The grant will develop and study professional development whose learning goals are as follows:
Teachers will be able to explain how scholarly concepts of energy are shaped by the values of the historical period in which they were constructed.
Teachers will be able to apply rigorous strategies for energy reasoning to socio-politically relevant energy scenarios.
Teachers will recognize historic and present-day inequities in (a) the energy industry and (b) science participation.
Teachers will be able to prepare energy instruction that is culturally responsive and relevant to learners’ communities.
The Postdoctoral Scholar would join a collaborative team that includes: faculty Rachel Scherr (Physics, University of Washington - Bothell); faculty Amy Robertson, Kara Gray, and Lane Seeley (Physics, Seattle Pacific University); and consultants Tali Hairston (Equitable Development LLC), Sam McKagan and Adrian Madsen (AlderSEA), Abigail Daane (South Seattle College), and Moses Rifkin (University Prep High School).
The Postdoctoral Scholar would be supported in choosing an independent and integrated strand of research (within RQs 1-4 in the grant narrative) and would receive extensive professional development that includes travel to conferences, mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers, and other skills identified collaboratively.
Term of appointment: This position is a full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment that may be extended up to a maximum of two years. The ideal start date is August 1, 2020, but can be as late as Fall 2020. The Postdoctoral Scholar title is limited to five years, including postdoctoral experience(s) at UW and other institutions.
Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.
Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Physics, Science Education, or a related field. Capacity and interest in supporting undergraduate and graduate student research, developing an independent strand of research with support, participating in project management, and presenting research in presentations and publications.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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