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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/12/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Department GSE - Learning & Teaching
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary
The Rutgers University Graduate School of Education invites applications for a 1-2 year Postdoctoral Fellow position for a project on middle school science education. The postdoctoral fellow will work on an NSF-funded project: “Fostering Deep Learning, Identity, and Agency: Minoritized Students Learning Biology in Personal and Community-Relevant Contexts,” under the collaborative leadership of Dr. Ravit Duncan at Rutgers University, Dr. Edna Tan at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Dr. Frieda Reichsman at the Concord Consortium. In this project, we will engage in participatory-based design research with a local urban middle school serving minoritized (predominantly Latinx) students to develop a technology-rich learning environment to support consequential learning for students around a community-based health issue. The project aims to better understand how to support science learning while inviting and integrating multiple epistemologies and student-salient identities. The project summary appears at the end of this announcement.
Responsibilities: The postdoctoral fellow’s responsibilities include taking a leadership role in the collaborative processes of designing and packaging curriculum units, developing teacher resources and professional development sessions, coordinating work in schools, and supervising classroom research and data analysis. The postdoctoral fellow will be a collaborator on our research team who will be fully involved in research and writing.
Start date: July 1st 2022 (later start date is possible). Given current conditions, initial participation can be remote (virtual) till Sep 2022. Review of applications will begin June 1st  and continue until the position is filled. 
Please email Dr. Duncan at ravit.duncan@gse.rutgers.edu with any questions regarding the position or application process
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Posting Number 22FA0573
Posting Open Date
Posting Close Date


Minimum Education and Experience
PhD by June 2022. Postdoctoral Fellows must be within five years of graduating with a Ph.D. or equivalent. The successful candidate will have experience in design of learning environments to support minoritized youth in STEM, classroom-based research, and scholarly writing in science education that take a critical equity lens. Prior teaching experience in secondary settings and fluency in Spanish are a plus.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in design of learning environments to support minoritize youth in STEM, classroom-based research, and scholarly writing in the science education. 
Fluency in Spanish is a plus. 
Valid Driver’s license and reliable vehicle to travel to meetings and schools distrcits as needed.
Equipment Utilized
Laptop/desktop and basic office equipment i.e. copier, fax, etc.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Using a participatory design approach, this project aims to deepen our understanding of how to support minoritized youth in three interlinked aspects critical for success in school science and beyond: authoring science-linked identities, negotiating science epistemologies, and learning life science core ideas and practices. Through two consecutive implementation studies, the project team will investigate how a set of design principles related to these aspects shapes students’ science-linked identities and understandings of science practices and core disciplinary ideas. Our team will work in middle school biology classrooms and collaborate with administrators, teachers, students, and community members to design meaningful and consequential instruction for minoritized youth. In particular, we hope to better understand how to support science learning while inviting and integrating multiple epistemologies and student-salient identities. The outcomes will contribute theoretical insights about how interactions between epistemic agency and community-based consequential learning support identity work as well as science understandings; educative instructional materials that can be adapted to other communities and contexts; professional materials that can be used to support enactment of community-based learning environments; and adaptations of materials that can be used in teacher preparation programs. In addition to the materials, dissemination will include research and practitioner publications and presentations, professional development workshops for middle school teachers, and a project website that will make the materials and resources freely available to others.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root more than 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research university with a global impact. Rutgers–New Brunswick also engages in community initiatives, new and small business development, and serves as a policy resource across New Jersey.
Today, Rutgers–New Brunswick is among the top 25 public national universities in the United States as ranked by US News & World Report. With over 50,000 students and approximately 10,000 faculty and staff, Rutgers–New Brunswick is a vibrant academic community committed to the highest standards of teaching, research, and service.
We educate New Jersey’s future leaders. With 17 schools and colleges, Rutgers–New Brunswick offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 200 graduate and professional degree programs. The university’s more than 500,000 living alumni are making a difference in all 50 states and on six continents.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and a NSF ADVANCE Institution.

Posting Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested candidates should submit the following:
1. Current CV
2. Cover Letter describing relevant prior experience
3. Writing Sample (published or unpublished)
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation 
Please email Dr. Duncan at ravit.duncan@gse.rutgers.edu with any questions regarding the position or application process
Quick Link to Posting https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/163922
Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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