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How to Give an Excellent STEM Job Talk

Chronicle Vitae
August 28, 2019

By Russ E. Carpenter and R. Parrish Waters

For Ph.D.s on the job market in the sciences, no element of the hiring process is more important for making or breaking your prospects than the job talk.

At some point in the 2019-20 hiring season — once you’ve made the long journey from application packet to Skype interview to campus visit — you will have to deliver a job talk. It will play a large part in determining the next decade or more of your career.

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6 Tips to Improve Your Cover Letter

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 08, 2019
Like the commencement speech, the cover letter for an academic job is a straitened genre. Most of us don’t have to worry about writing commencement speeches (it’s a happy problem if you ever do), but thousands of graduate students and recent Ph.D.s write cover letters every year.

Strict conventions govern cover letters for faculty positions, so it’s relatively easy to write a passable one: Just follow the rules. But it’s much harder to write one that really stands out to a search committee.

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The School of Natural Resources at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is searching for a full time post-doctoral position in science education research. The research is in the context of a large-enrollment general science class called Science and Decision-making for a Complex World. The course is an introductory course required for all majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL. The goal of the course is to foster science literacy as students practice decisions about socioscientific issues, which involve facets of both science and society (e.g., economics, politics, and values ethics), such as water, energy resources, conservation of biodiversity, food production and medicine. The course uses decision-making tools based on established research in the decision-sciences and science education fields.

The successful applicant will develop independent research in the course and support on-going NSF-funded projects with a collaborative team. A research focus could include: 1) understanding student challenges in decision-making and socioscientific argumentation, 2) evaluating innovative pedagogical approaches, in particular, to support civic engagement through experiential learning or 3) developing assessment tools for evaluating the quality of student decision-making. On-going data collection includes students’ written work during structured decision-making about SSIs related to food, energy, water and conservation, student interviews and other qualitative and quantitative assessments. Additionally, the post-doctoral researcher will be expected to teach 2 courses per academic year, participate in curriculum development and administrative duties associated with the course.

Candidates should have a PhD in science education research or in a science field (ecological, earth science, biological, environmental or agricultural areas are most relevant) with significant experience in science education research. The ideal candidate will have experience working in undergraduate science education research, have strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and teaching experience. The candidate must have experience working with diverse groups, strong verbal and written communication and excellent organizational abilities.

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Preceptor positions at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

The Harvard University Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) is seeking two Preceptors, which are akin to science education postdocs. The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a life science discipline with experience teaching science to undergraduate or graduate students. Strong initiative, organizational skills, and communication skills are key.

Position #1 is responsible for helping to oversee and implement primarily undergraduate courses in HSCRB as part of an undergraduate degree in developmental biology.

Position #2 is responsible for helping to oversee and implement primarily graduate courses in HSCRB as part of a new MS/MBA program.

Additionally, both candidates can participate as part of a study team for various educational research projects in the department.More specific details, as well as the application link for materials, can be found in the two links below:
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