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[Xmca-l] Fwd: postdoc opportunity
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is searching for a Postdoctoral
Researcher to support a new NSF-supported longitudinal study of an
out-of-school time program’s impact on its participants, mostly from
communities that are underrepresented in STEM careers. The project, From
Community to Career, is an experimental, mixed-methods study aimed at
following program participants for up to five years after their graduation.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be mostly responsible for qualitative data
collection, analysis and dissemination along with acting as the principal
project manager. This includes designing qualitative, case study and/or
ethnographic research methods, analyzing data as part of a larger team and
preparing publications and presentations. As project manager, the
researcher will also oversee logistics, communication and coordination of
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lead qualitative, case study and/or ethnographic research studies in
support of the project’s core research questions. This includes
methodological design, data collection, analysis and reporting.
- Manage and coordinate documentation, budgets, timelines, reports,
intra-team communication and other logistics related to a large, federally
funded research project.
- Represent the Museum at professional conferences.
- Prepare scholarly publications as lead and supporting author.
- Participate in the Museum’s Institutional Review Board.
- Support the Museum’s evaluation and research team on other projects.
- Participate as team member in assigned working groups and on various
- Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.).
- Maintain the highest ethical standards.
- Contribute to a collaborative, positive, congenial and professional
- Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or equivalent before 2016 in science
education, learning sciences, educational psychology or similar field.
- Experience and background in qualitative data collection, analysis and
- Experience working with populations that are diverse in ethnicity,
cultural heritage, language, gender identity, educational background and
- Ability to currently work legally within the United States.
- Assessment development.
- Experience working in out-of-school environments.
- Spanish fluency preferred.
As part of a highly collaborative evaluation and research team based within
the Museum, the researcher will work with many other experts and needs to
be able to give and receive positive criticism, take on a wide variety of
roles, respect deadlines and support a friendly and jovial environment.
Appreciation of diversity in both thought and experience is a must. This is
a temporary full-time, 12-month position with full benefits and the Museum
has the option to renew for up to two additional years. Conference travel
and publication costs are supported. Relocation costs are not supported.
Interested applicants should apply and submit the following:
- Cover letter addressing qualifications as well as how the postdoctoral
position fits with your personal goals.
- Curriculum vitae.
Interested applicants should also submit the following to
- Contact information of two professional references.
- Two samples of your scholarly work that best represents what you can
bring to the project. We prefer at least one to be a work that is published
or has been submitted for publication.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. The start date is flexible but preferably by the end of
*Aaron Price, Ph.D.*
*Manager, Evaluation & Research*
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
5700 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 947-3101 | http://msichicago.org
School of Education & Social Policy | Northwestern University
424 298 7573 (cell)
It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an
object that creates history. Ernst Boesch