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Two Educational Postdoctoral positions are available at Cornell University with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2018 for both positions. The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Both positions are listed with more information here.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a life science discipline, or biology education, or a related field and have excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, team building, and collaboration skills. Prior experience in inquiry-based laboratory pedagogies, training educators and developing active learning tools for interactive teaching is highly desirable

Educational Teaching Postdoc:

Applications are invited for an Education Teaching Postdoc in the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories with interest in developing skills and experience essential to evidence-based education research and university teaching. The ideal candidate should be excited about teaching, education research in biology course assessment and collaboration in biology education. Experience with laboratory tools used in neurobiology or genetics research, and work with video production is a plus.

The Postdoctoral Associate will assist and report to the Director of the Laboratories and will be devoting 40% of their full-time effort to using modern pedagogical methods in teaching and in training graduate TAs, 30% of their effort to discipline-based education research projects and helping assess active learning methods, and 30% of their effort to helping develop new course modules, especially in the fields of neurobiology, behavior and modern genetics lab skills (CRISPR). The Postdoc may also help prepare biology education videos and other media.

For more information and to apply, please visit the full job posting here.

Educational Research Postdoc:

Applications are invited for an Educational Research Postdoc in STEM education research in collaboration with the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories and the Physics Department at Cornell University. The successful candidate will be devoting 100% of their full-time effort to discipline-based education research and participate in the evaluation and improvement of the Investigative Biology Laboratory course and help redesign and evaluate the introductory physics labs to similarly develop students’ scientific abilities and critical thinking skills.

The successful candidate will work with co-PIs Dr. Mark Sarvary (in biology) and Dr. Natasha Holmes (in physics) and a growing team of discipline-based education researchers to evaluate the existing courses, and design and test improvements. A significant portion of the project will be devoted to developing training materials for instructors and teaching assistants (graduate and undergraduate).

To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter, a brief teaching and research statement including the candidate’s relevant background and interest in science education research and course assessment, and the names and email contacts of three professional references to Irena Horvatt ( In the subject line please use: “Biology-Physics Education Research Postdoc”.

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