Postdoctoral Scholar

Location: SICCS
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606784
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

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 beyond.

Special Information

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.

Job Description

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 populations 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.

This position will need to begin work as soon as possible.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • 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 tasks.
  • Follows standard principles and guidelines with some latitude for personal decision making; any personal decision making is expected to utilize existing standards, techniques, and procedures.

Essential Position Responsibilities

  • Works on developing a solid foundation of research knowledge, experimental skills, and scientific based communication in broadening participation in Computing & STEM among native American communities.
  • Designs and performs complex research projects including developing and submitting IRB protocols necessary to conduct research.
  • 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 costs.
  • Presents project results to internal and external parties at regular meetings, seminars, and conferences.
  • Operates specialized laboratory/scientific tools and equipment.
  • 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.

Job Functions and Duties

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 conferences.

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.

About Northern Arizona University

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