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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Bowdoin College
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Brunswick, ME 04011
Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Job Summary

Bowdoin College Department of Education invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow to join Assistant Professor Alison Riley Miller on an NSF-funded collaborative research project with colleagues from The Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Vanderbilt University. Over three years, the project, Developing a Modeling Orientation to Science (DMOS): Teaching and Learning Variability and Change in Ecosystems (NSF #2010155) will investigate two interrelated strands of research with the primary goal of providing evidence regarding the learning environments, tools, and teacher professional learning experiences that support the development of students’ and teachers’ practices and conceptions of modeling as envisioned in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Education/Skills Requirements

Applicants must have received, or anticipate receiving, their PhD by December 20, 2020, and those who expect to receive their PhD by December 20, 2020 should provide documentation from their home institution confirming this schedule.

Preference will be given to applicants who hold a doctorate in Science Education, Learning Sciences, Research Methods and Evaluation, or a closely related field.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Applicants must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellence in educational research and scholarly writing, must have experience working with teachers and students in educational settings, and must demonstrate competency with both qualitative and quantitative methods for data analysis. Preference will be given to
candidates with background in teaching and learning (with particular emphasis on
grades 5-8), model-based reasoning, and/or teacher professional development.

Bowdoin is a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. In your application materials, please address how your scholarship, and mentoring of undergraduate students would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Occasional evening and weekend hours as needed.

This is a three-year appointment, starting as soon as November 1, 2020.

About Bowdoin

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff-with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

First Shift

Employment Category
Full Time Year Round


Benefits Eligible

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Background Check Package Requirements
Administrative Staff + MVR

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide the names and contact information of three references in your application materials.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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