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Postdoctoral Scholar: Quantitative Educational Research

Position overview

Salary range: $60,000

Application Window

Open date: April 18, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, May 22, 2023 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Postsecondary Education Research and Implementation Institute (PERI2) and School of Biological Sciences are jointly looking for a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in quantitative methodologies to carry out discipline-based educational research (DBER) exploring teaching and learning in higher education under the supervision of Dr. Brian Sato (Professor of Teaching, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; Associate Dean, Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation). This is a two-year position with a proposed start date of July 1, 2023 (negotiable).

The University of California, Irvine has a vibrant and collaborative community of discipline-based education researchers, education researchers, and STEM educators striving to provide our highly diverse student population with a premier learning experience. PERI2 is housed within the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) and aims to bring together researchers across the campus interested in conducting education research and implementing this research into practice. The Postdoctoral Scholar will collaborate with UCI faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, primarily within STEM, Education, and Social Science disciplines, on PERI2 projects.

A main focus of the work will be related to UC Irvine’s participation in the HHMI Inclusive Excellence 3 program ( to better examine and evaluate inclusive teaching practices, using a variety of data sources (institutional data, student and faculty survey data, classroom observation data, and syllabus data, among others). Relevant research projects will involve collaborating across institutions on survey design and analysis, accessing, cleaning, and analyzing institutional data, and conducting data analysis (including multiple regression analysis and modeling of nested data). Other potential areas that the postdoc could contribute to involve coding and analysis of curricular structures and analysis of educational interventions.

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 an Education, Social Science, STEM Education discipline, or quantitative discipline (Statistics, Computer Science, Informatics, etc.). Computer programming (R, Python, Stata, or equivalent) is required. 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 are preferred. Grant writing experience is also a plus and the individual will have opportunities to lead proposal writing efforts.

Application 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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA