Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematics Education

University of Colorado Boulder in Colorado

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted November 21, 2013
Type Post-doc
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position to design, integrate, and study PhET Simulations for Grades 4-9 Mathematics

The PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder has a Research Associate (postdoctoral researcher) position available. The PhET Team develops interactive simulations for teaching and learning science and mathematics, creates activities that couple with the simulations, and makes all of these resources freely available to educators and students on the web. Research is a major component of the PhET Project, and focuses on understanding aspects of design and use that lead to increases in student learning and student engagement.

PhET is engaged in development and research on interactive simulations for use in mathematics, focusing on grades 4-9. Research questions center around effective sim design and sim classroom use for this population, with an additional focus on how teachers use these resources in the classroom and effective professional development models and resources needed for teachers using sims. The primary responsibilities of the successful applicants will be to 1) carry out and publish research on sim design and use, working with grade 4-9 students and teachers; and 2) to develop new simulations with an expectation to lead or coordinate the development of 3-5 simulations per year. (No programming experience needed PhET hires professional software developers). Other responsibilities include training teachers on use of PhET simulations through PhET workshops at local and national meetings, and supporting other PhET-related work where needed.

The successful candidate will work at the University of Colorado Boulder which is a national leader in STEM education with over 50 campus programs addressing STEM education and a new Center for Science Learning launched in 2012. The candidate will join the PhET Interactive Simulation projects team to help grow and establish PhETs mathematics education efforts. The candidate will have an opportunity to participate and interact with the Mathematics Education Research group in CUs School of Education as well as the Physics Education Research group and the cross-disciplinary STEM Discipline-based Education Research Group.

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Start Date: There is some flexibility in the start date. We will consider start dates as early as March 1, 2014 and as late as September 1, 2014, with some preference for earlier in 2014.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

The University of Colorado conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.

We will consider graduates with a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in mathematics education or the learning sciences (with knowledge of mathematics content). Prior experience teaching or working with grade 4-9 students or teachers is a plus, along with strong knowledge of the mathematics education literature and experience with education research methods.

To apply: 
All applicants must apply through JobsAtCU website:

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data (application) form, upload a cover letter, a statement on their perspectives on teaching and learning Statement of Teaching Philosophy, a 1-2 page statement discussing candidates research interests focusing on research questions around design or use of simulations in teaching and learning mathematics as Research statement, and a resume/curriculum vitae. A proof of degree (unofficial transcript) must be uploaded, and three references must be entered (note the applicant should enter the contact information for letters, and the system will contact them to upload their letter).

The official application process will not be complete until you upload your documents online.

Please email with any questions about the application process.

Review of application will begin on December 11, and continue until the position is filled.

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