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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 590584
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Education
Department: Create For Stem 40000100
Salary: 47500.00
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group ( in the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University seeks candidates to fill a Research Associate position for research about STEM teaching and learning. We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline ­Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking.

We are expanding our NSF­funded research project to develop resources for analyzing undergraduate learning in the field of biology. The selected Research Associate will participate in NSF­funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty and other postdoctoral researchers in the Colleges of Education and Natural Science, and will provide liaison to our partner institutions. Our research group has a strong post­doctoral mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers.

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The salary is commensurate with education and experience and the appointment will be on an annual basis with renewal/reappointment possible. This position will begin with a 12 ­month full-time appointment, with reappointment contingent on performance.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts, two samples of scholarly writing and names and email addresses of three references. Review of application materials will continue until the position are filled.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Life Science discipline or STEM education

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in the life sciences or STEM education and experience in discipline­based education research in biology.

Desired Qualifications

Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate STEM education and interest in working with a leading group of interdisciplinary STEM educators. Successful candidates will have a mix of some set of the following skills, which will enable the Research Associates to make unique contributions to the project team:


  • disciplinary expertise in biology or related fields
  • STEM education research
  • assessment of learning
  • machine learning
  • qualitative research methods
  • multivariate statistics and computer modeling
  • mixed research methods
  • experience publishing and presenting research findings
  • mentoring of undergraduate researchers

Required Application Materials

Cover letter; CV; unofficial copy of transcripts; two samples of scholarly writing; names and email addresses of three references.

Special Instructions

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.  Position will remain open until filled.  

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