Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS)

Position ID:Cornell-Neurobiology and Behavior (CALS)-POSTDOC [#11342, WDR-00015476]
Position Title: Educational Postdoctoral Associate
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biology / Biology, Discipline-based education research, Neurobiology, Science education research
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/06/29, finished 2019/03/31, listed until 2018/09/19)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Educational Postdoctoral Associate (University title – Postdoctoral Associate)

Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories Department of Neurobiology and Behavior Office of Undergraduate Biology College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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 full-time one-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 .

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 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. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional year. This is a 12-month appointment, renewable contingent on available work, performance and funding. 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: Interested candidates should apply at Applicants should submit 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.

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Further Info:
Neurobiology and Behavior
Comstock Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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