Careers in the Plant Sciences

STEM Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow

Weber State University - Ogden, Utah, 84408

Position Title: STEM Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, February 06, 2024
Application Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024
Institution: Weber State University
Department/Division: College of Science and College of Education
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant Biology with an emphasis in ecology and evolution (and others)
City: Ogden, Utah, 84408
General Information: The Colleges of Science (COS) and of Education (COE) at Weber State University invite applications for a cluster hire of four full-time Post-Doctoral Fellows from diverse disciplines across science and science education. This cluster hire seeks to bring together recent doctoral graduates from across diverse scientific fields who are interested in both teaching and research in service of undergraduate education. Disciplines for Fellows will span biology, physics, chemistry, math, earth and environmental science, and STEM education. Candidates that demonstrate potential collaborations with faculty in the following disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply:
Soil Sciences
Plant Biology with an emphasis in ecology and evolution
Material Science with an emphasis on experimental methods such as microscopy and spectroscopy
STEM Education with an emphasis on teaching, learning, and equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning environments

One broad goal for Post-Doctoral Fellows is for each to develop into a teacher-scholar who is well positioned to start as a successful faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) or research-intensive university or in industry. Given that Weber State University is a PUI, candidates should convey in their application materials an enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, a commitment to inclusive teaching practices in the classroom and laboratory, and an interest in establishing a productive and student-inclusive research program.

Each appointment is a temporary position for up to two years and may renew after the first year based on funding availability and scholar performance.
Qualifications/Requirements: A Ph.D. in science or science education (or closely-related field) by July 1, 2024 is required.

Preferred qualifications include:
Ability to teach courses to undergraduate students
Experience or interest in teaching science or science education
Evidence of successful undergraduate mentorship
Experience or interest in using innovative, high-impact teaching strategies
Commitment to access and success in STEM and higher education
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Responsibilities: Fellows will primarily be engaged in 1) developing and teaching one class per year in their discipline, 2) developing an independent research program which includes, in part, collecting and analyzing data on projects that aim to advance our knowledge and practice of science education, and 3) mentoring undergraduate students. Fellows will receive ample mentorship and professional development opportunities, including conference travel, grant-writing and workshops, and symposium organization.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): If you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish at Weber State University, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please complete the online application and attach:
Unofficial Transcript
Cover letter
CV, including three references
A statement of interest in teaching and scholarship at Weber State University (1000 word limit)

Applications received by March 22, 2024 will receive highest priority, and the review of applicants will proceed immediately thereafter. Screening will continue until the position is filled.

A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.
Compensation Range: $70,000 per year
Contact Name: Bridget Hilbig, bridgethilbig@weber.edu