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  • Opening Date: 2019-02-19
  • Job Opening Id: 517353
  • College/Division: College of Arts, Sciences and Education
  • Department: STEM Institute

Job Information

FIU's STEM Transformation Institute is dedicated to advancing research and educational change on evidence-based instructional practices, utilizing FIU as a laboratory for the future of STEM, as over 80% of FIU's 54,000 students come from traditionally underrepresented groups. The Institute currently hosts 15 discipline-based education research faculty in 9 STEM departments and 25 staff/postdoctoral researchers that carry out multidisciplinary collaborative work across the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education and Engineering & Computing. Hallmark programs include a Learning Assistant (LA) program that impacts well over 13,000 student enrollments in 10 STEM disciplines each semester; Modeling Instruction at the high school and college levels; and numerous HHMI- and NSF-funded research projects. The STEM Transformation Institute has secured over $40 million dollars in government and private funding to carry out its mission.

The STEM Transformation Institute is seeking applications for multiple postdoctoral positions in STEM Education or Discipline-Based Education research. The primary responsibilities of STEM Transformation Institute post-doctoral fellows vary depending on the project and the individual's interests, but may include: conducting education research, developing evidence-based curricular materials, integrating teaching experience with research activities to facilitate implementation of evidence-based practices, and/or working with faculty and other stakeholders to facilitate adoption of active learning instructional practices. These experiences will prepare candidates for various career paths including academic tenure track positions.
Candidates for these positions should have completed their PhD in a STEM education research field or in a STEM field with significant interest in developing education research expertise. The ideal candidates will have experience working in undergraduate science education research, and have strong quantitative or qualitative research skills and experience, such survey and concept inventory data collection and analysis, classroom observation, subject interviews and focus groups, and/or statistical knowledge. Experience with the R software package would be an added benefit.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single pdf file.  Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of application. Candidates may explore for more information and may contact faculty directly or email with any inquiries.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 31, 2019.  Review will continue until position is filled. Applications are reviewed year-long on a rolling basis, according to currently active research projects.


Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal background check


How To Apply

Prospective Employee

If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process.

In order to be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position, be in good performance standing, and have been continuously employed at the University for at least six months.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment.  Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.



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About FIU

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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