Postdoctoral Researcher

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 07, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Job Code/Title PD - Post Doctoral Position Number P00001 Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher Department SOEFoundations: Dept Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Recruitment Pool All Applicants Anticipated Hiring Range $45,000-50,000 Campus Monroe Park Campus Position Type Post Doc Hours/Week 40 hours Normal work days Monday-Friday Normal work hours 8am-5pm Job Category Research Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant. Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Description of the Job

The VCU Educational Psychology Department within the Department of Foundations of Education is seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher. The prospective postdoctoral researcher will focus on scholarship (peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, reports to K12 stakeholders) and lead research efforts to examine:

• Equitable classroom discourse moves/high leverage practices that support students’ engagement in science talk
• How students’ funds of knowledge can be integrated with the practices and disciplinary ideas of scientific phenomena covered in grades 3 to 8
•How intra and interpersonal factors and processes work together to facilitate students’ motivation in science talk and learning outcomes

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for:
• Co-developing and facilitation of professional learning (summer PD, lesson study teams)
• Managing data collection and organization, including large data sets
• Development of science discourse tools for classroom use
• Mentoring graduate students and research assistants
• Other products that build upon the applicant’s emerging program of research

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in educational psychology, education, learning sciences, science education or relevant field
- Record of scholarly publications and presentations on topics related to science teaching and learning, student discourse as a function of learning, student motivation and engagement, and/or equity in STEM
- Exceptional mixed methods and/or quantitative skills (with longitudinal data including classroom videos, survey data, assessments)
- Strong interest in school and classroom-based research
- Exceptional project management skills
- Experience work with K12 stakeholders on university-school partnership projects
- Demonstrated work in advancing access, equity, and quality education for learners from historically marginalized and underrepresented minority populations living in poverty and/or the educators that serve them
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as an employee at VCU

Preferred Qualifications

-Prior work in K12 public education
-Experience pursuing external funding
- Experience communicating (e.g., through writing, presentations) with different audiences (research community, general public)

Job Open Date 12/07/2020 Remove from posting on or before Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include contact information for 3 professional references under “Other Document.”

Additional Information

Contact Information for PI:
For questions regarding this position, Dr. Christine Bae can be reached at

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