Research Associate Position in Biology Education Research at Michigan State University

Salary Range: 

Negotiable, based on qualifications

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The Michigan State University Biological Science Program invites applicants for a research associate position. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Jon Stoltzfus, Biological Sciences Program Director, to research students' understanding of core disciplinary ideas and use of science practices by creating a relational database for analyzing formative and summative assessments produced as part of an ongoing effort to transform undergraduate biology education at Michigan State University ( They will enjoy the benefits of the diverse and active discipline-based education research community at Michigan State University (   

The successful candidate will develop and implement an independent discipline-based education research project related to the following responsibilities:

●      overseeing design and implementation of a relational database to archive and disseminate formative and summative assessments and analyze student data from these assessments.

●      integrating features of the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (, beSocratic (, and LON-CAPA (  systems to provide both students and instructors with relevant feedback on student's understanding of core disciplinary ideas and use of science practices.

●      teaching as part of an instructional team in an introductory biology lecture or laboratory course. 

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in biology, STEM education, bioinformatics, educational technology or related field. Preferred applicants will have an interest in or experience with undergraduate biology education research and student assessment. Experience with computer programming or database creation is desirable.

The initial appointment is for one year with renewal for an additional year possible contingent upon performance.    

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nomination of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Application Instructions: 

Applications should include a cover letter, a one-page summary of educational research interests, a one-page teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should address the applicant's discipline-based education research potential, teaching experience, and ability to work in collaborative environments. Applications should be submitted to (Posting #438136). Questions regarding the position may be directed to Jon Stoltzfus ( Application review will begin on June 6 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is flexible, but desired by August 15, 2017.

Application Deadline: 

Review begins June 6 until position is filled

Start Date: 

Flexible, but anticipated to be August 15, 2017