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Postdoctoral Scholar for a Partnership Project Focusing on Equity, Opportunity to Learn & Latinx

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range is $64,480-$77,327 annually.

Application Window

Open date: February 15, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Apr 21, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024 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

Applicants are invited to apply for a full-time postdoctoral position in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine to support a research-practice partnership project focusing on transforming science teaching and learning in secondary science classrooms.

Project overview & general summary of the position
This is a full-time postdoctoral researcher position funded by NSF CAREER project, “Expanding Latinxs' Opportunities to Develop Complex Thinking in Secondary Science Classrooms through a Research-Practice Partnership” (PI: Hosun Kang). This study will explore ways to transform youths' learning experiences in secondary school classrooms (grades 6-12) toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable future through co-design. The main activities of this project are: (1) studying the processes of co-designing and implementing justice-centered science curricula and assessment that promotes students’ civic engagement; and (2) studying the changes of relations, identities, and thinking.

Position will begin in 2024, with the exact start date contingent on funding and the availability of the applicant. It is a two-year position ending on June 30, 2026.

Pay Scale: $64,480-$77,327 annually

Responsibilities include but not limited to:
● Actively participate in scholarly communities through publication of research articles and presentation at professional conferences
● Assist the grant writing
● Organizing, managing, and conducting data collection and analysis
● Mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers working on the project
● Working collaboratively with district partners and UCI research team

Minimum qualifications:

● PhD in science education or a closely related field by start date of position

Preferable qualifications:
● Record of publication in science education, teacher education, or climate change education
● Expertise in either qualitative or quantitative research methods
● Expertise in culturally relevant pedagogy or issues of race, identity, and languages
● Teaching experience, either at the secondary (6-12) or university level
● Experiences working in a research-practice partnership at the district level
● Experience working with middle and high school science teachers

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at Please include: (a) a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work, (b) CV, (c) one page summary of your doctoral dissertation, (d) one writing sample, and (e) names and contact information of three references (please do not solicit letters)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● PhD in science education or a closely related field by start date of position

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Explain your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work.

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Doctoral Dissertation Summary - One page summary of your doctoral dissertation.

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.

  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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