Post-doctoral Researcher

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Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:00pm


Hayward, CA
United States

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The California State University East Bay seeks applications for the full-time position of post-doctoral researcher to support research on two National Science Foundation grants. This is a 1-year grant funded, benefitted position with option for re-appointment. This position will be split between two projects.

The majority of funding will come from the Science Communities of Practice Partnership (SCOPP), a four-year $3.4 million National Science Foundation grant. The project is developing and studying a comprehensive teacher professional development model to transform science teaching and learning in elementary schools serving predominately minoritized students. The project will provide evidence about specific components of the professional development model that support sustainable improvement in science teaching, will test the ways that teacher ownership and organizational capacity mediate instructional change, and will develop four tools for facilitating teacher learning and the accompanying capacity building. This project is in the analysis and writing phase. Mentored by Dr. Kathryn N Hayes at CSUEB and Dr. Christine Bae at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

The second project is a 4-year $1.5 million NSF funded program called Climate Empowerment Learning Initiative (CELI). This project explores the creation of a schoolwide, multidisciplinary climate justice curriculum and approach for a high school and feeder middle school through Networked Improvement Communities (NIC). The primary outcome sought is school-wide transformation, including teacher and student identity as agents of change in the community. Critical transformative sustainability and ecological theory provide the theoretical frameworks for this project, supporting instructional practices that directly privilege students’ lived experience while also considering the climate crisis and its adverse and disproportionate impacts. The project will draw on surveys, interviews, audio recordings, classroom observations, and field notes to investigate whether and how co-creation through an NIC can lead to rapid educational innovation that transforms whole school, teacher and student outcomes. This project is in the design and data collection phase. Mentored by Dr. Kathryn N Hayes and Dr. Michele Korb at CSUEB and by Dr. Emily Harris at BSCS. 

Summary of position: The Post-doctoral Researcher will work in collaboration with the research teams to design research, coordinate and conduct data collection, analyze data, prepare manuscripts for publication, prepare reports, and supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Because the majority of funding is from a project where most of the data has been collected, this is a unique opportunity to join a project ready for analysis and writing in multiple areas. We seek a postdoc who has experience writing for publication and is interested in publishing. In addition, CELI provides an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of research design for an innovative project. 

Due Date: November 19th 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design research studies
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data
  • Organize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Lead conference presentations and publications of research findings 
  • Assist with NSF annual report 
  • Attend research and leadership meetings 
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate research assistants



    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

    • Research experience in science education, teacher learning/professional development, educational reform, organizational theory, and/or environmental education
    • Methodological expertise in qualitative or quantitative research, mixed methods research experience preferred 
    • Experience presenting at national conferences and publishing in high-impact educational research journals 
    • Experience working in research teams 
    • Must have reliable transportation and the ability to travel to different school districts throughout the day   

    Education: Ph.D. in Science Education, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Environmental Education, Learning Sciences, Policy and Organizational Studies in Education, or a closely-related field 

    For more information about each project see this document:

    How to Apply:

    Complete an online application here: 

    In doing so, you must attach a pdf of following:

    • Cover letter, including statement of research background, experience, and interests
    • CV