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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Date Posted 07/20/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The post doctoral research fellow position will work on two synergistic funded grants focused on supporting teacher learning in the context of curriculum-based professional learning. The first grant is the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium to support the revision of the professional learning materials for OpenSciEd curriculum. The OpenSciEd curriculum is a set of coherent, rigorous, research-based instructional materials that is freely available. OpenSciEd materials include phenomenon-based units that prioritize student coherence and equitable science sensemaking. The OpenSciEd professional learning strives to give teachers the materials, support, and power to get kids excited and curious about the world around them and confident in their ability to figure it out through questioning, investigating, and solving problems. The post doctoral research fellow will work with the OpenSciEd middle school professional learning team in the revision and release of these materials. The second grant is a new National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled Supporting teacher customizations of curriculum materials for equitable student sensemaking in secondary science which is a collaboration with Brian Reiser at Northwestern University. This project includes research examining teachers’ customization processes and the development of tools to support teachers in adapting curriculum materials, specifically the OpenSciEd curriculum materials, for their specific school context to facilitate equitable science sensemaking for all students. The focus of the first year of this work will be on conducting an empirical study of teachers’ customization processes, developing a theoretical model of teacher thinking and learning that underlies customization and designing initial customization tools to support teachers in this important work. Initial employment will be for one year. Based on performance, employment could be extended for subsequent years. 
Key responsibilities include:
Work with the OpenSciEd professional learning team to revise professional learning materials and facilitator materials for release on the OpenSciEd website.
Work with the BC and Northwestern teams to design survey and interview instruments to understand what types of customizations teachers make while enacting the OpenSciEd curriculum materials and their rationale for their customizations. 
Collect and analyze survey and interview data from teachers currently enacting the OpenSciEd middle school curriculum. 
Design initial customization tools to support teachers in tailoring the curriculum materials to facilitate equitable sensemaking that is coherent from the students’ perspective
Present project findings at conferences and writing manuscripts for publication
When applying please include a resume with contact information for at least three references and a cover letter describing how your past experiences align with the job and goals of the two projects. 

PhD in science education, learning sciences or related field
Research experience in k-12 science education
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Individuals with the following experiences and expertise will be preferred:  
K-12 science teaching experience; 
Experience studying teacher learning, professional learning and/or curriculum enactment
Experience running professional development for science teachers
Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .

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