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Post Doctorate Research Assistant

Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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Position Title Post Doctorate Research Assistant
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Western Washington University is committed to achieving excellence through advancing inclusive success, increasing our Washington impact, and focusing on transformational education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and based on innovative scholarship, research, and creative activity. Western's greatest strength is the outstanding students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae who make up its community. Western supports an inclusive governance structure for all and provides a learning and working environment in which everyone can thrive. In pursuit of this excellence, individual employees are expected to establish and maintain productive and effective inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, student, and external constituents. Further, individual employees are expected to have the ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic, societal, environmental) into all aspects of performing their job duties.
About the Department

The College of Science and Engineering and Science Math and Technology Education (SMATE) support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The SMATE Program supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in a collaborative learning environment that supports the success of all students in STEM disciplines. SMATE includes 12 faculty members with joint appointments in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Computer Science, and the Woodring College of Education, plus 2 other staff and several STEM Education research associates and instructors. SMATE faculty and staff work collaboratively to support undergraduate and K-12 teaching and research. SMATE offers interdisciplinary B.A. degree programs for future elementary teachers and coursework in STEM education to support several other elementary, middle, and high school teacher preparation programs. SMATE has an established history of leading and supporting innovative and systemic science education reform efforts in Washington State and the nation.

About the Position The postdoctoral scholar will be part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (DRL# 2300558) that examines elementary teachers' successive enactments of a place-based curriculum over three years. This research seeks to identify ways in which the development of teachers’ curricular knowledge influences their use of culturally responsive instructional strategies. The Explore the Salish Sea curriculum features place-based and NGSS-aligned units that integrate Western and Indigenous science to engage students in understanding and designing solutions to ecological problems in partnership with community organizations. You will join a supportive, collaborative community of scholars and will have the opportunity to take advantage of the multitude of professional learning opportunities and initiatives within SMATE and at WWU. This is a full-time project position with a 3-year appointment that ends with project funding. The postdoctoral scholar will:
  • Collaborate with elementary teachers and district personnel, community partners, and tribal communities.
  • Collaborate on data collection and analyses and have opportunities to present at professional conferences and publish in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Co-facilitate professional development experiences with teachers and preservice teachers.
  • Apprentice in project organization including participating in community co-design meetings; attending project team meetings, preparing annual reports to stakeholders and funders, and implementing broader impacts and dissemination plans
Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in Education, Indigenous Studies, Learning Sciences or other STEM education field (PhD, EdD, or other terminal degree with degree conferral by time of appointment)
  • Demonstrated research skill set (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods)
  • Publication or presentation experience with research and practitioner audiences
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in elementary science education, culturally responsive instruction, and teacher education/professional development
  • Experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders
  • Ability to complete a variety of complex tasks independently, including collecting and analyzing empirical data
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in K12 settings (as a teacher and/or researcher)
  • Experience working in research+practice partnerships
  • Experience with qualitative research involving video analysis preferred
Conditions of Employment All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to HR@wwu.edu if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

[This position requires a fingerprint background check.]


Position salary is $66,996. Salary increases will be provided in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, including a 4.5% increase effective September 16, 2024.

Benefits Information Benefits Overview for Faculty Positions

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

You will be asked to provide contact information of three references. References will only be contacted for finalists, with notice provided beforehand.  

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins November 6, 2023; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); crtc@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at vpsa.office@wwu.edu. The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires and rehires, which includes a sexual misconduct background check.

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