A new NSF-funded project, led by Dr. Shannon Schmoll (email@example.com) and Professor Katie Hinko (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Michigan State University, seeks to develop and evaluate a model for planetarium shows that extend interactions with content beyond the planetarium theater. The goal of planetarium shows is to communicate about the wonderful research being done by telescopes in Chile and the scope of jobs necessary to accomplish that research.
Responsibilities include: oversee pilot studies with focus groups and recommend changes to the planetarium show, web-portal, and educational materials. S/he will also do surveys, interviews, and site visits at multiple planetariums in the mid-west and around the country and will also play a key role in disseminating the project results by co-writing papers and going to conferences.
The Research Associate will be responsible for managing all aspects of this project along with the PIs. This includes: determining a data collection scheme, connecting with planetariums and conducting interviews; traveling to perform site visits at various planetariums around the US. This person will also be responsible for analyzing multiple data sources and synthesizing findings and presenting and publishing the findings of this project in national venues for both researchers and practitioners. Additionally, this person will be expected to supervise graduate and undergraduate students on the project, assist with grant proposals, and contribute to the efforts of the broader Physics Education Research group in the department.
Review of applications will begin on April 29, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. Start date is negotiable with a preference toward candidates that are available in early summer 2019. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Shannon Schmoll (email@example.com), the research advisor for this project.
The Abrams Planetarium is a leading institution for teaching about astronomy and about all topics through an immersive digital space. It has been a fixture at Michigan State University and within the planetarium community since 1963. The Physics Education Research Lab in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (PERL@MSU) is a growing and vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers and is an opportune place to develop skills in mentoring, leadership, teaching, and outreach.
Doctorate -Astronomy or physics education, science
Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics education, science education, museum studies, science communication, astronomy or physics, or a related field plus:
Extensive experience working in informal STEM learning environments
Significant research experience with qualitative methodology and data analysis, including interviews and observations
Excellent professional research skills including communication, mentoring, project management, and the publication process
An appointment is contingent on the applicant successfully completing a background check.
Desired Qualifications and Experience includes:
Significant experience with planetariums and astronomy education
Successful history of research in informal STEM environments or astronomy education research
Ability to work with informal educators at a variety of institution types and sizes
Ability to speak Spanish
Coordination of large scale data collection across multiple sites
Experience with quantitative methodology and/or survey design
Working on a multi/interdisciplinary team
Interest and experience in issues surrounding identity, motivation, and (in)equity in STEM education
Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit a CV, a statement of research interests and a statement of educational philosophy and experiences to Careers@msu.edu (posting #566231). In addition, applicants should provide names and contact information for three (3) references who will be contacted via email.
MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
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