Northern Illinois University is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to support NSF #1835950 and Graduate Research Assistant to support NSF #1834076. 

Postdoctoral Position:

The postdoc will lead a mixed-methods investigation of students’ spatial conceptions of erosional processes, support the collection and analysis of quantitative classroom data, develop and publish manuscripts for education and geoscience journals, and develop proposals for external funding. This is a one-year position funded by NSF #1835950, with the possibility of an additional year of funding, and the opportunity for a week-long residency at the Research in Spatial Cognition laboratory at Temple University. 

Skills and Expertise:

      A Ph.D. in the geosciences or a related field

      Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

      Ability to work as part of a productive team

      Experience with interview methods, GIS, and illustrator preferred but not required. 


Interested candidates should contact Nicole LaDue ([log in to unmask]). Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Preferred start date is January 2020, but a later start date in Summer 2020 is possible.

Graduate Research Assistant

The graduate student will lead mentoring meetings for high achieving STEM students with high financial need, learn qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies, and investigate the personal and contextual factors associated with students’ persistence in STEM majors. This project is funded, in part, by NSF #1834076. The GRA will earn a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) from the NIU Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences and be a part of the Visualization & Geoscience Education Research Laboratory. Preference will be given to students intending to pursue a Ph.D. and/or applicants with experience mentoring underrepresented students. To apply for funding, please contact Nicole LaDue ([log in to unmask]). Application review for this position will begin in January 2020. NIU offers several opportunities for graduate student travel and research funding, a low cost of living, and a growing DBER community.

Nicole LaDue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Northern Illinois University
302C Davis Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
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