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If you are interested in being part of the Investigative Biology Team, click on the positions below, and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Sarvary (mas245@cornell.edu).

We are looking for an Assistant Laboratory Coordinator who will help the course run smoothly! If you like biology and you are interested in a lab technician position, click on the link below:

https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Technician-III_WDR-00015787-1

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Join our academic staff as an Educational postdoc. Click on the roll-down menus to learn more:

Educational Teaching Postdoc

Find the full job description and apply here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11342

The Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Biology and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) at Cornell University invites applications for a full-time Educational Postdoctoral Associate position for the Investigative Biology Laboratory course (BioG 1500) with interest in developing skills and experience essential to evidence-based education research and university teaching in preparation for career in academia. This is a two-year, non-tenure-eligible position with the possibility of a one-year extension. The Postdoctoral Associate will assist and report to the Director of the Laboratories (senior lecturer) and will share education research, teaching and other academic duties.

The Educational Postdoctoral Associate will be devoting 40% of their full-time effort to using modern pedagogical methods in teaching and in training graduate TAs, 30% of their effort to discipline-based education research projects and helping assess active learning methods, and 30% of their effort to helping develop new course modules, especially in the fields of neurobiology, behavior and modern genetics lab skills (CRISPR), and help prepare biology education videos and other media. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty, staff, other postdocs and graduate TAs to develop and assess an active learning-based curriculum that aligns with the learning goals.

The Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories are the home of the largest biology course at Cornell University, preparing 900 undergraduates for biology research every year, and training undergraduate and graduate research assistants to become the next generation of science educators. The goal of the teaching laboratories is to develop and assess modern pedagogical methods to improve biology education and to contribute to the emerging field of discipline-based education research. Learn more about the course and the teaching laboratories at http://investigativebiology.cornell.edu .

The Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories at Cornell University currently has education research projects on improving biology teaching, evaluating impacts of active learning in large classrooms and laboratory sessions, improving peer-review, and developing teaching assistant training programs. Candidates can find discipline-based education research articles and pedagogy papers published by Investigative Biology staff at http://investigativebiology.cornell.edu/publications. The postdoctoral associate will work closely with the lab director and have co-authorship of course Lab Manual chapters, peer-reviewed pedagogical publications, educational videos, etc. produced during the appointment.

We are looking for an individual who is excited about teaching, education research in biology course assessment and collaboration in biology education. Experience with laboratory tools used in neurobiology or genetics research, and work with video production is a plus.

Cornell University has an excellent teaching and discipline-based education research community with lecturers, senior lecturers and other instructors. The Postdoctoral Associate will be encouraged to become part of this community. The Postdoctoral Associate should use this position to broaden their experience in teaching, education research and pedagogy, and gain skills to become a more competitive and well-rounded candidate for future faculty positions. The Director of the Teaching Laboratories will help the Postdoctoral Associate reach these goals and encourage them to represent Cornell at national conferences. Opportunities and funding ($2000/ year) for professional development through teaching workshops and conferences will be provided.

Qualifications

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in a life science discipline, or biology education, or a related field and have excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, team building, and collaboration skills. Prior experience in inquiry-based laboratory pedagogies, training educators and developing active learning tools for interactive teaching is highly desirable.

Evidence of superior academic achievement and commitment to a career in teaching at the college or university level is required. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach in ways that acknowledge and value the varied learning styles and interests of a culturally diverse student population, reflecting a commitment to encouraging the success of all students.

Terms of Appointment

The educational postdoctoral associate will receive an annual salary of $48,500, up to $2,000 per year in conference/professional development support, and shared office space in Comstock Hall. This is a two-year, 12-month appointment.

The anticipated start date for the appointment is August 1, 2018.

Applications

The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2018 and will continue until suitable candidate is selected.

To apply: applicants should submit (as a single pdf file) their CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research experience, list of publications authored by the candidate and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three individuals who can serve as references. Apply here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11342

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Sarvary (mas245@cornell.edu).

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

 

 

Educational Research Postdoc

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in STEM education research in collaboration with the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the Physics Department at Cornell University. The successful candidate will participate in the evaluation and improvement of the Investigative Biology Laboratory course supported by a Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Innovative Teaching grant.

Job description:

The successful candidate will take a leading role in the evaluation and improvement of the Investigative Biology Laboratory course, which is designed to introduce students to the processes of scientific investigation and to promote collaboration, communication, and literacy in science. The course is taught three times a year (fall, spring, summer) to 884 students per year. The project will work alongside an existing project to redesign and evaluate the introductory physics labs to similarly develop students’ scientific abilities and critical thinking skills. The successful candidate will work with co-PIs Dr. Mark Sarvary (in biology) and Dr. Natasha Holmes (in physics) and a growing team of discipline-based education researchers to evaluate the existing courses, and design and test improvements. A significant portion of the project will be devoted to developing training materials for instructors and teaching assistants (graduate and undergraduate).

The candidate will work with a team of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers and TAs involved in the program. The candidate will be part of a budding group of discipline-based education researchers at Cornell University.

Logistics

Employer: Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, NY

Time commitment: Full time

Length of appointment: Annual contracts renewable up to 2 years

Preferred qualifications include any of the following:

  • Ph.D. in biology education research, biology, or other STEM education research
  • Experience with relevant literature and education research methods
  • Experience with experimental biology also an asset
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and also to work independently
  • Project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills
  • Experience with curriculum development, teaching assistant training, or faculty development
  • Enthusiasm to learn (because this project will involve many moving pieces that require integrating and applying many different research areas, ability to grow surpasses extensive experience in any one of the above areas)

The educational postdoctoral associate will receive an annual salary of $48,500, up to $2,000 per year in conference/professional development support, and shared office space in Comstock Hall. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional year. The anticipated start date for the appointment is August 1, 2018.

Applications The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2018 and will continue until suitable candidate is selected.

To apply

Submit a CV, cover letter, a brief teaching and research statement including the candidate’s relevant background and interest in science education research and course assessment, and the names and email contacts of three professional references to Irena Horvatt (ith7@cornell.edu). In the subject line please use: “Biology-Physics Education Research Postdoc”.

Please also contact the PIs Dr. Sarvary (mas245@cornell.edu) or Dr. Holmes (ngh35@cornell.edu) with any questions. 

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.