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Postdoc, STEM Education
Post Date: 11/09/2020
Close Date: 12/08/2020
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

Fargo, ND

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Postdoctoral Position: STEM Education

North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this 12-month (renewable) position to begin December 16, 2020 or as soon thereafter following hiring approval.

The Department

The Department of Biological Sciences has 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 4 teaching faculty. There are approximately 450 undergraduate and 50 graduate students enrolled in its programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in biological sciences and biological sciences education. The department offers BA/BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees, and also participates in several interdisciplinary graduate programs: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Natural Resource Management, and STEM Education. Research in the department is clustered into three main focal areas: developmental and regulatory biology; ecology, evolutionary, and conservation biology; and STEM education. See https://www.ndsu.edu/biology/

The University

From the first 30 students in 1890 to about 12,800 enrolled today, NDSU is a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Combined with a strong commitment to student success and the advancement of research in all disciplines, NDSU offers a dynamic environment for students to participate in improving themselves and the world around them. As a land-grant university, NDSU provides cultural and educational outreach to the residents of the state, region and beyond. NDSU is classified as a high research university by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

The Community

Fargo combines the safety and friendliness of a small town with the cultural offerings of a large city. With a metro-area population of nearly 200,000, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. The city consistently appears on national lists of best places to live and is noted for its safety, health care, recreation, job opportunities and economic development. The community offers museums, movie theaters, shopping, concerts and sporting events at many venues. Bus service both around campus and in the community is free for NDSU students. An international airport and a commercial bus line serve Fargo-Moorhead. Residents enjoy North Dakota’s four seasons, which allow for a wide variety of outdoor activities, from ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter to golfing, boating and outdoor live music events in the summer. Fargo Moorhead has 175 public parks covering more than 3,000 acres. The parks offer nearly 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and running, plus facilities for baseball, softball, swimming, tennis and hockey.

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University has a 12-month postdoctoral fellowship, beginning January 2, 2021. The successful candidate will work with a group of biology education faculty on an NSF-funded project to investigate systems thinking in undergraduate learning. In addition to working with project personnel, the postdoctoral fellow may also mentor undergraduate assistants, develop and teach undergraduate biology courses, and pursue independent questions about learning in biology education. Salary is competitive. Support is for one year with potential for renewal.


Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a description of research experience (2 pages maximum), a teaching philosophy statement (2 pages maximum), and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references under ‘Other Document 1’. All application materials must be submitted online at: https://adminsys.ndus.edu/psp/recruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=2922865&PostingSeq=1

Review of applications will begin December 8, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be sent to ndsu.biological.sciences@ndsu.edu

NDSU is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and has an active career partner program. NDSU is an NSF ADVANCE Institution. This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans’ Preference requirements

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NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.
No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.


Candidates must have 1) completed a Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to biological sciences or in the learning sciences or cognitive psychology; 2) demonstrated interest in research in teaching and learning of biology at the undergraduate level; 3) evidence of peer-reviewed publications; 4) effective oral and written communication skills; and 5) ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students.


Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability in one or more of the following: 1) working with complex datasets and use of multivariate statistics; 2) collecting and analyzing qualitative data; 3) experience mentoring undergraduate students in independent research; 4) experience developing curriculum; and 5) experience applying for grant funding

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