NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity,
vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by
delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and
This position is subject to the availability of funding. The
incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal
notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.
The Postdoctoral Scholar, after completion of a doctoral degree,
participates in a full-time program of advanced academic
preparation/education and research training under the guidance of a
supervising faculty mentor to help prepare for an academic and/or
research career. Research in Broadening Participation of
STEM among Underrepresented Groups especially Native American
is being sought. Postdoctoral appointments are
temporary in nature and are designed to develop the postdoctoral
scholar as an independent scientist and to enhance their
professional skills in academia.
Essential Position Responsibilities
- Demonstrates intermediate knowledge of concepts, practices, and
procedures in STEM education especially related to design
culturally responsive STEM curriculum.
- Diagnoses causes of problems; proposes potential solutions
within the goals multiple NSF funded projects; applies broad
knowledge of concepts and procedures to perform moderately complex
- Follows standard principles and guidelines with some latitude
for personal decision making; any personal decision making is
expected to utilize existing standards, techniques, and
Job Functions and Duties
- Works on developing a solid foundation of research knowledge,
experimental skills, and scientific based communication in
broadening participation in Computing & STEM among native
- Designs and performs complex research projects including
developing and submitting IRB protocols necessary to conduct
- Reviews literature and identifies appropriate experimental
approaches and areas of research.
- Generates, analyzes, and interprets research data in a manner
reflecting a deep understanding of the area of research.
- Keeps detailed records of experiments, data, and analyses.
- Assists faculty researchers and other collaborators, or may act
independently, in planning and designing research experiments;
establishes priorities and recommends schedules, time tables and
- Presents project results to internal and external parties at
regular meetings, seminars, and conferences.
- Operates specialized laboratory/scientific tools and
- Performs statistical analyses, including selecting the
appropriate analysis procedure, setting up data for analysis,
judging validity and reliability of data, designing and writing
programs to perform analyses, and producing written reports on the
result of the analyses.
- Effectively uses available technology to facilitate the success
of the project.
- Submits proposals for external funding.
- Liaisons with other departments, outside collaborators, and
others to ensure success of project.
- Engages in fieldwork and writing of technical publications and
reports including peer-reviewed journal articles.
- Trains and supervises classified staff, graduate assistants, or
student employees, as needed.
Research & Publications - 50%
- Develop and submit IRB protocols.
- Assist project team members in designing and testing culturally
relevant curricular materials.
- Publish the findings in journals and peer-reviewed
Data Metrics - 25%
- Review evaluation metrics and help refine the curriculum based
on teacher/student performance data.
Grant Management - 10%
- Support with grant writing tasks to solicit new awards and
funding to continue the research.
Academic/Lab Liason - 10%
- Work with other Labs and Centers at NAU to translate the
findings from the research and explore collaborations.
Other - 5%
- Other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Computer Science, Engineering Education, STEM Education,
Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Preparation, or a closely
An ideal candidate would have completed their dissertation with
experience working with indigenous populations and has experience
in design based research strategies to build culturally responsive
STEM curriculum that provides evidence on improving community
outcomes and fosters community resilience. Prior experience working
in K-12 settings and teaching STEM courses would also be a
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Knowledge of the use of laboratory/field instruments and
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject
- Organizational and project management skills.
- Leadership, coordination, and/or supervision skills.
- Data collection, processing and analysis.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel,
- Highly motivated to perform research in a collaborative
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships.
- Communicates effectively.
- Possesses strong problem solving, organizational, and
- Promotes a diverse, inclusive environment
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the
following: a criminal background investigation, an employment
history verification and a degree verification (in some cases)
prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a
fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the
state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
Anticipated salary range is $54,779 - $68,474. Annual salary
commensurate with candidate's qualifications and related
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Post-Doctoral Scholars are hired on a contract basis, renewable
each fiscal year for a maximum of 4 renewals (5 years) according to
terms of the Arizona Board of Regents' Conditions of Post-Doctoral Service
. NAU offers
an excellent benefit package to Post-Doctoral Scholars including
generous health, dental and vision insurance; 10 days of vacation
and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified family members. New employees are eligible for benefits
on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment,
after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their
start date to enroll in benefits. Participation in NAU retirement
plans is not available to Post-Doctoral Scholars. More information
on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page
Learning and Development
Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity
for professional development. New
employee on-boarding training
includes courses to be completed
within the first 30 days.
January 9th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on
this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the
"Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you
need assistance completing your application there are instructions
available on the Human Resources website
or in person in the
Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus
- on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact
the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps,
and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.
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