Research Associates-Fixed Term

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Applications are invited for two post-doctoral (fixed term) research associates in the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University. The successful candidate(s) will work in collaboration with the Director of CREATE and faculty in the Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering to lead research projects that involve developing, implementing and revising curricular materials for 6-12 science education; supporting the design and development of research; collecting, organizing and analyzing data; and writing scholarly materials.

The successful candidate(s) will provide leadership for all aspects of two research projects housed in CREATE (Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Environments). 

Responsibilities include working in coordination with the director of CREATE and other faculty to: develop, implement and revise curriculum materials for 6 - 12 science education, developing assessments of student learning, support the design and development of research, design, develop and implement professional development with both urban and suburban schools and teachers, which encompass a broad spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds,  collecting, organizing and analyzing data, provide management and leadership for assigned project, work with team to plan and write reports, conference papers and journal articles that disseminate the research, and make presentations at regional and national conferences.

The candidates will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in Michigan State's CREATE for STEM Institute (

The appointments are initially for one year, with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.  Appointment is contingent upon successfully completing a full background check.

Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in STEM or STEM education.

Candidates who hold a Ph.D. in Science Education with a strong background in a science discipline are preferred. Additionally, candidates with curriculum development and project management experience, knowledge of mixed-methods research, and experience in secondary science teaching are highly preferred.


Please inquire with Sue Carpenter ( regarding status. The start date is negotiable.

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Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Position will remain open until filled and review of applications will begin immediately.

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

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a CV, and a statement of research experience and interests to (posting number 516873). In addition, applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same posting. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Beginning salary is $47,500 (100%)

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Open until filled