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Post Doctoral Researcher

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 28, 2023

Job Description

Calling All Change Makers: Join Us in Shaping the Future!

Are you a recent PhD graduate or current post doc ready to make a meaningful impact? The Mizzou iChange & Aspire Team is on the lookout for a post-doctoral associate to join our dynamic crew for the 2024-2025 academic year with the possibility of renewal.

About Us:

We're at the forefront of a transformational movement in higher education, driven by the National Science Foundation's Aspire Alliance and iChange Network. Our mission? To transform the way we recruit and retain STEM faculty members, making departments more inclusive and supportive of faculty to enhance education, research, and community engagement. Mizzou had an iChange team that participated for three years (2019-2022) in a national cohort led by the Division of IDE and Office of the Provost with STEM faculty. The team created two sub-goals for our campus, further developed through attendance at Aspire’s Summer Institute in 2022.

The Opportunity:

As a post-doctoral fellow, you'll be at the heart of our action-packed initiatives. With the backing of the Offices of the President, Provost, and IDE, we're launching two exciting projects that align with our iChange goals. You'll play a crucial role in conducting research, gathering data, and contributing to the success of these projects.

What We Are Looking For:

Mizzou’s iChange and Aspire team is looking for a post-doctoral fellow who has strong research skills in both qualitative and quantitative research. The fellow will need to: write observation field notes, conduct interviews/focus groups, transcribe recordings, catalogue and manage data. The post-doctoral associate will also analyze and interpret data for the research components of the project (both qualitative and quantitative data). The associate will help with project management and logistics of the iChange and Aspire team’s planning for campus projects and initiatives. Ideally, the associate will have experience facilitating workshops and trainings on inclusive excellence. The associate will need to attend team meetings several times each month.


Minimum: Doctoral degree in STEM, research methodology, higher education, and/or related field at time of appointment

Experience designing and conducting research – mixed methods

Candidates will be evaluated on:
STEM experience
Experience conducting education-related research studies
Strong writing skills
Strong organizational skills and project management
Experience facilitating workshops and trainings with adult on inclusive excellence

Application Materials

Please submit one PDF that includes your current CV, cover letter describing your experiences and skills that align with the position, and the names and contact information for three references.

Got questions or want to know more? Reach out to Associate Provost for Faculty Success, Dr. Candace Kuby, at

Join us in shaping the future of higher education at Mizzou! #ChangerMakersWanted#AspireToInspire

Community Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.


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