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Jerry P. Becker

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Post-doc Position Announcement: Univ. of Colorado / Boulder
Posted: Nov 21, 2013 1:15 PM
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Sent at the request of Karina Hensberry.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position to design, integrate, and
study PhET Simulations for Grades 4-9 Mathematics

The PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of
Colorado at Boulder has a Research Associate ("postdoctoral
researcher") position available. The PhET Team develops interactive
simulations for teaching and learning science and mathematics,
creates activities that couple with the simulations, and makes all of
these resources freely available to educators and students on the
web. Research is a major component of the PhET Project, and focuses
on understanding aspects of design and use that lead to increases in
student learning and student engagement.

PhET is engaged in development and research on interactive
simulations for use in mathematics, focusing on grades 4-9. Research
questions center around effective sim design and sim classroom use
for this population, with an additional focus on how teachers use
these resources in the classroom and effective professional
development models and resources needed for teachers using sims. The
primary responsibilities of the successful applicants will be to 1)
carry out and publish research on sim design and use, working with
grade 4-9 students and teachers; and 2) to develop new simulations
with an expectation to lead or coordinate the development of 3-5
simulations per year. (No programming experience needed - PhET hires
professional software developers). Other responsibilities include
training teachers on use of PhET simulations through PhET workshops
at local and national meetings, and supporting other PhET-related
work where needed.

The successful candidate will work at the University of Colorado
Boulder which is a national leader in STEM education with over 50
campus programs addressing STEM education and a new Center for
Science Learning launched in 2012. The candidate will join the PhET
Interactive Simulation project's team to help grow and establish
PhET's mathematics education efforts. The candidate will have an
opportunity to participate and interact with the Mathematics
Education Research group in CU's School of Education as well as the
Physics Education Research group and the cross-disciplinary STEM
Discipline-based Education Research Group.

More information on PhET can be found
at: <>

More information on CU School of Education can be found
at: <>

More information about the PER group @ Colorado is
at: <>

Start Date:

There is some flexibility in the start date. We will consider start
dates as early as March 1, 2014 and as late as September 1, 2014,
with some preference for earlier in 2014.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed
to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from
women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities
and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon
request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA
Coordinator at <>

The University of Colorado conducts background checks on all final
applicants being considered for employment.


We will consider graduates with a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in mathematics
education or the learning sciences (with knowledge of mathematics
content). Prior experience teaching or working with grade 4-9
students or teachers is a plus, along with strong knowledge of the
mathematics education literature and experience with education
research methods.

To apply:

All applicants must apply through JobsAtCU website:

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data
(application) form, upload a cover letter, a statement on their
perspectives on teaching and learning 'Statement of Teaching
Philosophy', a 1-2 page statement discussing candidate's research
interests focusing on research questions around design or use of
simulations in teaching and learning mathematics as 'Research
statement', and a resume/curriculum vitae. A proof of degree
(unofficial transcript) must be uploaded, and three references must
be entered (note the applicant should enter the contact information
for letters, and the system will contact them to upload their letter).

The official application process will not be complete until you
upload your documents online.

email <> with
any questions about the application process.

Review of application will begin on December 11, and continue until
the position is filled.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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