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Post-doctoral Research Associate
About the Position: The SMATE department at Western Washington University is looking for an individual with the knowledge and skills to assist in their research and evaluation work in STEM education, with an emphasis in science education. 

This is a full-time, research associate position with the Science, Math, and Technology Education (SMATE) department at Western Washington University. The initial contract is for 12-months, with the potential for renewal through August 31st, 2015. 

About the College/Department: The mission of SMATE is to be a national model of the highest quality preparation of future elementary and secondary science teachers; to participate in research and dissemination of new knowledge in science education and education reform to the university and K-12 communities; and to serve as a valuable science and education resource to the university and broader community.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Developing, evaluating, and selecting data collection instruments
  • Collecting data through surveys, interviews, documentation reviews, and K-12 classroom observations
  • Analyzing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data
  • Summarizing and presenting findings in reports, journal articles, and conference presentations.
Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or ABD in educational research and evaluation, science education, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to carefully and critically examine qualitative and quantitative data to find patterns and themes, including experience with conducting qualitative analyses (thematic analyses of open-ended responses to surveys and interviews) and quantitative analyses (descriptive and inferential statistics).
  • Experience with conducting literature reviews, interviews, and observations.
  • Experience with Excel spreadsheets and statistical analyses software (e.g. SPSS).
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly convey ideas orally and in writing.
  • Able to work independently on multiple tasks.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses, using regression models, HLM, etc.
  • Experience developing and testing data collection instruments for validity and reliability. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the main elements of effective science instruction in K-12 settings.
Academic Emphasis:
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Bargaining Union:
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications. You may cut and paste or upload your resume as noted on the EASE application.

Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.
Other Information:
Job Posted: 2/27/2013
Closing Date Notes: Review of applications begins March 15, 2013; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130061
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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