FYI - for someone with science education or related training seeking a postdoc


THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SEATTLE, College of Education, seeks to fill a 20 month position for a post-doctoral researcher in Science Teacher Learning and Development. The successful candidate will become part of the Teachers’ Learning Trajectories research group within the College of Education. This NSF-funded collaborative studies how beginning secondary science teachers take up ambitious and equitable practices early in their career, and investigates the impact this teaching has on student learning. These practices are supported by a range of conceptual and practical tools designed to help teachers engage students in different types of productive classroom discourse (see 

We seek applicants with a doctoral degree (or doctoral degree conferred by May 2011) in science education, teacher education, the learning sciences, or a closely related field with a scholarly focus on how science educators learn and develop their classroom practice. Applicants should demonstrate an active interest and scholarly experience in teacher preparation, science teaching, or science learning.

The successful candidate should be prepared to: (1) become a full participant in a major research initiative on the early career development of science teachers (i.e. help organize research activities, collect and analyze data, and publish peer-reviewed articles that emerge from the project); (2) work with graduate students involved in the project; (3) engage in grant development activities; 4) take up other duties related to the success of the project.

Applications should include:

  1. a detailed letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, experience, research agenda
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. two letters of reference as well as two additional names of individuals who can act as references
  4. at least two examples of scholarly writing (these need not be published articles)
  5. an email address for further communications.

Please submit your application packet by mail to the Teachers’ Learning Trajectories Project, c/oJerry Purcell ([log in to unmask]) 115 Miller Hall Box 353600, College of Education, Seattle, WA 98195-3600. The principal investigators—Dr. Mark Windschitl ([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Jessica Thompson ([log in to unmask])—are available to answer questions about the position. The committee will begin reviewing applications February 20th, 2011. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment to commence September 1, 2011.

The UW College of Education is a vibrant working environment characterized by an atmosphere of supportive and interdisciplinary cooperation, both within the College and across the entire University. The members of the College also maintain a set of active partnerships with educational institutions in the region and state—schools, school districts, community-based organizations, informal educational institutions, and professional organizations. We are seeking a colleague to join us in conducting research, promoting the education of teachers, strengthening relationships between schools and the communities they serve, and informing public policy to help create a more just and caring society. 
To learn more about the University of Washington ( and the College of Education (, our mission and goals, research and outreach activities, faculty, and academic programs, please visit us on the web.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The College of Education is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. 
A competitive recruitment and selection process is being conducted and if a U.S. worker or permanent resident is not selected pursuant to this process, an application for Alien Employment Certification may be filed on behalf of an alien to fill the job opportunity. Interested persons should submit an application to the designated search committee chair.


Mark Windschitl
Associate Professor | Science Education
University of Washington


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Julie Libarkin
Associate Professor, Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Michigan State University
206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-355-8369
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geoscience Education

Affiliations: Department of Geological Sciences, Division of Science and Mathematics Education, Cognitive Science Program, Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning