Recruiting a Postdoc

  • 05/22/2020 7:13 AM
    Message # 8986543

    The Vance-Chalcraft lab ( of biology education research at East Carolina University (ECU) seeks a postdoctoral scholar for a 1-year appointment with the possibility of extension.  The position is full-time with a flexible start date as early as June 2020. The scholar would help lead an NSF-funded project, PRIMER: Pre-transfer interventions, mentoring, and experience with research, on interventions to improve community college transfer student success as well as conduct independent research on elements of biology education.


    What is PRIMER?

    The overall goal of PRIMER is to identify interventions that promote transfer student success in Biology, resulting in higher academic achievement, increased retention and persistence in STEM fields, and a greater sense of community by transfer students.  The PRIMER program includes coordination with various groups at ECU as well as with local community colleges.


    Postdoc responsibilities: This individual will complete the following related to PRIMER: 1) work with local community college faculty and students to participate in PRIMER activities, 2) help recruit transfer students into PRIMER, 3), spearhead assessment efforts of PRIMER, 4) facilitate meetings with PRIMER faculty and students, 5) take a primary role in data analysis, and 6) disseminate results in the form of peer-reviewed publications.


    Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline, STEM education, or related discipline, along with strong written and oral communication skills.


    Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with (a) demonstrated interest in discipline-based education research; (b) a record of publication; (c) experience with statistical approaches; and (d) a background in life sciences.


    To apply, please submit a cover letter, cv, and the names and contact information of three references to the online ECU employment site ( We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.  Contact me ( with questions.  The full job ad is below.


    Posting information:

    Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Position Number: PDS-BIOL-05-20

    Vacancy Open to: All Candidates

    Department: AAH Biology

    Department Homepage

    Advertising Department: BIOLOGY, DEPT OF

    Division: Academic Affairs

    Classification Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Working Title: Postdoctoral Scholar

    Number of Vacancies: 1

    Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.000

    Full Time or Part Time: Full Time

    Position Location (City): Greenville

    Job Category: Postdoctoral Scholars

    Organizational Unit Overview

    East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 90,000), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance to the Atlantic coast.

    The Department of Biology ( is a comprehensive department that emphasizes an integrative approach to the study of life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels.

    Job Duties

    Minimum Education/Experience

    English Proficiency
    Excellent written and oral communication skills
    PhD in a STEM discipline, STEM Education, or related discipline

    License or Certification required by statute or regulation


    Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

    Demonstrated interest in discipline-based education research. Background in the life sciences. Record of productivity. Experience with statistical approaches.

    Job Open Date: 05/01/2020

    Open Until Filled: Yes

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    Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

    Eligibility for Employment

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    Thank you,

    ECU HR Employment
    (252) 328-9847

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