The School of Natural Resources at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is searching for a full time post-doctoral position in science education research to commence in March 2016. The position will oversee the science literacy and citizen science programs of the Nebraska Canid Project (swiftfox.unl.edu), a large collaborative research program housed at UNL. The position will include: 1) managing a citizen science project aimed at documenting endangered species on private lands by recruit students from UNL and Chadron State College to go back to their family farms and ranches, and 2) developing and conducting science literacy research related to science education and conservation ethic.
The successful applicant will investigate the effect of student participation in a statewide citizen science program on conservation knowledge, scientific skills, and personal motivations of both the students and members of the communities in which they are working. Data collection will include surveys, assessment instruments, one-on-one interviews and community focus groups. Student participants will be recruited from large-enrollment classes including a freshman “science and decision-making” course at UNL, which is designed to challenge students to evaluate scientific evidence and develop informed opinions about socioscientific issues. The course is a unique test-bed for science literacy and decision-making practices, and additional research related to the course may be developed. The post-doctoral position is a one-year (12 month) appointment, renewable for a second year.
Candidates should have PhD in a science education research or in a general ecology/conservation field with significant interest and experience in science education research. The ideal candidates will have experience working in undergraduate science education research and have strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and experience. The candidate must have experience working with diverse groups and have strong communication (verbal and written) and excellent organizational abilities. Website design knowledge and ecology related field experience are a plus.
The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.
Lincoln, Nebraska (pop. 265,000) is a great place to live, work, and play. It boasts a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere with a burgeoning social scene. In 2013, Lincoln topped Gallup’s annual wellbeing index, which ranks wellbeing in six categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. (http://go.unl.edu/53va)
To apply send a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references to Jenny Dauer (firstname.lastname@example.org). The position will remain open until filled.
Jenny Dauer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice in Science Literacy
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
502 Hardin Hall