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Postdoctoral Scholar

Application Window

Open date: August 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The UC Irvine Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning is looking to hire a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar to support its efforts related to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s (HHMI) Driving Change program. This will entail the development of (1) a STEM student-focused learning community program and (2) data collection instruments that are aligned with said program. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work under the supervision of Dr. Michael Dennin (Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning, Professor of Physics) and Dr. Brian Sato (Professor of Teaching, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; Associate Dean, Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation). This is a one-year position with a proposed start date of January 5, 2023 (negotiable) with the possibility of an extended tenure pending funding availability.

The University of California, Irvine has a vibrant and collaborative community of STEM educators and discipline-based education researchers striving to provide our highly diverse student population with a premier learning experience. The Postdoctoral Scholar will collaborate with UCI faculty, staff, and graduate students, primarily within STEM, Education, and Social Science disciplines, on the HHMI program. The main focus of the work will be to lay the foundation for a first-year STEM learning community program, including the development of the student curricula, a peer mentor training program, pathways to undergraduate research, and enhancing the existing Learning Assistant program. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will develop related assessment tools to identify program impacts, including student surveys and interview protocols.

Applications should be submitted online at Please submit a cover letter describing your relevant expertise and interests, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a diversity statement, and names and contact information of three references.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Brian Sato ( Questions about submission or receipt of applications can be addressed to Cristi Nunez (


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a STEM or STEM Education discipline; formal training in the implementation of evidence-based learning pedagogies, experience in conducting research on teaching and learning; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; a successful record of publication and presentations; and the ability to work well with university faculty. Grant writing experience is also a plus and the individual will have opportunities to lead proposal writing efforts.

Application Requirements

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Reference requirements
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.